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Why We Get Fat Audiobook

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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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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    Justin Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-31-11
    Justin Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-31-11
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    "Changed My Life"

    So far i'm down 13 pounds in just over a week. Losing weight when you don't have to starve yourself makes all the difference in the world. I guess I won't know for awhile if their are any side effects from eating a high fat diet, but I know what the side effects of being over weight are and i'm sick of it. If you were like me, eating a low fat and not getting results, you owe it to yourself to check out this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LeeAnn Toronto, ON, Canada 01-06-11
    LeeAnn Toronto, ON, Canada 01-06-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Where is the attachment?"

    This book is good, but several times he makes reference to an attachment with photos etc. from the print copy of the book. I wish we could get that here as a download!!

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Schoenberg Belmont, CA 11-07-12
    Stephen Schoenberg Belmont, CA 11-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought provoking look at the theory of fatness"
    What did you love best about Why We Get Fat?

    Gary Taubes does an excellent job poking holes in the conventional wisdom about dieting. It does seem the official medical theory of obesity fails to provide any advice except "have more willpower," and that advice is not very helpful. There are some questionable statements in the book's argument, such as the idea that humans have not genetically adapted to agriculture. The selection for lactose tolerance in cultures that have adopted milk products refutes this. Overall, the book is a solid refutation of what so many think is "common sense."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The words "causal" and "casual" are different words, and not homophones. Same with "causality" and "casualty." This repeated error in the narration seriously detracts from the credibility of the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Life changing"

    I don't say that a book is life changing easily. I minored in nutrition in university and thought I was pretty knowledgeable. I will be the first to admit that this book pretty much teaches you the exact opposite of what you learn in university nutrition classes (or at least what I learned). As a generally skeptical person, I appreciated the science based explanations and the attention given to the conflicting research that exists. I thought that the arguments it made regarding insulin metabolism made a lot of sense and some of the descriptions seemed to really match my physiology (excessive appetite, fat around the waist, sugar crashes). I figured that since the experts don't agree, I might as well try it out.

    I was AMAZED at the results. I quickly started dropping weight and feeling better when I cut out grains, increase fat intake, and cut down carbs in general. I dropped 15 lbs within 3 months and have been at my ideal weight ever since with very little effort. In total it's been about 10 months.

    The only thing that I don't like about this book is that it is so sure that low carb is the right way to eat for everyone. I have a hard time believing that, based on what I've observed in real life. However, what the book pushes is right for ME and I have completely changed my diet based on the information provided. I could not be more happy with the results and wish I'd been open to trying this years ago.

    Even if this doesn't end up being right for you, if you struggle with extra body fat, I suggest that you read the book and learn about the approach. You can always try it out and if if doesn't agree with your body, try something else.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-27-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    A first decided to listen to this book after hearing about such a great review and how that person said this book changed their life. I won't go nearly that far but overall, I did find this book to be very helpful and hopefully, the tips and advice I got from this book, help me lose some weight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Plantation, FL, United States 08-05-11
    Virginia Plantation, FL, United States 08-05-11
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    "Excellent read!"

    This is one of the most basic, informative, enlightening books I have ever read on the topic of weight and weigh loss. An excellent presentation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Hayden, ID, United States 05-26-11
    Robyn Hayden, ID, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling, shatters nutritional "traditions""

    A well-documented, well researched systematic debunking of the common wisdom: "Eating fat makes you fat". By the end of the book, you realize the jump from learning fat clogging arteries (which cause heart attacks and strokes) must be caused by dietary fat is just as nonsensical as if we believed "eating wrinkled food like prunes or rasins will make you age and wrinkle faster". There is just no neurohormonal evidence behind the low fat craze, and our unrestricted carbs are creating the obesity epidemic we have today. Prepare to think of obesity as truly malnutrition, more common in the poor, and understand why. The audio format is excellent because you can't skip any of the supporting evidence, you hear it all and it is very compelling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-02-11
    Jan Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I don't want to be fat"

    This is a great book that presents the reason why we get fat and then provides the solution.

    This is not magic potion, it will require will power and a change of lifestyle, however - IT WORKS.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 04-06-11
    Jeremy 04-06-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great info, easy to listen to."

    I enjoyed the balance between applicable information as well as the science behind the book. As someone who will most likely never find the time to read "Good Calories Bad Calories", this brief but thorough book was just what I wanted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 02-28-11
    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book"

    good content. neat narration. holds your attention till the end despite so much statistics and endocrinology.
    Must listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Minsk Mazowiecki Poland
    3/28/17
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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
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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
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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.

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  • Mr.Aziz
    9/11/16
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    "Brilliantly well researched and argued"

    Essential listening for anyone serious about weight loss and reversing metabolic syndrome. A real eye opener

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. VLC
    LONDON, United Kingdom
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    "Important work. Finally being acknowledged."

    I expect to see a version of this book published by the WHO. presented in a very accessible way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GrooveAmanda
    5/17/16
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    "very interesting!!!"

    what if everything we know about calories is wrong. given the consistent failure of "diets" it stands to reason calorie restriction is not the way forward after all...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
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    4/23/16
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    "Don't eat starchy Carbs or Sugar."
    Would you try another book written by Gary Taubes or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    Mike Chamberlain makes this otherwise dull 'essay' on another theory of weight control endurable.


    What was most disappointing about Gary Taubes’s story?

    1. The structure. As he clearly states, he's not saying anything new, so why does he waste several hours outlining his 'argument' without establishing the very simple premise of it?

    2. In addition, his argument that all other diets only succeed in the short term because they reduce calorie intake surely holds true for his own which he, unsurprisingly, doesn't go into - if you don't eat bread, potatoes, pasta and avoid all sweet things then, surely, you will also reduce your calorie intake? And, as all the other diets, he claims, fail because they are restrictive surely he can see the irony when states one must be prepared to make a sacrifice.

    His argument still fails to address the fact that all diets aim to reduce a type of food intake but it is the inability of most people to stick to any restrictive diet which results in their failure to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight..


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favourite?

    N/A


    Was Why We Get Fat worth the listening time?

    Because if you didn't listen to the whole thing you'd have missed the tiny point of this book - and it came at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Read my title and save yourself the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spaniel
    3/26/16
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    "Scientific but just missed the practical"

    I liked the science, the author clearly knows his stuff and I do believe him. I was left slightly wondering - how. I guess I just start experimenting and reducing carbs to see what impact it has on my overall weight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • davejt
    10/9/15
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    "potentially life changing"

    This book presents the science behind what I already believed about carbohydrates and why we get fat and ill. I think people are starting to take note more, but change is going to be slow. A must read/listen for anyone wanting to understand how to get healthy and lose fat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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