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Gary Taubes on Heart Health and Weight Loss

"The point I try to get across is that carbohydrates are literally fattening. That it's not about how many calories I consume or how much I exercise, but about the fact that carbs drive insulin secretion which drive fat accumulation.

So a diet that restricts the fattening carbs - the sugars and the grains and starches - is a diet that keeps me lean.

As for all the eggs and bacon, if heart disease risk files got worse on this diet, then it would obviously be bad. But research shows that people on high fat, Atkins-like diets see an across-the-board improvement in heart disease risk factors and they've continued to be confirmed in study after study."