See the Big Picture: Blind Men, Nutrition & Elephants

In today’s nutritional world of super-foods, magic diets, and dietary villains, everyone seems to be an expert on obesity. In reality, these dietary experts are more like a group of blind men trying to describe an elephant; they are all partially correct in their descriptions of the causes of obesity, but they are all describing… Read more »

Gaining it Back: The Science behind The Biggest Loser’s Failure

An article recently appeared in Obesity Journal that suggest that the future of America’s health is in danger. The article, which followed former contestants of The Biggest Loser, gives a graphic description of the difficulty of maintaining weight loss for any considerable length of time. Scientists and media have been talking about the problem for… Read more »

Everything Processed Foods Are Cooked Up to Be

What do you know about industrialized food? My definition of industrialized food is the application of advanced manufacturing technologies to lower the cost of food production. By that definition, all processed foods (including breads and pasta) are industrialized. Farming is also industrialized, with mechanical harvesters and chemical fertilizers that allow greater raw material production and… Read more »

An Alien World, Right in Your Gut

At the beginnings of modern medicine some 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates provided me inspiration when he said, “Let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food.” For more than 20 years, I have been talking about the hormonal implications of that quote. So this day in March, in the midst of National Nutrition… Read more »

Making Sense Out of Confusion: U.S. Dept. of Health Releases New Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s 2016 already. What happened to 2015? It turns out that draft guidelines released in February 2015 ran into political reality with the food lobbies. In particular, the meat, poultry, and beverage industries cried foul and… Read more »

One of the Few Diet Books I Would Ever Recommend

I very rarely recommend diet books because most of them are either rewrites of my basic ideas presented in The Zone (1) more than 20 years ago (i.e. excess insulin and excess inflammation make you fat, sick, and age faster) or are based on unsustainable ideas that are presented as “scientific facts” (i.e., gluten kills,… Read more »

Academic Food Fight

Remember the days of the Miller Light commercials with various ex-athletes screaming “Less Filling” versus “Tastes Great” at each other. Academic researchers in nutrition are no different. The latest example of this was a recent article in Cell Metabolism in which the authors state that their carefully controlled study demonstrates that you lose more fat… Read more »

Harvard Moving Closer to the Zone Diet After 20 Years

The recent article by Smith et al in the 2015 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to answer the question of primary prevention of weight gain (1). This is actually a germane question since most diet studies focus on overweight/obese individuals losing weight after years of gaining weight.  Thus this new article… Read more »

The Real Facts about Metabolically Healthy Obesity

One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year the Centers for Disease… Read more »