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
I'm not sure where it all went wrong, but somewhere in the last 50 years we changed the way ate and we got obese. This book doesn't really have new ideas- it debunks the lies we have been told about nutrition and re-teaches how to eat the way humanity has always eaten- and remained thin and healthy. I am Ironman triathlete and despite swimming for hours, riding 200 miles, and running the equivalent of a marathon every week I remained fat. I also was told by modern nutrition to eat lots of healthy carbohydrates; especially grains. You can imagine my frustration when I couldn't drop my visceral fat. I have since switched to a diet similar to that described in the book and have dropped the fat and have higher performance than ever! I no longer have to chug gallons of gatorade and eat tons of gels and bars to fuel my workouts; now I fuel the way God intended- by utilizing the fat already stored on my body. It will raise questions and is counter-culture, but the arguments presented in this book make sense! I have switched many of the atletes I coach as well as couch potatoes- they all have seen the effects of eating more fat and less carboyhdrates. Calories in- calories out was a great theory, but so was the sun revolving around the earth! Big money fought tobacco regulation for decades, but we all know how silly smoking is now. Big money is now dupping the public to believe that foods made of wheat and laden with sugar that fill 80%+ of the grocery store aisles are good for us while in reality they lead to disease and obesity. Fortunately the arguments presented in this book are slowly coming into the main stream and it is my belief within the next decade will be far more accepted; it's tragic it will take so long
I am a long-time Audible subscriber and frequently listen to and read the same book. Often, I conclude that listening is equal to or better than reading the book. This is a valuable work; but some might find it easier to read the book than to listen to it. To his credit, the author is meticulous in laying out his premises, illustrating his point, and summarizing his conclusions. But--it can get tedious. If you were reading, you might skip past the fourth example, or gloss over the same point made for the fifth time in a slightly different way. BUT--I think this book is important for many people, so if you are interested in the subject and you are not likely to find the time to actually read the book, by all means listen to it.
The author deserves credit for embracing the scientific method in laying out his thesis. He says many things that are not part of the popular wisdom of dieting today. At the outset, he invites the reader to remain critical in evaluating his assertions. He lays out the science on which he relies and clearly explains how he gets to his conclusions. He does not rely on hocus-pocus or "you can do it, trust me" arm-waving to distract the reader. So, in the end, you feel like you understand why he gives the advice contained in the book--regardless of whether you agree with it. Having listened to the book, I feel better educated and better prepared to read other books -- like "In Defense of Food--with a more critical eye.One more point: to his credit (again), the author sets forth his thesis in the first ten minutes of the book. It would be a mistake to stop listening at that point. The remainder of the book is an explanation of why carbohydrates so dramatically affect our blood chemistry and drive our tendency to gain weight. Understanding those principles is at least as valuable, maybe more so, than simply knowing them.
Gary Taube's main premise is that "calories in, calories out" are not the panacea for weight loss. Of course, when I started the book, I thought he was wrong. I just read it to keep an open mind.
Now, I'm a convert to what he proposes, which is basically a low carb diet. Think Atkins.
The book has a great deal of scientific data to support Gary's perspective. It's tough to get through in one chapter but understanding the science is worthwhile. It will help you understand why counting calories and exercising aren't enough for permanent weight loss.
very good start in the weight loss journey, and is not selling you a diet book. he give you a very good insight of why and what your body is doing. something you would read over and over and over
no to much infor all at once
The scientific research put in easy terms
The Stanford professor a 25 year Vegan said it's a" Bitter pill to swallow" ,telling his colleagues that their study found this type of eating was beneficial to help in certain heatlh issues
yes very good
It was recommended by a friend of mine when I wanted to lose some weight. I've always been a skeptic, so I thought all diets were.... essentially BS... I love science, and I look forward to read his other book when i have time.
When he said that LDL's might not be as bad as we think
it was very good, i cannot complain about anything. Good job.
I wanted, but I don't have the attention span required to do that, I have to go jogging, biking or something else.
Follow up on more of these things! Hyperlipedemias, bp, etc... please!
Very interesting information about how we get fat. Detailed information on what the body does with the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that we consume.
This book is essential for summarizing the data on the traditional low fat/ low cal diets vs. a low carbohydrate diet. It makes perfect sense and helped me understand why people on low carbohydrate diets lose more weight and keep it off. After reading this book, I went to Atkins and got started. I am already losing weight!! Thank you for making the information so accessible Mr. Taubes!!
Book-loving Brit living in US - trying to give critique more than be a critic - but please bear with me.... ;o)
Pulls together pieces I already knew and presents them in a way that's convincing and inspires action.
My biggest 'aha' moment was when he adds cholesterol/triglyceride metabolism alongside discussion of the small/processed carbohydrate + insulin issue.
Thanks for this work, Gary. Very helpful insight to the problem and what to do about it.
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