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Turns out, weak willpower isn’t completely to blame. In a new paper published in Cognitive Neuroscience, researchers set out to see how the brain’s self-control and reward centers square off when they spot a food signal and how the pathway between those centers might affect your ability to abstain from temptation. To investigate this, they examined the. Turns out, weak willpower isn’t completely to blame. In a new paper published in Cognitive Neuroscience, researchers set out to see how the brain’s self-control and reward centers square off when they spot a food signal and how the pathway between those centers might affect your ability to abstain from temptation.

Now new research in the New England Journal of Medicine sheds some light on why, and the answer is not lack of willpower. It seems that our hormones at least those involved in appetite. Since one diet or another has told us that we need to rely on trusty willpower, we’re primed to blame ourselves even though we’ve been set up to fail.

Researcher tells us diets fail because of biology, not weakness or a lack of willpower. It’s not a result of a lack of willpower. It’s not that you did something wrong. Your body was taking care of you—even when you tried to exert all the willpower. It may seem shocking to hear it isn’t your fault you haven’t lost weight, or that lack of willpower isn’t the problem.

You may be reading this blog post and not believe me. You may even want to stop reading further posts from me, although I hope you stay because that means you are open to something different. Willpower is actually not quite as constant and as “built-in” as one might think. Many complex factors affect the strength of your willpower on a daily basis – sleep (and lack of), stress and nutrition to name a few. So willpower is not exactly the most reliable way to maintain a health and fitness regime or get started.

It’s too variable. Using willpower sometimes means not doing something, like skipping that second slice of cake you really want. Or it may call for a delay, like having.

Willpower is something you might have less of thanks to luck or upbringing, not a magic power that lazy people refuse to use, says Oliver Burkeman.

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When we overeat, we blame ourselves for being weak and lacking self-control, but research suggests that overeating is not necessarily an issue of willpower.

“A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response” by George S. Everly, Jr., Jeffrey M. Lating
from A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response
by George S. Everly, Jr., Jeffrey M. Lating
Springer New York, 2019

Dieters blame and chastise themselves for being weak and lacking “willpower.”

“Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition” by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
from Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition
by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
Guilford Publications, 2019

I suspect it is because of the well-known phenomenon that people feel guilty after overeating, thus eating sugar and fat-filled foods appears to result in punishment rather than positive reinforcement—therefore, how could bad eating habits be learned?

“Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise” by Robert E. Thayer
from Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise
by Robert E. Thayer
Oxford University Press, 2003

This fatigue, in turn, causes us to have more failures of self-control or willpower (e.g., we fail to refrain from eating unhealthy foods).

“Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World” by Mike Brooks, Jon Lasser
from Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World
by Mike Brooks, Jon Lasser
Oxford University Press, 2018

Similarly, when we use willpower to go on a diet, we may be determined at first, but as the feeling of deprivation wears us down, we become less and less able to resist going on a binge.

“Lose Weight Now: The Easy Way” by Allen Carr
from Lose Weight Now: The Easy Way
by Allen Carr
Arcturus, 2011

Where willpower comes in is when life presents challenges to that vision, like being asked by your office mates to go for a pizza just as you are leaving for your daily fitness walk.

“ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy” by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
from ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy
by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
Atria Books, 2009

And worst of all, diets rely on “willpower,” that elusive virtue that will almost always crumble, right along with our self-confidence.

“The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet” by Alona Pulde, Matthew Lederman, Marah Stets, Brian Wendel, Darshana Thacker
from The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
by Alona Pulde, Matthew Lederman, et. al.
Atria Books, 2017

The same sort of reasoning applies to the willpower concept whenever it is used to “explain” why people do or do not stay on their diets or abolish bad habits.

“Handbook of Adult Resilience” by John W. Reich, Alex J. Zautra, John Stuart Hall
from Handbook of Adult Resilience
by John W. Reich, Alex J. Zautra, John Stuart Hall
Guilford Publications, 2010

And if you’ve failed a lot of diets in the past then you could be constantly telling yourself ‘I’m a failure, I can’t stick to things’, and this could be a reason that you are constantly sabotaging your efforts to live a healthy life.

“The Goddess Revolution: Food and Body Freedom for Life” by Melissa Wells
from The Goddess Revolution: Food and Body Freedom for Life
by Melissa Wells
Hay House, 2016

Frustrated dieters often blame themselves for lack of self-control.

“Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Sandra Alters, Wendy Schiff
from Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Sandra Alters, Wendy Schiff
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005

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  • Its still shock me just how some people do not know about Custokebon Secrets despite the fact that a lot of people with it. Thanks to my personal pal who told me about it. I have lost a ton of fat.

  • So going into a low calorie diet causes your body to go into “self protection” mode……I get that but how does going into a NO CALORIE diet (for an extended time as in intermittent fasting) not cause the same thing? I don’t see how your body would know that you’re intermittent fasting either. Wouldn’t your body want to conserve energy there as well? It seems that the idea is that “eating makes you hungry” and “not eating makes you not hungry”.

  • Hi, i suffer on BED, not officially diagnosed. Waiting for an appointment at psychologist. In mean while i got prescribed an Quetiapine by my GP. I was told by my GP I can’t get the ADHD medication from her coz of its amphetamine based. Quetiapine is apparently used for treating OCD. (Apart from schizofrenia and bi-polar). Any option on this meds? I’ve been on it for 10 days 50mg/day.

  • I guess few people including this lady still don’t get it. It’s the food. Stop eating industrialized Frankenfood loaded with salt, sugar, fat and white flour and your weight AND health problems will disappear without dieting. Start eating real whole foods as nature presents it.

  • I have noticed a positive effect in my mood since taking a 10 strain probiotic supplement. Depression has gone down, anxiety is less intense and I feel happier in general.

  • Please, If there are people out there who overcame BED, could you tell me if there is a chance I can change my mindset and treat myself without receiving professional help and consultation? I have neither enough money to afford therapy nor a professional who would be qualified to deal with my eating disorder. Also, here in Russia it is absolutely impossible to get vyvanse as it is considered a drug and any attempt of getting it will be unlawful.
    I’m desperate to find a solution and just finally be healthy but I have no idea what is there to be done.

  • “There is no such thing as will power and all weight is a healthy weight…”????

    She tip toes around words worrying about offending people but multiple time has no issue saying “Jesus/God” in a curse form.
    She wants us to have sympathy for people who are genetically disadvantaged with weight gain again saying will power won’t help but then gives ideas on how to avoid bad food.
    I weighed 275lbs. I lost 50lbs because I had an autoimmune disease to gluten and am no getting fit lifting and eating REAL food. It wasn’t a simple “eat less” or “diet” strategy but I still did something about it. Go to a doctor. Go to a nutritionist. Eat Real Food and stop eating crap food. Want some “Will power”? What you’re eating is killing you. A diet may not fix it but doing nothing is, as she puts it (the only real thing I appreciated her saying) is that we are lazy.
    We need to stop tip toeing around the issue. Get angry. Get mad. Do something but stop saying woe is me while stuffing your face with a doughnut. You just might have a genetic condition. You just might have a disease causing inflammation like I did. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. If a diet doesn’t work, seek professional help. We can complain about how unfair weight is all we want but that won’t help us when we are six feet under and dead at 45 because we died of obesity. I’m willing to help anyone who is willing to help themselves. I am sure this lady is as kind and compassionate as she is scatter brained but I hear a lot of enabling and a lot of excuses and no real ways to help until 40 minutes into the video which was to “eat veggies first” and to “keep candy out of arms reach.” Really? Ya think? She clearly is doing something right because she looks fit. Instead of telling us “it’s ok” tell us what YOU do for your body type. Every body is different and needs different diets depending on our goals but if you eat candy, drink soda, eat fast food and can’t seem to eat even just 5 cups of veggies ( you need about 10) then you aren’t taking your health seriously. It shouldn’t take WILL POWER to simply want to live unless you are clinically depressed. Obesity WILL kill you and lower your quality of life. Change your lifestylechange your thinkingget your butt off the coach, away from the TV, go outside, make a plan, get friends to help and do it. Sugar is HIGHLY addictive and is in everything in a box. Buy real food, go through a couple days of withdraw and come out a new person. It may not be “will power” but it will take a new and healthy habit to want to have a new and better life.

  • You need to read the book that is all based om scientific experiment.
    I am a true believer in what she’s saying.
    She is not saying don’t use good judgement.
    She sis saying that people who don’t eat all day long is not because of will power. It is like some people have an itch that they need to scratch and some don’t have the itch or have a lesser itch to scratch
    And actually, I have this proven throughout my life. It is good to have science saying the same thing.

  • I have been a follower of Gary Taube’s for years. My question is, why is there very little mention of the insulin index and insulin load researched by the University of Sydney by Kirsten Bell in the 1990’s?

  • myth of willpower? huh? how misleading. I have used willpower to avoid junk foods since I was 10 years old. Roy Baumeister has written a fantastic book called WILLPOWER. So have Kelly Mcgonigal & Walter Mischel. If most ppl don t use their willpower because they are willpower illiterate it does nt make willpower a myth. That s like saying if people don t know Donald Trump he does nt exist!

  • Would love to read more on this. So, if we begin counting grams of sugar vs. calories, will our neuro-gut connection heal? Or has the damage already been done?

  • I’m a regular gym goer 3-4 week and I’ve been on Keto for about 8 weeks and I also do IF for 18hrs fasting to 6 hours eating window. I’ve lost some weight around my belly but want more. I’m 6’3” with 40” waist. Few questions: was diagnosed with inactive thyroid and was prescribed 100mcg of levothyroxine a day which I take daily after my fasting period ends. After a further half hour I can eat. Q1 is the levothyroxine or this high dose interfering with my weight loss is it preventing it as it controls my metabolism? Q2 I’ve been going through everything I consume after eliminating most carbs I feel that I am in ketosis with the benefits of being in ketosis you describe but I have found traces of sugar in things like turkey rashers. Kefir also sunflower oil in the D3 and coq10, and omega 3-6-9 supplements I take, so Q2 do I need to eliminate all traces of sugar and all these unhealthy oils in my supplements if I want to maximise burning more body fat? I don’t count calories as I’m not a massive eater and I only eat twice a day and don’t snack at all. I try and eat whole foods eggs, turkey, chicken, mushrooms salads etc. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • “dietary restraint” so being put on a diet at age 3 may have made things worse…? Yeah I think so…. plus all the decades of dieting that followed:-/

  • I don’t know if Taubes is correct or not but he is at least using scientific method. He is the one who compiled the metadata that scientifically refuted a half century of almost universally accepted false hypothesis. Too bad Nusi didn’t hit it out of the park on its first try but they at least put their hypothesis to the test. I want Taubes to be influencing the direction of nutrition research because he’s using logic over emotion. More insulin related research would be very helpful.

  • So… Where can I get cholera? ����������

    Seriously, Taubes is being attacked by the orthodoxy not because he is wrong, but because he is right.

  • Longevity Becoming Centenarians

    There is no amount of Medicine by Chemistry, Exercise, or Supplementation That will cure a Bad Diet”…
    http://70goingon100.com/longevity-and-centenarians.html

  • Around 14:35 he admits that he’s not sure of the affects are long term. My biggest concern is the affects of low carb, high fat is on colon and digestive health. If anyone who has been on a diet like this long term, can you please comment?

  • Ya know, the vegan doctors might disagree with Gary Taubes, but damn he is a picture of health and looks great for his age. He’s only 3 years younger than Dean Ornish and looks far better IMHO.

  • Taubes is exactly right, as usual. And the observation that the authorities have been prescribing by hypothesis (rather than evidence) is spot on. This hypothesis has been adopted with vice-like commitment by authorities because, essentially, it has the ultimate goal of making the human fit the food supply. And, as pointed out, there are some people that seem to tolerate the current food supply (presumably while keeping sugars and oils in check, ie, cooking at home). Privileged people of socioeconomic means (eg, Pollan, Gladwell, many medical doctors) evidently have the required phenotype to tolerate a whole-foods, predominantly plant diet, without getting sick. However, this simply isn’t true for everyone. Yes, we simply have to acknowledge this latter point. Furthermore, there are people who can appear healthy by remaining lean on the “real food, mostly plants” diet but are still getting sick (insulin resistant, diabetic, prone to cancer) on the inside.

  • Don’t laugh, but hypnosis has helped alot for my binge eating disorder. I am also not obese so no one thought there was an issue, but the stress is real and the feelings of failure are real. I would hide how much I ate from friends and coworkers by secretly eating before going out to eat with them. I would binge on carrots/celery/lettuce to avoid weight gain to the point I actually developed carotenemia (my friends noticed before I did). I would eat 4 heads of lettuce in one sitting (no dressing or bowl, just straight up lettuce head). Did you know you can eat so much celery that it has a mouth numbing component? Hypnosis recordings (most from YouTube) specifically for BED (not just “weight loss”) helped me with the anxiety and depression/mania that induce BED. It also helped to give me language to use with myself pre-/post episode to help slow the cycle. People with BED, including myself, are psychologically brutal to themselves and we can be our own worst bully. Finding hypnosis/mantras/phrases to help re-write my inner dialogue was life changing.

  • I liked that part at around 12:40 were Mr. Katz says ” No evedance that it works better than a more sustainable diet”. Yes! Mr Katz. A diet were you are not hungry is very hard to sustain? Lost 180lbs. in 11 months. Still not working.

  • 1st….I’m not overweight, but I’m just very interested in what’s right and wrong. Its easy as you say for some to say just do this or just do that. However, it’s not always straight forward and in my opinion, you have to make your own mind up as to what is the right decision. That’s where it becomes difficult to choose, coz you feel like, am I going to do more damage than good. Also that they say avoid stress as it raises cortisol, but you can stress yourself by worry of that correct choice. After watching many videos on this subject, I’m confident what you say is 100% correct. I also liked your slower and clear explanation in simple, easy to understand ways.
    My thoughts are, if you are worrying that you may be doing the wrong thing by changing something, ask yourself something.
    1. Have you been doing the same thing for years. As example,if u have pretty much lived on sugar for 10, 20, 30+ years, then would it be really that bad seeing if anything changes with something different in just 1 year.? I mean you have stressed your body for possibly 30+ years, so what’s a 1 year or months test gonna harm.? If you feel something terrible, then listen to your body and stop.
    2. Are you overweight, in pain, always tired, etc.? Well clearly a change is a good option, as the option you have chose to this day has gave you these issues. So ignoring it is just burying your head in the sand and just hoping for a magic cure.
    I mean if your car was playing up, sounding dodgy, would you get it looked at fixed or wait for something to go…….BANG.
    your life is more important than anything, as it’s not as simple as saying….oh well……I’ll pop to the shops and buy another. ��

    I subscribed and wish you and everyone else all the best. ����

  • I’m listening to the case studies section of this video by these two jerks, and my blood is boiling. The first 2 cases studies clearly are caused by WEIGHT LOSS GOALS AND MEDICALLY-PRESCRIBED DIETING. These 2 jerk MDs are prescribing psychological & psychiatric treatment for a problem dieting that is *iatrogenic*: caused by medical treatment in this case, doctors prescribing weight loss and dieting (typically, eat less, exercise more) BECAUSE THE LECTURERS AND THE CLIENTS’ DOCTORS ARE IGNORANT ABOUT HEALTH AND GREATER BODY SIZE. The clients are all UNDEREATING. BECAUSE THEIR DOCTORS TOLD THEM TO, BECAUSE THEIR DOCTORS THINK THEY SHOULD LOSE WEIGHT. THAT’S WHAT’S CAUSING THEIR BINGING! THESE PATIENTS DON’T NEED CBT OR DRUGS: THEY NEED TO BE TOLD THEY ARE FINE AT THE SIZE THEY ARE, THAT HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH OUTCOMES THAN WEIGHT LOSS, AND THAT THEY NEED TO STOP DIETING, EXERCISING, OR MEAL-SKIPPING/UNDEREATING TO LOSE WEIGHT. THEY SHOULD BE PRESCRIBED “HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE,” A HEALTHY, NON-DIETING, MODERATELY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE THAT INCLUDES SIZE ACCEPTANCE, NOT TRYING TO CHANGE ONE’S SIZE OR WEIGHT. THESE LECTURERS ARE DISGUSTING, AND HARMING PEOPLE: PUTTING THEM ON DRUGS AND TELLING THEM THEY HAVE A PSYCH DISORDER, WHEN IN FACT, THE CLIENTS’ ONLY PROBLEMS ARE THEIR IRRATIONAL, IGNORANT, FAT-PHOBIC DOCTORS, INCLUDING THESE 2 LECTURERS. IT IS FLAT-OUT WRONG THAT GREATER BODY SIZE IS INHERENTLY LESS HEALTHY, EXCEPT AT WEIGHT EXTREMES, AND BEING AT THE LOW END OF THE “NORMAL” BMI, OR UNDERWEIGHT, IS FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN BEING SIGNIFICANTLY PLUS SIZE OR “SUPER OBESE.” THESE, AND MOST DOCTORS, ARE IGNORING THE VAST MAJORITY OF WEIGHT/HEALTH RESEARCH SHOWING THAT A) CORRELATION DOES NOT PROVE CAUSATION B) MOST WEIGHT RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED IN WAYS THAT ARE A JOKE, SUCH AS THE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, OR THE ACTUAL THINGS THAT PREVENTED DIABETES IN THAT STUDY, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE NOT WEIGHT LOSS, BUT EXERCISE. SEE THE ORIGINAL STUDY FOR THE PROOF OF THIS. C) WHEN ADJUSTED FOR AGE, ALMOST ALL EVIDENCE OF “OBESITY”-CORRELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS DISAPPEAR, BECAUSE THOSE HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND GREATER SIZE, ARE CORRELATED WITH INCREASED AGE (UP TO QUITE OLD). HEART DISEASES, HEART ATTACK, STROKE, CANCERS, AND T2D ARE ALL ILLNESSES OF GREATER AGE, AND PEOPLE GAIN WEIGHT TYPICALLY, AS THEY AGE. SO THE PROBLEM ISN’T CAUSED BY THE WEIGHT, IT’S JUST THAT PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER TO GET THESE DISEASES, WHICH IS NOT A BAD THING. I COULD GO ON, BUT PLEASE, TO THE MDS LECTURING HERE EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE RESEARCH THAT HAS GIVEN RISE TO HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE AS EVIDENCED-BASED MEDICINE, NOT PRESCIBING WEIGHT LOSS FOR PLUS-SIZE PEOPLE.

  • An interesting clinical study would be to have an obese person shadow a lean and healthy person. Let them do and eat exactly the same. What would be the outcome?

  • Why health organizations are afraid on the long term health on ketogenic diets and not on the mediterranian diet,mediterranian diet gives you obessity and a lot of diseases from your twenties till the rest of your life hahhaa

  • Genetics and personality (open, outgoing) play a role, making some people struggle with excess weight in the modern environment of high calorie density foods. But if they are only able to eat foods under 700 calories a pound, (veggies, beans, whole grains, fruit) over time they will have an ideal bmi, they just need to maintain it for the rest of their life, in the modern food environment and with all the social pressures it is a challenge for agreeable, open, extroverts…

  • The gentlemen presenting did an absolutely wonderful job giving their own insight from different scenarios and explaining the challenges that people face with BED. Thank you!

  • The answer is not drugs. That is a temporary solution to one problem, that will cause more problems and allow the root of the BED to remain deeply embedded in the person. The solution is never drugs.

  • The “experts” say we eat because we are fat, not we are fat because we eat. We have more doctors, more nurses, more researchers, more specialists, more consultants, more professors, more vegans, more gyms, more osteopaths, more vaccinations, more world renowned disease experts, more science conferences, more aroma-therapists, more high fat diet fads, more low carbohydrate diet fads, more dieticians, more medications, more pescatarians, more keto-warriors, more nutrition supplements, more side effects of medications, more microbiome gurus, more herbal remedies, more deaths from medications and more yoga experts.

    We have more science collaborations around the World claiming they will cure diseasejust give them more money – the cure that never arrives, more Reiki masters, more therapists, more “we are fighting cancer together donate here, buy our lottery ticket” rhetoric, more vegetarians, more meat-only diets, more stem cell knowledge and claims of Universal well-being for all using a stem-pill that also never arrives, more acupuncturists, more cosmic breathing gurus, more longevity-scientist scammers, more University public relations releases claiming “we are close to a cure” fabrications, more tree huggers, more medical schools, more accessible information systems, more dieticians, more spiritual healers, more national wellness guidelines and more nutritionists than we ever had in Human history.

    Despite these pinnacles of Human endeavor we are the sickest, most medicated and most bedridden we have ever been. The younger populous is getting sick earlier than ever before, despite maternity improvements. It’s obscene. We have more cancer, more childhood obesity, more heart disease, more senility, more adult obesity, more diabetes, more pre-diabetes and we are more disabled than ever before. Life expectancy is falling. Being old is associated with sickness, pill popping and the need for nursing care 24/7 in a jail-house-like building full of strangers all waiting to meet their maker. Disease has won the battle. If disease doesn’t get you now, wait 10 years and it will. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting dimmer by the day.

    Admit it – the modern model of human well-being and how to deal with our health problems has failed. It is not fit for purpose. Let it go. It’s not even good for the Doctors that we seek for help, they’re all stressed out, overworked and, quite frankly, could do with a break themselves. Maybe that would reduce the huge drug, alcohol and suicide problems within that profession. The brightest minds at the cream-of-the-crop Universities over several decades have claimed they can resolve our well-being and health problems, through experiments, analysis and team work. “Experts” such as this speaker have failed us all spectacularly. This will not change and as we age we need to rethink what we can do for ourselves and those around us.

  • Dr Neal Barnard said he could not understand all these people having heart attack while being in good shape, and reverse heart problems by plant base diet just a heads up you guys need to get together what do you think?

  • This whole lecture here is based on a hypothesis while neglecting the facts. I wouldn’t know about you but I would not listen to someone who is basing health on an unsubstantiated hypothesis. Well his hypothesis actually proves you will increase your chances of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity but whatever, he wrote a book so he must know what he is talking about.

  • He didn’t talk about the inverse of insulin, glucagon. This liver residing hormone is instrumental in helping breakdown of FFAs. Insulin goes down glucagon goes up. The main reason the failing diets are promoted is money! There are so many vested interests in keeping us unhealthy. Food, pharmaceutical, medical, nursing homes, and government population control all have a hand.

    Every dollar spent on population control is worth ten dollars on climate change. Fewer people less energy required. Take out the 0-5 year old from life expectancy statistics and we are dying sooner than 200 years ago. 0-5 year olds benefit from better sanitation from 200 years ago. With the advent of AI to company profits people are now superfluous except as consumers. Sick people are less likely to revolt. Follow the money!

  • It’s not about what you eat, it’s about the how, when and the why. Listen to your gut and to your hunger, and to your gut and hunger only. Make concious decisions: “What do i want to eat? What do i crave?”. Learn to listen to your hunger and stop if you are not hungry anymore. Don’t eat if you are not hungry.

  • Probably the guy in this community that has gotten the most hate considering he started this way before it was popular. So glad he’s still in the game. Gary Taubes is a legend.

  • With intermediate fasting 14/10 I lost very easily 10 kg in one month. But…. no more.what I gained is the familiarisation with fasting but I do not think I could lower further my weight

  • My Great Aunt was fat until a couple of years before she died-at the age of 97. The actor, Leon Askin (Hogan’s Heroes), was also fat until he died-also at the age of 97. Not all that many people of any weight live that long, but most lose weight and look thin a couple of years before they get sick & die. All of my fat relatives suddenly got thin shortly before death-all lived at least until age 80 & even way beyond. Instead of considering these cases to be some strange paradox, maybe the reasons should be investigated.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3963496/
    https://www.livescience.com/15362-live-100-longevity-good-genes.html
    https://www.mdedge.com/ccjm/article/96020/geriatrics/obesity-elderly-more-complicated-you-think

  • Assuming that if one person is “healthy”-mostly defined by modern people as thin-on a particular diet, that it would be good for everyone is mistaken. It ignores the reality of individual differences. Also, you can be thin and have fatty liver, insulin resistance and/or diabetes. It’s often called skinny fat or TOFI (Thin On the Outside/Fat On The Inside):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOFI
    Metabolically Healthy Obesity: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265405.php

  • I’ll opt for: 90, stay healthy, feel great, then keel over. Be your own lab rat! LCHF for 11 months now. Went from healthy to healthier, don’t miss the bread, pasta, starchy vegetables and definitely not the sugar, as little of as I ate.

  • A masterful talk. It’s two decades since he wrote “what if it’s all been a big fat lie?”. Evidence getting stronger every year.����

  • ‘They’ can say and write all they like I already know what worked for me, in weight loss, lipids and HbA1c. Low carb-Keto mix.

  • Brilliant and meticulous,as always. I am sure the keen observers amongst us might have noticed this… Since the past few years (actually the past couple of years)…. the proponents of the “regular” healthy diet (SAD) have been dumping, in their own dubious ways, the so called “researched” findings very frequently into the mainstream media….( be it about demonizing coconut oil or talking condescendingly about low carb diet..)

    and then look at how the LCHF/keto gurus have been responding back….not by opposing them…but by meticulously responding to them POINT by POINT.. (take the case of Jillian Michaels and how each member if keto community responded to her points)…
    This is one battle these SAD folks are DEFINITELY losing…and this is one battle where everyone is going to gain (in health) even if there are losers…

    Hats off to all these frontline soldiers who are trying to make us healthy again.. the way we are supposed to be!

  • When I hear Gary Taubes, I imagine Jimmy Stewart is giving me health advice. �� He’s great tells it like it is, and how it should be!

  • I am the one taking diet with exercise eating less & healthy but the result still my weight not even lost my weight…so very dissapointed��

  • 8.25 ” there s no evidence at all that people can harness their willpower. Actually not sure what that even means ” if she wrote the book how can she not know what it means?

  • Oh yes..
    So, sometimes I watch coach Greg. He is big-time into calories in calories out….eat less move more….yada yada yada.
    I keep silently screaming what about ppl who are metabolic compromised?
    What about when your metabolism slows?
    What if you’re menopausal?
    And then i come here, for some sanity

  • How does someone who’s never had diabetes, doesn’t consume any carbs, only eats one meal a day manage their insulin level. What are they supposed to do. Where do they find their insulin level to manage it?

  • I have reservations about Taubes saying that “we” (the overweight and diabetic people) get fat and sick eating the same diet as “them” (lean and fit people).
    Honestly, i never saw someone who was overweight without over eating, whether it’s fast/processed food, or even what would be seen as healthier but in bigger quantities; plus drinking regularly, if not daily, soda drinks and alcohol.
    CICO maybe not the only thing to take into account but it’s still holds value. Overeat your meats and nuts and you will maintain your weight or gain some. I understand the benefits of Low-carbs for glycemic reasons butt he weight loss part is where i disagree.

    Can anyone really tell me that they, or someone they know, got overweight and sick by having a healthy diet? I’ve been looking at a crapton of videos for the past two weeks of Taubes, Fung, Noakes, Cywes and others, about keto, LCHF and the benefits of saturated fat. But remember that even they are selling something, like a book. The appeal is that what they’re telling us is kind of novel and new and unorthodox. But like anyone else, they’re showing us what they want to, the positive research and numbers.
    I was in my twenties at max. 122kg and diagnosed with T2 diabetes. I am 35 and weight 73kg. I got fat because i ate so much of everything. Maybe my phentoype is like the one he describes but clearly what i ate would damage any phenotype for sure.

    What i’m saying is ALWAYS take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt, have some doubt. I’ll keep looking at his videos and think they’re great but some parts i’m having trouble agreeing with.

  • Do you ever wonder if ‘germaphobes’ are perhaps just more sensitive to the microbiome around them?  As in the person is able to detect when their own microbes are fending off invading microbes from the surrounding environment, making them feel anxious in new ‘foreign’ environments.