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)
I might read the text version.
It has great information about history of diet science, and even more importantly, insight to how dietary recommendations have been wrong.
I thought this book didn't translate as well for audio format than other books due to how numerous quotes from various scientists would sometimes come across as the voice of the author (until the sometimes long quote was finished and then you hear the who said/wrote the cited text). I felt the narrator could have done a lot to improve this issue by affecting his voice more when reading cited/quoted passages. The narrator otherwise was clear and pleasant. There were also audio 'glitches' (random audio artifacts) throughout, but they were only slightly distracting.
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.
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.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
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.
Substance over Fluff
Yes. The simplicity with which the author sorts through the vast information and misinformation about food, diet and health and how those things interact makes me feel like I have had a veil pulled off my eyes.
I have always had a big sweet-tooth and the information in this book has made me look at my beloved sweets in a whole new light. That has been the most life-changing thing. I ACTUALLY ENJOY FOOD AND EATING MORE NOW THAT I HAVE READ THIS BOOK.
Keep listening. I know it is long, but some of the best information comes in the middle and latter part of the book. But the beginning is great too, so don't skip over it.
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.
This is an incredible book that takes you on a journey through the history of research and recommendations on how to prevent obesity and to reverse it. It's amazing to me how a nearly blind bias in the health industry, research and medical institutes continued (and continue today) to trump science. As a result of this book I started a ketogenic diet one month ago and have already lost nearly 20 pounds. So far this has been without any exercise. I've been on pretty much every diet you can think of in the past including slim fast, calorie restricted, vegan and many more. I would work out 6 days a week. I always lost weight on those diets, although very slowly and ultimately I'd get so hungry I was forced to quit and would quickly gain back the weight and then some. Hunger has not been an issue on a ketogenic diet for me. I feel so much better.
I was already on a Keto diet, but this book solidified the background data and filled in the gaps that I was missing. Highly recommended.
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