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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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    shannagen 08-06-16
    shannagen 08-06-16
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    "too long winded..."

    i struggled to finish this book.. till chapter 13 it was all about why we are fat on and on..it sounded as if theres no solution at all...

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    Rebecca Perry 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    took til chapter 12 to get to the point. I hate that. it was as if I was visiting an elderly person at a nursing home who's family never comes to visit. you ask them how their day was and they start from when they were born and don't stop til 90 years later. it felt it took 90 years to finish the book! he could've intertwined the history with today's content and it would've been more interesting than to hear all of the outdated materials for 2 hours. The irrelevant facts are only interesting when compared side by side to updated studies. It was painful until chapter 12.

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    Susie Cue 07-16-16
    Susie Cue 07-16-16
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    "Dense, but good"

    Still making my way through it. It has a lot of info that requires me to backtrack and slow it down sometimes to keep the nuances of the argument straight in my head, but the main point is clear: fat is caused by an accumulation of adipose tissue, which is a metabolic process related to high levels of insulin in the blood, which is caused by consuming carbohydrates. Fat is NOT caused by eating fat, nor are fat people fat because they fail to exercise and/or are consuming too many calories. It's very much changed my view of how to eat, and importantly, of giving up the simplistic idea that it's just "calories in, calories out" if you want to lose fat.

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    Brenda 07-15-16
    Brenda 07-15-16 Member Since 2006
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    "I listened to it twice in 3 days"

    I listened to it twice in 3 days. I guess ask me in six months how it worked

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    Dempsey Seattle, WA 07-12-16
    Dempsey Seattle, WA 07-12-16
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    "Shocking truths about obesity"

    Fantastic book chock full of rather shocking information. Who knew so many health authorities were so invested in being "right" that the country's health would be secondary?

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    Kenton Sizemore 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling "

    As a physician, I found the science, as presented, regarding today's carbohydrate rich diet and insulin's role in making us fat very compelling. I have read an older version of Atkins and felt the premise made sense, but the science was not there. Taubes has done his homework, and though the complete safety/benefit of saturated fats in regards to cardiovascular disease is still not a settled issue, the carbohydrate/insulin/obesity and diabetes link established here has me convinced.

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    Lesley Billings 07-01-16
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    "Highly informative, seemingly good references"

    I've listened to and read much on the subject from several different nutritive perspectives - paleo to vegan, keto to carb centered - this one has me 95% convinced on Dr Taubes' ideology.

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    James Shepherd 06-27-16
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    "Powerful writing, almost perfect listening."
    Would you listen to Why We Get Fat again? Why?

    This book is well written and contains clear cogent arguments about metabolism and nutrition that a layman can understand. I have studied biochemistry at the graduate level, so I am hardly a layman when it comes to this topic, but I found myself enjoying this big picture review of the topic emphasizing various details that can get lost in biochemistry courses. I could see myself revisiting this book in the future for a refresher.I gave a copy of the paperback version to my mother to read, since I think it is both authoritative and more accessible than most of the diet literature out there right now.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Chamberlain keeps his voice clear, authoritative and engaging throughout. He has good pronunciation for the French and German names that show up and handles complex scientific words with ease. In fact, he delivers an almost perfect performance.The one thing that detracted is small, possibly picayune, but it is there. He mispronounces the word "causality" as "casualty" about 6 times throughout the book.This blunder certainly doesn't ruin his stellar performance of this book for me, but it did cause me to think I might have missed something in the narrative until I went back and listened to the last minute or so again to confirm it wasn't a problem on my end.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Not to forget that fat contains many essential vitamins that are needed for life and should be considered a crucial part of the diet.


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    Julie Saylors 06-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling"

    I will be discussing this with my obese patients and family. I also am now motivated to make changes in my own eating habits.

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    Hall 06-17-16
    Hall 06-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "thinking out of the Box"

    ground breaking information that makes sense in better understanding how medicine get stuck in false ideas for decades

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