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The Diet Delusion [Kindle Edition]

Gary Taubes
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"...easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative... If Taubes were a scientist rather than a gifted, resourceful science journalist, he would deserve and receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine" -- Richard Rhodes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Read this, and you'll be astonished at the shaky foundations of dietary medicine and health advice...First off, I was struck by how little science does know, what we take for established fact if often partial truth at best. Conjectures are, apparently, made on imperfect research...compelling reading" -- Sue Baker, Publishing News

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A brilliant debunking of the popular misconceptions on health and diet that also takes a hard look at the corporate world of the diet industry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (14 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS9S4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe THE most important food book 16 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Okay, I should maybe have taken one star away because he could have used a good editor. He often repeats himself and goes around in circles and the book could have been shorter. For this reason it may be a hard slog for some.

But this could be one of the most important books you will ever read if you care about your health and longevity. Forget the low-fat nonsense. It seemed to make sense for a while, but it doesn't work. When I was a child nutritionists advised two ways of losing weight. Cutting carbs or cutting fat/calories. From the early seventies the latter one has become gospel. We have eaten less and less fat and - whether in the US or the UK - got fatter and fatter as a nation. The reason? We've been eating more starches, refined carbohydrates and sugars. Before 1900 we ate 5 lbs of sugar a year. Now we eat 135 lbs. A group of very biased researchers, pushing their own agenda, ignored evidence that conflicted with their low fat theories, and used political clout to make them the mainstream.

Some of this will be familiar to followers of Atkins and other low carb diets, but Taubes exhaustively covers the science and the politics. I am 100% convinced about everything he says, except his apparent distrust of exercise, which I believe can have a function of reducing blood glucose rather than reducing calories.

After five years overweight, in five months I lost 25 - 30 lbs by ignoring what my doctor told me about dieting and restricting refined carbohydrates. Now she tells me I'm so good at weight control I should write a book. I still don't give her the details. More and more people are learning this for themselves. The "authorities" will probably be the last to admit it.

Oh, and the government food pyramid is garbage. The Harvard food pyramid is much more sensible if you must trust any of them.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a BIG, highly readable and hugely informative book, written by American science journalist Gary Taubes. I read the US edition, which was published there as "Good Calories, Bad Calories". I assumed that when it appeared in the UK, it would arrive in a blaze of publicity. So far, it seems I was wrong.

Taubes' interest is in the scientific basis for the received wisdom about what makes up a healthy diet and what makes people fat. We all know (because we're told ad nauseam) that the current obesity epidemic is the result of people overeating and having sedentary lifestyles. And overeating is generally interpreted as eating too much fat and too few fruits and vegetables.

Taubes has spent years going back to the original research and interviewing scientists. And he's found that in fact, there is very little real science behind what we are routinely told about dietary fat. Instead, assumptions linking dietary fat to heart disease were made in 1960s America and the "fat is bad for you" bandwagon rolled on from there.

The book also challenges the view that obesity is "caused" by overeating and taking too little exercise. It's like saying that alcoholism is "caused" by drinking too much alcohol - as an explanation, it doesn't get you very far. Taubes argues that obesity is actually a problem of fat accumulation. If an animal's body is working properly, increased energy intake (extra food) will be matched by increased energy expenditure. Conversely, if you restrict food, the animal will be less active. In both cases, fat stores will remain the same.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 16 Feb 2011
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Format:Paperback
Firstly, you'll find it easier to start off with Gary Taubes intro book "Why we get fat", which is stunning, and you'll automatically want to read this book next. It's a classic and a life changing book. I have Kindle and hard back copies of it - as it's too critical to "lose" or lend out.

This is the more indepth version - with the backing research (in the US it's called "good calories, bad calories").

Taubes is an accomplished writer - so sit back. You're about to be taken on a roller coaster of a ride.

In a nutshell, if you eat sugar, flour and other hi carb foods, you generate a lot of insulin.

Insulin is a very powerful hormone, that has the following effect...
1. Its stops you burning fat instantly, so if you eat carbs, you literally cannot lose weight.
2. Insulin is known as the hunger hormone, so you're starving and overeating.

Current Dieting advice is to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg. If you eat 4 meals plus 5 fruit, you'll be realising Insulin 9 times a day... so you'll be permanently starving and worse, unable to burn any fat... so won't lose weight at all.
Insulin triggers our overeating.

It's a constant cycle. This advice breaks that cycle and gives you masses of research to back up it's arguments. It's a stunning piece of work, that blasts government advice for the folly that it is.

All current diets miss the key factor - the influence of hormones.
This book introduces the concept that Obesity is "malnutrition", it's caused by poor quality foods in sugar and flour not by overeating or lack of exercise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Low carb for nerds
A very thorough and convincing argument why everyone should try eating less sugar and concentrated starch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E.T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read and Learn
Very illuminating
Published 1 month ago by Garden girl
3.0 out of 5 stars very good book but it does tent to be a bit ...
very good book but it does tent to be a bit long winded it takes a long time to get to the information you need, you can soon get bored with it .
Published 1 month ago by quicksilver
5.0 out of 5 stars A kind of modern-day classic
This book details the recent modern history of nutrition research and also commentates on the current state of nutrition research. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Duplessis
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but not an easy read.
Very informative but a bit long winded.
Published 3 months ago by granny biker
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want just an opinion piece or quick-fire ideas without the...
Gary Taubes sheds light on some very interesting research. What makes this book so very interesting is that he is painstakingly examining the science and unravels his idea with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Calliope
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough
Our dietary advice for the last 40 years has been disastrous. The medical profession continues to be ignorant of good dietary advice and continues to work on behalf of the drug... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MarkL
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary information
I gobbled up every word of this excellent book and my appetite for more has increased! Information at this level helps make sensible choices. More please Gary
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Hammerton
5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth scientific investigation into dieting
This book is not for the faint-hearted. Like a defence advocate in a trial, Gary Taubes builds his case against the accepted wisdom on dieting from the very first scientific test... Read more
Published 8 months ago by DF McCleland
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive depth, research and clarity
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I wanted to read more about the so-called "carbohydrate hypothesis", and this book seemed to be getting the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kenny Macleod
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