Check out this fantastic interview with a Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity expert and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. He explains how food quality and the right proportions of macronutrients impact your metabolism more than simply counting calories!
Dr. Ludwig often uses an analogy when he talks about weight loss: “Human beings are not toaster ovens. If we were, then the types of calories we consumed would not matter, and calorie counting would be the most effective way to lose weight.”
Dr. Ludwig argues that weight gain begins when people eat the wrong types of food, which throws their hormones out of whack and sets off a cycle of cravings, hunger and binging. In his new book, “Always Hungry?,” he argues that the primary driver of obesity today is not an excess of calories per se, but an excess of high glycemic foods like sugar, refined grains and other processed carbohydrates.
Following is a Q&A with Dr. Ludwig, discussing which foods act as “fertilizer for fat cells,” why he thinks the conventional wisdom on weight loss is all wrong, and long-term strategies for weight loss.
Rethinking Weight Loss and the Reasons We’re ‘Always Hungry’