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Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It

Gary Taubes

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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’s 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Life Changing

One of the best books I've ever read! After reading this book and Tim Ferriss's book the Four Hour Body, I've dropped 30 lbs in three months. The only problem w the book is how pissed it's going to make you about how wrong everything you were taught eating healthy is.

Now I know why...

I of course, have struggled with my weight all of my life. There have been times that I have starved myself to the point of passing out while mowing the lawn or taking a shower. Even then I would not eat more than a lettuce leaf and a cracker (now knowing this is one of the bad carbs) per day. Even after waking from passing out and a stay in the hospital for dehydration I still would not eat more than the lettuce leaf and cracker because I knew I would gain weight if I did. I lost weight, a lot of weight actually and fast. The problem was that as soon as I would eat more than a lettuce leaf and a cracker I would start to gain the weight back. People around me thought I was hiding and eating. I knew I wasn't but there was no convincing them and I still could not figure out what or how the 'healthy foods' I was eating was making me gain weight so fast not to mention the starving feeling all day. I gave up. My highest weight was 285.6 lbs. Since I have started this new life after reading this book, I have already lost 35 lbs and feel great. With that being said, it's still not easy for me. I'm still wanting fruit especially and will eat a little here and there (berries mostly). Milk has me torn apart every day because I have drank a glass every morning since I can remember....I have started drinking almond milk from Trader Joe's and it's helping. I even froze some with strawberries in it because this brings me to my next weakness, ice cream! I struggle no less and hope that I can get past cravings and remain on this way of living. What has out weighed the cravings is that I'm not feeling like I'm starving myself and I don't ever seem to get hungry (unless I completely skip a meal or not eat anything after breakfast). In short, this book and research makes sense to me and answers so many questions for me. Thank you to the author and scientists.

The only 'diet' book you'll ever need.

This book logically explains why people get fat and what must be done to become or stay lean. The author is very detail-oriented and masterfully covers the science behind human biochemistry with regards to fat accumulation. The book is well-researched and riddled with a lengthy references section showcasing good scientific practices. Taubes carefully examines the medical literature of the past 150 years and shows the reader the facts with insightful commentary as to why conventional wisdom is completely wrong. All in all, a great read if you wish to truly understand the causal factors of obesity and leanness. Highly recommended.

Why We Get Fat
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: Dec 28, 2010
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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