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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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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.

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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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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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Redundant and prejudiced

Very useful information but I consider that it should not be taken literally. It is redundant and in my opinion prejudiced against health care providers. Interpretation of "research studies" could have been done more explicitly in order to minimize bias and probably by someone more apt to interpret said studies. Overall it is worth reading, but should not be used as a reference book.

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GREAT!!!

I really enjoyed this book because it was so educational! You will still need to find a diet book but this knowledge will put you on the right path.

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This is a great book for all of us who have ever struggled with weight and health, and debunks many of the wackadoodle food advice the Federal Government rams down our throats. Strong scientifically, yet easy to read and assimilate, this is a great book. Strongly recommend this one.

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Brilliant

This book is amazing and would change people's lives if they can get over the notion that we need carbohydrates

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Definite eye opener!

This book has finally convinced me to go totally off carbs! For years I've struggled to maintain my weight even though I don't overeat or chow down on junk food. I've also struggled with hypoglycemia whenever I did strenuous work. Now I know all the sandwiches, bread, and crackers I was consuming is the real junk food and I understand the science behind why it was making me fat. The wonderful thing is how easy this change is to make because I don't have to restrict the amount of meat and green veggies. I can eat as much as I want and I'm already losing weight and feeling so much better!

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Great Book Very Informative

Great! The author was thorough on the subject matter. Engaging and the narrator read it superbly.

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I have read and reread this book

It has transformed the way I see food and has set on a path to a much thinner and healthier lifestyle. I'm so grateful!!

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LOVE IT!

Back and eggs, Chicken and Spinach, Steak! I can do this. It's what I wanted to do.