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
I loved this book. I've also read Good Calorie Bad Calorie which is its wordy and technical big brother. Both are thorough, well researched and authoritative. Thank you Gary Taubs. What an undertaking this must have been!!
This book covers the topics of diets, hormonal disturbances and the likes, and goes in-depth on the topic of how and why we store fat on our bodies.
Being a diabetic, I especialy liked having the role of insulin explained to me, and the effects it has on our body and why.
This is my third time listening to this book I also have the print copy! Awesome invaluable information. Anytime I'm struggling with my lifestyle I revisit this book and it reinspires and re-energize me like no other!
Taubes does a masterful job tracing the history of past and current dietary recommendations. This is not a polemic. He shows respect and sensitivity to those whose science was incomplete and to those who were honestly misled. He is particularly sensitive to those who battle fat.
He will leave you convinced as to why "we" get fat and what must be done to reverse the obesity trend. Hint: It's not exercise more.
The narration on the audiobook was good. It's a tough book for audio if you'd like to see the charts and footnotes. But I highly recommend the audio if you'd like to get an overview, and just accept that the supporting detail is there.
I suppose you could say it was longer than needed, but when you see all the medical and pharmaceutical interests, and money, ranged against this thinking on fat, cholesterol and carbs, you can understand why he wanted to cover all the bases. But really in 2015, his thinking is shared quite widely. The establishment is resisting but but many doctors are quietly moving in the LCHF direction. Well done Gary, a well reasoned well researched tour de force! Thank you very much. Martin from UK
In the beginning of the book I was a little worried about the "dryness" of the content, but once the foundation was laid everything began to come together. Gary Taubes does a phenomenal job of explaining what's going on in our western diets and why we have been so wrong for so long.
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