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BERKELEY, CA, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Great read!"

    Very interesting information told in a manner that is entertaining and captivating. I highly recommend it if you enjoy learning about the brain, but zone out when someone lectures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Excellent scientific journalism"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Calories, Bad Calories the most enjoyable?

    Gary Taubes opens up a controversial subject, but backs up his arguments with extraordinarily interesting research.

    What other book might you compare Good Calories, Bad Calories to and why?

    I have not read another book like it... the closest I can think of is Jonathan Bailor's "Smarter Science of Slim".

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The experiment where Steffanson (sp?) eats only meat for a year, while all of his labs and bodily functions are analyzed.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It inspired me to try out the low carb lifestyle, which has resulted in the best blood glucose control of my life (I have type 1 diabetes).

    Any additional comments?

    Even if you don't agree or have any interest in low carb diets, this book is absolutely fascinating. I'm usually quite skeptical of fad diets and the like, but Taubes focuses predominantly on peer-reviewed, well-planned research studies. He also interviews numerous people with various science backgrounds to form an extremely persuasive argument.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman

    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    Markus P. Mayer says: "so and so"
    "Very basic information... mostly common sense"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have never taken a nutrition course and know very little about the subject, this is a decent overview of the topic.

    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    I expected something more in-depth with recent research.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dr. Anthony A. Goodman?

    I liked the narrator.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you haven't heard the information before, I imagine you might enjoy the lectures.

    47 of 51 people found this review helpful

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