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  • #31
    Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
    You may have cross posted here guys. Which one did you mean, Taubes, Kruse, or Sisson?
    Taubes.

    Originally posted by Rasputina View Post
    I missed that tiff! Do you have a link?
    From a Taubes supporter:
    Taubes (usually my hero) makes the argument that Guyenet is ignoring populations that were poor, eating unrewarding food, and still got fat, thus “refuting” the reward theory. Guyenet disagrees and says that their food was not necessarily unrewarding.

    Taubes says that in science it is always a good idea to consider all the facts, not just the ones that fit your theory. In fact, please do it before giving a talk on the subject. Then he walks away from the mike.

    As the entire audience cringe from the awkwardness of the situation Guyenet answers, with superb coolness, “Thanks for the advice.”
    There are several posts out there on it.

    Here's Guyenet's refutation of Taube's carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity.

    It's a known fact that people find it easier to eat less total fat when restricting carbs. The question is whether there is an additional 'metabolic advantage' to be gained whereby people can eat the same amount of calories yet the people on lower carbs do better. The proof of that pudding would have to be in a clinical trial that attempted to measure that and found no such metabolic advantage. The only advantage is that it's easier to eat less on low card.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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    • #32
      I watched that but it didn't seem "intellectually dishonest" or like he was trying to "take Guyenet down". The two had a perfectly civil exchange of ideas (OK Gary's last comment was a bit snarky). Taubes was just trying to point out that Guyenet was harping a bit too hard on the "food reward" thing as if it were the only factor around.

      Everybody benefits when ideas get exchanged like that. No need to get the egos involved.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
        How about, "Carbs, Calories, and Context : It All Counts"
        Damn! That's snappy! Now, go write it, so we can put all this trifling mess to rest!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          I watched that but it didn't seem "intellectually dishonest" or like he was trying to "take Guyenet down". The two had a perfectly civil exchange of ideas (OK Gary's last comment was a bit snarky). Taubes was just trying to point out that Guyenet was harping a bit too hard on the "food reward" thing as if it were the only factor around.

          Everybody benefits when ideas get exchanged like that. No need to get the egos involved.
          Perhaps it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black?
          Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

          Griff's cholesterol primer
          5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
          Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
          TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
          bloodorchid is always right

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          • #35
            Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
            Perhaps it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black?
            Yeah, probably. Like Rasputina says, it all counts but it seems like many of these speaker/author folks seem to find their one soap box and defend it to the death. No one factor is the root of all health evils just like no one "quick fix" really exists.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Gorgonzola View Post
              Critiques of Taubes?
              Kreiger himself has published a study with link on his site stating that a low carb diet works best.
              That series of articals doesn't refute the insulin/carbohydrate hypothesis of fat storage. It refutes the insulin/protein hypothethesis of fat storage which I have never heard any one state anyway.

              As an electronic design engineer, I only get paid by making things work well in the real world. It does me no good to finesse the circuit, persuade it through clever arguments that it should work, or cite endless up to date studies on why it should work. Either I did my job right and it works, or it doesn't.

              I'll tell you what the value of Taubes’ "dated" research is: it works. Since the time of Banting's publication, countless people have achieved effortless, long term sustainable normalization of body fat percentage by restricting carbohydrates. Methods based on "modern understanding of obesity" and “thermodynamics" has produced no useful results; indeed, it has been a grotesque failure. In case you haven't noticed, there is an epidemic of diabesity going on.

              If the practitioners of modern weight loss theory only got paid when their clients achieved long term weight loss, an entire multi-billion dollar treatment and research industry would collapse. That is the real reason for Taubes bashing. Health care practitioners only continue to get paid when their clients stay sick.
              That low-carb can work isn't what's being disputed. It's all the other fairy tale nonsense, ignored research, misrepresentation of data that taubes spouts. Seriously, the guy set out with a book advance and an agenda to prove carbs are evil and fattening.
              Low carb isn't the panacea and long term weight loss isn't achieved by many on ANY diet. Remember when obesity rates dramatically fell when 1 in 11 people was following an Atkins style diet during the one of the huge low-carb popularity explosions? Neither do I.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by pqljdpaj
                His tiff with Guyenet showed that he's not an intellectually honest person, which makes his material suspect.

                He's similar to the Wheat Belly douche. Has some nominally correct conclusions, but the road to those conclusions is riddled with 6-foot potholes.
                At which point during the "tiff" (because it was actually a very civil debate), did you feel that Taubes was "intellectually dishonest"? What specific points of "Wheat Belly" did you disagree with? I'm going to pull a bit of a Sherlock here, and suggest that you really, deeply want to discredit these gentleman, because you want to personally justify your grain consumption. Guess what? We really don't give two farthings whether you, personally, consume grains. Grain consumption is not the basis of Primal nor Paleo, but all stripes post here, so there's no need to play good cop/bad cop.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Rasputina View Post
                  At which point during the "tiff" (because it was actually a very civil debate), did you feel that Taubes was "intellectually dishonest"? What specific points of "Wheat Belly" did you disagree with? I'm going to pull a bit of a Sherlock here, and suggest that you really, deeply want to discredit these gentleman, because you want to personally justify your grain consumption. Guess what? We really don't give two farthings whether you, personally, consume grains. Grain consumption is not the basis of Primal nor Paleo, but all stripes post here, so there's no need to play good cop/bad cop.
                  The bot got ya

                  Here's another write-up.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                  Griff's cholesterol primer
                  5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                  Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                  TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                  bloodorchid is always right

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                    The bot got ya

                    Here's another write-up.
                    Damned bot!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                      Here's another write-up.
                      Why does it have to even be framed as "This VS. That"? I think they are both right.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Why does it have to even be framed as "This VS. That"? I think they are both right.
                        The criticism he offered to Guyenet finished with "in science it is always a good idea to consider all the facts, not just the ones that fit your theory. In fact, please do it before giving a talk on the subject. "

                        Perhaps he should consider the log in his own eye before the speck in Guyenet's eye?

                        On the points that they disagree on, I think that Taubes is wrong.
                        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                        Griff's cholesterol primer
                        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                        bloodorchid is always right

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                          The criticism he offered to Guyenet finished with "in science it is always a good idea to consider all the facts, not just the ones that fit your theory. In fact, please do it before giving a talk on the subject. "

                          Perhaps he should consider the log in his own eye before the speck in Guyenet's eye?

                          On the points that they disagree on, I think that Taubes is wrong.
                          Yes, that last comment was a bit snarky.
                          Honestly those two should just drop trou and get out a ruler and settle the matter once and for all.

                          But while I still think they are both right, I still think they each only have a piece of a very complex puzzle.

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