Saturday, February 16, 2008

A 72-Minute Investment To Better Understand The Purpose Of Diet In Health

It's been a little while since I've updated you on the latest Gary Taubes news and that's because there hasn't really been anything of significance to report. But after Taubes presented a rather comprehensive talk about the concepts and hypotheses he shares in his bestselling Good Calories, Bad Calories book while lecturing at the Hoboken, New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, February 6, 2008, I decided to bring it to you today here at my blog.

The following video of a lecture called "Big Fat Lies" is Gary Taubes at his best passionately expressing the very principles that we believe in so strongly as believers in the low-carb lifestyle. He sets up the history of how we got fat, discusses why the solutions that have been provided to the overweight and obese have been decided ineffective, gives evidence why fat is healthy and the heart disease hypothesis is just plain wrong, and why carbohydrate in your diet raises blood sugar as well as releases insulin which causes damage to both weight and health.

If you want to better understand the purpose of diet in health, then I highly encourage you to make a 72-minute investment to watch this lecture with Gary Taubes from start to finish. It's a little technical at times, but Taubes has done his homework and knows what he's talking about. You'll be more informed about diet, weight loss, and health than about 99% of the population today, so view every bit of it if you can.

It's a lot to digest, but well worth your time. I'm so excited about seeing this lecture from Taubes and the latest research on carbohydrate restriction live in April when I attend the Nutrition & Metabolism Society Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the 2008 Western Regional Obesity Course (PDF download of the speaker schedule) sponsored by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP). Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. Richard Feinman, Dr. Patty Tarino, Dr. Jeff Volek, Dr. J. Bruce German, Dr. Donald Layman, Dr. Barbara Howard, Dr. Mary Vernon, Dr. Jay Wortman, and Dr. Steve Phinney headline this amazing conference on the very latest research regarding saturated fat and health. Christine and I will be there to report on the latest science, interview the people on the frontlines of the research, and even record some video footage for our YouTube series. Coming in mid-April! WOO HOO!

The positive impact of Good Calories, Bad Calories is still happening in people who have read the book and fully grasped what Gary Taubes wrote. Here is an e-mail I received from someone who read the book and then watched a previous video I shared with a similar lecture that Taubes gave at Berkeley last year. The light bulb moment happened and now it just all makes sense. Here's what he wrote:

Holy Wah! I just watched the entire webcast and let me say it was an hour plus well spent and much easier than reading the book. Gary provides scientific support to your (and now my) Livin' La Vida Low Carb lifestyle. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. When it was over I was so excited I ran to the kitchen and cooked up a cheeseburger!

On a side note: I've been livin' la vida low-carb for 82 days now, have lost 61 pounds, and my doctor just called with my latest cholesterol numbers: every component has improved, some quite significantly. All are now in the desirable/optimal range. I was told to keep up the good work, to stay on my low-fat diet, and to limit eating eggs. Jimmy, I didn'’t have the heart to tell him I eat eggs almost every day and still love bacon. I’'ll just let the numbers speak for themselves.

OUTSTANDING! And this is precisely why Gary Taubes wrote his book. This is real life stuff here and should be taken much more seriously than it is. Unfortunately, until our medical community and the powers that be who dominate the information distributed to doctors, nutritionists, and even patients start to accept the truths that are shared in Good Calories, Bad Calories, nothing meaningful is gonna be done to curb the obesity tide that is happening all across the United States and around the world. WAKE UP PEOPLE! The evidence is right there, so stop ignoring it!

Special thanks again to Gary Taubes for putting his entire career on the line to stand up for the solid science that is behind livin' la vida low-carb. It's easy to fall in line with the high-carb, low-fat diet dogma, but that would be dishonest based on the latest data. Taubes and others who seek to educate with the truth should be hailed for their willingness to put it all on the line for what they believe in.

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Blogger David said...

That was a great video Jimmy. It really demonstrated how calorie intake does not solely control your body weight. This video has reinforced my belief in a low carb lifestyle.

2/17/2008 1:06 AM  
Blogger mrs_adm said...

Absolutely fascinating. And I loved how he said he is fomenting a revolution.

2/17/2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

One great study! -- If anybody ever wondered if the ball was rolling, they can wonder no more. -- The Much maligned and overlooked component to this study is that carbohydrates are speed! -- Stimulant/Drugs that have profound effects on our minds and bodies and our hormones. There are as many fat speed freaks as there are skinny or average speed freaks. -- Everybody knows that speed has thousands of distortions. -- NOBODY knows that carbohydrates are speed!

2/17/2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger lovinglife said...

Jimmy -
You are the BEST! I just love Gary Taubes - he bring a credibility to our movement that encourages and sustains me against all the criticism and scoffing.
This video was unbelievable. I was riveted to my computer. I want to see Gary in Phoenix - what a wonderful conference that will be. If I can't attend, I know you will bring us the latest information.
You, Jimmy, are an angel - there is no other way that I get all of my low carb news about Gary Taubes than through your blog.
God bless you for the wonderful work you are doing to overcome not only obesity in this world but to overcome the naysayers and the people who blindly follow the status quo and then wonder why they have diabetes and are obese!
Love the work you do, Jimmy and love your blog. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Keep up the good work.

2/17/2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANK YOU for being here, Mary! If we all do our part, then the TRUTH will get out there. :)

2/17/2008 1:34 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Obesity is definitely a hormonal imbalance. People with hormonal balance can eat to their hearts content, but they will never become obese because they body will shut down all appetite signals until the excess is purged. Obesity is a disease.

2/17/2008 9:44 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks for the video, Jimmy! I really enjoyed watching it.

Also, if you ever run across a low-carb dieter who only has 5 pounds to lose, I'd be interested in knowing how he/she does it!

I really don't have a lot of weight to lose---maybe 5-10 pounds at the most. But I'm finding it really difficult to actually LOSE weight---even on a low-carb diet! Maybe I'm eating too many nuts? I do love peanut butter, and can eat up to 4 tbsp. a day.

Anyway, keep up the great work! Your blog is a wealth of information.

2/17/2008 10:27 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS Rachel! Peanut butter is LOADED with sugar, so I bet you'd see an improvement in your weight if you cut it out of your diet. Be sure to eat more fat when you reduce carbs and the metabolic advantage of livin' la vida low-carb will happen. The best part is your lipid profile will vastly improve while you lose that 10 pounds. :)

2/17/2008 10:32 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Does Low Carb Make You Stupid ?

Taubes: 20 pounds overweight
Jimmy Moore: 60 pounds overweight

To begin: Gary in the video - looks 20 pounds overweight - he obviously is -

Jimmy Moore is 60 pounds overweight - period - however - considering his loose skin problem - his current weight might be a good compromise -

Taubes Conclusions ?
His conclusions do not add up -

He looks at poor people and how the kids are skinny and starving and yet how their mothers are fat and apparently well fed - and tells us that due to motherly love - these mothers certainly would not be keeping food from their kids and instead eating it them selfs - so their must be something magical going on - with the skinny kids/fat mothers thing

Get real Taubes -

There are millions of people who have lost weight on a restricted high carb diet -

millions and millions

according to Taubes - they shouldn't have - to much insulin to lose fat -

Taubes theory about insulin does not work on a restricted calorie high carb diet -

Excessive calorie intake combined with high carb intake might make sense - however - some people in the far east eat a high carb diet of 4000 calories - and their thin -

So his theory doesn't work here either -

His theory about insulin only seems to work - perhaps/maybe - on people who have become insulin resistant eating empty processed foods -


It indeed works on a very high calorie diet and very low carb diet in preventing fat deposition -

My own personal opinion is this -

Excess calories from any source when combined with extremely heat processed sugars - white table sugar or fructose - result in immediate fat deposition -

The more refined sugar - the more fat that is deposited -

This is how people get fat - it's the sugar - not the mirrors -

and sense it is commonly fat or sugar itself that pushes the calories over the top - ?

Taubes wants the world to stop eating carbs for what reason then ?

He's 20 pounds overweight and Jimmy Moore's 60 pounds overweight - Why ? - is this so great ?

If Low Carb makes the people using it think being 20 to 60 pounds overweight is some how the 'new thin' -

then I can only wonder what it is doing to their brains ?

apparently it seems - beans/wheat/and other seeds may be needed for proper brain function -

Dieting and calorie restriction of some sort is needed to lose fat deposits - sometimes high protein combined with weight lifting and a normal calorie intake will shift fat deposits - tricky at best I think though -

Low Carb does one thing well by design - it gets rid of sugar -

Sugar is the most expensive food additive known - as dentist's make about 500 dollars an hour and a mouth of sugar rotted teeth needs about 40,000 dollars to repair properly -

But that's sugar - not wheat - not rice - not beans - not lentils - not millet - not barley -

it's the sugar -

and not the mirrors

Some of my own observations of fat people -

1. Female age 30 - extreme fat deposits on thighs - huge thighs -:
This girl drank sugar soft drinks by the gallon daily - every day I knew her - she a had a gallon thermos jug she filled up every day at the local 7-11 or maverick -

2. Female age 20 - excess and stretched out stomach fat - otherwise quite cute:
Ate bags of candy daily - every day - wanted to become a pole dancer/stripper -

I told her to drop the idea - because that stretched out fat stomach just wouldn't cut it - she hated me -

3. Female age 22 - 20 pounds overweight - fat deposited fairly evenly - wonderful personality -:
Always had some sort of candy bars or sugar and sugar soft drinks with her lunch -

4. Shoppers at store - some fat - some thin -:
They all had one thing in common - they never seemed to buy real food - it was always some kind of processed crap -

Processed crap with sugar in it - which their fat wife or fat kid or fat husband was sure to eat too much of -

2/17/2008 10:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

We know that it takes a bushel of wheat or a bushel of rye to make a quart of Whisky and we know that it takes a bushel of potatoes to make a quart of Vodka and we know that this 'Alcohol' is a potent powerful life altering Drug. -- We also know that this drug is the highest form of carbohydrates. -- I would liken it to Cocaine(which we also know is a full strength man made drug). We know too that this process(carbohydrates to alcohol) is a 'modern man' and 'science' discovery and process.(a several thousands of years of 'modern man' process)! The natives took the Cocaine leaves and chewed them with limes to make the drug cocaine, though to a far lesser strength. -- So drugs is drugs is drugs -- potent drugs. -- Man made drugs! -- So why is it so hard for us to understand that this 'potent drug'(alcohol)made from 'Hybrid Wheat' and 'Hybrid Potatoes' is nothing more than a more potent form of a weaker but equally powerful drug(carbohydrates) like the 'Cocaine' leaves with limes are to the Cocaine or simply to eat the leaves without the lime! -- Sugar. -- We could say that our digestive system then converts these hybrid drugs(carbohydrates) into our blood stream and then throughout our bodies when we eat them! -- Then we can say that the effects of these 'potent powerful drugs' have created our societies as we know them, and altered our existence, and not just altered but altered to a PROFOUND DEGREE, our existence! -- All this to say that modern carbohydrates are man made and bred drugs like speed! -- Stimulant drugs that effect our persons and our bodies and our beings to a profound degree!

2/18/2008 5:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

2/18/2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger TESS said...

Is their a transcript of this speech anywhere on the net? I can't get tube videos.

2/19/2008 7:25 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS Tess! This isn't a YouTube video, it's a Google video. But I'm sorry you can't see it. Unfortunately, there is not a transcript for it yet and it would be very long to type out. I'd try to do it but it would take me a VERY long time working on it for hours a day. Maybe someone who is good at transcribing will come to your rescue. I hope you get to see what Gary Taubes said. :)

2/19/2008 10:06 AM  

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