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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' 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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    Jason Pooler 06-15-16
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    "highly inaccurate "

    The author picks and chooses only those studies that supports his ideas. He ommits decades of other research in an effort to over simplify the topic to sell more books.

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    Karem Davalos 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opener"

    Amazing book. It was an eye opener for me. It really gives a 360 degree turn to old believes and dietitians advice.

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    Noel 05-21-16
    Noel 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening"

    This book is eye opening, detailed, and filled with anecdotal research.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to lose weight or who has reached a plateau in their weight loss journey.

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    John Cole 05-20-16
    John Cole 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    Made me rethink how I saw nutrition and weight loss. I will be doing further research and experimenting with this on my own.

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    Alfredo Monrovia, CA, United States 05-17-16
    Alfredo Monrovia, CA, United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Damn Carbs!!!! Atkins had it right. bad sugar!!!"

    premise that carbs and processed foods are bad and lead to our obesity as a nation. lose the carbs, lose the weight.

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    Yumi USA 05-13-16
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    "A different perspective "

    In the first part of the book I learned many new things about what makes us fat and how our body works.
    The second part I got a better understanding of how carbohydrates work on the body.

    The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I felt that it was very one sided. Pluss as a vegitarian he only gave one tipp in the whole book.
    I also think that his disclaimer in the start of the book that he was aware of the environmental and animal rights but wouldn't go in on it is equivalent to saying there is a hughe pink elefante in the room blocking my view but I'm going to pretend it's not there.

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    Miranda 05-07-16
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    "Amazing book!"

    This book plus Good Calories, Bad Calories changed my life, helped lower my weight and give me endless energy!

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    Dani Fox, MBA, CLC, Clinical Hypnotherapist Florida, USA 05-01-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Bravo!"

    Okay people....ready for a paradigm shift? This book will FOREVER change your perspective on food, how your body uses food, what causes fat storage and what stimulates weight loss. The physical anthropolist in me completely agrees! Just finished it and I am going to dive right back in and listen again to undo all the programming I have received from less informed (and far more financially motivated) sources. Hope you get a chance to check it out. Worth your time, and just may save your life!

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    Yankee lover 04-21-16
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    "Taubes gets to the point"
    What did you love best about Why We Get Fat?

    I really enjoyed how Taubes was able to simply describe in detail a perfect summary highlighting the most important parts of his masterpiece, Good Calories, Bad Calories. After listening to this it is quite apparent what the main issues are in our health and nutrition world and what to do about them. I believe it also sets the listener up to the possibility of checking out good calories, bad calories if you're intrigued.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the way the author broke it down into very digestible parts even though it's a huge story with tons of information


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    NatNat 04-14-16
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    "Should have been 50% shorter"

    I almost gave up on it after a very long time of the book going around in circles before making a point.
    The "no-carb" point is good, albeit not new. The book is clearly well researched. But man is it long! Unreasonably so.

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