The low carb movement did not evaporate as suggested above. Just Google "low-carb" and visit some blogs and forums.
You'll find that there is a vigorous discussion taking place among numerous participants.
While many [people] seem to thrive on the low-fat diet that Tom Blogical is so enthusiastic about, a significant portion of the population cannot tolerate high carbohydrate intake no matter how much exercise they get.
These are the ones that Gary Taubes' book was wrote his book for.
So, to suggest that Taubes recommends the same low-carb approach for everyone seriously misrepresents his message.
-- David Brown
Via the blog
Keep in mind that a "low fat" diet can include up to 30 percent of a day's calories purely from fat.
Thereby, if you consume 2,000 calories a day, you can consume approximately 65 grams on a daily basis (roughly 600 calories' worth).
I understand that, due to a variety of reasons, one particular style of eating can not be applied universally.
In fact, this is precisely why I find Gary Taubes' ideas to be particularly narrow-minded and a product of tunnel vision.
He doesn't beat around the bush. In his mind, carbs are evil and they cause weight gain. Simple as that.
This is a man who places refined white flour and potatoes in the same category.
As I have mentioned in the past, potatoes can be eaten in many different ways. Peel off the skin and deep fry them and, sure, you're not getting much nutrition.
Leave the skin on, pop it in the microwave, and top it off with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and you have a nutritious side dish containing fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
I am not sure what you refer to when mentioning that "a significant portion of the population not being able to tolerate" a high carbohydrate intake.
How many people are we talking about, and how is their intolerance defined?
As far as Gary Taubes not recommending a low-carb approach for everyone, I'll let his quotes speak for himself.
From a December 12, 2007 interview with AlterNet:
"Atkins almost assuredly had it right -- that we get fat because of the quantity and quality of the carbohydrates in the diet."
When asked what he believed were the three biggest myths about obesity, his response was:
"That the difference between calories consumed and calories expended tells us anything meaningful about why we get fat. That eating less or exercising more are viable treatments for obesity and overweight. That all nutrients -- fat, carbohydrates and proteins -- have equal effects on our propensity to gain weight -- in other words, that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, as nutritionists are always telling us."
There still are -- and always will be -- followers of low-carb diets.
From a business and popularity standpoint, however, the low-carb movement has significantly tumbled from its 2003-2004 peak.
Let me make something very clear. I do not advocate that people subsist on refined grains and added sugars. I also do not think drinking two liters of soda a day is "harmless."
However, I am not going to oversimplify things and blame one single nutrient for rising obesity rates. That shallow tunnel vision does absolutely nothing but keep everyone in the dark.