Episode #061

Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat, What Calories In vs Calories Out Gets Wrong, and How to Lose Weight Using a High-Fat Keto Diet

Not only did people lose weight -- more weight -- on this eat as much as you want, high-fat, butter and bacon diet, but their heart disease risk factors also improved. Click To Tweet

You’ve been told you need to eat less and exercise more to lose weight.

Maybe you’ve even tried doing that.

But, as you may have seen, this route doesn’t work.

Not only is it difficult to lose weight by cutting calories and exercising more, it’s often not sustainable.

So the question is, what does it really take to lose fat?

That’s where today’s guest, Gary Taubes, comes in with a solution that’s backed by science.

If you’re not familiar with Gary — unlike one of his 80k social media followers, he’s made it his mission to study the science of fat.

So he’s spent the last two decades figuring out what makes people fat, why they stay fat, and how to get rid of fat.

You’ll hear all about those topics and more in this podcast episode.

You’ll also discover that, despite having the research under his belt, his findings go against the grain.

And they prove that what we’ve been taught all along about weight loss isn’t true.

Thinking in terms of calories is such a bankrupt way to think about this because the calories might change dramatically depending on the macronutrient composition. Click To Tweet

To give you more background on Gary, he’s an investigative health and science journalist and researcher who has authored several books.

His most popular ones include The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and Good Calories, Bad Calories.

If anyone understands why it’s easy to gain weight and hard to lose fat, it’s Gary.

And he’s sharing everything he’s discovered to help you finally tap into your own fat burning potential in this podcast episode.

So if you’ve ever struggled to lose weight, especially following the calories in vs calories out method, you don’t want to miss this episode.

Here’s a sneak peek at the topics we cover:

  • Gary Taubes’ background and how he started out in physics and engineering and moved towards studying the science behind what makes people fat
  • The real culprit behind the obesity epidemic
  • What the research shows when it comes to improving heart disease
  • What happened when people followed a low-fat, high-carb diet
  • His controversial New York Times article and what the research supported at the time
  • What the energy balance model (calories in vs calories out) leaves out and what needs to be updated to fix this
  • What really drives fat accumulation and how you stay fat
  • The important hormones connected to fat and how things go wrong
  • What it takes to lose weight and get rid of fat
  • The fuel partitioning phenomenon
  • Glucagon, insulin, and fat cell utilization
  • The one thing that inhibits fat burning while also increasing fat storage
  • What happens when you overeat carbs vs overeating fat
  • Gary also shares his recommendations on what to do whether you’re lean and and healthy or you gain weight easy and struggle to lose it
  • What it takes to mobilize fat and tap into your own storage
  • You’ll also hear his thoughts on vegetable oils, sugar and processed foods


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