Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

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“You spend your whole life sort of cycling in and out of diets.  I was a football player, I’m the kind of guy who gains weight easily.  I know what it’s like to have to lose weight and be hungry all the time and to eat small portions of food, and now I’m eating enormous portions… and I’m losing weight.  It’s a different phenomenon- trust me…  And it doesn’t seem… There’s no sense of restriction, there’s never any time when I’m hungry.  There’s never any time when I’m not eating large portions of food.  It’s an entirely different phenomenon.  It’s as though my body without carbs, and now with intermittent fasting, works like my lean friends’ bodies work all the time.  It’s just- you take away the carbs… we’re now kind of similar people.” – Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSci.org).  With a background in physics, Taubes brings a unique perspective to scientific journalism, and takes a special interest in investigating so-called “bad science.”  Taubes is the author of several books, including The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and Good Calories, Bad Calories.  He is also a contributor to publications such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has won numerous awards for his journalism.  He lectures extensively about why we get fat, sharing his knowledge about the myths surrounding nutrition and how faulty research has led to poor food choices and an obesity epidemic.

I caught up with Gary at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to talk about investigating bad science, nutrition misconceptions, and the importance of self-experimentation to determine which type of diet is healthiest for your body.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Gary’s relationship with the CrossFit community
  • The importance of critical thinking and skepticism
  • Gary’s educational background in physics and how he became a journalist investigating bad science
  • How he came to be involved in nutrition
  • The research and writing process for his book, Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • The shift in conventional nutrition wisdom that he’s witnessed over the past 15 years
  • How his Nutrition Science Initiative is working to dispel the misconceptions about by years of faulty research methods
  • Bad science in nutrition and the importance of approaching obesity research without preconceptions
  • How he’s now witnessing that health information is now flowing from the bottom up- patients toward doctors
  • How Gary’s diet has changed over the years
  • Gary’s hypothesis that people physiologically respond to food differently due to different hormonal responses
  • The healthiest way to eat for the general population and the need for self-experimentation
  • The role of carbohydrates for athletes
  • Three things Gary does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he thinks could have a big impact on his health, but that he struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to Gary

You can follow Gary via his website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Ep 80- Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease
Ep 88- From Hypocrite to Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Blonsky

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