Friday, June 27, 2008
Just read a fantastic article in The New York Times by Gary Taubes (author of Good Calories, Bad Calories) in which he argues that Atkins was right! Put more simply there is now convincing, though not conclusive, evidence that the cause of most diseases — including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer — is carbohydrates and their effect on appetite and insulin. The reason there isn't conclusive evidence yet is that most physicians hate Atkins with a passion and have ridiculed him and his work. But if you have any interest in health, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this article, which, along with Taubes's book, are probably two of the most important things I've read in the past ten years. The article is "What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" You can also hear Gary Taubes talking on a great new blog I discovered about the value of low cab diets. The blog is Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb and it's excellent. I'm looking forward to listening to his conversation with Gary Taubes, which you can listen to here or download to your iPod. Taubes makes a good case that cutting the carbs and eating fat (including steak, bacon, and cheese) will help you lose weight and improve your health profile in every way. Sounds like good science to me. And I also like the idea that I can eat steak, butter, and cheese without feeling bad.