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John Berardi vs Gary Taubes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Who do you think is right? Why?

As far as I know:

Berardi talks about Ecto/Meso/Endomorphs for fat/protein/carb ratios, Calories-In/Calories-Out, and Nutrient Timing (based on your workouts).

Taubes talks about eating more fat, less carbs, and regulating insulin.

Please let me know if my summaries don't do justice.

ETA:
I read Why We Get Fat (what a great read). I think Nance's answer nails it, there are good things we can take from both. I like the ideas of nutrient timing and such that Berardi brings and of course Taubes does an excellent job explaining insulin regulation, etc.

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on January 13, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Berardi via Uberknee to the pancreas!

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:29 AM

I don't know if either is "right", but I riffed off your mentioning of John Berardi for another post :)

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I think Taubes is much more "paleo like" Just listened to his interview on Robb Wolf's podcast from a few months ago today. I came away impressed with him.

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:12 AM

I think they both are almost certainly accurate in some assumptions and wrong in others.

Berardi is not "paleo" but could probably be called traditional. Berardi and Taubes obviously share an appreciation of the importance of eating healthy whole foods based on the evolution of our species but I think they would both consider their hypotheses and opinions quite disparate.

I read a few of Dr Berardi's articles but I don't remember what he said about dairy. He does eat 2 neolithic treats per week and believes that's fine as long as you add treats to complete nutrition rather than displacing good foods with junk.

Berardi includes "healthy whole grains" in his food mix and eats 5-8 meals per day. He insists that each meal should include "complete lean protein," vegetables and fruit. He suggests 30-35% of energy intake from fats split equally between saturated, mono and polyunsaturates.

In one article, some recipes Berardi called great included oat bran, wheat flour, peanut butter, Splenda, etc.

Similar to many people in the paleo community, he doesn't like industrial seed oils or many refined/manufactured products.

EDIT: On a new question asked by Kamal it is discussed that Dr Berardi recently experimented with intermittent fasting although he isn't using it on a frequent basis.

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:09 AM

What works for me works for me.

Don't care.

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Berardi would win in the first round.

Oh, are we not talking about a MMA cage match?

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on January 13, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Berardi via Uberknee to the pancreas!

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