640: Dr. Robert Lustig Takes On Big Food With FAT CHANCE


Childhood obesity expert and anti-sugar activist Dr. Robert Lustig is back again as our guest today in Episode 640 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!


One of the most influential people in the world of health over the past couple of years has got to be an outspoken pediatric endocrinologist and scientist at the University Of California-San Diego named Dr. Robert Lustig. As of January 2013, well over 3 million people have seen his infamous 90-minute YouTube video lecture from 2009 that went viral entitled “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” and that quickly caught the attention of mainstream book publisher Hudson Street Press. They asked Dr. Lustig to write a book about the concepts he shared in that video as well as other important issues related to the role that nutrition plays in our weight and health. That book was released in December 2012 and it’s called Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.

Listen to Jimmy and Dr. Lustig discuss the surprising popularity of his YouTube video that started him off on this crusade against sugar, why he believes the low-carb and vegans have so much in common that they should be working together, areas of agreement and disagreement with Gary Taubes, why focusing on calories is useless in weight and health management, why metabolic syndrome is what the medical profession should be treating instead of obesity, the greater importance he gives the hormone leptin over insulin, the response of the food industry to his bold message, why he believes government legislation is what is needed to bring about the changes that are necessary to improve health and why the grassroots efforts of bloggers and others will speed up the process of helping people become successful in changing their lifestyle habits. We kick off the new year with a bang in our first official podcast interview of 2013. ENJOY!

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Dr. Robert Lustig bio
Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
– Dr. Lustig’s 3 million+ viewed “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” video
– January 2013 Salon column on Dr. Lustig: “Is sugar the next tobacco?”
– RELATED PODCAST: LLVLC Show #378: Dr. Robert Lustig From ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth’
– RELATED PODCAST: LLVLC Show #429: ‘Encore Week’ 2011: Dr. Robert Lustig

10 Responses to 640: Dr. Robert Lustig Takes On Big Food With FAT CHANCE
  1. Laura Spires Freeburn
    January 7, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Nice one! I like that he took a broad view of what constitutes a good diet. Sometimes I get too isolated in my low-carb bubble.

    • LLVLCBlog
      January 7, 2013 | 3:39 pm

      He’s probably on to something in trying to bridge the vegan/Paleo/low-fat/low-carb camps together…we actually do have a lot in common that could change the health of the average Joe and Jane Schmo who don’t care a lick about health at all right now.

      • js290
        January 7, 2013 | 10:41 pm

        The real problem is none of the camps have objective metrics of metabolic success. It’s either weight or appearance.

        Obviously, credit to Drs. Phinney and Volek for conceptualizing nutritional ketosis. But, credit to Jimmy for putting a face to it by measuring himself and sharing the results. A few more useful tests from Dr. Rosedale: http://samsnyder.com/2012/01/05/medical-tests-recommended-by-dr-ron-rosedale/

        BTW, Jimmy, you had asked for suggestions for other tests. If you can work it in, try getting some of the athletic doping tests done, such as testosterone and HGH. I’m kind of thinking pro athletes are doping to make up for a really bad diet.

        • LLVLCBlog
          January 8, 2013 | 5:45 am

          Good suggestions. I’ll look into costs of testing and whether I can budget them.

  2. Susan Ryan-Vollmar
    January 7, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    I really enjoyed this interview. I particularly liked the part near the end when he was talking about what needs to happen to solve the problem of obesity: individual people taking action coupled with a coordinated societal response.

    • LLVLCBlog
      January 8, 2013 | 5:44 am

      It’s a nice 1-2 punch at this.

  3. Bob Herrell
    January 8, 2013 | 9:18 am

    Just bought “Fat Chance…” Kindle Edition. Great podcast guys.

  4. Diana Attuso
    January 8, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    You can tell Dr. Lustig that this podcast was instrumental in me buying his book! Thanks Jimmy!

  5. tam
    January 8, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Good interview. But I would replace ‘fiber’ with ‘soluble fiber’. The fiber in whole wheat products obviously does nothing to slow it down.

  6. Laurie Sponza
    January 9, 2013 | 8:55 am

    Loved the interview. Will definitely go read the book. Must criticize Dr Lustig’s [ and many other people’s ] opinion that we need to educate the people and ” ultimately the politicians”. Please change that order. The politicians will always be susceptible to the lobbyists, and will tailor their recommendations to the public accordingly. In general, people have to stop looking to government to fix out problems. Thank you so much Jimmy Moore for bringing all these researchers and making all this knowledge more available to the individual so we can all individually make better decisions.

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