Monday, November 26, 2007

The Truth is Out There!

YouTube clips from the upcoming anti-"Super Size Me" movie, FAT HEAD are up! I just saw them thanks to Dr. Mike Eades. He is the author of the book "Protein Power" and an avid blogger. His latest post features clips from the upcoming movie and they give short and sweet examples of how eating low fat/high carbohydrate came to dominate the nutritional landscape. (If you just can't seem to force yourself to read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes, you could use these as video Cliff notes!)

For those of you hiding in a cave in the Middle East for the last 4 years, SUPER SIZE ME was a documentary made by Morgan Spurlock, who ate only McDonald's food three times per day, trying every item on the menu at least once. If the order taker asked him if he wanted his meal super sized, he had to say "yes". According to the Wikipedia entry, he ate an average of 5,000 calories (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.

Not surprisingly, Morgan gained weight. The implication was this was all the fault of the fast food industry. This, or course, ignored his unrealistic eating pattern, his choice to drink soda loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, his rule that EVERYTHING on the menu had to be tried and his taking the super size option. Apparently, there is also a lot of bad science in this film. FAT HEAD addresses this by having the movie maker eat at the SAME restaurant and LOSING weight while improving his lipid profile.

I look forward to seeing them both...back to back...with a bunless double cheese burger in one hand and my copy of "Good Calories, Bad Calories" in the other. Hopefully I wont get too much low carb ketchup on the pages.

For more on the upcoming Tom Naughton movie...

The 30-Day Low-Carb Diet Solution

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