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.
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“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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The US government has issued nutrition guidelines supposedly based on sound science since the 1960's. The guidelines have consistently been wrong and unhealthy for Americans who followed them. The government guidelines have caused far greater instances of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Good Calories , Bad Calories is a landmark publication on human nutrition that uses real science to utterly destroy government nutrition guidelines. The audiobook is long at over 25 hours, but it is well worth the time. He wrote a much shorter book Why We Get Fat for those that do not have the time for Good Calories, Bad Calories.
There are over 500 books that I have not reviewed in my Audible library. I'm taking some time to review the very best and worst of those 500+ audiobooks. I first listened to this very important audiobook almost 7 ears ago.
Nicely read by Chamberlain, but the real brilliance of this book is the quality and depth of the research described in the book. This is probably the best and most important book that I have ever read or listened to.
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.
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.
Read well, but can feel textbookish at times. Eye opening and educational. Enough to kickstart any journey through diet literature. Also.. Fuck Ancel Keys.
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!
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