121: Gary Taubes – The Key to Losing Weight and Weight Management


If you want to do what you can to control your weight, you don’t do it by eating less. You do it by lowering your insulin levels. Click To Tweet

You’ve probably been told that, in order to lose weight, you need to eat less calories and exercise more.

But, as you may have experienced, doing this rarely works. And this is true for so many people.

So the question is: what does work when it comes to weight loss and weight management?

As this week’s returning guest and best-selling author Gary Taubes points out, the key to better health and weight management is to follow a high-fat keto diet.

In this episode, you’ll find out the mechanisms behind why a keto diet works so well, who this diet is right for, and how specific hormones are affected by a high-fat diet.

Gary also dives into why reducing calories doesn’t work, how obesity is connected to hormone issues, and the science of hunger, among other topics.

The link between excess weight and diet runs through carbohydrates and the hormone insulin. Click To Tweet

Gary Taubes is an investigative health and science journalist and researcher as well as a best-selling author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and Good Calories, Bad Calories.

In his latest book, The Case for Keto, Gary explains why we need to rethink weight control, how to do that, and why a low-carb, high-fat diet is the answer.

By tuning into this episode, you’ll have a sneak peek into the principles in his latest book and you’ll hear more about the following topics:

  • What Gary found in his research that led him to write his latest book The Case for Keto
  • What happened in a two-day conference in Zurich that compared a conventional low-fat high-carb diet to a keto diet
  • Understanding what works better for metabolically disturbed people
  • More about the Harvard Nurses study
  • Why keto is not about reducing calories and what it focuses on instead
  • The concept of weight regulation, including what the traditional way of thinking is and why it’s flawed
  • Why obesity is a hormonal disorder and the hormone that’s wreaking havoc here
  • The breakdown of hormonal regulation
  • Will you really gain weight eating just 10-20 calories more per day than your body can handle?
  • Are there other hormones affecting weight gain? If so, what are they?
  • What is hunger driven by?
  • The science of hunger
  • What is at the root of metabolic disruption?
  • What does it take to fix a faulty metabolism?
  • Why some people can tolerate carbs and sugar without any problems
  • Are seed oils also an issue?
  • Is there a credible health institution that can be trusted and seen as a reliable source for nutrition information?
  • Using keto for kids, including the risks, benefits, and the approach to take
  • If you stay off carbs and sugar for a year and achieve your target weight, can you go back to eating those foods?

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Guest post by Dr. Anthony Gustin, DC, MS

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