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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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    Angela T. Szpojda USA 04-12-11
    Angela T. Szpojda USA 04-12-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "An interesting factual reference to eating"

    If I had to write my review in 20 words or less it read like this:-
    You are what you eat, the quality of carbs impact our health, facts are everywhere but sometimes an author puts them together that just makes sense.

    Enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-14-11
    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-14-11
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    "Great book, written and read"

    I just finished this book after just a few days, and since I started it I've changed to a low-carb diet. In just 4 days, I've lost about 5 pounds! This book isn't a diet book per se, but it does give you reasons on why you should change your diet to be more healthy. Before reading this, I honestly didn't know that the bread and pastries I so loved were what gave me my gut. Now I know and I've cut them out of my diet, and I'm already feeling MUCH better! Read it. Believe it. Follow it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Tauranga, New Zealand 03-04-11
    James Tauranga, New Zealand 03-04-11
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    "one of the best!!!"

    i started listening to why we get fat and it open up my eyes to what we should be eating. But it is not a weight lost book. Its an information book on why are are getting fat. It opened up my eyes. I hope it will open up others eyes and doctors eyes as well. 5 stars from me. Please people get this book!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tom MANTECA, CA, United States 02-18-11
    Tom MANTECA, CA, United States 02-18-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "This book changed my life."

    I was literally weeping while reading this book. It described every single attempt I've ever made to lose weight, and then explained why it failed. Also, because if my mother had this information 30 years ago she may never had been obese, and may still be alive today.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dain Linder Castle Rock, CO United States 01-14-11
    Dain Linder Castle Rock, CO United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Compelling"

    I'm not all the way through the book but am very intrigued by what I have heard so far. My background is in Exercise Science so this goes against the conventional wisdom I was taught. However, conventional wisdom on more than one occasion in history hasn't been very wise. This note is for the location of the accompanying reference guide. It's located just above the reviews underneath the Publishers Summary section. :-)

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
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    "Convincing.. once Gary gets to the point"
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    This book can be summed up into 3 words.. stop eating carbs! But there's so much more to it. The science and historical evidence behind all the claims that Taubes makes is undeniable. The lifestyle benefits from following this book's advice cannot be denied, as I have adopted them myself to amazing results. <br/>Having said this, I do wish Taubes got to the point a lot sooner than he did. He spends about the first 80% of the text presenting the problem of obesity and explaining in excruciating detail why all other solutions don't work.<br/>All in all it is a superbly entertaining and informative listen.

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    Anne 10-30-12
    Anne 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.

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    Nichelle Apopka, FL, United States 06-22-11
    Nichelle Apopka, FL, United States 06-22-11
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    "Saved My Life!!!"

    About 3 months ago, I weighed 206 lbs. Now I'm 186. I try to tell my friends and coworkers that they don't need the carbs, but they won't listen. All I can do is continue to follow the rules in this book and SHOW them what a low carb diet can do.

    It helps to listen to the book more than once especially when I get the cravings for sweets.

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    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 05-27-11
    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "after reading this book"

    all I want to do is buy 10+ copies to give it out to all my friends/relatives because it shatters the preconceived notions of what causes weight gain and thus what not to eat to be healthy

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    Jan 04-10-11
    Jan 04-10-11

    A long long time listener to audiobooks, who appreciates good writing.

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    "Excellant topic"

    This is almost a text book. The author sites research in detail and finally 2/3rds into the book reveals why the world is getting fatter. Highly recommend this book. Provides a great education.

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  • Tony Preston
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    "A revelation! Clear, informative, interesting."

    Interesting and informative. A logical presentation of information to support the authors hypothesis. The information presented seems to be logically incontrovertible. I wish government would read it!

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  • Sarah
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    "A real eye opener!"

    Taubes very effectively lays out the evidence (or lack of) as well as the physiology behind adipose accumulation and the likely dietary causes.
    I would recommend that any other Doctors, after coming to the realisation that the usual dietary advice fails to help their obese patients lose weight, should read this book as a good starter point to an alternative way of managing obesity.

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    I will definitely read it again. I've learnt so much! Especially about exercising and carbs.

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  • Polina Jenkins
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    "Extremely interesting 'peer review' and fat loss findings."

    At times quite technical, so refrain from listening in the car while navigating roundabouts! 😊

    Other than that, a very interesting review of fat loss research, going back to humans' pre-farming days, comparing modern days' smaller native communities from various continents, and debunking myths re 'calories in, calories out', 'low fat' and other weight loss approaches.

    I've had a 'lightning bolt' moment to start eating less carbs, and sugar in particular. No, it's not new, but the context and the reasons why now make me see exactly why, and understand a little more about how a human body works. Fascinating, detailed findings.

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  • Alexis Ocho
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    5/26/17
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    "Educational and enjoyable"

    Loved it. very clear and concise. Highly educational too. it has made me reconstruct my understanding of obesity.

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    "Great"

    Great review of the science that contradicts modern understanding of nutrition. especially the myth that dietary fat should be avoided.

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    Minsk Mazowiecki Poland
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    "Altogether very good with some small "but"."

    This book is very good, the scientific data presented in it is really robust and for me (I am a veterinary medicine graduate) it all sounds right, so I would really recommend this book to anyone interested in healthy diets. There is only one "but" - I tried a diet without carbohydrates with high GI for three weeks, meaning I didn't eat any bread, pasta, potatoes and sweets. And to be honest I haven't lost a gram. However, I didn't follow any prescribed diet, I just got rid of these carbohydrates; I am a vegetarian and this approach is strongly based on meat; plus I ate copious portions of my meals during that time. On the bright side, I had a lot more energy.

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  • Iain
    12/30/16
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    "One of my favourites!"

    If you want a better understanding of how your body interacts and is effected by different foods, then this is the book for you.

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  • Laurence
    9/27/16
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    "Interesting, informative yet repetitive"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend a friend to listen to just the first half of the book as by the time you get to half way, you kinda get the jist of it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Taubes again?

    Of course! Everyone deserves a second chance.


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

    I haven't. I thought his performance was good comparing him to other narrators.


    Did Why We Get Fat inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to not get fat in ways I thought not possible before.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has had a positive impact on my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    9/13/16
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    "Life changing"

    So informative, I have tried low carb diets in the past and they have been highly effective. However because of the stories that such diets are "fads" and "unhealthy" I have returned to carbs always thinking that eating in such a way is unhealthy. I now know exactly what carbs are doing to me and now truly understand why despite exercising daily, counting calories and eating a balanced diet I never lose weight. I can now do so with all good conscience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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