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
It blows my mind that the mainstream could get something so wrong.
This book has changed my life. Lost the unnecessary fat and have unlimited supplies of energy.
Thank you very much
A clear explanation of why low carb eating is healthy; lower HDL, lower triglycerides, lower dense LDL ( not undense LDL which is harmless). Very well written, clear, specific and complete.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
He does such a great job of thoroughly explaining how the body is influenced by carbohydrates presenting multiple science studies through the years with mice and humans. Also a timeline of people that have influence what kind of information America was getting and why.
Fat does not make you fat. Animal fat does not cause heart disease like all the propaganda that has been fed to the public indicates. When Gary Taubes tryies to talk about human nutrition the people resisting his science question, "do we have a right to kill a cow for food", and "Don't cows cause global warming." Yeah, the loud people. He had a very hard time getting his report out because it refuted popular info.
Finally, a book that articulates the physiology behind the food we eat.
Finished it in one sitting. The first few chapters are a bit repetitive...I get it, we are fat and you've written other books about it.
However, once he gets into the physiological discussion of how our bodies process food to create a resultant cycle, things clicked in a way other books, in the same category, have not.
This is a great book for someone that wants to know the why behind the various cases made for eating a certain way.
On the topic of modern diet- It's a shame the policy makers and industry shapers of nutrition and healthcare have gotten so far off the right path they we're once on. They are not individually at fault but outcomes is the same regardless.
Why We Get Fat - answers just that and while do so gives a solution based on good science on drastically improving their health and managing weight.
The key thing is this book can help those who haven't had challenges with obesity better understand the struggles of those who have.
This book was suggested to me several years ago. I bought the print version but just couldn't get into it so I finally got an audio version and got through the very dense material very quickly. It's very similar to the Atkins diet, I think (I've never done Atkins but I watched my husband do very well on it), I never liked the thought of the Atkins diet but now that I know the science behind it all I'm very inclined to give this low carb thing a try. -(today is day 1). What I liked about the info is that it shows you that you may have the body that can tolerate some level of carbs so I don't feel like I'm doomed never to eat fruit again. I'm trying this in the fall when most fruits that I love are out of season, hoping this will help. Wish me luck!!
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