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Fat Chance Audiobook

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

©2012 Robert H. Lustig (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    good book a little dry but full of information about what to avoid. enjoy the book

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    Amazon Customer 08-02-16
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    "Great explanations, but no new actionable advice"

    Fat Chance does a truly stellar job explaining the science behind how we get fat, but has no new information, suggestions or options for how we can break the cycle of addiction, hormone resistance and other factors that make us overweight. If you're interested in the science behind human energy metabolism, this book is worthy of at least TEN stars, not a mere five! But if you expect to hear something beyond "eat right and exercise" when it comes to actionable advice to combat your addiction to processed foods and lethargy, you'll be sorely disappointed. Still, I recommend this book for everyone fighting the good fight because it will demystify a LOT of how the body responds to various types of food intake, and that can equip you to be more effective at everything you do from that point on as it pertains to winning the ongoing battle.

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    Amazon Customer 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So informational!"

    Dr. Lustigs book really breaks it down for you in a way that you can keep up and understand. Not only does he have a scientific approach but I really enjoyed how he was able to explain everything with such detail!

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    Book Lover United States 07-07-16
    Book Lover United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great explanation on why we're all fat"

    understanding why and how my body works with sugar was life changing for me. No that is not an overstatement. Finally understand why my body does what it does, and how to make changes accordingly. If you don't like understanding the technical side of the science, this book may not be for you. However the narrator did an excellent job of keeping things interesting and adding expression so this doesn't feel like a textbook. I really enjoyed the clinical vignettes, and all of the graphs and charts explaining what different ingredients are so I can look them up at home.

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    Jack 06-22-16
    Jack 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very helpful"

    loved this book. really helped me understand my dx of insulin resistance and in doing so helps me figure out how to reverse it.

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    Mary L Macsalka 05-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating, scientific, informative"

    Saw the author's TED talk on YouTube. I was intrigued and wanted to know more, which led me to this book. I was not disappointed. I like how he moves from the science, to identifying the problem, to proposing personal and public policy solutions. Well written and well performed by the narrator.

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    D. Thomas New Jersey 05-25-16
    D. Thomas New Jersey 05-25-16

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    "A must-read for every parent worldwide."

    This book is based on facts, strong science, statistics, and history. Everyone should read this.

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    weberchiro 05-10-16
    weberchiro 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent material"

    If you want to understand what you can do to better your diet and lose weight! Great reference, doesn't have all the answers but very real! I'm a DC and Dr. Lustig is very dead on with his topic in this book!

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    bell931 02-14-16
    bell931 02-14-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Eye opening"

    I thought I understood that carbs were generally bad, but now I understand why. This book goes in depth into the science behind food.

    Summary - eat real food.

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    Ramesh 02-12-16
    Ramesh 02-12-16 Member Since 2001
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the style in which data about obesity was presented. Reading about this topic I already knew about the importance of Low Carb diets. I for some reason did not fully realize the role of Fiber. I think the author makes reasonable recommendations. Eat food rich in Fiber and Low in Sugar. If you are already obese, make it a low carbohydrate diet. Coupled with regular exercise this regimen is something that is possible to adopt as a life style.


    What other book might you compare Fat Chance to and why?

    The other book I would compare it against is "Why We Get Fat". I think that book opened my eyes to the tremendous damage being done by Low Fat High Carbohydrate Diets which are lacking in Fiber.


    What does Jonathan Todd Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Narration.


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

    Yes, when the author talks about the health of today's children when they are 50 years old. It is very discouraging and prompts you take ameliorative actions


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