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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It | [Gary Taubes]

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.
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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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    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 05-27-11
    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "after reading this book"

    all I want to do is buy 10+ copies to give it out to all my friends/relatives because it shatters the preconceived notions of what causes weight gain and thus what not to eat to be healthy

    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 2010

    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 2011
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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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    Jan La Jolla, CA, United States 04-10-11
    Jan La Jolla, CA, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2004
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-06-11
    Jeremy Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2009
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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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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-14-11
    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, written and read"

    I just finished this book after just a few days, and since I started it I've changed to a low-carb diet. In just 4 days, I've lost about 5 pounds! This book isn't a diet book per se, but it does give you reasons on why you should change your diet to be more healthy. Before reading this, I honestly didn't know that the bread and pastries I so loved were what gave me my gut. Now I know and I've cut them out of my diet, and I'm already feeling MUCH better! Read it. Believe it. Follow it.

    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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    Derek Fargo, ND, United States 02-06-11
    Derek Fargo, ND, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great piece of journalism / research"

    Gary Taubes did a great public services for us all in this book. Fascinating read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    STOCKTON ON TEES, United Kingdom
    1/11/12
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    "amazing"

    This is amazing and very informative. Makes one totally re-think the old school of nutrition,
    and yes, it is not all our faults that we are obese, there's other factors involved.

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  • John
    Ballasalla, United Kingdom
    1/7/12
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    "Excellent and Effective Advice"

    This book sets out the cause of today's obesity outbreak with a detailed but understandable review of the scientific background. The author shows how the current government advice on diet is biassed by past errors and that the true problem is excess carbohydrate, not fat, in today's diet. The medical research that overwhelmingly supports a carbohydrate restriction diet as the solution to obesity is described and the accompanying notes include an example diet. This dietary approach really works, as many, including myself, have found. If you want to know how to lose weight and why you can easily do it with carbohydrate restriction, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.

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  • Paul
    Reading, United Kingdom
    11/26/11
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    "Brilliant - and it works"

    This is an excellent book; I have recommended it to several people already. He introduces the key figures who gave us the now widespread views on nutrition, the calories-in calories-out arguments, high grain low fat diets etc. It then compares them with what actual scientific research shows and points out the contradictions. It is stunning to realise we have been so mis-lead by our so called experts. This book is refreshing in it's approach of using cell biology to explain the role of carbohydrates and insulin in producing our ever expanding waistlines. My wife and I have put into effect what he suggests and we are getting the results he says we will - we are loosing excess fat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    8/25/11
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    "Fascinating"

    I really learmed a lot from this listen and have been trying to put some of the key lessons into practice - it's early days but I'll see how I get on. The basic premis seems simple but what interests me is the complexity of the science behind Taubes thinking, which he goes to great lengths to explain. If he's right - and he has a lot of impressive validating evidence - following his advice could be a key factor in combatting the obesity epidemic.

    There is a fair bit of repetition, but this is also possibly meant to be reinforcement; and finally, the narrator (not the author) had a mildly soporific effect on me so I am going to have to listen to it all again while engaged in some activity as I did snooze through some passages! not that it was dull - but his voice really is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Cambridge UK
    8/18/11
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    "Do not buy!! It's terrible!!"

    I've read a lot of diet books, as well as mind techniques to keep you slim etc... most of which, make some sense and you can take a little bit of knowledge from each of them.
    This book is AWFUL!! The whole book is about statistics on obese people from tribes in Africa to Native Americans, and lots of studies from around the world. According to this book the only reason they're fat is because they eat carbohydrates, thats it, just stop eating carbs and you will lose weight! So, Kate Moss has never had a sandwich? Or eaten a bowl of pasta? Absolute rubbish!
    It doesn't tackle the real question about obesity, which is that food is fast becoming the world's biggest addiction.
    Save yourself some money and but the atkins diet book, which is basically what this book encourages.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • MissPolkadotty
    London, United Kingdom
    9/26/11
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    "Not a good listen"

    This is an interesting idea and obviously very well researched, but not a good 'listen' as far as I'm concerned. I didn't learn anything that I hadn't heard before. The author repeats the same idea or theory so many times that it gets plain boring and hard to follow. I gave up halfway through the book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tiziana
    Camerino (MC), Italy
    8/31/11
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    "A total waste of time and money"

    This book is a constant repetition of the same few concepts. It's full of weird statistics and utterly boring!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline Tipping
    Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom
    8/5/14
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    "Rubbish!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Take 5-6 hours off. 5 hours in and he still never got to the point. By the time he does I was so put off I gave up.


    What will your next listen be?

    Nothing to do with this author or narrator


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    5/22/13
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    "waste of money and time"

    goes on and on without really talking about why we get fat.........
    utter waste of resources

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    8/19/11
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    "Just boring facts"

    This was just a long long list of facts & figures which became very tedious I kept thinking any minute now it wil do a chapter on how to embrace all these facts into ones life style ..but a part from a few luke warm suggestions it didnt
    Although some of it was a little interesting It is only one opinion of many reasons why we are all getting fatter and for me i dont think it is the whole story

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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