Yet again, Taubes sells his argument well
Gary has done a heck of a job selling my his arguments so far in his book. His research continues to surpass the expectations that I have and he continues to support his argument very well. After reading this chapter, I again agree with him concerning metabolic rates and genetic predisposition concerning body mass. He explains the hypotheses very well in this chapter (as usual), especially concerning the body's conservation of energy to sustain its relative body mass and size. It is interesting to read this hypothesis as someone who has not thought of weight gain and retention in this way, and it makes sense that the body regulates its on metabolism to maintain its fat stores. It is also interesting to to me the way he discredits the thermodynamic "calories in, calories out" hypothesis, or rather, shows that it has been falsely represented and has less to do with weight gain than each body's metabolism.
As much as I agree with Taubes on many things, the one thing in this chapter that I cannot ascribe to is the thought that exercise has little to do with overall health. Taubes makes the argument that low metabolic rates cause a lack of desire for exercise, not the traditional thought that lack of exercise causes low metabolic rates. While this may be true, I think it does a disservice to people trying to lose weight to tell them that exercise won't help your overall health, but rather that it's not their fault if they don't feel a desire to exercise. Of course, for some people exercise will have little to do with their weight, but I believe that for the majority of others, exercise plays a very important role in the weight loss process and is a means to discover one's inner health.