I got through 75% of the book before I couldn't stand the author's repetitiveness any more. Though the premise of the book seems sound, I felt like I was listening (I have the audiobook) to the same chapter over and over. He even (repeatedly!) includes phrases such as "Like I've already mentioned..." and "As we've already discussed in previous chapters..." and goes on to restate essentially what he's already said. Bleh.
If you don't want to take the time to read Good Calories Bad Calories, read this book. It has the same vital information without a lot of the eye glossing details about the numerous studies cited in the first book. The important information about how damaging carbs are to your body is still explained clearly. This information has opened my eyes and helped me lose weight. I also recommend watching Dr. Lustig's you tube video on the dangers of fructose (Sugar, the bitter truth). His video presentation 90 Minutes well spent that may save your life if you are type 2 diabetic, have high triglycerides, metabolic syndrome, or obesity. It's still amazing to me that the U.S. government won't denounce all the sugar and high fructose corn syrup in the typical American's diet.
I believe the bottom line that is supported by science but not taught to any of us is that carbs are bad, especially sugar, whether it's high fructose corn syrup or not.
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.