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Book Review: The End of Overeating by David Kessler

the_end_of_overeating-264x400Years ago a now ex-girlfriend gave me the book The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler and while I ate the book up for it rational and reasoned look at why we have an obesity crisis in America tragically I don’t think that old girlfriend ever read it herself.

While we waiting for me to write a complete review myself here are some links to some other reviews from around the web that I consider well worth reading:

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Book Review: Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes

Why-We-Get-Fat-270x400I still have to sit down and write my own review of Gary Taubes’ seminally important book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
but until I do here is some of the other commentary on the book from around the web that I think is well worth reading:

  • Book Review: Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes | Upgrade Your Healthstyle | Summer Tomato

    …He also does a fantastic job demolishing the currently prevailing hypothesis that dietary fat and blood cholesterol are the causes of heart disease. They aren’t.

    That so few people understand these points is why I recommend everyone read this book. It breaks my heart every time someone writes to me for nutrition advice and proudly points to their butter-less popcorn or baked chips as proof of their already “healthy” diet. Until it becomes common knowledge that fat is good for you and processed carbohydrates are the worst thing you can eat, I think this book is the best resource we have to explain it.

    Still I do not agree 100% with Taubes’ conclusions. Though I do think the evidence is overwhelming that all calories are not created equal, I disagree that calories therefore do not matter and cannot be manipulated to help with weight loss. Taubes argues that how much we eat is dependent on our hormone levels (specifically insulin levels) that regulate energy balance, and that depending on this balance we naturally regulate our feeding and energy expenditure (exercise) so that we maintain our weight.

    Taubes makes a compelling case that severe calorie restriction is counterproductive in weight management, and I agree. However there is some evidence that a small calorie deficit, on the order of 100-200 calories per day, is within the range of our natural homeostatic mechanisms and can be effective at controlling body weight….(read the complete review…)

  • (More to come Tue, Jun 11, 2013…)
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The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets — Dr. Eric Westman

The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets – YouTube

Duke University’s Dr. Eric Westman answers viewer questions about the Atkins diet during a live “Office Hours” webcast interview, January 19, 2012. Westman is the director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine program and co-author of “The New Atkins for a New You.” Moderating is James Todd from Duke’s Office of News and Communications.

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“But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so!

A short clip from an interview with FatHead movie director Tom Naughton.

The Mouth Trap: Tom Naughton – “But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so! (1:07) – YouTube

(I would add that the radical extreme removal of fats in a low fat diet makes it tasteless and boring.)

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The Men Who Made Us Fat

The Men Who Made Us Fat Part 1 of 12 – YouTube
(Watching the video here will play all 12 episodes within this post or click the link above to watch on YouTube)


Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits. It features many leading experts who I’ve read and follow including my favorites David A. Kessler (The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite),  Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It & Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health) and Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease).

Jacques Peretti gives us a summary of his documentary here: BBC News – What caused the obesity crisis in the West?

BBC Two – The Men Who Made Us Fat – Episode guide

Episode 1:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 2:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 3:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4

Commentary and Recommendations:

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Falling Off The Wagon

Low Carb Confidential’s written a good essay about what is essentially “falling off the (ketosis) wagon“: Anatomy of a Failure: Recovering from a Dieting Disaster | Low Carb Confidential

I understand the sentiment, thinking, and circumstances all too well.

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Mark Bittman on Morning Joe Wednesday, June 5, 2013

VB6EatVeganBefore6Saw Mark Bitman (who I always enjoy seeing and/or reading) on Morning Joe this morning (An excerpt from Mark Bittman’s “VB6″ — MSNBC) promoting his new book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good,

A couple of times he used the phrase “the science says” or “the science tells us” but what he was saying wasn’t really jiving with what I come to believe “the science really says” thanks to Gary Taubes so I googled the keywords ‘Mark Bittman Gary Taubes’ and found these articles so I could see where they cross paths:

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Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson – YouTube

I was surfing around through YouTube this evening perusing construction software videos (I write software for the building & remodeling industry for a living) and I haven’t a clue as to why but this video appeared in the column of related videos on the right side of my screen,

Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson – YouTube

Mark Sisson writes the extremely popular blog: Mark’s Daily Apple and has written several excellent Books On Paleo. 

 

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The Fat Switch (ebook)

From Dana Carpenter’s blog: The Coolest Book I’ve Read In a Long Time

“…The jist is this: The ability to put on fat, and the mechanisms that allow that, are not pathological, but evolutionary survival mechanisms. Animals of every variety have the ability to store fat, and most gain fat, often tremendous quantities of fat, only to simply stop eating and live off that fat comfortably. Further, they often perform prodigious physical feats while fasting, like migrating thousands of miles.

fat-switchIt is, Dr. Johnson says, as if animals have an internal switch that they flip from “fat gaining” to “fat burning.” The question then becomes why so many of us seem to have switches that are jammed in the “on” position? The answer to that question is fascinating — spoiler: it involves fructose. Further, Dr. Johnson holds out real hope for a cure for the broken fat switch.

(Read the complete post…)

This fellow she is writing about Dr. Richard Johnson has written an ebook The Fat Switch The Fat Switch which I think I’ll be reading real soon.

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What I’m Reading, Thursday, May 30, 2013

A good ride on my default route tonight. I’m think I ride best in the heat. I’m thinking I get lose a lot easier in the heat.

From one of the blogs I follow via my Feedly, (Low Carb Confidential | The World’s Worst Successful Low Carb Dieter):

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