Monday is Physical Day here at Taking it to the Streets
I’m reading a fascinating book now called Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. Common wisdom says we get fat because we eat too much and/or exercise too little.
He says we eat too much and exercise too little because we are fat.
And says that science has not done an adequate job of determing why we are too fat. I’m only about halfway through the book but I read about this book whilst reading something else so I already know where he’s going with this – insulin and glycemic indexes and WHAT we eat, not how many calories the food contains. I think this book could also be called Dr. Atkins vindication – it seems to be going that way.
I’ll report more on the book when I’ve actually read the whole thing, but what interests me besides my innate interest in health and nutrition is the idea that “common sense” or “everyone knows that…” needs to be examined. I’m thinking of Galileo and the earth being the center of the Universe and all. Sometimes it just isn’t so.
I do know that as I’ve continued to move away from many carbs, I have very effortlessly lost weight. is that scientific evidence? No, but it makes me want to keep reading this book and keep doing what I’m doing.
Gary Taubes wrote an earlier book, on which this one is based, called “Good Calories, Bad Calories” which contained even more scientific backup for his assertions. This is the “for the general public” version – and i’m glad he wrote an accessible book for those of us for whom scientific writing is a bit like Japanese.
At just half way through the book, I’d say it’s definitely worth a read – I’ll keep you posted.