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Dr. Cordain’s Interview with Magazine: Sport et Vie

Dr. Cordain's Interview with Magazine: Sport et Vie | The Paleo Diet

Hello Dr. Cordain,

My name is Anna Muratore and I am a journalist working for a French language sports magazine Sport et Vie (Sports and Life). We are currently working on a special issue of which the main topic will be the Paleo Movement. It will encompass all the trends around everything paleo, from Paleo diet to Paleo fitness, philosophy, way of life, habitat, etc. One of the article aims at presenting your works. We have gathered quite a lot of information from your books but also from the numerous interviews on the net. But there are still a few questions I wanted to address to you. I’m wondering if I could either call you in the course of this or next week to discuss these with you. Alternately, you can take a few minutes and answer them in writing, if you prefer. Either way. And it should not take a lot of your time. You will find those questions below. If you prefer me to call you, let me know what time suits you (please take into account the time difference (it’s 8 hours later in Brussels than in Colorado). Also please provide a phone number where I can reach you.
In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, and hope you will answer my query favorably.
you can visit our website for more info on our magazine. Oh, I forgot to mention, it’s in French!
www.sport-et-vie.com

My questions:

Your works have inspired other trends in today’s society, in particular, paleo-fitness schools. What do you think of that?

We read Gary Taubes’ book. What do you think of his theory which is that sugar is the main and biggest culprit as regards the obesity epidemic?

Do you agree with him when he says that sports doesn’t do anything for people who want to lose weight?

Don’t you think that the main reason that we don’t tolerate dairies and carbohydrates is not their content, but rather their ways of production, namely intensive agriculture and industrial processing?

Again, many thanks,

Anna in Brussels

Dr. Cordain’s Response:

Hi Anna,

Good luck with your article. I can be reached at my office telephone number below if you need additional questions answered, but I think email would be more convenient as it will be difficult to find a time that works.  Here are my brief answers to your questions:

Your works have inspired other trends in today’s society, in particular, paleo-fitness schools. What do you think of that?

Actually our original scientific papers pre-dated any of the recent paleo fitness schools of thought by almost a decade — see below (which are available as free PDF downloads at my website: www.thepaleodiet.com
Cordain, L., Gotshall, R.W., Eaton, S.B. (1997). Evolutionary aspects of exercise. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, 81: 49-60.
Cordain, L., Gotshall, R.W. and Eaton, S.B. (1998). Physical activity, energy expenditure and fitness: an evolutionary perspective. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 19(5): 328-335.

We read Gary Taubes’ book. What do you think of his theory which is that sugar is the main and biggest culprit as regards the obesity epidemic?

Almost everyone in the western world consumes sugar, but not all people become obese.  I believe that refined sugars and carbohydrates combined, because they increase the glycemic load of the diet and promote insulin resistance, represent one of the key factors in the obesity epidemic, but not the only factor.  In my popular books (The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Paleo Diet Cookbook and The Paleo Answer) I outline nutritional and lifestyle factors which also contribute to obesity and overweight.

Do you agree with him when he says that sports don’t do anything for people who want to lose weight?

Most people in the western world can only devote 1-2 hours to day to exercise.  This amount of exercise doesn’t represent a sufficient caloric deficit  to cause substantial weight loss in overweight or obese people.  Greater caloric deficits can be obtained through diet alone rather than diet + exercise, particularly over months of weight loss.  Nevertheless, exercise improves virtually every other index of health and well being, so it should accompany a weight loss program for these benefits.  Finally, exercise combines with diet to help  keep the weight off more effectively than no exercise.

Don’t you think that the main reason that we don’t tolerate dairy and carbohydrates is not their content, but rather their ways of production, namely intensive agriculture and industrial processing?

Roughly 2/3 of the world’s people genetically cannot tolerate milk because they lack the genes to breakdown the sugar (lactose) in milk, thereby causing gastric upset.  Further, dairy products cause a spike in blood insulin concentrations and promote insulin resistance (at least in children from experimental evidence to date).  It appears that the unique combination of lactose + milk proteins are responsible for its adverse effect upon insulin metabolism.  The majority of the carbohydrates in the western diet come from refined sugars and refined cereal grains, both of which have high glycemic loads causing spikes in blood sugar and insulin concentrations.  By replacing the high glycemic load carbohydrates in refined sugars and grains with carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables we can effectively reduce the glycemic load of our diet and thereby circumvent the adverse effects of refined carbohydrates.

Best wishes,

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Anna’s Response:

Hello Dr. Cordain,

I want to thank you for replying to my message so quickly. You provide the answers to my questions. From a more philosophical standpoint, I feel as though your books and reflections came at a time in human history when people especially in the West were longing for a radically different way of life. More and more people are dissatisfied with the model of society inherited from the industrial revolution. Don’t you think that explains in part the success of your theories? We see your influence not only in diets or innovations in fitness programs, but also in habitat, urban architecture and infrastructures, modes of production, spiritual explorations.What’s your opinion regarding that particular aspect of the paleo movement? Thank you for letting me know.  In any event, I also take good note of your postal address and will send you a copy of the magazine once it’s been printed. Again, thanks for your cooperation.
ps: do you have any idea why your books haven’t been translated in French yet? Other authors are picking up on your ideas to write books of their own…I find this to be sad even though it is at the same time flattering for you….
Anna in Brussels
Dr. Cordain’s Response:
Hi Anna,

Thanks for your kind words.  I clearly am a scientist and not necessarily a philosopher so it is difficult to provide you with clear cut information upon the overwhelming worldwide interest in the evolutionary approach to life, nutrition, health and well being.  I was fortunate to have been at the center of this concept from the very beginning, but many others obviously were involved, including my colleagues Boyd Eaton and Staffan Lindeberg.  The “Green” movement and issues of sustainability and ecologic responsibility dovetail nicely with Paleo diet and exercise programs.  It seems to me that a certain biologic concordance or elegance exists when our lives, our diets and lifestyles are more consistent with the environment that shaped our genome — we are happier, healthier and more fullfilled living in this manner.

Yes, my books have been translated into all of the world’s major languages except French.  Perhaps it may have something to do with the traditional French cuisine of cheese, baguettes and wine?  I dont know?

Kindly,

 Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

 

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