Gary Taubes is Correct and Wrong Concering Exercise.

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I was on Jimmy Moore’s Facebook page and blog where I learned of science writer and author of the books; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it, among other books, was recently on the Dr. Oz show.  Since I work when the show airs, I watched the online version of the show.

The show was interesting and  I thought Gary held his own and made his points in the allotted time.  I am sure it was edited for broadcast to fit the time frame, so I am willing to bet that we missed quite a bit.  I did find Dr. Oz to be closed minded and really out of his league when discussing low carbohydrate eating.  I will post more bout this at a later time when I have a chance to view the episode again.

What concerned me was the on-line exclusive discussion concerning exercise.  Gary Taubes is correct; you do not need to incorporate exercise to lose weight.  I will not dispute this fact.  If an obese person follows a low carbohydrate eating plan — that person will lose weight.  No and, if or buts about it.

However, is that really the best way to accomplish the goal?

More importantly, should weight loss be the sole goal?

Tthe answer to both questions is a resounding no!

In my book, in columns that I have written and interviews I have given; I am fond of saying that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  Not because fitness is the way to lose weight, but because the goal is not weight loss — the actual goal is physical fitness.

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked about lose skin from losing over one hundred pounds or how can one maintain their weight loss and the big one;  I thought once I lost weight I would feel better, but I don’t.

The answer to all of the above is exercise.  The problem is the general view of what exactly is exercise.

Exercise must contain both progressive resistance and endurance exercise.  People must stop thinking aerobic or cardiovascular exercise.  Those terms limit the scope of thought, the type of exercise and of course, the results.

Gary Taubes made the comment that exercising will actually cause a person to eat more by “Working up an appetite.”

To those of us who exercise regularly and follow a low carb eating plan, we can attest that we may have an increase in hunger.  However, since low carb eating doesn’t concern itself with overall quantity of food, this is not a big deal.  That mindset should only apply to those that follow calorie restricted diets.

The other factor is that when one follow an exercise program that incorporates both progressive resistance training and endurance exercises, that person will actually crave the foods that will promote muscle repair, proteins, that will actually assist in  fat loss.

My concern about Mr. Taubes so adamantly opposing exercise is that it will just give the lazy an excuse not to exercise.  Without exercise, one limits their overall enjoyment of life.

As I have said before;  weight loss and fitness are not about living longer; they are about living better.

Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

6 thoughts on “Gary Taubes is Correct and Wrong Concering Exercise.

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  3. I think your critique misses the point. Taubes is not “against” exercise. He is against a misconception, namely that exercise is a useful way, an effective way, an indispensable element in losing weight. Lustig explodes this idea, and Taubes is following Lustig. Lustig’s speech deals with this head on, and then goes on to say that, of course, exercise is very valuable in other important respects in relation to health and well-being. But as for the national phenomenon of obesity, the problem is certainly not that people are not exercising enough, it’s that they are eating way too much sucrose, and therefore too much fructose.

  4. Hi Jas,
    I agree with many of your points. I stated in the posting that exercise is not necessary. I was more concerned about his demeanor and I believe when an authority discounts exercise is gives others excuses not to take care of their fitness health.
    Also, it could have been the way the show was edited, or that in my opinion Mr. Taubes is not that dynamic nor forceful in person. The man is a talented writer beyond belief, but he lacks in personal appearances and interviews. He actually seemed to get pushed right out of the frame, so to speak.
    Thank you for taking the time to post.

  5. Gary Taubes is not against exercise. He clearly advocates it in his writing. He actually makes the same point as you, that its not necessary for weight loss, and in the severly obese, they do better without exercise to lose the weight. And here we are talking severe obese, people who really need to lose weight as a matter of life and death, where loose skin is not a priority worry.

    Gary says himself he exercises, in fact its written that he (or has) trained with Fred Hahn doing the slow burn method.

    He also states exercise has many health benefits.

    I think you have got the wrong end of the stick, and i see no difference between your vies on the subject.

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