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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: 4519 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (28 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYOQ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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235 of 239 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise from a lifetime yo-yo dieter. 25 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In my 65 years on this planet, I've spent a good proportion of them trying to lose weight.
I love all that's bad for you. Pies, chips, alcohol, chocolate, you name it. Denying myself the pleasures of eating what I enjoy seemed to be an integral part of any and every diet I've ever tried, (and I've tried a lot).
At a conservative estimate, I'd say I've dieted off some 25 stones over around 45 years. A stone here, two stones there, with the inevitable result that sooner rather than later, the weight-loss eating regime wouldn't last. It never did.
In december 2012, I clocked my heaviest weight ever at 17st 5lbs, (110kg). I'm 180cm, 5'11", and decided another diet beckoned. By serendipity, I came across Gary Taubes' book and gave it a read. The message seemed clear (if a little laboured in places) though it could have been conveyed in 100 pages fewer, so why not give it a try?
The eating regime (not really a diet as such) was easy to follow and I stuck to it religiously for 6 weeks (no alc'), no deviations from the rules. The results were astounding. A stone and a half 'fell off' with any minor feelings of denial of 'treats' being utterly outweighed (no pun intended)by the euphoria of the achievement.
I'm now 8 months down the line and 26kg lighter (13st 2lbs). I'm still losing, but only at the rate of 1kg/month, because I've relented of some of the stricter rules and woven some 'treats' into my eating/drinking habits. For instance, I have several G&Ts a week (5 or 6 large ones), plus a bottle of red wine. I have a bar of chocolate at the weekend 100-200g depending on what I fancy (high cocoa content), none of the sugar-free rubbish. I exercise regularly too, partly because I can, now that I'm 4st lighter, but primarily because I enjoy it.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat to thin in the blink of an eye 10 Aug. 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book it might change your life, it certainly changed my...
This book has changed my life, I know that might sound a bit melodramatic but so be it. I have been trying to loose some weight for years off and on and my waist line has continued... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Steve Satchwell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book completely
I love this book completely, it is very interesting with a lot of research and case studies so you know it is not just word of mouth
Published 12 days ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone interested in diet and health should read this book.
Best book on diet and weight gain written will completely change your view on Carbs!
Published 17 days ago by Rich C
5.0 out of 5 stars like The Calorie Myth
First-class read and reveals in a very detailed way just how the things that matter in diet work, and how we have been mislead by the greater interests of the money-men. Read more
Published 19 days ago by james howley
5.0 out of 5 stars This works! Highly recommended.
This advice really works- two of us are losing weight very happily with the guidance in this book.
Published 20 days ago by Barbara F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should be in all homes across the world!
Published 1 month ago by Brumilda Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great
A key read if you want to understand why we get fat and how you can almost certainly reverse this
Published 1 month ago by Follow Your Bliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think!
Great book which really challenges conventional thinking. I think I may have to read it again to really take a view but the arguments are well made and I enjoyed the discussions.
Published 1 month ago by Kay Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, Gary taubes has included plenty of research to back up the low carb high fat way of eating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Alison j Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent overview presented in a non too technical style, ideal for a lay reader or a professional.
Published 2 months ago by Gillie
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