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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It [Kindle Edition]

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2169 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (28 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
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213 of 215 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris 30 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I recommend this book if, like me, you have spent time, effort and money trying to figure out how to remove your excess weight and have better all-round health.

This book is the second from Gary Taubes that I have read. The first `Good Calories, Bad Calories' (or The Diet Delusion here in the UK) is long, at nearly 600 pages, expects a knowledge and understanding of science, is occasionally repetitive and sometimes poorly edited, but makes the point about the wrong road we have been following in pursuit of weight loss and better health extremely well to my mind.

This is a shorter book and took a lot less time to read. It is clear to me that Taubes has tested and honed his arguments and has learned how to get them across better. To my mind the book flows easily. There were one or two technical sections but he led me up to these with background so by the time I got there I was able to understand the point he was making. In GCBC this was not the case and there were some sections that I didn't `get' and had to read a number of times to understand.

The book acknowledges but does not deal with the consequences to the environmental and moral questions that it raises. This is left for others to debate. Here the science behind fat metabolism is the focus of attention.

There is new information in here too. There is a description of Insulin Resistance that I found very useful in furthering my understanding. The unanswered question in the whole book for me is: Can Insulin Resistance be `cured' and if so how long does it take?

`Why We Get Fat...' is not really a diet book. Since starting the diet as prescribed here, though, I have lost 28lbs without hunger or any discomfort.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat to thin in the blink of an eye 10 Aug 2011
I was tempted to buy this book following the number of positive reviews and because I wanted something which explained the science behind the weight-loss plan. I am 38, 2 small kids, 5 ft 6.5 and weighed 11 st 11 on Mon 1 Aug; this is the weight I naturally gravitate to, but I am going on hols in 2 wks with my glamorous size 8 ex-air-hostess friend so had been trying to lose weight since April, with only 1.5 lbs lost in 4 mths. I was v disheartened and had been cutting down cals to 1600 a day of "healthy" food, and doing 4 hrs of hard exercise a week, which took a major amount of effort and could not understand why the weight wasn't coming off, as I was eating better than I ever had and doing a major amount of exercise. Then the guy at the gym told me I was eating too many carbs, and so I bought this book to read up on the science, which I had previously thought was ridiculous and was a firm believer in balanced diet/lots of fruit/exercise/low fat - how wrong I was! I am now 11 5 after 10 days!!! This is amazing for me - I have never lost so much weight in such a little time and most importantly not felt hungry. The diet itself is a life-style choice, as you have to take time in the mornings to cook eggs etc where you might normally just have cereal etc, but I love the fact you can snack on cheese! It effectively shows that Atkins was right, and many people's bodies cannot metabolise the amount of carbs we eat nowadays as they are shoved into loads of processed foods (e.g. skimmed milk and yogurts!). I felt tired on days 1/2 on thsi but since then been fine - it's good as before I felt all this pressure to exercise to lose weight whereas he says that doesn't make a difference to weight loss, just fitness. I think this book is great for someone like me who needs to see the science behind something to believe it - especially such a radical departure from current thinking on weight loss - and I'm thrilled with the results to date.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you will never need another diet book 27 Oct 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read Gary Taubes other book 'The Diet Delusion' which I got from the library, it took me about 3 weeks to read, as it was pretty heavy going for a layman, plus it was absolutely fascinating. but must admit to skipping a couple of paragraphs! so thought I would buy this book 'Why we get fat', and very glad I did, because I did miss some of the crucial points Gary makes. And now have all the answers, loosing weight and eating the foods I love most, plus butter on everything!I will never need another diet book, this one is all you need to know.I have cured my diabetes,exterior body inflammation gone, blood pressure down. Doctors surgery gave me a diet sheet for diabetes, I laughed when I read it, would have put me back in diabetes. Wonder how long until the medical profession in the UK acknowledges the benefits of low carb? with the exception of the enlightened ones, such a Dr.John Briffa to name but one.In fact it was Dr.John Briffas book 'Escape the Diet Trap', I got from the library that started me down this road in the first place,was a bit annoyed as I had just got my cupboards restocked, ready to turn vegetarian/vegan, in another attempt to try and loose this ghastly weight, started at 22stone, down to 16stone at moment, target 11stone. and know i will finally do it. Hallelujah.I am around 60 and have been dieting most of my adult life, so wish I had found this information a long time ago, still am now going to enjoy....everything.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for everyone 18 Aug 2011
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I bought this book after a recommendation from a blogger who said he was loosing weight thanks to this book. After reading it, I can see why.

When I was young I could (and did) eat everything I wanted without becoming fat - I loved it! However since I was about 27, my body changed and I started putting on weight, so in my 40's I have a normal male middle aged spread, which conventional diets failed to address.

Now I have read this book I understand why. It is the first book that looks at the chemistry going on in your body and explains how it is the composition of your diet that affects your weight, not the calorie in vs. calories burnt low fat mantra that "nutritionists" have been killing us with for 50 years.

Have been following his low carb recommendations for about 3 weeks and have lost 5 kilos and feel great. Everyone should read this book so they can make an informed choice about their diet in the future. It isn't an easy way of life, and isn't for everyone, but everyone could learn something about their bodies from reading this, to help themselves and the burden on health services around the world due to the poor western diet we enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the 60's I worked in the Dietician's department of ...
In the 60's I worked in the Dietician's department of a large London Hospital. We always gave patients a diet based on meat, fish, eggs, leafy greens & salad, followed by a small... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Joan Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars if I'd only known about this years ago
I might have avoided getting fat and colon cancer. I'm hoping I can use this information to give myself a 'second chance'
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. C. Thomas
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A little heavy going.(No pun intended!). I persevered as it is full of very interesting information . Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jacstac
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Very convincing read with lots of interesting case studies to back up the science, it made a lot of sense to me and backed up a lot of what is being said these days about high... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to anyone trying to find it's way around in the djungle of...
Best, comprehensive analysis I've read about this topic. It's not new, but the explanations and research behind it is very interesting. Quick read!
Published 9 days ago by S. Heller
5.0 out of 5 stars The real truth about why we gain weight
An excellent book about the science of why we gain weight, and the history and origins (and controversy) of modern nutrition. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Danielle Sasaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the basics boldly and proves the insulin theory triumphs...
This was an eye-opening read and the illustrations were very good indeed. The photo of the diabetic woman who had been injecting insulin into her thighs--causing those thighs to... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Terhi Riekkola
5.0 out of 5 stars in depth but readable
I enjoyed this book immensely. Gary Taubes examines how the process of fat metabolism works in a fair amount of detail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate Bergh
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like the McKenna no one knows about...
I love this book. I started to read it after I started the diet. Unlike some I did this diet to overcome a sugar addiction and not lose weight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaynie Syers
3.0 out of 5 stars Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It (Vintage) Gary Taubes
Depressing reading, cos being a lard ass I was hoping that I could carry on eating exactly the same as ever and "Think myself thinner" Not a new concept, carbs especially... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Mcmurray
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The one thing we absolutely have to do if we want to get leaner—if we want to get fat out of our fat tissue and burn it—is to lower our insulin levels and to secrete less insulin to begin with. &quote;
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The point to keep in mind is that you don’t lose fat because you cut calories; you lose fat because you cut out the foods that make you fat—the carbohydrates. &quote;
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Not all of us get fat when we eat carbohydrates, but for those of us who do get fat, the carbohydrates are to blame; the fewer carbohydrates we eat, the leaner we will be. &quote;
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