This is something like the 620th PhilosophersNote I’ve created over the last 15 or so years. It’s the first one I created after taking an 18-month sabbatical to launch Heroic.
Now that we’ve launched the v1 of the Heroic app (which pilot study data shows can boost your energy (by 40%!), productivity (by 20%!) and connection (by 15%!) in just a few minutes in the app for just 30 days by helping you go from Theory to Practice to Mastery in your Energy + Work + Love), I’m re-integrating the Philosopher in me and doing everything I can to help you get your Soul Force score to 101 while the team hammers the product road map.
For whatever reason, as I perused the thousands (!) of books in our little library in the studio-barn here in the country outside of Austin where we now live, I was drawn to this book by Gary Taubes.
We’ve featured two of his other GREAT (!) books that have deeply influenced my thinking on (and practice of!) nutrition: Why We Get Fat and The Case Against Sugar. So, I was excited jump in. I read the book cover to cover over the weekend in a few Deep Work time blocks.
The inside-flap cover summarizes the book perfectly: “The best-selling author of Why We Get Fat and The Case Against Sugar reveals why the established rules about eating healthfully might be the wrong approach for most people, and how low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diets can help many of us achieve and maintain healthy weight for life.”
If you or a loved one have struggled with reaching your optimal weight while trying to follow the conventional wisdom that all you have to do is eat less and exercise more, I think you, too, will enjoy Taubes’s thoughtful perspective on just how flawed our current thinking is regarding the cause of obesity. Hint: It’s not an “energy balance” issue; it’s primarily a HORMONAL issue.
The book is PACKED with Big Ideas. As in, jumbo packed. Get a copy here and know this: As much as I enjoyed the philosophical look at why our current thinking on nutrition is so fundamentally flawed, I thought the practical side of how to dominate a Low-Carb/HighFat eating approach was even better. Although it’s super important to understand WHY this approach works, if you feel so inspired, feel free to jump straight ahead to Page 200 for 50 pages
of incredibly powerful, practical wisdom.
And now, let’s jump straight in. We might just fundamentally and permanently change your life and help you create more Energy and Zest while getting you to your optimal weight faster than you ever thought possible.