We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Why We Get Fat Audiobook

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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.
Regular Price:$24.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Gary Taubes (P)2010 Random House

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (2963 )
5 star
 (1810)
4 star
 (755)
3 star
 (259)
2 star
 (69)
1 star
 (70)
Overall
4.4 (2099 )
5 star
 (1271)
4 star
 (523)
3 star
 (201)
2 star
 (48)
1 star
 (56)
Story
4.4 (2134 )
5 star
 (1263)
4 star
 (572)
3 star
 (211)
2 star
 (50)
1 star
 (38)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    nathan salmiya, Kuwait 02-02-11
    nathan salmiya, Kuwait 02-02-11 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wake up!! Carb lovers…"

    It’s been two years since I started Carb restriction and life has changed dramatically for the best, first Atkins and Yudkin, now Taubes. Well explained and researched. A must in your library if you decide to take this path, I was hoping to find more about the Sugar Lobby, perhaps future publications will reveal the big lie.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-24-11
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2009

    caffeinated

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1186
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    180
    109
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    293
    10
    Overall
    "Get ready for a cliche."

    This book changed my life. I listened twice. That was one month ago. Since then I have lost 15 pounds without doing anything differently except following the premise of this book. My wife is pissed at my success because she has been busting her butt in exercise classes and has only dropped 8 pounds. So there you go.

    53 of 59 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ray 08-04-12
    Ray 08-04-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    364
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    316
    97
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    33
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Bible For Those Who Want The Truth"

    Taubes has made quite a stir with this and its more technical predecessor "Good Calories, Bad Calories" but he's not going away. Instead his arguments and logic only get stronger.

    This book is perfectly accessible as it lacks the excruciating detail of "Good Calories" but still contains the meat of the information (no pun intended).

    It is not a diet book, and Taubes is not selling a diet plan. And he's not a research scientist or a doctor with some academic dog in the fight. He's a renowned science writer with a history of credibility. He presents the history of how we came to the place where we're at now - an epidemic of obesity compounded by some very, very bad advice from the highest ranks of the medical community.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-29-11
    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-29-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why Our Waistlines Have Swelled on Low-Fat Diets"

    Taubes is a writer for the NY Times who has done in-depth research on the science of obesity for almost 10-years. He wrote a detailed book on the subject in 2007, but this slim volume is especially written for the layman and casual reader. He uses historical fact to prove that "fat" is not man's enemy, but refined "carbs" are.

    Taubes documents how medicine, from the late 1800s up through the 1950s, had correctly identified overconsumption of starches as the principal cause of weight gain. Then, so-called "modern" medicine began to attack dietary fat as the chief cause of heart disease, and carbs (flour and grain products, especially) were pushed as healthful. Over the past 50 years, the campaign against fat has ravaged our nation's health, by unintentionally shifting humans away from even "good" fats to consume more sugar and refined carbohydrates. We now have a nation with obesity rates going from less than 20% in 2000 to more than one-third today, leading to rampant diabetes and other weight-related ailments. Taubes's analysis carries an important message for policymakers, educators, and our loved ones -- in order to stay thin and healthy we need to lose the carbs, not the fat.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katy Crumpton 04-26-11 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    85
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    17
    2
    Overall
    "Life changer"

    This book changed my life and and my family's. I had heard of low carb diets but, like most close-minded people, I thought they were bad for your health. This book explains how wrong I was and provides scientific evidence to back it up. This is not a diet book (there is a sample diet plan in the back, though) but once you understand how carbs influence fat you really don't need a diet plan. I eat all I want, I'm never hungry, and I've never been healthier in my life. Any doubts you have will be assuaged - Taubes explains what your body will go through and what the ultimate result will be. It is amazing how many misconceptions I had about diets and weight loss.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mike 02-20-11
    Mike 02-20-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Not a Diet Book"

    Gary Taubes' book explains the biology and science of food and the human body. He cites observational and scientific studies to support his conclusion that most of the guidelines and advice we have receive about diet, excercise, and good health are most likely incorrect. The book will challenge what you've heard before, and what you probably believe. This book convinced me that many of the heart-healthy diet messages I've received and believed over my entire lifetime (I'm in my early 40s) is absolutely wrong. And Taubes did this by using facts, not suppositions and notions. However, this is not a diet book, nor does it prescribe Atkins, South Beach, etc. It simply explains the biological effects of carbohydrates, protein, and fat on the human body. I've researched new lifetime approaches to eating and consulted with my physician. As a result, I am effortlessly becoming leaner. I've lost 10 pounds in about 5 weeks without being hungry or exercising. My bloodwork just came in the other day, and everything is reading just fine. Read (or listen) and you'll come away enlightened.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Valkenswaard, Netherlands 11-12-12
    Chris Valkenswaard, Netherlands 11-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Internet entrepreneur from the Netherlands.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I'm losing a pound a week for 6 weeks now..."

    Need I say more?

    This guy knows his stuff. He has done a ton of research, but he presents it in a very orderly fashion, so you can follow easily. It shifts your paradigm and it makes perfect sense. The concepts you learn are easy to translate to others around you and they work.

    Though you get a lot of data, it is well written and well read. Especially the narrator did an excellent job, making this research data sound nice to listen to. So thanks for that Mike.

    This book is a basic cornerstone of all the knowledge a person can acumulate during life. It touches on a thing every person on this planet has to deal with every day of their life: food!

    Why do some foods make us fat and others don't? And it's not what you think!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian 11-07-11
    Brian 11-07-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mar '11 385#, read book, Nov '11 300# and losing"

    The headline of this review is true. I'm currently just under 300 lbs and still dropping. Its amazing to see the effects of following the nutritional plan in the pdf. I'm now reading Good Calories, Bad Calories and am a convert. I'm an Engineer by school and job and I love his scientific approach and that he can back it all up in GC,BC with evidence.

    If you want to lose weight, read this book and follow the advice. It really is that simple.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roberto SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA, Mexico 07-19-11
    Roberto SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA, Mexico 07-19-11 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "It worked for me!"

    I lost 20 pounds in two months following Gary's recommendations. I feel great and most of my ills are gone. My BMI is currently 25.9 down from 29.2 People say I look 10 years younger other more than that. Great book! Thanks!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara 05-26-11
    Barbara 05-26-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Much more than a simple diet book."

    This seminal book, written by a scientist, about a troubled scientific field will be a life saver for many. Gary Taubes has dug out some wonderful nuggets of information about nutrition science and the discoveries around it and presented them to us in a 'consumable' way. It is an important book, because it's not just about getting weight issues under control, it's about getting health under control. In his book, Taubes points to the metabolic outcomes of carbohydrate consumption through historical data, current research and documented accepted science. And the findings show that this issue is not simply about fat accumulation. Other consequences such as heart disease, diabetes, etc. and even possibly brain degenerative diseases, and certain cancers may be the result of our love affair with refined and even unrefined carbohydrates. This information may shock some, and many will reject it as unbelievable. But the science in this field has been so uneven and badly done for so long, that this is understandable. I have long looked for coherent scientific explanations for the increase in obesity and illness. Taubes spent seven years researching the research (and the established science) and that was exactly what was needed to begin to put a respectable face on the science of nutrition. My hope is that this book will inspire many more researchers and nutritionists to begin to look at this complex issue with new eyes. Hopefully they will continue to help define the diseases we have acquired using very good science as a basis for treatment regimes and prevention models that work. I am grateful for this book and for the courage of Gary Taubes. The low-fat, higher carbohydrate model is a bit like a religion for some, and there can be anger and resentment (even ridicule) when one's belief system/religion is challenged. Kudos and blessings to Mr. Taubes.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Christian
    Blackboys, Uckfield, United Kingdom
    1/20/11
    Overall
    "Great way to start a new year"

    Brilliant - This book has changed the way I think about food. It makes such perfect sense.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
    3/18/12
    Overall
    "For the patient listener"

    I was very familiar with the subject of the audiobook, but even I needed self-disciplin to not to turn it off due to the lengthy descriptions and sentences. Keep it simple guys..

    As for the subject - a few things I didn't know about the behaviour of fat cells and insulin spikes. A very good book, but not for a novice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
    5/12/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really useable dietary science"
    Any additional comments?

    The author demonstrates that the doctrine of calorie counting is a recent and challengeable branch of the science of diet and weight management.

    This work is a comprehensive review of scientific studies in this field followed by a robust challenge to the thinking underpinning calorie counting, and finally a restatement of more credible and older research that high glycemic index foods overstimulate the production of insulin which leads to deposit of fat regardless of amount of food consumed.

    I found it academic in tone (it's a literature review and thesis) but fascinating and ultimately really usable information. It has certainly changed the way I eat and indirectly my weight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CAROLINE
    PUIDOUX-GARE, Switzerland
    6/2/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tells you what it says - lightbulbs on!"

    4 months ago thoroughly fed up at 13 1/2 stone plus (5'6), a female in my late 40's I searched for something that I could stick with and happened upon The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson - this started me on a 'paleo' food choice lifestyle (or as close as I could get to it with limited 'natural' food availability). Within a couple weeks of this I broke my leg and was completely out of action for 2 months, however eating this way the weight still fell off, and I was never hungry! I was curious and wanted to learn more and moved to recommended reading from the 'marksdailyapple.com' website which led me to 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis. By the time I finished that book I was totally fascinated by the science, and the volume of misinformation we have been fed (every pun intended). I went from that to a movie 'Fat Head' that sets out to counter misinformation from the award winning 'Super Size Me', and from that to this book.

    This is the 'layman's' version of the much more deeply scientific 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' (which I have not read) by the same author Gary Taubes. It is a revelation! From the facts and research cited from the past 3-4 centuries no less, to the simplified (I am guessing, because I am no scientist and I understood) explanations supported with facts, pictures and examples that we can all relate to. Yes, this is an 'audiobook' and yes I did say pictures, because along with the book the download comes with a PDF file with pictures and text referenced thoughout - EXCELLENT! (though I confess to not having realised I had it until returning to check references made).

    The author repeatedly states he is not 'breaking new ground', instead taking from a world of research and wisdom made 'unavailable' to us for decades. If you want to know what makes us fat and what to do about it get this book - you will never look at food the same way again, nor dare I say it the health institutions, medics, food pyramid, gym enthusiasts or diet experts.

    4 months on from my first taste of this lifestyle with little or no exercise I am 2 stone lighter and tell you truthfully I have not even noticed it happen. I only wish I had been so informed all the years I was raising my 3 children - I believe this is the author's mission, to inform.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
    Overall
    "2kgs/4.4lbs safely in 6 days"

    I cannot believe 3 reviewers gave this one star. They should stick to Mills n Boon.

    This book has quite probably changed my life for the better forever. I finally understand!! Everyone should read this. Every child should be taught this. Every parent should be forced to read it. It is so important and urgent that people understand the science of what is going on inside us. Otherwise all we can do is blindly follow fads.
    The nitty gritty really starts in chapter 9. It's not too scientific for we non scientists. If you can do simple maths, you'll get it. I gave up biology at age 15 and it was pretty straight forward learning.
    Please listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Sandhurst, Berkshire, United Kingdom
    1/23/11
    Overall
    "Awesome book"

    Great book that goes into some of the science of why we get fat, whilst still relating in layman's terms. Its a controversial message, but after listening has we won over. Great book!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • RAUL
    JONKOPING, Sweden
    2/8/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very informative and convincing"

    I loved the book. It made me both understand and believe in the idea of scrapping carbohydrates in favour of fat and meat. However, i instantly tried it for three weeks, whereafter I had my cholesterol levels checked, and they had gone worse. So I take the ideas less seriously now, with a lot less carbohydrates and sugar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • GrooveAmanda
    5/17/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very interesting!!!"

    what if everything we know about calories is wrong. given the consistent failure of "diets" it stands to reason calorie restriction is not the way forward after all...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    UK
    4/23/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't eat starchy Carbs or Sugar."
    Would you try another book written by Gary Taubes or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    Mike Chamberlain makes this otherwise dull 'essay' on another theory of weight control endurable.


    What was most disappointing about Gary Taubes’s story?

    1. The structure. As he clearly states, he's not saying anything new, so why does he waste several hours outlining his 'argument' without establishing the very simple premise of it?

    2. In addition, his argument that all other diets only succeed in the short term because they reduce calorie intake surely holds true for his own which he, unsurprisingly, doesn't go into - if you don't eat bread, potatoes, pasta and avoid all sweet things then, surely, you will also reduce your calorie intake? And, as all the other diets, he claims, fail because they are restrictive surely he can see the irony when states one must be prepared to make a sacrifice.

    His argument still fails to address the fact that all diets aim to reduce a type of food intake but it is the inability of most people to stick to any restrictive diet which results in their failure to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight..


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favourite?

    N/A


    Was Why We Get Fat worth the listening time?

    Because if you didn't listen to the whole thing you'd have missed the tiny point of this book - and it came at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Read my title and save yourself the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spaniel
    3/26/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Scientific but just missed the practical"

    I liked the science, the author clearly knows his stuff and I do believe him. I was left slightly wondering - how. I guess I just start experimenting and reducing carbs to see what impact it has on my overall weight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.