What I’m Reading, Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Fitness…

Articles on High Intensity Interval Excercise (HIIT)…

On Diet…

On Cooking…

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What I’m Reading, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On Diet…

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Book Review: Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

“No scientist has done more in the last fifty years to alert Americans to the potential dangers of sugar in the diet than Dr. Robert Lustig.” –Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat


I’ve been a follower of Robert Lustig for a while now first learning about his work after reading Gray Taubes aNYT article: Is Sugar Toxic? – NYTimes.com two years ago. Since then I think there is a good chance that I have listened to every lecture or interview with him available on the internet but it was only yesterday that I finally bought his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease which I am listening to via Audible synced with eBook on my iPad via Whispernet.

My review will be forthcoming but as I done with other books here that I haven’t yet written my personal review of I leave some links here to other reviews and interviews I think are worth reading or listening to:

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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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