I read Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It and found it thought provoking. In the introduction he wrote that the entirety of the remaining book is summed up in two points:

  1. Eating sugar causes an insulin response.
  2. Insulin triggers fat storage.

Ergo, that’s how we get fat.

Taubes has an interview with Julia Belluz for Vox about his new book - The Case Against Sugar. In the interview there is a brief comparison to tobacco.

DecodeDC had a terrific episode about the parallels between the sugar industry and the tobacco industry that I’d recommend to anyone to give a listen.

Personally, I think that Taubes is on to something. For a good season of my life, I followed a strict Paleo themed diet and lost weight and lost it easily.