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Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 978-0007514120 edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007514123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007514120
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A top ten New York Times bestseller

‘This important book could finally push you to shed those extra pounds, if not save your life’ Evening Standard

‘A fascinating new book’ Daily Mail

‘Fascinating and topical.’ Daily Express

‘His lucid and well-informed analysis should help inform the debate on this ever-expanding problem.’ Sunday Times

‘Lustig explains the biochemistry of metabolism, and the vicious cycle of obesity, with patient clarity’ Guardian

‘Lustig offers way that we can help ourselves and improve our health … but his chief aim is a new regulatory climate’ Telegraph

‘Crammed full of hard-hitting insights that may shock the reader into immediate dieter change (and it did me)’ Barbara J King, TLS

‘The best book I’ve read on the relationship between diet and health.’ Dr Andrew Weil

‘Lustig has all the shocking facts at his finger tips, but he also has strategies to help us wean ourselves off the white stuff … the book to get your new year off to a virtuous start’ The Guardian, ‘Food Books of the Year’

About the Author

Dr Robert Lustig has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society.


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This book is one of the most important I've ever read, and I've been a GP for 34 years. I wish I'd known the stuff in here years ago, as all thru my career the official mantra has been "eat less fat, do more exercise" and, sadly I've repeated this message to many many patients. And yet the population is fatter, diabetes & metabolic syndrome have become epidemic and orthodox advice has clearly failed. This book tells you why - not all calories are equal, fructose (the villain) is a type of carbohydrate but is not metabolised as glucose and so causes damage, processed food is a disaster (sugar added to almost everything, the good stuff, eg. fibre, taken out). Yes, there's an American slant in the stories and background, but the issues raised are worldwide - wherever sugar intake has increased, obesity, diabetes, etc have rapidly followed, whatever the previous traditional diet was (high fat, low fat or whatever). I can't recommend the book highly enough and only hope the politicians, supermarkets, and food producers listen and act on its message. Assuming they won't, change your own life and those you influence by following its advice!
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Unlike 'Pure, White & Deadly' by John Yudkin, which spoke out but few at the time were listening, 'Fat Chance' has come at a time when many believe that existing diets are solely for the enrichment of a niche industry that wants to sell products for profit only and cares little about the individual. Therefore, a wider audience awaits this book and I believe it will have a long, successful publishing life.

Lustig's book will go down in history as a seminal book that opened people's eyes to the obvious, even though the obvious is often painful to believe, especially when one is a food manufacturer, which I am. Although at times Robert Lustig can get one bogged down in minute detail, the message is clear and proof is always at hand - critically important for the sceptics who will look to trash his theories.

This book has come at an opportune time and it must have felt something similar to this when it was discovered that the world was round and not flat. Disbelievers await in the wings to repudiate the arguments so clearly and lucidly explained from page one onwards but I was convinced long before I had reached page 100 and I think most readers will agree with me. This is a book that you have to read and it should become a number one best seller, just for its educational benefits.

The book has fascinated me so much that not only have I tried out a reduction in sugar intake personally and seen a subsequent loss in weight but I have manufactured a natural, sugar free ice cream to launch onto the market to test the theories of this book. Since my business is a large user of sucrose, glucose and fructose, I feel that education is the only way to combat obesity and telling everyone to take more exercise just doesn't work.
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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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A fascinating and worrying insight into the addictive and dangerous sweet stuff. Made me look at the family diet in a different way.
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I bought this because of the positive feedback on Amazon and wasn't disappointed. Written by endocrinologist Lustig, who specialises in childhood obesity, he explains why there is such a shocking growth in obesity globally, even in children and babies seemingly fed in a healthy way.
The book gets quite scientific, as he explains how food and activity affect us biologically.
The key takeaways, in addition to the fact that sugar is bad, nay evil, but most fats aren't, are:
'Eat the fruit don't drink the juice'
'Not all calories are equal'
'Will power is simply not enough to lose weight. Nor is the equation, 'eatl less, exercise more,'
The body chemistry changes to preserve fat reserves, making you feel more hungry or less sated.'
Fibre is half the antidote.

If you want to read a well researched , knowledgable and definitive take on the topic of health and/or weight loss - this is your book. He even evaluates all major diets a from Atkins to Paleo and explains what and why different aspects of them work.
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