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Why We Get Fat Audiobook

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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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

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    Jan 04-10-11
    Jan 04-10-11

    A long long time listener to audiobooks, who appreciates good writing.

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    "Excellant topic"

    This is almost a text book. The author sites research in detail and finally 2/3rds into the book reveals why the world is getting fatter. Highly recommend this book. Provides a great education.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-31-11
    Justin Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-31-11
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    "Changed My Life"

    So far i'm down 13 pounds in just over a week. Losing weight when you don't have to starve yourself makes all the difference in the world. I guess I won't know for awhile if their are any side effects from eating a high fat diet, but I know what the side effects of being over weight are and i'm sick of it. If you were like me, eating a low fat and not getting results, you owe it to yourself to check out this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Schoenberg Belmont, CA 11-07-12
    Stephen Schoenberg Belmont, CA 11-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Thought provoking look at the theory of fatness"
    What did you love best about Why We Get Fat?

    Gary Taubes does an excellent job poking holes in the conventional wisdom about dieting. It does seem the official medical theory of obesity fails to provide any advice except "have more willpower," and that advice is not very helpful. There are some questionable statements in the book's argument, such as the idea that humans have not genetically adapted to agriculture. The selection for lactose tolerance in cultures that have adopted milk products refutes this. Overall, the book is a solid refutation of what so many think is "common sense."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The words "causal" and "casual" are different words, and not homophones. Same with "causality" and "casualty." This repeated error in the narration seriously detracts from the credibility of the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-27-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Helpful"

    A first decided to listen to this book after hearing about such a great review and how that person said this book changed their life. I won't go nearly that far but overall, I did find this book to be very helpful and hopefully, the tips and advice I got from this book, help me lose some weight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Plantation, FL, United States 08-05-11
    Virginia Plantation, FL, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent read!"

    This is one of the most basic, informative, enlightening books I have ever read on the topic of weight and weigh loss. An excellent presentation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Hayden, ID, United States 05-26-11
    Robyn Hayden, ID, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2013

    Full time Mother of 3, part time emergency physician, avid cyclist. Active in community and schools. Living in a small town in the Northwest

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    "Compelling, shatters nutritional "traditions""

    A well-documented, well researched systematic debunking of the common wisdom: "Eating fat makes you fat". By the end of the book, you realize the jump from learning fat clogging arteries (which cause heart attacks and strokes) must be caused by dietary fat is just as nonsensical as if we believed "eating wrinkled food like prunes or rasins will make you age and wrinkle faster". There is just no neurohormonal evidence behind the low fat craze, and our unrestricted carbs are creating the obesity epidemic we have today. Prepare to think of obesity as truly malnutrition, more common in the poor, and understand why. The audio format is excellent because you can't skip any of the supporting evidence, you hear it all and it is very compelling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-02-11
    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I don't want to be fat"

    This is a great book that presents the reason why we get fat and then provides the solution.

    This is not magic potion, it will require will power and a change of lifestyle, however - IT WORKS.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 04-06-11
    Jeremy 04-06-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great info, easy to listen to."

    I enjoyed the balance between applicable information as well as the science behind the book. As someone who will most likely never find the time to read "Good Calories Bad Calories", this brief but thorough book was just what I wanted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 02-28-11
    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book"

    good content. neat narration. holds your attention till the end despite so much statistics and endocrinology.
    Must listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    soemarko camberwell, DC, United States 02-21-11
    soemarko camberwell, DC, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "1 word: brilliant"

    although in the beginning it felt whacky since it's going against the common teaching of a good diet. it just shows how badly we've been brainwashed, however this book has a lot of heart ('hard equations and rational thinking' - 30 rock, tv show) in it.

    personally i don't need to lose weight, but i USED TO have a chunky fat in stomach which i've lost most of it since i limit the amount of carb consumption.

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  • Brigadier
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    3/5/15
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    "Interesting, challenging & thought provoking,"

    Fascinating book on weight regulation & health, done in a good amount of technical depth, but well explained. Take care to read warnings at end though (especially diabetics)

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  • CraigH
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    "Life changing book...for the better,"

    This book has completely transformed my whole understanding on food, nutrition and how your body processes food types. By embracing the positive outcomes of this book I feel so much more informed and more importantly a lot healthier in the process. It's not an option to read this book but a pure necessity.

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  • Paul
    WORCESTER PARK, United Kingdom
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    "Along the right tracks but..."

    The whole stay off carbs \ starches thing is a good idea from what I can see but being encouraged to eat fat? cheese? really? Replace these items with fruit and veg and I think it makes a bit more sense.

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  • Ms. E. Green
    12/10/14
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    "Interesting ideas, poor narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, the content is interesting, The idea that it is carbs rather than calories that makes people gain weight is a hypothesis that is well articulated by Taubes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a it is non-fiction!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    No, the narrator was not enjoyable to listen to. Like others have said, mispronouncing 'causal' as 'casual' multiple times is a really stupid mistake! I also found his accent annoying!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the flow of the book was great. The discussion of different populations formed a good basis for the later recommendations in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that Taubes' ideas about nutrition are interesting and well thought out. He discusses several different populations and the effect that carbohydrates have had on their health and weight. However, his arguments regarding exercise are weaker. He doesn't discuss the different types of exercise and the way in which they may impact body composition (more muscle, less fat with weight training, for example) rather than necessarily causing weight loss. I also think his idea that athletes are driven to exercise because of being lean has no evidence at all to support it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren D'Silva
    Llandrindod Wells, Wales
    11/1/14
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    "Repetitive and a dead loss if you are vegetarian"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You better like eating meat and you'd be better off reading Atkins. Vegetarians like me are according to this author doomed to obesity! I think I'll turn elsewhere for healthy eating advice!


    What could Gary Taubes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    So repetitive and laboured. If this is the shortened version of his previous book I shudder to think how dry that must be.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mike Chamberlain?

    No-one was going to be able to make this one lively.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Why We Get Fat?

    I would have cut 75% of the book and still not have lost any of his arguments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Manchester, UK
    12/11/13
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    "Great for anyone looking for more information!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Why We Get Fat to be better than the print version?

    I engaged with the text more. I have always found it quite hard to get my head around the arithmetic and mathematical equations that go into the weight calculations, but listening to them made them make sense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Non-Fiction, but it set everything right for me. The notions of how fat works had always intrigued me and this really made me think about it.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    By narrating, he opened up the subject for me and made it interesting. He can be a little tiresome when the same material is being repeated but it still engages me.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An apple a day could keep you fat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Campbell
    Glasgow, Scotland
    9/9/13
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    "A Real Eye Opener"
    What made the experience of listening to Why We Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    For me, a 5'5" male, my life has been spent around the 14-16st mark. I can't remember the last time I wasn't on some sort of eating/exercise plan, my life has been dedicated to it. I've tried them all and stuck to them rigidly and most have been successful in losing me 2st here and there but when it came to keeping it off then that's where the real problems lay.

    Eventually I got it into my head that only a sensible, varied and healthy diet would work for me as a way to gradually over the space of a couple of years lose the weight. Unfortunately this too did not work. Something just wasn't adding up. I went to the docs to have my thyroid checked, results came back normal.

    Now I'm not one for giving into anything but as far as losing and keeping off the extra 4-5st I'm carrying, I felt it was a pipe dream. I prayed for an answer and the next day this book popped up as a suggestion in my Audible account so I thought why not!

    Along with trying all the diets I've ever been on, including Atkins, I have also read numerous books and even college courses on nutrition and exercise and have a pretty good knowledge of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle but this book takes all that mainstream knowledge and blows it out of the water, however, things make complete sense to me now. I mentioned I had already tried Atkins which obviously failed in the past but the big difference now is that I understand the science behind it and trust me, it makes a huge difference.

    Apologies for the long, self-indulgent intro. I'm simply trying to capture anyone reading this who is in the same situation. If you genuinely feel you have tried to lose weight, you've explored all the emotional and physical aspects and they don't apply, but no matter how hard you try to follow dietary advice it doesn't work then I definitely feel this could be your answer. It might not actually be your fault after all!

    Bottom line is that carbohydrates, especially sugars, are responsible for why a lot of us are so fat, well technically it's our hormones ability to regulate and distribute them. And don't even get me started on the claimed health benefits, if even half of them are true the medical establishment should be hugely ashamed of their ignorance on this subject.

    Don't get me wrong, for those who think "yeah, that's me" it means making a choice, what do I want more, sugary and starchy foods or to be thin and healthy? For me, I crossed that line long ago. I've started out with minimum carbs, <20g per day. It's been 3 weeks and I've shifted 11bs and dropped almost two shirt sizes, I'm eating more than I have in a long time and genuinely feel good. The reason I know I will keep this going is I now look at food completely differently and it's all thanks to this book. I finally have the answers I have been looking for.

    I'm now on another book, living low carb by Jonny Bowden, which is a great follow up to this book. Once completed I'll review this too.

    Seriously, I really hope this book could be the answer you have been looking for too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Feltham
    United Kingdom
    8/11/13
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    "The Most Important Book Ever Written On Diet"

    Gary Taubes exposes the most outrageous thing to ever happen in modern science. Once you listen to this book you will understand why we have the current dietary advice, why it;s wrong and what the correct advice actually is to be slim and healthy :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "No Idea what the fuss is about - Overrated"
    Would you try another book written by Gary Taubes or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The interesting part was the title. I bought it as I am very interested in all aspects of health, fitness and nutrition. According to other reviews it's amazing but all I got from it is that if you are really fat, then following this method will help you lose weight (including muscle mass I presume - but that's OK because you don't need it unless you are one of them exercise nuts like me). And you won't even need to worry about your health or the impact your new gluttony for meat has on the environment. It is full of scientific sounding theories and filler from ye-olde ancient texts but does not actually get to the point or lead the listener to anything other than a very simple conclusion which could have been summed up in one sentence.


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s voice?

    Dull. American. Condescending.


    Was Why We Get Fat worth the listening time?

    No. I gave up and started to chapter skip.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't see why this book has so many high star reviews (although it is due to them I bothered to download it). It is dull, slow and cites many debunked theories as 'fact' by missing out vital information along the way. The whole book can be summed up with one sentence: Carbohydrates make you fat, especially white flour and sugar, so go buy an Atkins diet book and find out which foods to avoid and why.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    CHARD, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Change your whole idea of eating healthly"
    What made the experience of listening to Why We Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    This was really interesting, understanding the whys of why we should or should not eat things, how your digestion works, makes slimming or just eating healthier easier. This changed my whole outlook on food, is easy to follow and I feel so much better for following it. It also reduces risk of diabetes and cholesterol levels. Eat as much as you want but just ensure they are the right things. Turns everything I understood before on its head. Eat fat and get slim!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non fiction


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s voice?

    Not the best, but I got used to it and was interested in the content


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No you need to dip in and out, work out how you best use the information before going on to the next. In usual American style, lots of things are repeated but it is not to bad in this as there are some technical things which you need to understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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