Here is an excellent New York Times article by Gary Taubes titled, "What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?"
Taubes spent spent five years looking into the area full time. He reviewed tens of thousands of pages of research findings, and interviewed numerous doctors and nutritionists. He came up with nine basic reasons about what does make a person fat. Here are two of them:
The problem is carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin secretion, and thus the hormonal regulation of homeostasis - the entire harmonic ensemble of the human body.Here's what Andrew Weil, the well known MD said about Taubes' revolutionary book:
By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. The fewer carbohydrates we consume, the leaner we will be.
“I think this is a very important book. I’ve been recommending it to my medical colleagues and students. There are some very big ideas in this book…[Gary Taubes] has done a meticulous job of showing that many of the assumptions that are held by the conventional medical community simply rest on nothing…
"It’s very important to get these out to the medical community because a lot of the ways we try and prevent and treat obesity are based on assumptions that have no scientific evidence.” - Dr. Weil, speaking on Larry King Live, 2008
[Carbs: bread, pasta, legumes, grains, cereal, chips, rice, sugar & sweets, donuts, muffins...]
The interesting thing is, Gary Taubes was as surprised by this conclusion, as you might be right now.
So check out his article when you get the chance. And if you really would like to know more, you can order his book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories."
More to come on this subject...