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March 10, 1962

Calories Don't Count

JAMA. 1962;179(10):828. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050100082028

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Dr. Taller's diet permits the patient an essentially unlimited intake of fat and protein but drastically restricts intake of carbohydrates. It is therefore a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. "Over-all, the average obese person will lose best on a diet which is 65 per cent fat. Two-thirds of this fat should be unsaturated. Thirty per cent of the diet should be protein; only 5 per cent should be carbohydrate."

He proposes that obese people metabolize fats and carbohydrates differently than do people of normal weight. Thus, it is claimed that such a person's carbohydrate intake must be restricted drastically if any weight reduction program is to be effective. Taller attributes some miraculous property to fats from vegetable sources which mobilizes stored fat to produce what has been called a