Episode 8: Eating Less and Exercising More Doesn't Work for Most People

May 05, 2024

Welcome to Episode 8 of The Road to Carnivore Podcast!

In this 15-minute episode I explain why we need to let go of the idea that eating less and exercising more is the long term solution for health problems and weight loss.

People really want to hang on to this idea that they simply need to get back in control by counting calories again, watching portion sizes, and getting their cardio in every day.

But I am arguing that from a biological standpoint this is a hopeless way for many people to get to a place of good health and effective weight management. And the problem is insulin.

The standard American diet has given us a population where 74% are obese or overweight, 88% are metabolically unhealthy, 54% are diabetic or prediabetic, and chronic diseases abound. When can we admit that eating less and exercising more is not the solution?

Obesity is not possible without adequate levels of insulin and without the body taking in carbs to stimulate that insulin secretion. Carb tolerance varies from person to person, but it’s time to come to terms with the nature of carbs and to make choices about what our health and weight goals are.

Where to Listen:

Show Links and Resources:

CDC National Center for Health Statistics

The Case for Keto by Gary Taubes

NIH study shows how insulin stimulates fat cells to take in glucose

Physiologic Effects of Insulin

Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy

Prevalence of and Trends in Diabetes Among Adults in the United States, 1988-2012

Prevalence of Optimal Metabolic Health in American Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey 2009–2016