It may be one factor in some cases, but that's about it. Plenty of people on this forum disprove his silly overstatements because we lost weight by *increasing* carbs.
Last edited by jsa23; 06-17-2012 at 07:37 AM.
Yes, with the proviso that he's talking to a specific group: those genetically predisposed toward obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. Carbs were my downfall; attempts at controlling things via low-fat/carb-rich/calorie restrictive diet (with or without exercise) led nowhere; and adjusting my diet along the lines of his carb-insulin hypothesis (and Mark's carbohydrate curve, for that matter) has played out exactly as described in GCBC.
I understand his approach isn't universally applicable, and if I were a 25-year-old bodybuilder seeking to trim my last few % of BF I'd go a different route...I certainly don't begrudge anyone their sweet potatoes. But as it is, I credit Taubes as much as Sisson for my results (115+ lbs lost and innumerable health issues gone along with them) and often tire of seeing him maligned.
Yes I do. Gary Taubes is a great writer and researcher.
I look at it the way I did teachers and class periods in high school. My first period I had Dr. Atkins, lit a spark. The bell rang and then I went to Mr. Sean Croxton's class, learned how to say "Yo, what's up y'all!" and about a book called "Good calories, bad calories". The bell rang again and I went to Mr. Taubes class, learned a boatload of head scratching scientific stuff. Another bell rang and I went to my locker and let everything I had learned sink in while walking down the hallway.
Now I'm in Mr. Sisson's class and it's cool, cause I get to go barefoot, play outside and splash in the water like a kid and act like a Neanderthal. Life is good!
"After all we did for Britain, selling all that corduroy and making it swing, and all we got was a bit of tin on a piece of leather, an MBE." --George Harrison
Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."
Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food.” Anthony Bourdain
and yes, calories DO count my little piggies