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    Transcript of Low-Carb Diets with Adam Kosloff

    Bulletproof Radio podcast #7

  • Bulletproof Toolbox Podcast #7, Adam Kosloff


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  • Bulletproof Toolbox Podcast #7, Adam Kosloff


    Dave: Today's cool fact of the day is that there are 2 alkaloids in coffee beans. One of them is caffeine, the one we've all heard off. The other one is called trigonelline, and there's twice as much trigonelline as there is caffeine in coffee. When you roast the beans, this other alkaloid turns into nicotinic acid, also known as niacin. It turns out when you burn nicotine, you get nicotinic acid, also known as niacin. That's probably why the tradition of coffee and cigarettes going well together got established, because they both create the same substance that helps your brain feel better. Niacin is a b vitamin. I'm not saying smoking is good for you. I've never smoked. What I'm saying that niacin is good for you. It's interesting that coffee and cigarettes both have niacin component in them.

    You're listening to episode 7 of Upgrade Itself Radio. This Dave from the Bulletproof Executive blog, talking about how you can upgrade your mind, your body, and your life to levels you never thought possible. Today we're going to be hearing from a journalist named Adam Kosloff about low-carb diets. Adam runs a website called He's going to be discussing how his thoughts about diet and intrusion have evolved over the years, and some tips to make low-carb diets more effective, if that's the path you choose. We'll also discuss exercise recommendations, how to stops carb cravings, and a lot more.

    It's important to think about this not as how to lose weight, but actually how to be higher performance as an entrepreneur, just as a human being. By shifting your carb intake lower, and doing it in an intelligent way, you becoming a higher performing human, not just a weight lifter, or weight loss person.

    Co-host: Today we've got a guy named Adam Kosloff, from the website He's a journalist. He went to Yale. He worked a screen writer for a while, and now he writes about nutrition. As his website says, why low carb diets work. He's written over 30,000 articles for the web. Now, he's going to talk to us about those same topics. Adam, thanks for coming on man.

  • Bulletproof Toolbox Podcast #7, Adam Kosloff


    Adam: Thank for having me. I appreciate it.

    Co-host: We talked a little bit, before the show, about how you get into this. The people obviously weren't listening on our conversation. Could you just recap a little bit about how you got interested in nutrition and health?

    Adam: Yeah sure, it's a twisted journey. I went to Yale. I studied geophysics. I was like, I'm going to ban all this. I'm going to go to Los Angeles, and be a screen writer, because I thought that would be fun. It was fun also hellaciously harder than I expected. I did get to write for some TV shows. Meanwhile I had to work a day job for a lot of that. That was doing this web writing for hire. I ended up writing all these articles. 2008 I read Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories.

    It totally threw me for a loop, and it made me want to just get into this and use my web writing powers to spread the word. It's one thing to write an episode of woody woodpecker. Really that's ultimately just selling corn syrup to kids. I figured there's a higher calling here, so I'm trying to do my small part break the grip of the USDA food pyramid.

    Co-host: Let's dive right into it. If somebody was eating a 2000 calorie diet, and one group was eating 70% other diets, from carbs and whole grains, and all those heart healthy things that the government recommends, and the other groups is eating lots of artery clogging saturated fat and bacon, why would the bacon group ... Obviously they're going to be happier, because bacon tastes amazing.

    Adam: [Crosstalk 03:51] calories from it though. Then you're going to be sick of it.

    Co-host: Why would be the bacon group be healthier? Why would restricting carbs be a healthy thing to do?

    Adam: It's interesting. It depends, it might or might not. If your metabolism has not been destroyed by sugar possibly, you could be just as fine on a whole wheat diet as you would on a low-carb diet. For people who are metabolically sensitive, this is the stupid over simplified answer. When you eat too many carbs, too much sugar, it's going to mess with your

  • Bulletproof Toolbox Podcast #7, Adam Kosloff


    insulin levels and cause you to store calories as fat, instead to burn them off. The idea us when you lower carbohydrate diet, you're eating a lower insulin diet, which mens that you're not getting the calories stuffed into your fat tissue, but your actually able to burn them of.

    The other part of this goes a long with people that [inaudible 04:52] , that sounds technical, but there reality is bacon's going to give me a heart attack. Then that is also false. Basically bacon is saturated fat. We all believe saturated fat is going to give you heart attacks and kill you. Absolutely, the research doesn't support that.

    Co-host: One of the questions I hear a lot is basically since people have placed an overemphasis on calories for a while, it sounds like, and how they've acted like calories are all the same. Then there's the reciprocal to that where people are saying that calories don't count at ll. Is it possible to over eat on a very, very low carbohydrate diet, let's say something like a ketogenic diet?

    Adam: Absolutely. Here's the thing, I talked about this in my new report, Calorie Gate, and the book I'm writing called Beyond Calorie Gate, which is, sure, you could eat just pure lard. Lard is [inaudible 05:46], very low insulin ingenic food. It's not going to spike your insulin levels. If you just pour in lard down your thought, you're going to ... I don't know the biophysics or biochemistry, but yeah, you're not going to lose weight. You might gain weight. When that happens, especially when people ... You go on a little carb diet, and you're gaining weight. You're not losing wait. People are, "It's all that calories."

    When things go wrong, when things get too complicated in nutrition, people just default to the thing. Don't each too much, eat moderation, because it's the thing we all know, and it's simple. Unfortunately, reality is complex, so there's this disconnect there. Does that make sense?

    Co-host: Absolutely, that sounds great. One of the problems people talk about with a high carbohydrate diet the fact that it does make people eat more. It stimulates appetite. How do carbohydrates stimulate appetite and cause people to eat enough to gain weight?

  • Bulletproof Toolbox Podcast #7, Adam Kosloff


    Adam: This is an interesting .... The mechanics of the regulation around appetite are the unmanned. I can start to make stuff up or give you the junior high school answer. Basically, one thing is, one factor is that sugar and carbs actually change your neurochemistry, so you get serotonin high. Basically sugar begets sugar. You eat sugar, you want more sugar. The mechanisms that are [inaudible 07:22] that are extremely complicated, and I don't know the ... Sugar acts like a drug. It stimulates similar pleasure centers too, I think, like cocaine. That's something.

    Also, when you're eating a lot of sugar and carbs, you metabolism is different than when you're eating a lot of fat and protein. Your body gets used to that, being a sugar burner. When you get off of that, your body craves to get back on it.

    Co-host: If somebody were to gone a low-carb diet, and they were metabolically deranged, what kind of benefits would they see?

    Adam: Again, it depends on the person, the kind of diet. There's all sort of factors that get involved. If you really go the whole hog with this theory, all of the disease of civilization, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, probably weird things like autism, food allergies, you name it. All these diseases are all tied together. They might be cause by sugar in a diet, or some aspect of the western diet. If you remove that bad aspect, and if it turns out to be sugar and carbs, then you might be able to solve not just your weight problem, but also all these diseases, lower your risk across the board for cancer, diabetes, etcetera.

    It might be. It also depends on how metabolically damaged you've been. Once you've been hit in the head, or hit in the fat tissue enough time, it's