Good info but the PDF file with charts and appendix is missing. These are referred to throughout the book but sadly missing.
I just could not get into this book. I thought it was repeatative and pretty much common sense that we have heard our whole lives. I never finished it. Definitely would not recommend. Eat healthy and exercise. Best advice and you dont have to read the book.
Did not LIKE this book. It's too technical and the narration is not engaging and interesting. There was no aha moments. The story dives deep into history and science and it becomes too difficult to follow along. I'm sure there is some great info there however I think I'm more confused now than before. Basically you get fat if you eat wheat and sugar. And it explains why poor people are fatter than the rest of society! A bit disappointing!
Too boring but the content was boring too
The reader plainly does not follow the argument and is unsure which words to emphasize. Even worse, he substitutes the word "casual" for the word "causal" every single time. Otherwise, he's fine.
Essentially, this book contains about thirty minutes of content. For most of it, the author purports to refute the notion that weight loss occurs when we take in less calories than we use (which he calls "calories in, calories out"). After about two and a half hours of pretending to refute the statement, he flat out admits that its true (which of course it is). He then backs up to the much more reasonable position that "calories in, calories out" is not the only factor or even the most salient factor in explaining long term weight changes, since hormones affect our disposition and behavior. That point is interesting and has sparked me to look into things. Unfortunately, he spends about thirty minutes on describing how hormones work, and then goes back into nonsense. This stuff is like nails on a chalkboard to me. For example, one point that drives me absolutely nuts is his suggestion that logicians deal with causality. I can't get those hours back.
Definitely from Mike Chamberlain - maybe from Gary Taubes
The explanation of how protein, fat and carbohydrates are utilized by the human body is the easiest to understand that I've come across. And the examination of why obesity rates corollate with poverty is interesting and thought provoking. But Gary's interpretation of facts or studies to create new 'facts' is questionable.
Seriously? - the way for a 'fat' person to get lean without depravation is to only eat meat (any kind and as much as wanted) and leafy green veggies? I agree that exercise by itself will not cause someone to get lean and that controlling the intake of food is basically the only factor is controlling obesity; however to dismiss exercise as not beneficial is ridiculous.
Frankly I disagree with Gary's assertion that being a glutton in regards to meat, a slouth in regards to exercise, avoiding forever most if not all carbs (including grains, fruits and non green veggies) is the way out of obesity. I'll take my chances on avoiding these 'truths' and will continue to work on a different healthy lifestyle than the one advocated in this book.
This is one of those books with too many reviews already, but many of them seem to be from the perspective of dieters telling us how much this book has improved their lives. I can't tell you yet whether my life will be changed or not, though I'm definitely going to try to do what Taubes says (I definitely have some pounds to lose). His ideas--basically that it is refined carbohydrates that make people fat, more or less full stop--are not all that novel, as he would be the first to admit. Indeed, one of his main points is that this was the dominant and traditional theory of obesity through the early 20th century, and only relatively recent bad science has tried to convince us otherwise. But Taubes explains these ideas better than other recent works on the subject, and backs up his claims a lot better than most diet books.
I do have to fault the book though for being something of an unhappy medium between a popular science book and a diet book. Apparently Taubes' previous work, Good Calories Bad Calories, which I haven't read, was more of the former, and this book was written for people without an inclination to sit through the whole long argument. Fair enough, but the problem I have is that Taubes spends roughly the first third of the book arguing against what he calls the calories-in-calories-out school of obesity. I guess he's probably used getting a lot of objections from hostile audiences, but I was ready to concede his point that the CiCo people have it wrong quite early on, and got pretty bored with the repetition. Then though, when he gets to explaining his own theory, he often moves very quickly through the most interesting parts, like how the LPL receptor works, the paradoxical effects of cortisol, or how the metabolism of fructose and glucose differ. And some of his explanations were kind of just so: why do men and women differ in where we put on fat? Because our distribution of these LPL receptors is different. I feel like there's a follow-up question here...
Perhaps what makes Taubes's book most original, is just how much he's sticking it to the past fifty years of obesity researchers. Taubes really seems to believe that bad advice on weight loss, which has displaced traditional views, has led to a vicious cycle, and that sedentary living and cheap food are not the culprits we've been led to believe--it's not how much you eat and exercise, but what you eat that counts. If true, medical authorities deserve a lot of blame for the enormous amounts of needless suffering and premature deaths they've caused. This bad advice may literally have resulted in millions dying early and suffering various unnecessary complications. This may be right up there in the annals of the worst effects of bad science in history, along with things like "comparative racial studies." Taubes makes the case that the real cause of this bad science is a moralization of a technical question--the idea that fat people are fat because they're lazy and glutinous appeals to researchers on a deep level they're barely aware of. I might also suggest that it appeals to the reductionist tendencies in many researchers. I'd also like to draw the analogy to bad economists who believe long slumps are the price we pay for over exuberance in boom years, rather than technical failings of dynamic interconnected systems that we have the power to correct with the right understanding and intervention. Clearly, these arguments deserve much more attention.
The information and data in the book was relayed in a very helpful manner. I think the principals and scientific data were fairly accurate. Although I do not believe in the whole evolution nonsense - the inaccurate references to primal ancestors discredited the author and distracted from the truths he was trying to convey.
I am sorry. Mr. Taubes might have a point to his premise, but his logical arguments were so horribly flawed that it became an insult listening to the book. For example: There are more marathon runners than ever before, there are more obese people than ever before, and one guy I know says he gained weight after running marathons. Therefore exercise does not help with obesity.
I shut it off at that point an listened no further. That is one credit I will never get back. What a waste.
I thought this book was about the psychology of why certain people, like me, tend to overeat and thus gain weight. IT IS NOT! In fact, I had to stop listening to this book about 1/8 of the way through. It is so ridiculous, I have no words to describe it! Not only are this authors 'facts' short on truth, but his conclusions 'based' on scientific tests are completely misconstrued. The notions he is selling in this book are dangerous; and they are merely a BIG FAT excuse. Get off your butt and exercise, eat right, and you will be slender. I promise. I did it, and I'm about as self motivated as a sloth. (And if there were a choice for 0 stars, that is what I would have given it!) Please, save your money and pass on this book!
What, really, we are fat because we don't eat enough meat? Do you really believe this?
Sadly people are hungry to hear good news about their bad habits. The author sounds like an Adkins devotee. I regret spending a credit on this book.