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Old 05-02-2011, 06:18 PM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Why We Get Fat (John Horgan & Gary Taubes)

Originally Posted by stephanie View Post
But what does that even mean? It's possible to overeat even if you don't overdo the carbs, and despite Taubes' "calories don't matter" thing, I think that if you are prone to gain weight and overeat, you will gain weight, whatever the combination of macronutrients. But it sounds like you would say that even if I get fat eating more fats and protein, it would still be the carbs which make me fat. That seems circular.
I haven't read any of Taubes books so I'm just basing this on my understanding of the dvlog and the NYT article and a Youtube video of Taubes lecturing at some conference somewhere. My sense is that Taubes is saying exactly that you won't get fat eating more fat and protein. You might stay fat eating just fat and protein but you won't get fat that way.

As for my fast and loose use of the term "null hypo" I plead guilty. I guess what I mean is that I find it easy to accept that the burden should be on the low fat people and harder to accept that the burden should be on the exercise crowd. My suspicion is that our evolutionary environment was high in exercise and relatively low in carbs and so lacking any evidence it seems fair to me that that is a good place to start (since you have to start somewhere).
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