After reading good calories bad calories (loved it) I am ready to get rid of carbs forever but I still have a few questions. How can all carbs be bad for all people? I am from a naturally skinny family who eats a lot of carbs and never had a problem with my weight. And how can traditionally high carb societies (kitavans, Japanese, many people mentioned in nutrition and physical degeneration) be healthy?
I tried looking around on your blog and I saw that you believe in whole foods and not macronutrients ratios (correct me if I'm wrong). Could you clarify that a little?
Of course I would love for anyone else to chime in as well :)
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on March 03, 2012
at 12:16 PM
The reason there is such a split between the carbs=bad and the not so bad folks, is that both are right, depending on the body's current state in terms of insulin resistance.
Taubes loses people that don't feel they are being harmed by carbs because he is not writing to them. He's addressing the issue of elevated insulin driving fat storage for the people this happens to, and that's a lot of people.
That matters more if you are insulin resistant, less if you are insulin sensitive. everyone is at one extreme or the other or somewhere in between. It's not black and white one or the other.
All these people that are arm waving about how many carbs they can do are not adding anything with their n=1 successes. Unless we know their insulin level too, we don't know anything. Some folks could have high insulin pre-Paleo, need to lower carbs while sorting that out, then they can add some back. They have improved insulin sensitivity. It's not a fixed state.
Here's a blog I wrote last month about this. I hope a spam is OK: http://dietforhumans.com/2012/02/20/the-best-explanation-of-how-low-carb-works-and-when-it-works/
on March 03, 2012
at 07:03 AM
Please read other books/blogs before getting rid of carbs. There are a lot of writers lately stating that Taubes and low carb dogma is not correct.
In particular, read Kurt Harris' comments in the comments section.
Although not paleo (and I'm sure I will cop some shit for this) -
Unless you are a sedentary person with zero physical activity, there is no reason to give up carbs.