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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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    LeeAnn Toronto, ON, Canada 01-06-11
    LeeAnn Toronto, ON, Canada 01-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Where is the attachment?"

    This book is good, but several times he makes reference to an attachment with photos etc. from the print copy of the book. I wish we could get that here as a download!!

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 02-04-11
    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 02-04-11
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    "It came in the nick of time"

    This book came in the nick of time for me. In order to fix my cholesterol I was put on the wrong diet, and started gaining weight, increasing my risk of heart disease. Hopefully I can now control it correctly.

    One irritating problem with this book: the narrator replaces "causal" with "casual" and "causality" with "casualty". It would be amusing if it wasn't so obviously wrong. -1 star for these repeated errors. Apart from that I think this book is great.

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    Jan 01-13-13
    Jan 01-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "More truth about weight loss than in any diet book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have fought the battle for most of my life. At 50 yrs. old I am now 80 pounds thinner than I have been for most of my life. I have read every diet book and belonged to every diet program. Gary Taubes Nails it! I am one of the less than 5% who maintain my weight lost and have done so for over 5 years. There are many other good weight lose books. But this one covers them all without endorsing or laying out any one diet. With that said each person is different, but I do believe if you want to loose it for good most of us could do very well by simply giving up 3 foods....Wheat, Potatoes, Rice. Hard to do but turns out quite possible.


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    Chris Valkenswaard, Netherlands 11-12-12
    Chris Valkenswaard, Netherlands 11-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Internet entrepreneur from the Netherlands.

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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annie D 10-30-12
    Annie D 10-30-12
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    "Recommended to me by a dietitican...."

    I went to a dietician at our (huge) healthcare system in our city. I wasn't expecting too much, because I have been to a dietician before and got the message we all hear: watch your calories, eat low fat, switch to whole grains. The problem is: this has never worked for me, and I've been overweight my entire life. But this nutritional approach is so ingrained in my mind that the low-carbohydrate approach to eating always seemed ridiculous, outrageous (all that bacon!), and like just another fad diet. This book is beginning to really change my mind, and that is because I finally understand the science behind it. The book is challenging in some spots, and I will definitely give it another listen, but Gary Taubes uses science to make the case against carbs. Now that I am armed with my new knowledge, it easier for me to make appropriate food choices. Now, it's not about starving myself by saving "points" up to have a slice of chocolate cake.... now that I understand what exactly happens in my body when I eat the slice of chocolate cake, it feels easier to just say "no thanks." I have slowly been making changes in my diet after listening to this book, and I feel hopeful about the impact it will have on my health.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Life changing"

    I don't say that a book is life changing easily. I minored in nutrition in university and thought I was pretty knowledgeable. I will be the first to admit that this book pretty much teaches you the exact opposite of what you learn in university nutrition classes (or at least what I learned). As a generally skeptical person, I appreciated the science based explanations and the attention given to the conflicting research that exists. I thought that the arguments it made regarding insulin metabolism made a lot of sense and some of the descriptions seemed to really match my physiology (excessive appetite, fat around the waist, sugar crashes). I figured that since the experts don't agree, I might as well try it out.

    I was AMAZED at the results. I quickly started dropping weight and feeling better when I cut out grains, increase fat intake, and cut down carbs in general. I dropped 15 lbs within 3 months and have been at my ideal weight ever since with very little effort. In total it's been about 10 months.

    The only thing that I don't like about this book is that it is so sure that low carb is the right way to eat for everyone. I have a hard time believing that, based on what I've observed in real life. However, what the book pushes is right for ME and I have completely changed my diet based on the information provided. I could not be more happy with the results and wish I'd been open to trying this years ago.

    Even if this doesn't end up being right for you, if you struggle with extra body fat, I suggest that you read the book and learn about the approach. You can always try it out and if if doesn't agree with your body, try something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-29-12
    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-29-12
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    "It's worth listening to it and then taking action"

    Here is a compelling argument for eliminating sugars and processed starches from our diet. The correlation between eating sugars/starches, the development of insulin resistance, obesity, and subsequent heart disease, is frightening. This book does go into the biochemistry of glucose and fructose metabolism, but it really isn't necessary to understand each step of that process. Focus on the end result, and be very, very afraid.

    The real shock is in the author's explanation of the disconnect between the scientific research and the established medical advice that we are given every day. "Calories in, calories out" has been the mantra for as long as I can remember, and it is still being touted in the recent HBO series "The Weight of the Nation" (May 2012). I had read the author's essay on this series in Newsweek and decided to listen to his book. I was simply amazed... and when I cut out sugars/grains (just to see what would happen) I lost eight pounds in four weeks.

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    Constance Fairbury, IL, United States 01-23-12
    Constance Fairbury, IL, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely informative"
    Would you listen to Why We Get Fat again? Why?

    Yes. There is a lot of information that I didn't know or understand before.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The connection of eating carbohydrates to insulin production and appetite elevation was illuminating.


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

    He made the arguments much more compelling. The more senses involved in learning the better the lesson is learned.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion of how eating carbohydrates elevates hunger was very important. So much of the book described my battles with hunger and weight control. I liked the fact the book did not advocate for one particular diet plan over another. It was left up to you as to how you would use the information to plan your diet.


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    I chose to listen to this book because of the high rating your website gave it. I'm so glad I did. Using the knowledge I learned from the book I am now losing weight and feeling wonderful. I've feared for years that I might be heading toward diabetes. Now I'm hopeful I can avoid that. In that respect this may be a life changing book for me. All this good news because I joined an audio book club. Keep up the good work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary G Locust Grove, VA, United States 01-16-12
    Mary G Locust Grove, VA, United States 01-16-12

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    "excellent book that debunks myth about weight"
    Where does Why We Get Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, clear audiobook ... narrator has a nice clear voice


    Any additional comments?

    everyone who wants to love weight should read this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Sydney, Australia 01-02-12
    Sharon Sydney, Australia 01-02-12
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    "Extremely comprehensive and informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is fantastic if you want the whole perspective. It give a comprehensive overview validated by scientific evidence, then goes on to explain in great detail solutions.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Karen
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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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