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The Diet Delusion [Kindle Edition]

Gary Taubes
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Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago.

The Diet Delusion is an in-depth, scientific, groundbreaking examination of what actually happens in your body as a result of what you eat, rather than what the diet industry might have you believe happens and is essential reading for anyone trying to decide which diet - low-fat or low-carbohydrate - is truly the healthy diet.

For years we have been deluded by the dieting industry. Now it's time to find out the truth.

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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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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe THE most important food book 16 Jun. 2010
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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 16 Feb. 2011
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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By T. D. Welsh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
After several decades of complete confusion - thanks to the bumbling incompetence of the scientific community and our government masters - I am now beginning to understand the relevant aspects of human metabolism, through reading Gary Taubes' groundbreaking book "The Diet Delusion". Not only do I now know that your body weight does not depend purely on how many calories you eat and how many you use - I also know exactly why.

Believe it or not, our mothers were right: starchy foods do make you fat! It turns out that eating fewer than 2000 calories a day of carbohydrates can make you very fat regardless of how much exercise you do, while cutting right back on carbohydrates and eating more fat - even if you exceed 3000 calories - can make you slimmer (and quickly too) without getting hungry. If you would like to understand how these things can be true, in spite of all we have been told, then read this book. I promise, you will understand.

There are no "new miracle diets" in here - just conscientious, accurate, painstaking explanation of the facts. Taubes himself is a journalist, not a scientist or doctor, so he has no axe to grind and no tenure to chase. He contents himself with reporting what has happened in nutrition research, ever since Mr Banting found he was unaccountably obese in the 1860s and was eventually restored to slimness and health through a diet that eliminated starchy foods. Then we had Ancel Keys and his cholesterol theory, and a gentleman named Newburgh who insisted that fatties simply have no will power. (Neither of those theories has ever stood up in experimental tests, which usually prove exactly the opposite).

A word of warning - "The Diet Delusion" is a fairly massive book, both in length and content, and will take several days to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described very happy with purchase xx
Published 1 month ago by annieoaks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good explanation about low-carb dieting.
Published 3 months ago by Mishka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A serious book - very convincing
Published 6 months ago by HH
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but with problems.
It's a fine enough book but you sometimes get the feeling Taubes was getting paid by the word he seemed to take delight in writing page after page just to get to a simple point. Read more
Published 6 months ago by UltraGonk
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone controlling their weight
If you read no other book about nutrition, read this one.

In the first part of the book, Gary carefully deconstructs and demolishes the hypotheses that have driven... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book chronologically analysing what happened throughout...
The definitive book chronologically analysing what happened throughout the last 100 years that lead us to the current high carb low fat diet food pyramid that is the real culprit... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martin T. J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. I read it from cover to cover ...
Brilliant book. I read it from cover to cover but you could read chapters as a stand alone. Reveals how wrong current thinking on diet is together with references and scientific... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JENNIFER MARGARET BARNES
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 9 months ago by E.T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read and Learn
Very illuminating
Published 9 months 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 9 months ago by quicksilver
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