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There are two dominant theories as to why Westerners have gotten increasingly obese in the last fifty years. One is that we’re eating too many carbs and carbs make us fat. Another is that our primitive appetite — which is wired to gorge on calorically dense foods as a survival mechanism — is misaligned with a modern landscape in which food is available in an overabundance.

My guest today says that there’s too much evidence which contradicts these theories for them to completely explain the problem of weight gain, and forwards a different and quite surprising theory as to what may be going on instead. His name is Mark Schatzker and he’s the author of The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well. In order to arrive at Mark’s theory on the rise in obesity, we first unpack several pieces of the puzzle, each fascinating in its own right. We discuss how the body, rather than having a natural propensity to gain weight, actually typically wants to stay at a healthy set point, the difference between wanting and liking and how obese people crave food more but enjoy it less, and why it is that humans take pleasure in eating. We then get to how food additives, like artificial sweeteners, and, strangely enough, even certain vitamins, may be shifting the body’s set point, increasing people’s craving for food, and triggering weight gain. We end our conversation with Mark’s counterintuitive call to fight obesity by thoroughly enjoying truly delicious food.

Resources Related to the Podcast

Dr. Kevin Hall’s study on high fat vs. low fat dietDr. Christopher Gardner’s study on high fat vs. low fat dietDr. Michel Cabanac on the role of set point theory in body weightDr. Kent Berridge’s study on wanting vs liking and research lab write-upDr. Dana Small’s study on the metabolic effect of beverages sweetened with both sugar and sucraloseAoM Article: Why Carbs Don’t Make You Fat

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Podcast #885: The Essential Habits for Becoming an Agile, Vital, and Durable Human Being

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Kelly Starrett is a doctor in physical therapy who has helped professional athletes, Olympians and military special operations unlock their peak performance. As he neared his fifties he began to notice cracks in the health of those around him. The things that worked in his 20s and 30s didn’t work anymore. His peers were gaining weight and having surgery, and they just weren’t feeling good.

He and his wife, a fellow trainer, Juliet decided to write the book Built to Move, which distilled all they had learned through training elite athletes into foundational practices everyone can use, regardless of age, to achieve lasting mobility, durability and overall health. Kelly shares some of these essential physical habits on today’s show. She also shares the “vital sign” tests, which will allow you to assess your performance in this area, as well as the daily practices you can use to strengthen and improve it.

Podcast Resources

AoM’s podcast episode #213: Undoing Chronic SittingAoM’s article: 7 Simple Exercises that Undo Sitting Damage (including the Couch Stretch).AoM’s article: The Benefits Of Hanging For Strength And Mobility.AoM’s Article: 12 Balance exercises You Can Do On A 2×4.AoM’s Podcast #638 – How Changing Breathing Changes Your Life.AoM’s Podcast #678 – Physical Benchmarks for Every Man

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Brett McKay, here is Brett McKay and welcome to the latest edition of The Art of Manliness Podcast. Kelly Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy who has helped professional athletes, Olympians, and military special operations unlock their peak performance. As he neared his fifties, he began to notice cracks in the health of those around him. The same things that worked for his peers when they were in their 20s or 30s didn’t work anymore. They gained weight, had surgeries and didn’t feel well. He and his wife, along with other members of the group, decided to try it.

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Sunday Firesides: But How Are You Doing on a Tuesday Morning?

While on vacation, you’re sitting on the beach and watching your kids play in the water. Everyone is smiling and full of sun. You tell yourself “I have a wonderful family here.” We’re doing okay.”

You have another thought. You recall the times you spent on family vacations as a child and how much fun you had. Your parents divorced and you and sister stopped talking. The good times spent by the sea did not foretell good times to come.

Usually, we take stock at important moments of time. Sometimes, we take stock of the state of something at a significant moment. They can also be crises or emergencies where we see how a group pulls together (or not).

You can learn a lot from these peaks and troughs. The more mundane moments of life can provide a better gauge of your health.

You and your wife may be feeling renewed excitement on your Barcelona trip, but do you feel the same on a weekday evening at work?

Your church did a great job supporting a grieving parishioner. But how many people attend regular Sunday services?

How are people doing in the midst of their everyday routines?

The little habits we have every day are what determine the course of our future. How you behave in everyday interactions can predict the future of a relationship. You can use your Tuesday morning performance as a predictor of the future.

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Odds & Ends: July 19, 2024

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The Knotty Death of the Necktie Adam Gopnik examines the decline in neckties, which began around 20 years ago. The rise of WFH due to the COVID-19 epidemic has accelerated this decline. Gopnik also uses this article as a way to reflect on the cultural significance of neckties throughout history and to explore what fashion tells us about culture in general and how we use our style to communicate our values and beliefs. Check out our article from 2021, in which we asked style experts if the necktie was obsolete.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishiimi and Fumitake Koga: How to Change Your Life and Achieve True Happiness. Recently, I listened to the book while walking in the morning. It was enjoyable. The authors explore Alfred Adler’s psychological theories through a fictional dialogue between a philosopher and student. The book taught me that all problems are inter-personal problems and many of these interpersonal problems result from us or others trying do other people’s life tasks.

Beulah. I discovered this band recently and enjoy listening to it on my car rides. Beulah was a regular on my 5-disc player in my 1992 Smurf blue Chevy Cavalier in 2000. Their unique indie sound includes horns, stringed instruments and a positive attitude. I love horns and strings in pop-rock. A great band to listen to in the summer.

Greyson Sweater polo from Marine Layer. Sweater polos have a moment at the moment. These shirts are a great option for smart casual summer wear. The Greyson sweater-polo by Marine Layer is a handsome addition to this category. When I wear it, I feel like Frank Sinatra at Palm Springs.

Quote of the week

Action is often the only way to save a man in danger. In order to dull emotions, a person must act; to be immobile or to stagnate, in body or mind, is to give up without conditions. Movement, any work, can help him to overcome those feelings that are a traitor to his better nature. The man in the balloon who had little else to do than sit in the middle a target was more likely to crash than the observer on an aeroplane. However, the observer’s vulnerability was greater than that of the pilot. It was harder to sit in a trench under heavy bombardment than it was to fight openly.

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