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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' 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2010 Gary Taubes (P)2010 Random House

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  • PJD
  • Chicago
  • 12-01-16

Very informative

You will learn a lot about your health and how to maintain/improve it. I highly recommend getting this book.

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  • andrew
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 11-23-16

why is this book so fat?

while I like the information in the book, the way it's presented is horrible. I had to wait until chapter 13 (this audio version) until the author discussed the reasons and the explanation. Until then it was all about 'why this doesn't/didn't work' or 'what we keep getting wrong'. the reasons why we get fat are given to you only from chapter 13. There's also a lot of repetition, and referring back to the beginning. If the organization of the content had been better, it could have been avoided; or the book could have been 30-40% shorter. If you tell me I am doing something wrong, I prefer to know why and how to fix it at the moment. I don't need 13 chapters of more examples what doesn't work either.
One other thing I didn't like is that the author said in the last chapter that "this is not a diet book because it's not a diet we're discussing" only to follow that with "it's about how to avoid (eating) carbohydrates". If that's not a diet topic (i.e. what to eat or not), I don't know what is. The fact the he doesn't understand that diet is more than restrictions is not good. (at least a definition what he considers 'a diet' would be nice).
the second half of the book is all you need to go through in terms of the information presented as 'why we get fat'.

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  • Rhonda
  • Marrero, La, United States
  • 11-15-16

Great book!

This book was very informative. I didn't realize carbs played such an important roll in being fat. This was such a great book. Anyone wanting to get healthy and lose weight should read this book. I lowered my carb intake to 75 grams for two weeks and down to 60 grams for the next two weeks. I think I've found my number and I'm losing weight . Burning fat, losing inches, 12lbs down and lost never hungry.

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Compelling!

Paradigm destroying stuff. Prepare to be pummeled with logic, common sense, and life altering facts. Count me amongst the converted.

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Great book

Would you listen to Why We Get Fat again? Why?

I bought this book after listening to Gary Taubes' lecture by the same title. The book covered the same topics but was much more extensive. Overall a very interesting book.

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

I liked the reader but he kept saying casual instead of causal. "The is no casual information here" doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I found it amusing.

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

Yes

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Great informative book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Everything in this book is supported by facts, science and study. Change the way you eat.

Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have. I actually found this book because I enjoy listening to Mike Chamberlain so much, i search for books he narrates.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fat, the thick and thin of it.

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A must read

Gary Taubes follows his first book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, with this shorter, more accessible summary of nutritional and weight loss research over the past century. His conclusion that dietary carbohydrates are the primary cause of obesity and metabolic syndrome is very compelling. If you are struggling to lose weight with conventional low fat, calorie restricted weight loss approaches, please read this book and consider what Taubes has to say about carbohydrate restriction. It is possible to lose weight weight and without constant hunger.

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Great book

love the history of carbs and why not to eat them knowing the why helps

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SO MANY NUGGETS!!

So much new information that I have learned about diet and nutrition through this book and I thought I knew a lot from reading previous books however this has made me think twice about the way we should eat. None of this book is opinion based everything you read here is backed by scientific study and cited as well.

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Good info long story

I really appreciated the straight forward presentation but it did get a little long and dull.