• Why Calories Don't Count

  • How We Got the Science of Weight Loss Wrong
  • By: Giles Yeo
  • Narrated by: Giles Yeo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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By: Giles Yeo
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Publisher's Summary

Calorie information is ubiquitous. On packaged food, restaurant menus, and online recipes, we see authoritative numbers that tell us the calorie count of what we're about to consume. And we treat these numbers as gospel: counting, cutting, intermittently consuming, and, if you believe some “experts” out there, magically making them disappear. 

We all know, and governments advise, that losing weight is just a matter of burning more calories than we consume. Here's the thing, however, that most people have no idea about: All of the calorie counts that you see everywhere today are wrong

In Why Calories Don't Count, Dr. Giles Yeo, obesity researcher at Cambridge University, challenges the conventional model and demonstrates that all calories are not created equal. He addresses why popular diets succeed, at least in the short term, why they ultimately fail, and what your environment has to do with your bodyweight. Once you understand that calories don't count, you can begin to make different decisions about how you choose to eat, learning what you really need to be counting instead. Practical, science-based, and full of illuminating anecdotes, this is the most entertaining dietary advice you'll ever find.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Giles Yeo (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Informative and thought provoking!

I truly enjoy when authors narrate their own books; as well are able to convey the passion for the the subject in such concise detail as found in this book.

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I’m glad for a scientific analysis

Science and moderation. Listen to the science and scientists around you, use your best judgement, have grace with yourself, make decisions for yourself and not others.

A great read!

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Informative and entertaining

The author/narrator was enjoyable to listen to. I liked that he didn't try to push any particular agenda too hard.

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Awesome author, great book unfairly treated by audible

I want to begin by mentioning that the science is a bit heavy for those of you out there who bounce from diet to diet and we’re hoping for another hit of your preferred drug. This isn’t going to work for you. This isn’t for diet culture people. This is for folks who appreciate well presented, empirically derived scientific research (and history of same).

Technical note:

Audible’s chapter markers are messed up so, for example, much of chapter 5 is contained within what audible is listing as “chapter 4”.

They’ve also failed to provide a fairly crucial pdf with the often referenced diagrams.

I reached out to the author on Twitter who apologized and sent me a pdf of the entire text in lieu of the missing pdf which he didn’t have on hand. Author is clearly a class act, audible is clearly well down the Amazon sewage line by this point. Womp womp. Was once a great service.

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Textbook lite

If you’re just curious about how the energy in food is measured and digested, then this might be interesting.

But most people just want to know how to lose fat. Look elsewhere for that.

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Informative, But Slightly Meandering

This book is a great "zero to hero" course that introduces its readers to the very detailed history and mechanisms surrounding the calorie, as well as a reliving of my AP Biology class in high school. The first part covers some pretty dry stuff, but I admit that it's essential for a base for the more discussion-based latter half. The second half was more interesting for me, where Dr Yeo dives into interesting topics that I can relate with such as diet, processed foods, and societal inequalities that stem from food.

The information provided in this book is legit and fairly easy to digest. Dr. Yeo has that children's book author energy, Inserting some quips and punchlines here and there to keep the delivery of the content fresh. Sometimes though, he would start talking about a story that does connect back to the main topic but takes too long for me to stay focused. In that light, the quips and zany jokes do become more cheesy than cute. I don't blame a man for trying though.

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Great but wish it had the PDF

this book was great to help me recontextualize my thoughts around food. I just wish it actually came with the PDF. That's my only complaint. I loved the reading. It made it highly enjoyable.

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Excellent book but no PDF available

This is a very entertaining science-based well researched book about nutrition in general and calorie specifically, and highly recommended. Audible does not have a PDF linked to the book, and this is frustrating because the author directs the listener to the PDF probably a dozen times………

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Do not purchase

I rarely right reviews but wanted to prevent anyone from unwittingly purchasing this self indulgent amateur comedy routine masquerading as health advice. Some of the science quoted in this book is demonstrably false and the author mostly pokes fun at everything and ultimately says “just eat healthy and everything will take care of itself.”