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
Great details of history in this field
tips of what to do and not do when it comes to food and carbs
very easy to listen to, clear
carbs make us fat
mentioned another book within this book several times as a reference but wasn't offered when I purchased this book.
From 1 to 10, I give it an 8! Good but not great! Took too long to get to the point.
The fact that putting carbs in your body, of any amount, is what makes you FAT.
This book is factual, not scenic.
Maybe the second half!
If you don't mind to 100's of examples in the first 10 chapters of why exercise isn't the answer to weight loss then you will probably like this book.
The ONLY redeeming thing about this book was chapter 11 and 12 talking about sugars effect on the body.
This book could have been maybe 4 chapters top to get his point across.
Interesting weightloss hope
It's not your fault your fat it's not having the right information
Sceptic but doesn't hurt to try
Very interesting book. Well written, researched and presented. Why we get fat is well documented. "What to do about it" is a little misleading. Most everyone knows that sugars and carbs make you fat.
It is not until the very end of the book that you learn that your genetics trump almost everything, and if you have got the fat gene, the only way to keep weight off is to fast. I was annoyed that I put so many hours into listening attentively, hoping for an easy solution, and discovered that there was really little I could do about it.
Yes I would, I prefer audiobooks.
Well I wasn't planning on listening to this book all in one sitting but that is what happened, then I listened all over again !
I also started the diet modifications right away and so far I have lost 50 pounds in 9 months.I am much healthier and very thankful to Gary Tubes I have not found it hard at all to make this way of eating as a lifetime commitment.
As for a self help book, this is one of the best informational ones read.
Yes, Mike Chamberlain has a voice that keeps you interested in the more scientific research part of the book.
No. I would listen to it driving to and from work. To much information to process in one sitting.
I learned so much from this book. It made so much sense after he explained all the background history and the studies done. I have went back and listened to it twice more and always learn something new each time.
This book really works. Mike Chamberlain's proposal of why we get fat has science behind it that really makes sense, thanks to him, and my mom has lost 10lbs in 3 weeks already following the idea behind this book.
Owner of Performance & Body Design and K 2-D Design
This book is great for anyone. I am a fitness trainer and counsel people with regard to nutrition daily. I have been looking for a clear, concise book to recommend to my clientele, and this is it. It is written in a fashion that anyone can understand, it's very basic and not full of unnecessary jargon. After reading this, a client will have a better understanding of why I stress that "abs are made in the kitchen."
This book is quite engaging. It has details about how fat cells work and the way that insulin (encouraged by sugar and carbs) prevents weight loss. It seems to be working for me.
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