Archive for February, 2012

Do calories matter?

Do calories matter?

In a word, yes.  But, technically this is the wrong question.  The correct question is probably closer to, “What is the impact of the calories I consume on my body’s ability to store fat versus burn fat?

The immediate follow-up question to some variant of this first question is, “Should I be counting calories?” In a word, no. But you’ll want to read this post fully to qualify that answer.

Before I answer these important questions, let’s spend a few moments reviewing ...

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Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Invariably I get asked the question, “If carbohydrates are so bad, why did [so-and-so] lose weight on the [such-and-such] diet?”, where “such-and-such” diet is not a “low-carb” diet. Obviously, this is an important question and a pretty complex one.

There are several layers to this and, frankly, there are some things we can’t fully explain – I’ll always acknowledge this. That said, many of the successes (at least weight-wise, though hopefully by now you realize there is much more to health ...

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How can carbohydrate restriction be healthy if it means limiting “natural foods” like fruits and vegetables?

How can carbohydrate restriction be healthy if it means limiting “natural foods” like fruits and vegetables?

This week I’d like to tackle one of the most important questions that I get asked.  However, before getting to the question, I think it’s worth investing a few minutes to frame this discussion around a theme tightly linked to it — sugar.

If you’ve been following the nutrition news lately, you may have noticed that Dr. Rob Lustig has made some headlines.  If you’ll recall, Dr. Lustig is arguably the world’s expert on fructose (i.e., fruit sugar) metabolism, and I ...

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What are the side effects of aspartame, stevia, and other sugar substitutes?

What are the side effects of aspartame, stevia, and other sugar substitutes?

One quick update:  Two weeks ago I was interviewed by the great folks at A Sweet Life.  Their site is a great resource, especially for folks with diabetes, but really for everyone (I had the most incredible appetizer on their recommendation this past Sunday).  Here’s a link to the interview.

Ok, on to the issue of the week.  Once you ...

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My pet peeve

My pet peeve

A few months ago someone forwarded me a clip from The Dr. Oz Show where Dr. Oz and Gary Taubes were having a discussion about the merits of carbohydrate restriction.   You can read about it here.

Yes, I get it — much of this sort of TV stuff is for entertainment purposes.  The problem, however, is that folks like us watch these shows and can’t help but be “influenced” by the banter and ...

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