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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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    Marsha Eugene, OR, United States 02-03-11
    Marsha Eugene, OR, United States 02-03-11
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    "Eye opening, life changing book!"

    This audio book is about to change my life. I have struggled with being overweight all of my life. As most people like me, I have tried every diet, at least once. I'm here to tell you that they all work, as long as you stay on them. I have always had these nagging questions in my mind...Why me? Why do I eat less than my thin husband, and not lose weight, What diet is best for me and why are there so many of them? What is the actual reason that I get fat, and stay fat, and others don't, when their lifestyle and eating regimes are similar to mine? This book answers it all, and goes a step further, maybe more times than necessary. Just as there is a scientific reason and solution for many things, there is the same for obese people. The answer is here..it might not be the answer you want, but it is here for you (and mainly me) to take it and run with it if you truly want to change your life enough to embark on it! Thank you Gary, for your hard work and passion, to put this extremely valuable information out there for me!

    54 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Kelley 01-06-11
    Nick Kelley 01-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Its more than stop eating and drinking carbs"

    I agree with the one comment about this book is just more or less stop eating and drinking carbs, but I am glad I GOT this book anyway because its more than that. It is nice to finally understand how the body really works around getting fat and why we get fat and the logic behind so many myths and other diets and why things don't work, fail or fall short of losing weight. So it was refreshing to get a handle on why it is a good idea and what happens when we eat and drink carbs along with our HDL and LDL levels and how that effects our cells and our problem with getting fat. This book is going to really help me and finally help me change my life around as far as why I am always struggling to lose the weight and I now see how I have been failing and why. Its worth the price, no problem. Thank you Gary Taubes.

    58 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Gerasem 01-18-11
    Gerasem 01-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"

    You can find accompanying attachment on the bottom of "Publisher's Summary" which is on the top of the page for the book here on Audible. The link says "Download the accompanying reference guide". I have to admit it was not obvious place to look and took me few minutes to realize it was there.

    111 of 117 people found this review helpful
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    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-04-11
    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Manage carbohydrate and not caloric intake!"

    If it is so obvious to reach a weight loss objective through a carbohydrate deficiency then why are there so many obese people that go to the gym, this to me clearly states that there is an obvious nutritional knowledge defecit that even personal trainers don't seem to understand or are reluctant to share with their clients. Day after day though these commited individuals will try to lose weight by burning calories and then try to restrict caloric intake through the use of will power.

    Gary goes over many cases in which different societies have become obese and aludes to their adherence to more 'civilised' feeding habits as the cause for their poor health. I think that it is necessary to go into the detail of where we as human beings became more and more reliant on such a simple and non-essential nutrients and how this reliance has affected us as humans.

    The book gets to the point very slowly, however, changing habitual behaviour for some does require research based evidence and this is about as close as you're going to get in an audio book format. I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone that has been trying to lose weight through dieting or is struggling to stay on their strict caloric restricted regime.

    Will power will only get you so far!

    45 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    richard clayton 01-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The accompanying material is available"

    Lots of people have asked for the accompanying material. It seems to be very essential while going through this book. I myself am only at chapter 6 and decided to send an email to Audible customer support about the material. I can't say for certain that the material was available before I requested but all I can say is that it is now available towards the bottom of the book description area for the book on the website. The download link is http://download.audible.com/product_related_docs/BK_RAND_002472.zip. Normally I can get by without any additional material but If you haven't read this book yet I encourage you to get the material as well and if possible refer to it before you start the book. I think it makes a big difference in this case.

    So far the anti "calories in calories out" argument is being beaten to death in this book, i say this because I never really subscribed to this approach anyway, but it is good to know that it can be beaten to death with real evidence as opposed to anecdotal evidence from my own personal experiences.

    Very engaging book, so far. (I take one star off for the beating to death of the topic).

    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl EPHRATA, WA, United States 06-19-11
    Meryl EPHRATA, WA, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Loved This!"

    Finally a scientific explanation for why we get fat! I could not put this book down from beginning to end. Ultra informative. Ever wonder why the Adkins diet works? This book thoroughly answers all your questions in detail. I thought this book was life altering and a totally satisfied any questions about WHY we eat the way we do and what affect it has on us.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Trueblue3d 07-07-11
    Trueblue3d 07-07-11

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    "This is a life changer"

    I read the book, but I wanted the audio version to listen to in the car and on the go. This is information all Americans need. We are eating a diet which will kill us in the end. What we thought as the normal American diet is going to be our undoing!! We didnt' know... but now we do. All the research is interestingly provided to us and one cannot listen to this without realizing a change has to be made. I have lost 30 lbs so far, and expect to reach the proper weight for my height paying attention to the research presented in this book: a low carb diet is the healthy way to go--- carbs are for special occasions, and great care should be taken to eat the right ones in the right amount. It's been fairly easy and I am so grateful I found this book when I did. I have heard the information before, but I never knew WHY we needed to eat low carb. I guess I am one who has be convinced, and convinced I am!

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Basingstoke, England 03-08-11
    Angela Basingstoke, England 03-08-11
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    "Eye opener"

    I knew I had to change my eating habits - yes, I'm overweight and would like to lose weight but I wanted to stop the continuous eating and the amounts I was eating. I couldn't understand the constant need to put food in my mouth - sugary food, cakes, biscuits, sweets etc. Gary Taubes explains very clearly (albeit repetitively!) that what I am eating is slowly but surely destroying me and all I can look forward to as I get older is diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It's not going to be easy to change my eating habits but in order to get well and stay well I have to - it's not about the scales or my clothes fitting me, it's about living and feeling well. I now have the clarity and understanding that I was missing before and it's thanks to this book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    ann Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 12-31-10
    ann Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 12-31-10 Member Since 2017

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    "LIPIDOSIS 101"

    If you need inspiration to get you going on dieting for 2011, this will do it! Although the basic principles are known to those of us who are avid readers on how to lose weight, and this book essentially covers those basics, this author is very good at explaining difficult material such that all can understand. Further, there is a surprising twist that leaves one with an "Aha" experience. We all know which foods we should cut out, but do we REALLY understand why? If not, then one is not really motivated to do what is necessary. This author motivates!

    I really appreciated the narrator's slow careful enunciation of this difficult material.

    68 of 74 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 01-03-11
    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    Very clear science and the person who said that his message is to stop eating carbs missed the book. This is not a diet book. The message was to reduce eating processed carbs like grains that cause people to get fat..which was just a small part of the book. He presented all the historical data and even what hapens to cultures that start eating a western diet what happens. Thanks to the author for more details and data on the subject.

    45 of 49 people found this review helpful
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  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
    3/18/12
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    "For the patient listener"

    I was very familiar with the subject of the audiobook, but even I needed self-disciplin to not to turn it off due to the lengthy descriptions and sentences. Keep it simple guys..

    As for the subject - a few things I didn't know about the behaviour of fat cells and insulin spikes. A very good book, but not for a novice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
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    "Food for thought"

    Makes me think about what I am eating, I now believe that sugar is the enemy and not fat.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    "Really useable dietary science"
    Any additional comments?

    The author demonstrates that the doctrine of calorie counting is a recent and challengeable branch of the science of diet and weight management.

    This work is a comprehensive review of scientific studies in this field followed by a robust challenge to the thinking underpinning calorie counting, and finally a restatement of more credible and older research that high glycemic index foods overstimulate the production of insulin which leads to deposit of fat regardless of amount of food consumed.

    I found it academic in tone (it's a literature review and thesis) but fascinating and ultimately really usable information. It has certainly changed the way I eat and indirectly my weight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Campbell
    Glasgow, Scotland
    9/9/13
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    "A Real Eye Opener"
    What made the experience of listening to Why We Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    For me, a 5'5" male, my life has been spent around the 14-16st mark. I can't remember the last time I wasn't on some sort of eating/exercise plan, my life has been dedicated to it. I've tried them all and stuck to them rigidly and most have been successful in losing me 2st here and there but when it came to keeping it off then that's where the real problems lay.

    Eventually I got it into my head that only a sensible, varied and healthy diet would work for me as a way to gradually over the space of a couple of years lose the weight. Unfortunately this too did not work. Something just wasn't adding up. I went to the docs to have my thyroid checked, results came back normal.

    Now I'm not one for giving into anything but as far as losing and keeping off the extra 4-5st I'm carrying, I felt it was a pipe dream. I prayed for an answer and the next day this book popped up as a suggestion in my Audible account so I thought why not!

    Along with trying all the diets I've ever been on, including Atkins, I have also read numerous books and even college courses on nutrition and exercise and have a pretty good knowledge of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle but this book takes all that mainstream knowledge and blows it out of the water, however, things make complete sense to me now. I mentioned I had already tried Atkins which obviously failed in the past but the big difference now is that I understand the science behind it and trust me, it makes a huge difference.

    Apologies for the long, self-indulgent intro. I'm simply trying to capture anyone reading this who is in the same situation. If you genuinely feel you have tried to lose weight, you've explored all the emotional and physical aspects and they don't apply, but no matter how hard you try to follow dietary advice it doesn't work then I definitely feel this could be your answer. It might not actually be your fault after all!

    Bottom line is that carbohydrates, especially sugars, are responsible for why a lot of us are so fat, well technically it's our hormones ability to regulate and distribute them. And don't even get me started on the claimed health benefits, if even half of them are true the medical establishment should be hugely ashamed of their ignorance on this subject.

    Don't get me wrong, for those who think "yeah, that's me" it means making a choice, what do I want more, sugary and starchy foods or to be thin and healthy? For me, I crossed that line long ago. I've started out with minimum carbs, <20g per day. It's been 3 weeks and I've shifted 11bs and dropped almost two shirt sizes, I'm eating more than I have in a long time and genuinely feel good. The reason I know I will keep this going is I now look at food completely differently and it's all thanks to this book. I finally have the answers I have been looking for.

    I'm now on another book, living low carb by Jonny Bowden, which is a great follow up to this book. Once completed I'll review this too.

    Seriously, I really hope this book could be the answer you have been looking for too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CAROLINE
    PUIDOUX-GARE, Switzerland
    6/2/13
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    "Tells you what it says - lightbulbs on!"

    4 months ago thoroughly fed up at 13 1/2 stone plus (5'6), a female in my late 40's I searched for something that I could stick with and happened upon The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson - this started me on a 'paleo' food choice lifestyle (or as close as I could get to it with limited 'natural' food availability). Within a couple weeks of this I broke my leg and was completely out of action for 2 months, however eating this way the weight still fell off, and I was never hungry! I was curious and wanted to learn more and moved to recommended reading from the 'marksdailyapple.com' website which led me to 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis. By the time I finished that book I was totally fascinated by the science, and the volume of misinformation we have been fed (every pun intended). I went from that to a movie 'Fat Head' that sets out to counter misinformation from the award winning 'Super Size Me', and from that to this book.

    This is the 'layman's' version of the much more deeply scientific 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' (which I have not read) by the same author Gary Taubes. It is a revelation! From the facts and research cited from the past 3-4 centuries no less, to the simplified (I am guessing, because I am no scientist and I understood) explanations supported with facts, pictures and examples that we can all relate to. Yes, this is an 'audiobook' and yes I did say pictures, because along with the book the download comes with a PDF file with pictures and text referenced thoughout - EXCELLENT! (though I confess to not having realised I had it until returning to check references made).

    The author repeatedly states he is not 'breaking new ground', instead taking from a world of research and wisdom made 'unavailable' to us for decades. If you want to know what makes us fat and what to do about it get this book - you will never look at food the same way again, nor dare I say it the health institutions, medics, food pyramid, gym enthusiasts or diet experts.

    4 months on from my first taste of this lifestyle with little or no exercise I am 2 stone lighter and tell you truthfully I have not even noticed it happen. I only wish I had been so informed all the years I was raising my 3 children - I believe this is the author's mission, to inform.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
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    "2kgs/4.4lbs safely in 6 days"

    I cannot believe 3 reviewers gave this one star. They should stick to Mills n Boon.

    This book has quite probably changed my life for the better forever. I finally understand!! Everyone should read this. Every child should be taught this. Every parent should be forced to read it. It is so important and urgent that people understand the science of what is going on inside us. Otherwise all we can do is blindly follow fads.
    The nitty gritty really starts in chapter 9. It's not too scientific for we non scientists. If you can do simple maths, you'll get it. I gave up biology at age 15 and it was pretty straight forward learning.
    Please listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    8/25/11
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    "Fascinating"

    I really learmed a lot from this listen and have been trying to put some of the key lessons into practice - it's early days but I'll see how I get on. The basic premis seems simple but what interests me is the complexity of the science behind Taubes thinking, which he goes to great lengths to explain. If he's right - and he has a lot of impressive validating evidence - following his advice could be a key factor in combatting the obesity epidemic.

    There is a fair bit of repetition, but this is also possibly meant to be reinforcement; and finally, the narrator (not the author) had a mildly soporific effect on me so I am going to have to listen to it all again while engaged in some activity as I did snooze through some passages! not that it was dull - but his voice really is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline K.
    8/18/11
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    "Do not buy!! It's terrible!!"

    I've read a lot of diet books, as well as mind techniques to keep you slim etc... most of which, make some sense and you can take a little bit of knowledge from each of them.
    This book is AWFUL!! The whole book is about statistics on obese people from tribes in Africa to Native Americans, and lots of studies from around the world. According to this book the only reason they're fat is because they eat carbohydrates, thats it, just stop eating carbs and you will lose weight! So, Kate Moss has never had a sandwich? Or eaten a bowl of pasta? Absolute rubbish!
    It doesn't tackle the real question about obesity, which is that food is fast becoming the world's biggest addiction.
    Save yourself some money and but the atkins diet book, which is basically what this book encourages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Sandhurst, Berkshire, United Kingdom
    1/23/11
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    "Awesome book"

    Great book that goes into some of the science of why we get fat, whilst still relating in layman's terms. Its a controversial message, but after listening has we won over. Great book!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • RAUL
    JONKOPING, Sweden
    2/8/14
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    "Very informative and convincing"

    I loved the book. It made me both understand and believe in the idea of scrapping carbohydrates in favour of fat and meat. However, i instantly tried it for three weeks, whereafter I had my cholesterol levels checked, and they had gone worse. So I take the ideas less seriously now, with a lot less carbohydrates and sugar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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