The explanation of the science....
Debunking the 'calories in calories out
This is really worthwhile if you are someone who has struggled with your weight and you know that your parents and grandparents were also big even though they ate a pretty healthy diet. Gary Taubes explains why, despite all popular beliefs, body shape is inherited and what you may do to try and minimize (literally) your heritage.
I have an MS in biochemistry and can smell pseudo-science a mile away. This book is very well researched and has convinced me that most of what our culture today knows as healthy eating is anything but. If you really want to understand why we keep getting fatter and fatter while spending billions on diets and gym memberships, you owe it to yourself to read
I was shocked to learn diets that are essentially the Atkins Diet have been recommended since the 18th century.
I would've given 5 stars for narration had Mr. Chamberlain not mispronounced
I enjoyed it a lot not only because it has a lot of factual information but also because its a good listen and and very entertaining to listen to, but at the same time providing a lot of good information and tips how to loose fat
The book is excellent and gives the reason why America is overweight. It does seem to like a lot of books repeat a lot of the information in the second half of the book that we got earlier. However as far as the information that is given, it is spot on. As a society we are huge and growing and since listening to this book I look at the back of food labels at the store in a whole new light. I would recommend this book to anyone that has the time to listen to it, could change your diet and the ability to stay slim.
narrator did a fine job
It was an interesting and intriguing experience.
Author made a commendable effort to make complex scientific concepts easy to understand. I didn't feel like I was listening to a boring biology or nutrition textbook. There is a bit of drama, a few stories here and there and generally the book is interesting.
I am not an expert on the subject, but I like reading about science etc., and to my knowledge the book makes sense - human bodies evolved to handle certain foods, those bodies are complex organisms rather than simple objects governed by laws of physics, etc.
The not so good:
When author presented the evidence in support of a concept, I felt a bit bored after exhibit C, but it would go on to exhibit D, E, F and on and on. I could not (be bothered to) verify the evidence anyway, so two or three pieces of evidence was enough for me to trust the author.
This is not a diet book, it has no recipes or comprehensive lists of foods, it just explains things, and does it well - which is just what I wanted.
This book changed my life. Mr. Taubes lays out his premise that the public has been mislead for decades about the reasons we gain weight in a very readable style. He includes many clear explanations of how weight gain happens and points to well-reasearched studies to support his conclusions. Personally, I tried this way of eating and I feel great, I lost weight without even really trying or counting a single calorie and, and have not felt hungry since. With the much discussed "epidemic" of obesity and diabetes in our country, I wish that the news/ talk shows that feature doctors and diet "experts" would feature this book and this author to share an alternative viewpoint to what most of us are told about about diet and weight gain.
Listened to the whole thing in less than 24 hours. I followed a version of a carb-restricted diet a year ago along with diet & exercise and had a 35# weight loss, much improved energy, and other health benefits... and then dropped both the carb restriction and the exercise. I am not a medical professional. But Taubes offers compelling evidence. The end of the book, with its 'if carb restriction doesn't work, be patient; you are undoing years of fat cell programming' message is a little lame. but it's not like eating carbs is a real option (for me, anyway). some really paradigm-shifting stuff here, esp about saturated fat and heart disease. recommended, but I got it with a free credit, and not sure I would have paid full price for it. I think the narrator said "casual" instead of "causal" several times, which is ridiculous.
The content of the book itself is good. The narrator though sounds like he went in and did a cold read of the book in the same nasally tone for the duration of the book. This makes following along frustrating since you the listener must keep up and do a narration of your own in your head to make it right. Mike Chamberlain, sadly, is not one of the great Simons (Vance or Prebble).
Taubes discusses for the first half of the book why common scientific and nutritional thinking of the past 100 years has become canon and why it is incorrect. He uses rhetorical questions as well as asking questions and then answering them in a point-counterpoint style that works well in a book... and can come across as intended when narrated if done so properly-- as an experienced narrator or an everyday conversational speaker might-- by changing one's tone to increase in pitch at the end of an interrogative sentence. Mike Chamberlain does not do this, so it makes it difficult to decipher what is being portrayed as old-world thinking and what Taubes is positing.
Chamberlain also mispronounces some words that were not caught by the editor. He states "A logician would say that it contains no casual information." This was written in the book (correctly) as "causal," yet he mispronounces it time after time.
Overall this audio rendition is difficult to follow due to the narrator's shortcomings. Many a time I thought I should just purchase the Kindle version and take the time to read it myself.
I read this book and believed it vindicated the Atkins diet. I followed the diet for 6 months and lost a few pounds. A guy at the health club told me he had lost 100 pounds in 5 months after he read Eat to Live by Furman. It advocates limiting animal protein, animal fat and dairy products in favor of leafy green stuff, vegetables,legumes, fruit and nuts.It was written by a physician and based on conclusions from "the China Study". The author concludes that animal fat and protein are implicated in higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart problems while vegetable based diets had preventative effects..
Both Taubes and Furman agree that refined carbohydrates and starchy vegetables should be limited. Both books claim to be based on science. Please read them both before you commit to the dietary recommendations in Taubes book. I believe after reading them both that the science in "Eat to Live" is far more compelling. Also, I believe that Furman's diet is easier to stay with, makes me feel better, and is better for the environment.
The way the author seems to just contradict theories off the cuff, it wouldn't surprise me if he said something like "It's not sugar that causes cavities, it's cavities that makes a person crave sugar", or "It's not the fact that there is less light in the Fall that makes trees change colors, it's the fact that trees change colors that makes it get less light in the Fall". Not that I don't take a lot of what he says as fact, it's just that he does it in a way that makes you doubt his science.