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Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Any discussion on the culpability of poor nutrition as the cause of our health woes begins with a discussion on sugar. One of the world’s experts on this topic is Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF.  Dr. Lustig has great experience treating children with obesity and is really on the front lines of what is becoming an epidemic of childhood obesity.  About two-and-a-half years ago, he gave a lecture on the perils of fructose (fruit sugar, which ...

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The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

On January 1, NY Times wellness columnist, Tara Parker-Pope, wrote an article in the NYT Magazine titled The Fat Trap, and many of you forwarded it on to me. This was an excellent piece and I suspect it will be one of the most read pieces this year in the wellness space.

Ms. Parker-Pope acknowledges that weight loss is very difficult and the rate of recidivism for overweight people who lose weight is upsettingly high.  The article ...

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Revisit the causality of obesity

Revisit the causality of obesity

My last post addressed a point that has historically (and currently) led to great confusion – the idea of what causes obesity.  In the previous post, discussing what I call “the great medical disconnect,” I wrote about obesity (i.e., unregulated horizontal growth) being caused by excess insulin, which in turn leads to overeating and under-moving.  This is contrasted with the reverse – overeating causing obesity.  Let’s double-click on this idea using one of the most important laws governing our ...

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The great medical disconnect

The great medical disconnect

There is probably no greater disconnect in medicine than the root cause of obesity.  Even if you think you already know the answer to this “obvious” question, it’s still worth reading on.  The reason this question matters, of course, is clear to everyone.  Obesity (and more broadly the syndrome we define as metabolic syndrome) predisposes us to virtually every disease afflicting us in the modern age.  Above is a simple graphic from the journal ...

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What I actually eat (circa Q4 2011)

What I actually eat (circa Q4 2011)

Note to readers: This post was written in December of 2011.  PLEASE do not ask me why I eat ‘this’ or why I don’t eat ‘that’ — as what is shown here does not necessarily reflect what or how I eat today (or more importantly, how you should eat).  My diet evolves constantly, due to my constant tweaking and self-experimentation. Over time, I’ll share it here and there, but what I eat is not at all the focus of this ...

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Why we get fat (video)

Part one of the interview I did for Open Water Source – although I talk about many topics that will interest non-swimmers and non-athletes. (View the other videos in this series.)

Transcript:

Open Water Source: Peter, in layman’s terms, can you describe the current debate in nutrition regarding why we get fat?

Peter Attia, MD: Sure. This is probably one of the most misunderstood concepts in all of, not just nutrition, but probably health. The current ...

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