An eye-opening, myth-shattering examination of what makes us fat, from acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes.
In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates—not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”
Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.
Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin’s regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?
Packed with essential information and concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key in our understanding of an international epidemic and a guide to what each of us can do about it.
©2010 Gary Taubes (P)2010 Random House
This audio book is about to change my life. I have struggled with being overweight all of my life. As most people like me, I have tried every diet, at least once. I'm here to tell you that they all work, as long as you stay on them. I have always had these nagging questions in my mind...Why me? Why do I eat less than my thin husband, and not lose weight, What diet is best for me and why are there so many of them? What is the actual reason that I get fat, and stay fat, and others don't, when their lifestyle and eating regimes are similar to mine? This book answers it all, and goes a step further, maybe more times than necessary. Just as there is a scientific reason and solution for many things, there is the same for obese people. The answer is here..it might not be the answer you want, but it is here for you (and mainly me) to take it and run with it if you truly want to change your life enough to embark on it! Thank you Gary, for your hard work and passion, to put this extremely valuable information out there for me!
You can find accompanying attachment on the bottom of "Publisher's Summary" which is on the top of the page for the book here on Audible. The link says "Download the accompanying reference guide". I have to admit it was not obvious place to look and took me few minutes to realize it was there.
I agree with the one comment about this book is just more or less stop eating and drinking carbs, but I am glad I GOT this book anyway because its more than that. It is nice to finally understand how the body really works around getting fat and why we get fat and the logic behind so many myths and other diets and why things don't work, fail or fall short of losing weight. So it was refreshing to get a handle on why it is a good idea and what happens when we eat and drink carbs along with our HDL and LDL levels and how that effects our cells and our problem with getting fat. This book is going to really help me and finally help me change my life around as far as why I am always struggling to lose the weight and I now see how I have been failing and why. Its worth the price, no problem. Thank you Gary Taubes.
If it is so obvious to reach a weight loss objective through a carbohydrate deficiency then why are there so many obese people that go to the gym, this to me clearly states that there is an obvious nutritional knowledge defecit that even personal trainers don't seem to understand or are reluctant to share with their clients. Day after day though these commited individuals will try to lose weight by burning calories and then try to restrict caloric intake through the use of will power.
Gary goes over many cases in which different societies have become obese and aludes to their adherence to more 'civilised' feeding habits as the cause for their poor health. I think that it is necessary to go into the detail of where we as human beings became more and more reliant on such a simple and non-essential nutrients and how this reliance has affected us as humans.
The book gets to the point very slowly, however, changing habitual behaviour for some does require research based evidence and this is about as close as you're going to get in an audio book format. I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone that has been trying to lose weight through dieting or is struggling to stay on their strict caloric restricted regime.
Will power will only get you so far!
If you need inspiration to get you going on dieting for 2011, this will do it! Although the basic principles are known to those of us who are avid readers on how to lose weight, and this book essentially covers those basics, this author is very good at explaining difficult material such that all can understand. Further, there is a surprising twist that leaves one with an "Aha" experience. We all know which foods we should cut out, but do we REALLY understand why? If not, then one is not really motivated to do what is necessary. This author motivates!
I really appreciated the narrator's slow careful enunciation of this difficult material.
Finally a scientific explanation for why we get fat! I could not put this book down from beginning to end. Ultra informative. Ever wonder why the Adkins diet works? This book thoroughly answers all your questions in detail. I thought this book was life altering and a totally satisfied any questions about WHY we eat the way we do and what affect it has on us.
Lots of people have asked for the accompanying material. It seems to be very essential while going through this book. I myself am only at chapter 6 and decided to send an email to Audible customer support about the material. I can't say for certain that the material was available before I requested but all I can say is that it is now available towards the bottom of the book description area for the book on the website. The download link is http://download.audible.com/product_related_docs/BK_RAND_002472.zip. Normally I can get by without any additional material but If you haven't read this book yet I encourage you to get the material as well and if possible refer to it before you start the book. I think it makes a big difference in this case.
So far the anti "calories in calories out" argument is being beaten to death in this book, i say this because I never really subscribed to this approach anyway, but it is good to know that it can be beaten to death with real evidence as opposed to anecdotal evidence from my own personal experiences.
Very engaging book, so far. (I take one star off for the beating to death of the topic).
Very clear science and the person who said that his message is to stop eating carbs missed the book. This is not a diet book. The message was to reduce eating processed carbs like grains that cause people to get fat..which was just a small part of the book. He presented all the historical data and even what hapens to cultures that start eating a western diet what happens. Thanks to the author for more details and data on the subject.
This book changed my life. I listened twice. That was one month ago. Since then I have lost 15 pounds without doing anything differently except following the premise of this book. My wife is pissed at my success because she has been busting her butt in exercise classes and has only dropped 8 pounds. So there you go.
I read the book, but I wanted the audio version to listen to in the car and on the go. This is information all Americans need. We are eating a diet which will kill us in the end. What we thought as the normal American diet is going to be our undoing!! We didnt' know... but now we do. All the research is interestingly provided to us and one cannot listen to this without realizing a change has to be made. I have lost 30 lbs so far, and expect to reach the proper weight for my height paying attention to the research presented in this book: a low carb diet is the healthy way to go--- carbs are for special occasions, and great care should be taken to eat the right ones in the right amount. It's been fairly easy and I am so grateful I found this book when I did. I have heard the information before, but I never knew WHY we needed to eat low carb. I guess I am one who has be convinced, and convinced I am!
"For the patient listener"
I was very familiar with the subject of the audiobook, but even I needed self-disciplin to not to turn it off due to the lengthy descriptions and sentences. Keep it simple guys..
As for the subject - a few things I didn't know about the behaviour of fat cells and insulin spikes. A very good book, but not for a novice.
"Great way to start a new year"
Brilliant - This book has changed the way I think about food. It makes such perfect sense.
"Really useable dietary science"
The author demonstrates that the doctrine of calorie counting is a recent and challengeable branch of the science of diet and weight management.
This work is a comprehensive review of scientific studies in this field followed by a robust challenge to the thinking underpinning calorie counting, and finally a restatement of more credible and older research that high glycemic index foods overstimulate the production of insulin which leads to deposit of fat regardless of amount of food consumed.
I found it academic in tone (it's a literature review and thesis) but fascinating and ultimately really usable information. It has certainly changed the way I eat and indirectly my weight.
"Tells you what it says - lightbulbs on!"
4 months ago thoroughly fed up at 13 1/2 stone plus (5'6), a female in my late 40's I searched for something that I could stick with and happened upon The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson - this started me on a 'paleo' food choice lifestyle (or as close as I could get to it with limited 'natural' food availability). Within a couple weeks of this I broke my leg and was completely out of action for 2 months, however eating this way the weight still fell off, and I was never hungry! I was curious and wanted to learn more and moved to recommended reading from the 'marksdailyapple.com' website which led me to 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis. By the time I finished that book I was totally fascinated by the science, and the volume of misinformation we have been fed (every pun intended). I went from that to a movie 'Fat Head' that sets out to counter misinformation from the award winning 'Super Size Me', and from that to this book.
This is the 'layman's' version of the much more deeply scientific 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' (which I have not read) by the same author Gary Taubes. It is a revelation! From the facts and research cited from the past 3-4 centuries no less, to the simplified (I am guessing, because I am no scientist and I understood) explanations supported with facts, pictures and examples that we can all relate to. Yes, this is an 'audiobook' and yes I did say pictures, because along with the book the download comes with a PDF file with pictures and text referenced thoughout - EXCELLENT! (though I confess to not having realised I had it until returning to check references made).
The author repeatedly states he is not 'breaking new ground', instead taking from a world of research and wisdom made 'unavailable' to us for decades. If you want to know what makes us fat and what to do about it get this book - you will never look at food the same way again, nor dare I say it the health institutions, medics, food pyramid, gym enthusiasts or diet experts.
4 months on from my first taste of this lifestyle with little or no exercise I am 2 stone lighter and tell you truthfully I have not even noticed it happen. I only wish I had been so informed all the years I was raising my 3 children - I believe this is the author's mission, to inform.
"2kgs/4.4lbs safely in 6 days"
I cannot believe 3 reviewers gave this one star. They should stick to Mills n Boon.
This book has quite probably changed my life for the better forever. I finally understand!! Everyone should read this. Every child should be taught this. Every parent should be forced to read it. It is so important and urgent that people understand the science of what is going on inside us. Otherwise all we can do is blindly follow fads.
The nitty gritty really starts in chapter 9. It's not too scientific for we non scientists. If you can do simple maths, you'll get it. I gave up biology at age 15 and it was pretty straight forward learning.
Please listen to this.
Great book that goes into some of the science of why we get fat, whilst still relating in layman's terms. Its a controversial message, but after listening has we won over. Great book!
"Very informative and convincing"
I loved the book. It made me both understand and believe in the idea of scrapping carbohydrates in favour of fat and meat. However, i instantly tried it for three weeks, whereafter I had my cholesterol levels checked, and they had gone worse. So I take the ideas less seriously now, with a lot less carbohydrates and sugar.
"No Idea what the fuss is about - Overrated"
The interesting part was the title. I bought it as I am very interested in all aspects of health, fitness and nutrition. According to other reviews it's amazing but all I got from it is that if you are really fat, then following this method will help you lose weight (including muscle mass I presume - but that's OK because you don't need it unless you are one of them exercise nuts like me). And you won't even need to worry about your health or the impact your new gluttony for meat has on the environment. It is full of scientific sounding theories and filler from ye-olde ancient texts but does not actually get to the point or lead the listener to anything other than a very simple conclusion which could have been summed up in one sentence.
Dull. American. Condescending.
No. I gave up and started to chapter skip.
I really don't see why this book has so many high star reviews (although it is due to them I bothered to download it). It is dull, slow and cites many debunked theories as 'fact' by missing out vital information along the way. The whole book can be summed up with one sentence: Carbohydrates make you fat, especially white flour and sugar, so go buy an Atkins diet book and find out which foods to avoid and why.
"Everyone should read and understand the information in this book"
As the title says, the layman's guide, read it, share it, read it again, and again!
"interesting if biased"
ok. this is an important book which has ruffled feathers. it describes some interesting evidence about fat accumulation. however it comes across as rather soap boxy, leaving me dubious of Taubes' objectivity.
the basic premise is that it's carbs that are to blame. Thats not wholly unreasonable, but Taubes focuses on biology to a degree that simply wouldn't make sense to most obese people I've ever met. we don't just eat because we're hungry we eat because we've learned to eat. A second omission is that protein if eaten in excess can, I believe, metabolize into sugar. This seems quite an important point if we'd are being directed to eat as much meat as we like, but to stay away from sugar.
The narration is ok. is a dry book read dry. I was disappointed however, that noone thought to correct the repeated mispronounciation of "causal" as "casual" given the focus of the argument.
I'm glad to have heard it. It poses questions. I'd be worried for someone who thought it answered them all.
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