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
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I've always felt that the guidelines set by the government are the cause of problems that have made America no longer healthy (fat).
I've been carrying around an extra 40 pounds for 20 years. I do know that low-carb diets have worked for me in the past.
I'm going to go back on the low-carb diet but this time I'll be following this books guidelines.
Loved the book, incredibly informative. Explains extensively how we actually gain weight. No wonder we get so much conflicting info from various studies- the low fat diet never really was the way to tackle our food issues after all...
Perspective and diligence of coherent consideration of the authentic threat our contemporary culture and situation, backed by the hard science and thought of a great mind.
Consume this and you'll be a healthier human for it. Share it, and you'll help us all.
Great read except evolution comments. Eye-opening statistics on Western diseases. Wonderful explanations of the rampant diseases plaguing our nation because of obesity.
Author is clearly over excited about his idea ("carbs are bad for you"). Instead of a balanced analysis, it is more like a hype and propaganda. The valid concepts comprise 20% of the book - the rest is unnecessary and repetitive slamming of alternative points of view.
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