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)
There are two versions, one written with all the science (this one) and one written with just the principles laid out. I was afraid this longer version might be dry, but he draws all the scientific studies before in a masterful explanation. I was looking forward to the conclusions but sorry when it was over.
There really isn't a better resource out there for all the science that supports low carb way of life. The problem is that when you put all that science in to one book, that book becomes quite a task. It took me a few months to get through it in audio format, it probably would have taken a year to get through in hard copy.
That being said, it's still the best book to learn all you want to learn about overweight and health and micronutrients and how you can't trust the food pyramid in your decision making process in regards to your nutrition.
Yes. It is a life-altering listen. The book is quite large, and this is the reason I decided to purchase the audio book. I would recommend this to a friend as it explains in detail about scientific nutritional information that affects not only the individual reading/listening but everyone on this planet.
Why We Get Fat is a condensed version of GCBC. However, GCBC expands on that information and gives even more credence to the carbohydrate hypothesis claim. It also expands on the notion that the diseases of civilization all stem from diet, specifically in direct causal relationship to dietary carbohydrate intake.
His tone keeps the listener interested throughout. This is extremely tough to do when detailing scientific studies and nutritional science.
Yes. The fact that heart attacks, type II diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, gout, obesity and much more can be prevented solely by changing diet. The huge amount of evidence suggests the carbohydrate hypothesis is on the right track.Furthermore, other major unscientific claims are debunked:1)Cholesterol is a GOOD thing.2)Saturated fat is one of the most important nutrients you can ever ingest and should never be limited.3)Salt should not be limited.4)Exercise is not good for losing weight and can in fact have the opposite affect.5)Limiting food intake is not a good method for losing weight.Other interesting points the book makes:1)A lot of cause for infertility may be due to diet.2)Insulin resistance and future weight issues are determined in the womb.3)Nicotine affects fatty acid flow from the adipose tissue, which in essence is the hunger depressant associated with use. Once individuals quit smoking, they typically gain weight due to the re-regulation of fatty acid flow.4)A large portion of cancers are potentially due to diet alone. Therefore, they can be prevented. 5)It is hypothesized that rather than being a behavioral issue, anorexia and other eating disorders may be more biological than anything else.
A must read for everyone.
The information in this book was completely new to me. The things that we take for granted about food are not true (or at least unproven). This book was an exhaustive look at food and health, in particular the diseases of civilization. Very interesting stuff, but it is exhausting to listen to. The amount I learned made up for the excessive explanation and evidence... On the other hand i am not sure I would have been convinced with less evidence.
What I liked best about Good Calories, Bad Calories is the content of the book. Broadly researched, no skimping and great analysis of the material covered. I don't have to agree with everything to say that. What I liked the least about the audio book are the distracting "squeaks" that occur in the audio at irregular intervals. It seems to be a fault unique to this audio book as the two books I have downloaded since do not contain it. It is annoying enough that I would not keep purchasing audio books if this is a common problem. When Audible gets this problem rectified I will re-download this book . . . I have already downloaded it twice in different formats and the problem persists.
Mike Chamberlain narrates at a pace and with voicing that keeps my interest even through somewhat technical "dry" material. If you can do that, you have to be better than some of my profs were. . . but I can't be to critical of them either, as keeping a receptive audience is no small achievement.
Extremely well researched book. It took 5 years to write and it shows. Debunks the diet myths. Killer focus on carbs and insulin as the culprit. Backup with historical and demographic and anthropological data.
The science of fat metabolism is clarified. the compilation of sugar as the culprit is extensive. Long precise and detailed. A must read for anyone who plans to eat for the foreseeable future.
Lab data about mice is particularly telling. Studies of other societies who contact the Western diet disease. MUSt read!
Most of it was great.
My 2 hour round trip commute daily is made tolerable only by audio books.
Bad science revealed.
How a large, often sited, study ignored their actual findings in favor of the accepted dogma which their findings contradicted.
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.
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.
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.
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