Book Review: Why People Get Fat by Gary Taubes

ImageA warning should come with this book…

I finished perusing this book last night. I have to tell you, my anxiety level was pretty high. Why, because he wants everyone to cut out carbohydrates (grains & starchy veggies and white root tubers. He seems to be agreeing with the Paleo Diet (caveman diet). I didn’t want to agree with what i read.

I went to Amazon to scan the reviews for this book. Dang, if 585 reviewers give this book 4-5 stars. http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Get-Fat-About/product-reviews/0307474259/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

So, now what are we supposed to do with this situation. Taubes’ diet has to be expensive, FRESH VEGGIES & MEAT of ALL kinds. High fat stuff! He’s not too keen on fruit because of their sugar content. He gives good arguments and supports his hypothesis with seemingly legitimate trials.

Taubes says (you gotta read very closely for this one), when you start the diet of cutting out all carbs, you will feel LOUSY. He said its because your body is looking for the glucose element of carbs for burning fuel. Once again, I can understand why he says this. Our bodies are fueled by the carbs that turn into glucose (even the high fiber carbs). Carbs = fuel= energy. Taubes believes our bodies get fat because our bodies are fueled by carbs. He wants our bodies fueled by ketones which are not generated until the glucose is out of the body and the liver can take over with the help of eating meat to produce ketones which are supposed to be a better source of energy. Just think about it for a minute….

Cavemen didn’t have sandwiches, twinkies, fresh hot Krispy Kremes Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway. They had whatever meat they could find. If they didn’t have meat, hopefully they had berries or something else to eat. Cavemen were apparently not fat. They had to have enough energy to find/kill their food. So, logically, their bodies’ energy was being supplied by ketones.

Even in the book, Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, he doesn’t want us replacing wheat with the gluten-free products because they contain starches which contain almost as much glucose as wheat.

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Oh, thank you Lord, my research has saved me and a bunch more people. The following is eye-opening. Here’s what I found at web.md.  High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are the hottest thing since sliced flank steak, and every food marketer in the known universe appears to want a piece of the protein pie.

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Here’s a web blog I found KICKIN’ CARB CLUTTER who understands ketones and carbs for energy: http://kickincarbclutter.blogspot.com/2010/04/do-we-burn-ketones-for-energy.html

Exerpt from Kickin’s web blog:
The average length of time it takes for the brain to adapt to using ketones is three weeks. But it can take as long as six or more. (This is probably the time period Taubes was talking about that you’ll feel lousy.) Therefore, ketones are only an alternative energy source when there isn’t enough glucose available. Once the body adapts to being in Ketosis, the brain is the major body organ that uses ketones. All other body organs and cells, including those that prefer to use ketones, use glucose or fatty acids for fuel. Unless there are extra ketones floating around that the brain doesn’t need.

Another website, LIVESTRONG.com weighs in on Ketones and diet:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/281350-ketones-diet/
Glucose is the body’s primary fuel source, and when glucose intake is severely restricted, the body will begin burning fat for fuel. Ketones are produced in the liver as a byproduct of the fat-burning process, and the condition of producing ketones is called ketosis. Dietary glucose is primarily contained in carbohydrate foods, consequently, the widespread use of low-carbohydrate diets has increased public awareness of ketosis. Diets that induce ketosis are called ketogenic diets and carry potential risks. You should consult with your health care provider prior to starting one of these diets.

And now for more information than you ever wanted to read…
http://www.webmd.com weighs in… 
The ketogenic diet may cause side effects in some people. These are not usually serious but may include:
Dehydration.
Constipation.
Vomiting.
High cholesterol level.
Kidney stones.
Behavior changes.
Slower growth rates in children.
People on the ketogenic diet may develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies unless they take vitamin and mineral supplements. The diet does not supply adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals the body needs.
Everyone on the diet needs close supervision by a doctor and a dietitian.   http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/ketogenic-diet-for-epilepsy

and…Low-carbohydrate diets, which always mean high protein, usually draw a red flag from conventional nutritionists and medical experts. But since they do jump-start weight loss that you can see quickly, some say they have their place. “Fad diets are OK for a quick start,” notes Bonnie Brehm, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Some people need to see that five-pound weight loss rather than just a single pound after a week of dieting.” Brehm is conducting a study comparing a high protein diet with the low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association.  http://www.webmd.com/diet/protein-power-what-it-is

more from webmd… 

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/down-low-on-low-carb-diets

http://www.webmd.com/diet/atkins-diet-what-it-is

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/to-carb-not-to-carb   “These diets are not safe, they are not healthy, and they are not a good way to try to get healthy,” says Leslie Bonci, RD, nutritionist with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Complex and a spokesperson for the ADA. “They provide short-term, rapid weight loss by causing the body to shed water weight and muscle. But that is no way to keep weight off for very long, and it’s dangerous to your body chemistry.”

http://men.webmd.com/features/benefits-protein …  Many people who have jumped on the high-protein/low-carb bandwagon think that they can pack away as much protein as they like. But nutrition experts urge caution. The reasons why have to do with how high-protein/low-carb diets are thought to lead to weight loss. When people eat lots of protein but few carbohydrates, their metabolisms change into a state called ketosis. Ketosis means the body converts from burning carbs for fuel to burning its own fat. When fat is broken down, small bits of carbon called ketones are released into the bloodstream as energy sources. Ketosis, which also occurs in diabetes, tends to suppress appetite, causing people to eat less, and it also increases the body’s elimination of fluids through urine, resulting in a loss of water weight.

I’m so glad I did this research. I just went back to Amazon to find out about Gary Taubes. I thought originally he was a doctor. NOT–he’s a scientific JOURNALIST.

‘nuf said.

 

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