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. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.
©2007, 2008 Gary Taubes (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced, and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative, and a beacon of hope for all those who struggle with problems of weight regulation and general health." (Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning author)
Gary Taubes opens up a controversial subject, but backs up his arguments with extraordinarily interesting research.
I have not read another book like it... the closest I can think of is Jonathan Bailor's "Smarter Science of Slim".
The experiment where Steffanson (sp?) eats only meat for a year, while all of his labs and bodily functions are analyzed.
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).
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.
Close to the top I have listened to it twice.
The Zone and Rx Zone by Dr Berry Sears Both very good books
Great book I highly recommend it.
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
For me, yes. I have both, actually, but the print version can get quite bogged down in the details which are important to show the research done, but not necessary to get the point across.
Realizing that our government has been, and continues to, lead us in the wrong direction regarding our health.
Much too long and too much to digest for 'one sitting'.
THIS IS A MUST READ / MUST LISTEN for everyone, regardless of your health, weight, diet, etc. We have been given BAD ADVICE from doctors and our government for TOO LONG. Commonsense has been tossed aside. Low calorie diets are KILLING US!! This is a national epidemic ... perhaps worldwide, and no one has the stones to stand up and say, 'Hey! This isn't working!' Gary Taubes has the stones to say it and prove it.
This book is a fantastic compilation of nutrition and metabolism research over the past century. Many studies are cited and described for the layperson as well as for the scientifically minded. Let me begin as stating that I went into this as being very skeptical, and even being on the side of our current dogma (low fat, low calorie as a healthy diet). As a scientist, I was looking for a book that would describe the science behind the idea of carbohydrate restriction, and this book is it. While it's important to note that the hypothesis of carbohydrates causing many of the "diseases of civilization" including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, is not scientifically proven without a doubt, this book opened my eyes to the fact that dietary fat and cholesterol as a cause is ALSO not proven without a doubt.
As a scientist in immunology, I find it appalling that the obesity and nutrition research field has gone down this path of biased interpretation. I understand it is frowned upon to challenge conventional wisdom, but when this dogma is so poorly supported, there should be someone out there to challenge it! Based on what the author has laid out, these two competing hypotheses on nutrition (low fat/calorie restriction vs. carbohydrate restriction) should have academic and industrial researchers on BOTH sides working on studies that can definitively support either one. My hope is that this book has woken up this field to really test this alternative hypothesis of carbohydrates (via insulin) as the cause of our obesity epidemic. Currently, the United States government is recommending to the public to semi-starve themselves and eat a higher percentage of carbohydrates in their "healthy balanced" diet. If this is wrong, think about how many lives were lost and how many diseases could have been prevented, not to mention the ridiculous burden on healthcare to treat all of these diseases. In addition, it would be nice to turn around the public perception of overweight and obese people being gluttons and sloths.
In addition to the science, the history of how we got to where we are was fascinating. The role of WW2 on this science alone is something people really do not think about.
Lastly, the audio was also very good. The reader changes his voice when he is quoting something to the point where I could tell when quotation marks were present in the book without actually seeing the print! Overall, this was very well done.
In summary, I highly recommend this book. Personally, my wife and I have switched to a low-carb lifestyle recently, and even after three weeks, we feel great. We're not nearly as hungry as on our prior calorie-restricted diets, and we've already lost 10lbs each. The author's description on how the diet works really has motivated me to stick with it. Additionally, with my family history of heart disease and obesity, I hope to curtail any risk by sticking to this new dietary regiment. My hope is that these hypotheses are eventually tested in an appropriate scientific environment and then interpreted in an unbiased way. Finally, once the science is there, the public health machinery really needs to ramp up its efforts to turn this obesity epidemic around.
Great book about actual scientific information behind diet and nutrition and how the body uses carbohydrates vs. fats. Very science and study heavy though, so can get a little dry. Would recommend going through Taube's other book first, "Why We Get Fat", and if you enjoy that check this one out.
Not what expected. Lots of information on history of fat, calories, cholesterol, heart disease, etc. Good dissertation, but not for someone looking for practical steps to better nutrition. Couldn't get all the way through the book.
One of the best.
I had ok to good knowledge on the subject, at least I thought I did....I was wrong. This has changed the way I look at eating and I feel like a small expert after I finished the book.
Its not a easy ready but he does a A+ job at it.
NO, you need to take it in chunks..it made my head spin. So many numbers and facts.
This book is all about details. Its not for everyone. Look for his other book if you want a good quick and friendly overview on the subject.
20 hours of listening is a quite heavy experience. Still the book was interesting. Now I would like to hear if anyone has written an equally thorough book and come to a different conclusion about the nature of healthy diet.
The reader's voice was nice, however, his errors in pronunciation of words, both scientific and not, was very poor. It is hard to imagine that these were typos by the author given the scientific research provided in this book, however, it is possible that these are the authors mistakes. When listening I attributed these errors to the reader. For example, in a book claiming to be scientific, reading A-1-c (A one c) as A-I-c (A eye c) is unacceptable and calls into question the integrity of the author and the book. Also, using adopt instead of adapt is inappropriate.
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yes I would in terms of health and dieting it was one of the best books I've read/listened to. Then again, much of it was dry and hard to keep up with.
Probably not. He really didn't excite me any and he made the book a little boring tho, that could have been due to the material itself.
Yes as a documentary
This is was very educational listen, which I'd love to listed to again but at the same time, it was boring and hard to get through.
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