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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease | [Robert H. Lustig]

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

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, Robert 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.
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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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    Wayne 03-21-15
    Wayne 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book on obesity and health."

    Great book, well worth the listen. Just great data and facts told well. Lined up well with the documentary "Fed Up".

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    Susan 02-27-15
    Susan 02-27-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Please read this!"

    Knowledge is power! Read this book then share it with those you love then get involved. This book is filled with Real science written in an accessible way.

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    Dawn Kowalski 02-26-15
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    "Great Book"

    I enjoyed this book very much. While some of the terminology is a little difficult to follow, there is a an amazing amount of good information backed by sound research.

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    Tammy Wood 02-08-15
    Tammy Wood 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight!"

    A lot of what he said is things I knew in general concept by now, but hearing the actual science behind it was fascinating. Half way through, I ordered the written book so I could listen again and make notes.

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    L. F. C. Cerqueira 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I am convinced (english/português)"

    The book spends a lot of pages educating the reader about the mechanisms of action of various hormones and enzymes involved in the metabolism and the development of metabolic syndrome. Part of the book, I would say that the first third, can get a little dull because of that, but throughout its development, it is clear that the concepts are essential for the reader to understand the formation of fat.

    The book is very educational so far as to remove the fat person`s guilt and take some of the blame to the rightful owners, the ones who manages and produces food filled with highly toxic substances and huge propensity to addiction, and the government has not the wrist and the political will to regulate.

    The book goes through various diet types and points out what they all have in common, that is the absence of processed sugar, which is the key part of a successful diet. The key to health, he points out, is to eat unprocessed foods and daily exercise. He demonstrates this based on numerous studies cited in the course of the entire book, identified in the Appendix, as a master's thesis was, but with a more irreverent language.

    It is a very educational book. I think it's valuable information, unless the author has told a very convincing lie with a very well mounted mosaic of data and scientific papers arranged to meet his fallacy. Otherwise, it is likely to be true and should help anyone who intends to achieve a healthier life, longevity and respect to one`s body.

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    Eu estou convencido

    O livro gasta muito tempo educando o leitor a respeito dos mecanismos de ação de diversos hormônios e enzimas que atuam na metabolização e no desenvolvimento de síndrome metabólica. Parte do livro, diria que o terço inicial, pode ficar um pouco maçante por causa disso, mas no decorrer da história é visível que é fundamental ao leitor compreender os processos da insulina, leptina, grelina e outros, para entender como atuam a síndrome metabólica e o processo de formação de gordura.

    O livro é bastante educativo ao ponto de remove a culpa do gordo e levar parte da culpa a quem é de direito, a quem controla e produz os alimentos, que os enche de substâncias altamente tóxicas e de enorme propensão à adicção, e que o governo não tem o pulso e a vontade política para regular.

    O livro passa por vários tipos de dieta e aponta que o que todas elas tem em comum é a ausência de açúcar processado, sendo esse o ponto fundamental de uma dieta de sucesso. A saúde de sucesso, ele aponta, está na alimentação sem alimentos processados e exercícios diários. Ele demonstra isso baseando-se em inúmeras pesquisas citadas no decorrer de todo o livro, apontadas nos apêndice, como se uma dissertação de mestrado fosse, mas com uma linguagem mais irreverente.

    É um livro muito educativo. Recomento para todos. Acho que são informações preciosas, que a não ser que o autor tenha contado uma mentira muito convincente com um mosaico muito bem montado de dados e artigos científicos arranjados de forma a atender sua falácia, é provável que seja verdade e devem auxiliar qualquer um que pretende atingir uma vida mais saudável, longevidade e respeito ao seu corpo.

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    Kimberly Shelton Rncho Sta Marg, CA United States 01-28-15
    Kimberly Shelton Rncho Sta Marg, CA United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "a must read for any one who eats..."

    Struggle with weight? Demystify the riddle to long-term weight control and health. Most powerful read!

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    Greg and Dana Kosmala 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Give our kids a chance."

    I thought this was an eye opener that will change my outlook on what I eat,
    And why I'm eating it.

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    Gregory 01-24-15
    Gregory 01-24-15 Member Since 2013

    interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.

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    "Great medical content, questionable politics"

    Dr. Lustig writes a compelling case against sugar. Fructose, a component of table sugar, is added to almost all processed food - and it's killing us. I agree with the author that sugar (and carbs) are the real dangers in our diet rather than fat. And his book is full of evidence.

    Where I think the book falls a little short is in his disavowal of personal responsibility. I believe that we can all choose to eat less sugar, exercise more, and consume more fiber. The author, on the other hand, seems to think our poor health is out of our control.


    Moreover, the author's politics are difficult to understand. He correctly points out the dangers of government: politicians being owned by big food, governmental misguidance, and ineffective government programs. Yet, he concludes that the only solution to the problem is more government - the very government he criticized.

    The narration is FANTASTIC!

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    Suraj B. 01-13-15
    Suraj B. 01-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book"

    quick read if this topic interests you. I am really watching my diet after reading it.

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    Tamra E Buhrman 01-07-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    I can't wait to start revamping my diet. I finally understand what is happening in my body and mind.
    I plan on getting the cookbook to help learn how to cook bettet. Thanks for a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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