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 MultiFactorial Nature of Obesity – How to Lose Weight II

The multifactorial nature of obesity is the crucial missing link. There is no one single cause of obesity. Do calories cause obesity? Yes, partially. Do carbohydrates cause obesity? Yes, partially. Does fiber protect us from obesity? Yes, partially. Does insulin … Continued

Trans Fat and Coronary Disease – Hormonal Obesity XXXVI

Doesn’t dietary fat ‘clog up’ the arteries and cause coronary disease?  It would seem from popular press that this has been proven beyond a shadow of a shadow of a doubt.   Perhaps we had better take a closer look. … Continued

The Diet-Heart Hypothesis – Hormonal Obesity XXXV

With the publication of Dr. Key’s Seven Country Study, the origins of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis were laid down.  The major problem was that this was all observational data, and as such, was subject to severe interpretation.  There is nothing more … Continued

Fat Phobia – Hormonal Obesity XXXIV

“It is now increasingly recognized that the low-fat campaign has been based on little scientific evidence and may have caused unintended health consequences” It has been over a decade since the influential Harvard researchers Drs. Frank Hu and Walter Willett … Continued

Insulin Index – Hormonal Obesity XXIII

Insulin levels had always been assumed to go up or down with the blood glucose levels which led to the glycemic index which had always been assumed to be a surrogate measure of insulin levels.  The glycemic index did not … Continued

The Atkins Decline – Hormonal Obesity Part XX

The Atkins revolution was well and truly underway by the mid 2000s.  Millions of people around the world were following the Low-Carbohydrate lifestyle.  Burger King introduced lettuce wrapped burgers to reduce the carb content.  Everybody seemed to know somebody who … Continued

The Atkins Revolution – Hormonal Obesity part XIX

Short term studies of the Atkins low carbohydrate diet were very encouraging.  Not only were patients losing more weight, but their metabolic profiles were improved compared to the low fat diets of years past.  Millions of people were taking a … 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

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