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
The author is as well versed, if not more so, in the evidence for restricting carbohydrates and sugar in our diets than most doctors. For those of us who follow evidence-based medicine, this book is a gift.
I've always known that restricting carbohydrates helps you lose weight. but had difficulty staying on this method for long. now after understanding the science behind it I'm certain that I will be able to follow through and lose the weight I need to
So many things I want to share with my family and friends. Should have been making notes or bookmarks when some powerful point or idea was given. Guess I'll have to listen to it again :-)
There are a lot of books out there about how to lose weight but this is one of the best. The author backs up his comments with studies and science and helps patients and doctors understand why calories in - calories out is not the correct model for weight management or healthy living. If you want to avoid heart disease, diabetes or dementia you need to read/ listen to this book. I plan to listen to it a second time!
Though I feel more research needs to be done on the possible negative effects of meat on both body and ecology, the truths about carbohydrates being excessive in most people is unshakable.
Thank you Gary Taubes. Because of your work and detailed explanation of the human body and how we regulate insulin and hormones I understood why my diet was hurting my ultimate goal.
Things I heard others say, but didn't understand, Gary explained in great detail. It was a times hard to understand, and there were parts I listened to over and over, but I finally understood it.
Mike Chamberlain is very easy to listen to. I wish he would narrate all the books I listen to on here. I can't seem to get past many of the other narrators voices. Mike has a pleasant, calming voice that captivates my attention.
I had a hard time with this question. I think it is titled perfectly. Another option would be is: Why we get fat, why you are still fat, and why diets fail. Or something along those lines.
Thank you Gary Taubes. I lost 10 lbs since i ready this book. I had no idea that sugar, in all forms, was really my problem. When I understood exactly what my body was doing with what I ate and how my body reacted it made sense. I love how you addressed the medical profession and the way society views obesity as a character flaw. As if thin people are noble, self controlled and obese people are gluttons. You are brilliant and hats off to you!
I'm not fat, but lots of people in my family are and recently I've been researching body building as well and on almost every level this hypothesis seems to make sense with what I've seen, experienced and researched. Not only that but he backs up his claims with lots of interesting stories and experiments - especially the experiments with lab rats. It's profound.
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