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New “Eat More Fat” Infographic: Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat” in a Nutshell

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There are some awesome infographics about nutrition coming out now. Check out this one from Massive Health.  It does a really good job of summarizing Gary Taubes theories as explained in his opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and later in his simplified Why We Get Fat.

Gary Taubes is a friend. He introduced me to his publishing agent, who became my publishing agent. He spoke to a packed house at, the non-profit I run. And in all honesty, Good Calories, Bad Calories is one of the best nutrition and science books I’ve ever read, not just for the content, but for the way he never wasted even one sentence. It takes a master to pack as much information into 500 pages as Gary did, without making it into a boring list of references. If you still believe the calorie myth, read that book. You will walk away knowing what the science said vs what the media said, and you will be angry.

Gary’s research led him to point the “fat” finger at insulin. There are other theories about what causes obesity, including leptin, mitochondrial dysfunction, and one of my favorites, xenoestrogens. In all honesty, it’s likely a combination of those factors for most people, and there are some pieces we just haven’t discovered. That’s why the Bulletproof Diet methodology is to keep evaluating new research in order to update the infographics as new research becomes available.

Why We Get Fat focuses on insulin’s role in obesity. There are other competing – and compelling – theories like the food reward hypothesis of obesity, being written about by Stephan Guyenet.  He also posted an excellent article about the carbohydrate hypothesis.  Still, it’s a great book worth the read. Real biohackers and enthusiasts will want to read Good Calories, Bad Calories too.


That said, here’s Why We Get Fat in a nutshell. But read the book too – there’s a lot more to it.


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  • Jahed Momand

    What do you think of Stephan Guyenet’s criticism of Taubes’ work?

    • Armistead Legge

      I think it’s superb.

  • Eddie

    HRV on my favorite bodybuilding website and some sweet special forces study refrerences.

  • Kaylee

    Hey Dave,
    I agree with the concept of IF and like to do it from time to time. My question is can I substitute the Bulletproof Coffee for 100% cacao chocolate in the morning? Or will the chewing and what not of the chocolate ruin the effect of fasting…

    • Dave Asprey

      Kaylee, an interesting question. I think the protein in chocolate will get you; you could do pure cocoa butter though.

    • Armistead Legge

      no, you can’t.

  • Cassandra

    Hi Dave,

    Just wanted to say Thanks for sharing our infographic!

    We also released our first experimental app The Eatery ( recently, which you may find useful. It’s available for free on the App Store.

    The Eatery gives you the big picture breakdown of your eating habits and the best places to start making changes.

    It was named one of the Top 10 Health apps on the App Store in 2011.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on The Eatery, so if you’d like to share, do drop us a note!

    Warmest regards,
    Cassandra and the Massive Health team

    • Dave Asprey

      Thank you for making it. I’ll have to check out the app, seems very cool.

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  • J-Bird

    I love your blog and appreciate all that you have to/and do offer. It’s been proven in many a metabolic ward study that regardless of carb intake calories are always the defining factor in weight loss in these studies. Anthony Colpo has refuted Taubes and Eades and the whole calories don’t count with endless citations. Even Martin Berkhan says that a calorie deficit is necessary to lose fat.

  • J-Bird

    Also, protein raises insulin just as much and in some cases more than carbs do.

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  • mikemarkham

    The protein comment is blatantly untrue.

  • Jon

    The reason why obesity and metabolism researchers don’t typically
    subscribe to this idea is that it is contradicted by a large body of
    evidence from multiple fields. I understand that people like ideas that
    “challenge conventional wisdom”, but the fact is that obesity is a
    complex state and it will not be shoehorned into simplistic hypotheses.

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