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5.0 out of 5 stars Why your body doesn't know where your fat is!, 3 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar (Paperback)
I've just sat in a cafe and pretty much binged on Robert Lustig's wonderful book "Fat Chance" about what's gone wrong with our diet, why we overeat, why we don't stop no matter how many government initiatives tell us to. It answers so many questions - why do diets make people with at least three months' energy storage around their gut (me!) feel sick and faint and depressed and as if they're starving to death? Why doesn't exercise always work the way it's supposed to? Why does eating one chocolate lead inevitably to finishing the box? (me again!) I've read an awful lot of books on diet and nutrition (guess why?) This is by far the best of the lot - clear and scientifically rigorous and even funny in places.
The answer to the questions? Basically the villain of the piece, the Voldemort of nutrition, the heroin of foodstuffs is... Sugar. Not fat as everyone has wrongly said for the last fifty years, but sugar, in particular fructose which acts like both sugar and fat in the liver and stuffs it up something dreadful. Hence metabolic syndrome, of which obesity is just one symptom, along with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, possibly dementia - oh, and death.
As it's blatantly obvious what I should do, I have come off the sugar again. Wish me luck, chaps.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2013 22:48:43 GMT
Carl K says:
Very good review, well done.
Good luck with getting off sugar, it's not easy.
Give Paleo (Paleo Lifestyle/Diet) a try, it works.
Best wishes, Carl.

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 16:03:48 GMT
elbuho says:
Hi Patricia, I can really recommend Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat... and What to Do about it. (£4.49 on here at the moment, absolute bargain!) Since I read it I've lost 15 kg, and more importantly cut back on blood pressure medication from 4 different pills a day to 2x half a pill. So it might have even saved my life :) Good luck with everything, and take it from a former sweet tooth, once you know the science it's not too difficult to turn your back on sugar!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2013 21:12:27 GMT
Yes indeed - I read Gary Taubes earlier book - all very good. It's taken me a while to get myself off sugar but the clincher was the possible link with Alzheimer's!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 19:09:10 GMT
H. Frohmann says:
Well done. I too stopped all sugar consumption over a year ago and feel much better and have lost weight.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 21:58:38 GMT
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Posted on 4 Mar 2013 13:02:13 GMT
Ian Wardell says:
Good luck ol' bean!

Posted on 16 Jun 2013 09:52:52 BDT
Clare W. says:
Good review. We are twins! I could have written the exact same review. Another book I thoroughly recommend if you are up for it because there is so much information written about how we work that it takes some concentration, is Primal Body, Primal Mind. I have read so many books on Paleo diets, but kept wavering between the old dogma of fat kills and makes you fat, and complex carbs are good, and that book really rammed the nail in the wood for me. All I have to do now is beat the sugar cravings for ever. Good luck to you, I am sure we are all rooting for you.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 20:56:00 BDT
Thanks - I do try to follow a sort of Paleo diet but my main focus is just staying away from sugar and wheat, something I find hard enough to start with. Fat Chance really inspired me to get on with writing my own book - 3steps to a Great Eating Habit which should be coming out on Kindle soon. I promise it's not a diet book!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 20:58:41 BDT
Thank you - I think there are plenty of people around like us. I'll take a look at Primal Body, Primal Mind. I've been busy writing my own book called 3Steps to a Great Eating Habit which is due out on Kindle soon and definitely not a diet book. Summed up? 1. Walk for an hour every day. 2. No sugar. 3. Eat three meals a day, no snacks. That's it. It's not rocket science but when I manage to stick to just those three steps, I feel a million times better.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 12:01:35 BDT
Clare W. says:
I wish you great success with your e book.
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