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Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.

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. 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? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

Complete with an easy-to-follow diet.  Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions. 

Don't miss Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar, available now. 

Customer Reviews

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.

It's all about insulin

The best, and most exhaustive, explanations for how insulin works, what it does and how to avoid having it cause us irreparable harm. The research is fascinating.


After reading the book from cover-to-cover I feel freedom for the first time in 30 years. His writing style is inviting, open, and fact based in your face logical. He walks us through the myths of fat with clear direction and humor. This book needs to be read by all who are concerned about the growing numbers of obese people around the world. Thank you for writing this history of fat.

Why We Get Fat
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: Dec 28, 2010
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin 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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