01/17/2011 at 01:00 AM EST
Blame carbs-not butter or TV-says science writer Gary Taubes in a well-researched, if debatable, take on obesity.
EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE. REALLY.
"Protein and fat don't make us fat-only carbohydrates do," writes Taubes. "So there is no reason to curtail them in any way."
CUT BREAD, PASTA, SUGAR AND FRUIT
"What makes fruit worrisome ... is that it contains fructose [which] is uniquely fattening as carbohydrates go." Instead he prescribes filling up on proteins, fats and a minimum of three cups of salad greens and non-starchy vegetables each day.
HIT THE GYM FOR HEALTH OR FUN-NOT WEIGHT LOSS
"There are indeed excellent reasons to exercise," he writes. But "little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are."
PREPARE TO DEFEND YOUR DIET
Even 40 years after Dr. Atkins, a pro-bacon regimen is controversial. "If you accept my arguments ... you may be going against your doctor's advice."