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 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.
Yes, I would listen again. The science explained is quite detailed, and a second listen might help to cement the facts.
The science behind the author's argument that carbohydrates are the primary cause of fat gain was by far the most detailed that I have encountered. The book was obviously well researched. The dense detail did not overwhelm the main points of the book but provided compelling background information.
I found that the piece of information that struck home most with me is the author's assertion that exercise is not very effective for fat loss, but that it is very effective for the prevention of fat gain. My own frequent exercise seems to support this idea, which means that dietary choices (the harder aspects for me) are the main drivers of fat loss. However, I felt inspired rather than discouraged by this book.
Clear dictation and a steady pace help to make all of the detailed scientific facts remain clear.
Yes, This is book is a lot easier to read than good calories and bad calories.
Gary Taubes proves his point over and over and over. He omits the politics that apparently affect what our government agencies do about the problem. It looks like the soft drink industry is going to beat up on Mayor Bloomberg for attacking obesity where it should be attacked. Mr. Taubes' book is too scientific; it will never reach the common person who is eating Big Macs and drinking 24 ounce sugared colas. Mr. Taubes should get someone like Richard Dawkins to help him make a controversial and unpopular idea more interesting to the general public.
No. I loved the first half, what he said made perfect sense & was really interesting. However, as the book went on it seemed I could eat less & less until finally he lost me.
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