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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It | [Gary Taubes]

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Gary Taubes (P)2010 Random House

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    Edward Teach 02-17-11
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    "Book is good. Narration is flat and hard to follow"

    The content of the book itself is good. The narrator though sounds like he went in and did a cold read of the book in the same nasally tone for the duration of the book. This makes following along frustrating since you the listener must keep up and do a narration of your own in your head to make it right. Mike Chamberlain, sadly, is not one of the great Simons (Vance or Prebble).

    Taubes discusses for the first half of the book why common scientific and nutritional thinking of the past 100 years has become canon and why it is incorrect. He uses rhetorical questions as well as asking questions and then answering them in a point-counterpoint style that works well in a book... and can come across as intended when narrated if done so properly-- as an experienced narrator or an everyday conversational speaker might-- by changing one's tone to increase in pitch at the end of an interrogative sentence. Mike Chamberlain does not do this, so it makes it difficult to decipher what is being portrayed as old-world thinking and what Taubes is positing.

    Chamberlain also mispronounces some words that were not caught by the editor. He states "A logician would say that it contains no casual information." This was written in the book (correctly) as "causal," yet he mispronounces it time after time.

    Overall this audio rendition is difficult to follow due to the narrator's shortcomings. Many a time I thought I should just purchase the Kindle version and take the time to read it myself.

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    "Taube's diet may be harmful to your health."

    I read this book and believed it vindicated the Atkins diet. I followed the diet for 6 months and lost a few pounds. A guy at the health club told me he had lost 100 pounds in 5 months after he read Eat to Live by Furman. It advocates limiting animal protein, animal fat and dairy products in favor of leafy green stuff, vegetables,legumes, fruit and nuts.It was written by a physician and based on conclusions from "the China Study". The author concludes that animal fat and protein are implicated in higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart problems while vegetable based diets had preventative effects..

    Both Taubes and Furman agree that refined carbohydrates and starchy vegetables should be limited. Both books claim to be based on science. Please read them both before you commit to the dietary recommendations in Taubes book. I believe after reading them both that the science in "Eat to Live" is far more compelling. Also, I believe that Furman's diet is easier to stay with, makes me feel better, and is better for the environment.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 08-08-11
    Mark Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 08-08-11
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    "A Lot Of Conjecture It Seems"

    The way the author seems to just contradict theories off the cuff, it wouldn't surprise me if he said something like "It's not sugar that causes cavities, it's cavities that makes a person crave sugar", or "It's not the fact that there is less light in the Fall that makes trees change colors, it's the fact that trees change colors that makes it get less light in the Fall". Not that I don't take a lot of what he says as fact, it's just that he does it in a way that makes you doubt his science.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Armando SYLMAR, CA, United States 02-04-11
    Armando SYLMAR, CA, United States 02-04-11
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    "Got fat, now doin somethin about it"

    This book promotes low-carb dieting. It is geared toward those who consider low-carb diets a "fad". It cites many scientific studies which (contrary to popular belief) in summary say that: calories in/calories out in conjunction with exercise, is not the solution to weight loss. Scientists must pin-point the types of foods that cause weight gain (carbohydrate rich foods). It goes on to explain the bias developed within the scientific community, as an obstacle for those who have studied and developed evidence showing the benefits of a low-carb diet.
    Personally, I find this bias to be a parallel with Evolutionists and those who have promote Creation through science (Kent Hovind, Walt Brown, Ian Juby etc.). The reason I bring this up is because the author brought up the bias in the scientific community, but referred to the theory of evolution (a theory accepted by the scientific community, though controversial when scientifically scrutinized.

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    John 12-28-11
    John 12-28-11
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    "Horrible, boring, worthless drivel... Atkins diet"
    What disappointed you about Why We Get Fat?

    Nothing but meaningless inaccurately placed research to support a pretense that is inaccurate.


    What was most disappointing about Gary Taubes’s story?

    It offered me nothing of value, nothing real. Any common sense would tell you his research is inaccurate and his conclusions drawn from the research of others totally misses the mark. This seemed, to me, to be nothing but a re-boot of the Atkins diet revolution.


    How could the performance have been better?

    not be published.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not for me... sorry.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dayton, OH, United States 01-10-11
    Laura Dayton, OH, United States 01-10-11
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    "Love the book, but where is the appendix?"

    This is a great book, and I really enjoyed it, but he keeps referring to an appendix and some charts or attachments.... which are nowhere to be found. Am I missing something? Where are these files?

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    S Baschi - TR, Italy 01-11-11
    S Baschi - TR, Italy 01-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Missing the Appendices"

    As ever, Gary Taubes makes a compelling case. This is a very interesting read. The narrator does a very good job of keeping complex material clear. I was very disappointed though that the appendices are missing as well as the photos, which could perhaps be available as a download.

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    Rich White Bear Lake, MN, United States 01-11-11
    Rich White Bear Lake, MN, United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Missing PDF"

    Good info but the PDF file with charts and appendix is missing. These are referred to throughout the book but sadly missing.

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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 11-19-13
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 11-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Just call it Low Card Redux"
    What disappointed you about Why We Get Fat?

    Nothing new ... the author advocates a low carb diet. Painful to listen to 20 hours of tedious narration for what has been covered many times and in much more compact form. This entire book could be summarized on a 3x5 card and has already been documented in many other books plus a wealth of info on the internet.


    Has Why We Get Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will do more due diligence to make sure that a new title is not just another re-hashed topic.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment and mild anger at the author in duping so many people by writing two tedious books on a well worn subject, but masking them in a misleading title.


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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 05-23-13
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Why We Get Fat"

    I just could not get into this book. I thought it was repeatative and pretty much common sense that we have heard our whole lives. I never finished it. Definitely would not recommend. Eat healthy and exercise. Best advice and you dont have to read the book.

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