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
You bet. It is packed with information and studies. Brilliantly written and really well read. It was clear, comprehensive and loaded with great information.
ALL health practitioners need to read this book. Evidence is everywhere for low carbohydrate eating, studies named and references given but not in a way that distracts from the message.
An essential read!
This is a compelling case, but the rigour which the author applies in debunking some myths could be applied to some of his own claims. Possibly this comes through references which I didn't have on hand while listening to this book, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.
A compelling, scientific theory about why the greater population of America is over weight.
The fact that all the authors theories are backed up with historical facts.
It made me open my eyes and look at what we've been told for so long and question it.
I would like to start out by saying that in general I've always eaten in moderation, I know, like many Americans, that certain foods are bad for me but often find it hard to resist. In an effort to improve my health and lose some belly fat, I stopped eating some of my favorite foods:breads, pasta and rice. I quickly lost 8 lbs. so I believe this less carb theory. But reading this book has opened my eyes to not only the reason why so many people gain so much weight but how major government departments may be willing to keep us in the dark about the real reasons we get fatter over time. And the author does a thorough job of explaining the biological way our bodies process different types of foods. It's like getting a combination history and biology lesson at the same time. I hated Biology when I was in school but this explanation was really well conveyed. The biggest surprise is the truth about what causes heart attacks. One of the biggest take-aways is stay away from white flour, sugary drinks and high carb foods. And start adding more leafy greens and meats to your diet.
Eat more bacon
Where the historical evidence linking carbohydrate consumption with obesity was explained
It has changed my diet. That is pretty extreme
Read this, then throw out all your carb loaded non-fat food and enjoy the real stuff. Giving up bread, sugar and pasta is easy when bacon and steak are back on the menu.
The evolutionary perspective. The detailed science. Learned a lot about insulin and metabolism effects there of.
Insulin's effects on fat storage in the body.
The first part drags out a bit. Over all a good book. I actually switched my diet after reading / listening to it. ( And feel better for it ).
informative, easy to understand, amazing
it s very clear
Yes he did a good job
I am on dukan diet recently, which requires me to cut all the carbohydrate. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of carbs and why is this so important to control the amount of carb we consume as a dieter. I am going to read "good calories bad calories" after this. wanna dig deeper about the points given in "why we get fat".
This book bears repeated listening...it's wonderful to find a concise, informed, rational explanation of the stupidity of the low-fat diet and how many people are being hurt by
Great book! Bought this book on whim, and m so glad that I did! This book has changed the way I look at both food, and the industrial food machine. Some may find the science book style a little difficult, but I enjoy it, and it is well worth it. That said, I did have to go back and re-listen to a chapter or two to make sure I understood what was being said.
The narrator is perfect - his delivery is not dry or boring, and he keeps you engaged with the reading.
All in all, definite 5 star book
Technically written, allot of useful information and a real eye opener. People really need to read and educate themselves on diet. This book does it all!
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