Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book can be divided into two bits, one very interesting one that tackles the effects of excessive and unavoidable sugar on the human body and the other is the authors quest to... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Manto
Sampled - No purchase.
Family has a long history of diabetes and yes, no matter how careful you are with that genetic card in your deck it's always going to be a serious... Read more
The first part of the book stating the problem is very good but the solution offers little hope. There us no mention of intermittent fasting which has brought lasting relief to so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
"Discover how every calorie is different and that cutting out sugar is not just about making us thin – it’s about making us healthier, happier and smarter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It took a long time to read this book. It wasn't what I thought it would be about. It was very factual but I became bored after a while.Published 1 month ago by Gina Marie
If that does not put you off sugar, nothing will. At least you will have been warned....Published 1 month ago by Erna
Very interesting book giving great detail about the affect of the toxin sugar on your body. I did feel that maybe a degree in biology or chemistry would have been useful at times... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD
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