Most doctors will tell you that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. The science writer Gary Taubes would tell you to ignore most doctors. He argues that calories aren’t to blame for America’s obesity problem: hormones are, and so are carbs. To lose weight, Taubes says stay away the low-fat, carb rich foods most diets recommend, and instead eat lots of meat, eggs and fat. It’s a controversial opinion, but Taubes says the proof of science is on his side, and he joins us Thursday to make the case for changing what we think about why we get fat.
Gary Taubes is a science writer and the author of five books, including Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It [Amazon|Indiebound]. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97.