Nutritionism’s Great Blunder

Dr. Ancel Keys has been accused of many great nutritional crimes, but his greatest blunder was the inadvertent triumph of nutritionism.  Dr. Keys was one of the great proponents of saturated fat as one of the main determinants of the … Continued

The Great Carbohydrate Debate – How to Lose Weight VIII

In the ongoing effort to lose weight, the uncontroversial first step is to reduce added sugars.  The next step is to reduce refined carbohydrates.  There are many diets that advocate increasing carbohydrate intake instead.  And some of them do indeed … Continued

The Atkins Onslaught – Hormonal Obesity XVIII

The low carbohydrate diet long preceded the infamous Dr. Atkins.  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 -1826) wrote the influential textbook “The Physiology of Taste” in 1825. Sometimes considered the father of the low carbohydrate diet, he wrote: “The second of the … Continued

How Insulin Works – Hormonal Obesity VII

We’ve reviewed how the hormone insulin (and cortisol) leads to weight gain.  However, what increases insulin?  This is where the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis falls short. It may be helpful to review normal insulin action, since we will be talking about it – … Continued

The Carbohydrate-Insulin Hypothesis is Wrong – Hormonal Obesity VI

Let’s return to discussing the causes of obesity.  To start with the Hormonal Obesity Part I click here. Let’s recap.  We’ve explored why the Caloric Reduction as Primary (CRaP) model also known as the calories in, calories out theory is … Continued