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Why We Get Fat Audiobook

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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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' 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Gary Taubes (P)2010 Random House

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    Terry T. 03-01-16
    Terry T. 03-01-16
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    very good book show why we get fat will change way you look at food what you been told is wrong


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    Berkum Montréal, Québec, Canada 02-27-16
    Berkum Montréal, Québec, Canada 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Go go go les bons repas copieux!!!"

    Tant d'années passées à croire que je mangeais bien et que c'est une question de métabolisme...

    A lire ou écouter absolument!

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    Joseph Ruder - Phantasy Productions Belleville, IL 02-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like science and facts this is IT."

    If you want one book that objectively looks at what a ton of other books, papers, studies etc are currently saying - this should do it for you. Great research presented in a easy to listen to format. Mr. Taubes has another book out there that digs in even deeper (Good Calories, Bad Calories) - but this one gets to the meat of the subject quicker and cleaner. Highly recommended.

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    Kathleen Alford 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A real eye-opener!"

    The carb conundrum has been my experience of food and weight loss, despite what I had read from government authorities. So great to see it documented as truth that carbs must be kept within limits for weight loss and maintenance.

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    Amazon Customer 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    Gary Taubes really gets down to the bottom of the weigh loss. He debunks the low fat theory with good explanations and solid science.

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    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 02-09-16
    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2011

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    "All Things Explained!"

    If you have ever struggled with your weight this book will open you up to ideas which are far from new but have been squelched by the U.S. powers that be for many different reasons. Our country needs to wake up to the truth. Calories in - calories out is a lie too many of us have fallen victim to....and too many so-called health professionals have driven into the mind of the public. You are not a failure... You can be lean!

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    Amazon Customer 02-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opening dietary science for the layman."

    Understanding the science behind what goes on in our bodies when we eat certain foods can often be difficult with out the aid of a biology/chemistry degree.

    Gary Taub makes this information easy to understand, critical in the current dietary climate of misinformation, based on old and flawed research.

    He presents an argument, backed with research that he presents in such a way it's easy to understand and hard to refute.

    It will make you reconsider the way you think about health, diet, exercise, weightloss and why we get fat.

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    LundieP 02-04-16
    LundieP 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good information, a bit longer than necessary"
    What made the experience of listening to Why We Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    This is a pretty long book, with a lot of history and background information. It was significantly better to listen to the book than read it (I would never have finished the book).


    What did you like best about this story?

    He covered all his bases with a lot of evidence - both scientific and anecdotal.


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    Solid though mistaken


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The complete flip of the cause of retaining fat. I really like this flip-side view and getting rid of the calories in/calories out math.


    Any additional comments?

    Chamberlain consistently read "causal" as "casual" and "causality" as "casualty". It made for some confusing passages regarding the scientific study results.

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    Barbara 01-29-16
    Barbara 01-29-16
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    "The Facts Are Clear"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and will likely listen to a few chapters again. Well done for those, like me, who benefit from a detailed explanation.

    The reader's voice was easy on the ears and allowed me to focus on the content.

    Overall, well done!

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    KT 01-25-16
    KT 01-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Calories Bad Calories is even better"

    if you want to know more of the reasons on how he was able to come up with this information, Good Calories Bad Calories is an excellent book but this gets to the point much faster

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