This book made me completely rethink the way I understand nutrition, weight loss, and health. As I listened every argument made sense. I have an extensive background in the biological and chemical sciences but still over the years managed to compartmentalize that with contemporary thought on nutrition. Because of my background in science and the review of scientific literature I was astounded at how blindly I had followed the "experts" on nutrition even though my knowledge of biochemistry and human biology didn't coincide with what was being taught. This book is dense with rigorous scientific support looked at in an unbiased.
As a person who values well delivered science and critical thinking on health matters, I found this book to be an excellent review of where we are at on the science of nutrition and weight maintenance. This book is at the opposite end of the spectrum from fad diets and confusing (and contradictory) information that is is the diet book world. I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter and quality narration. Excellent work!
Taubs does an excellent job pointing out the research that has been done and needs to be done in order to solve the equation of obesity. The audio book is very long and some chapters are tough to make it through but it is worth the listen. There is a strong argument for carbohydrates causing fat storage and hunger due to increased insulin release, however I wish he would has discussed the hormone amylin in this book. amylin is released from the same beta cells that release insulin when one ingests food and has a strong satiety effect.
I listened first to The Big Fat Surprise and then to this book. The first was written with a little more of a 'popular' tone, but both were interesting and, for me, convincing. While the final word may not have been written about the "ideal, healthy' diet, it sure looks like low fat/high carb eating strategies are not working for most of us. When one sees the misery and health problems that can go along with being obese, it seems criminal that the nutritional advisors continue to argue against eggs, meats and fats from pasture-raised animals.
The narrater was exceptional as was the research and epilogue.
I am looking forward to more conclusions and education of healthy food/calories
This book is very well researched and presented. Quite lengthily so best absorbed in smaller doses. Exposes allot of what goes on in the politics of pushing pseudoscience and opinion to further ones own agenda at the expense of public well being.
Mastering Leptin was another I enjoyed. Explains not only the how but why to help understand the complexity of proper nutrition and its effects, short and long term.
I like the scientific detail in which processes happen.
Few books have changed my way of thinking as profoundly as this. Gary Taubes does a superb job of giving the history of how conventional thinking about nutrition came to be accepted as dogma. He presents the alternative hypothesis with convincing evidence. He calls for science to actually tests the hypotheses about obesity, heart disease, etc. And as the evidence is accumulating, it is confirming the non-conventional wisdom.