- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (20 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307474259
- ISBN-13: 978-0307474254
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 340 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head."
--The New York Times
--The Boston Globe "Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives."
--Philadelphia Daily News "Taubes's critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet."
--Men's Journal "Taubes is a science journalist's science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession--actually, well beyond that point--and never dumbs things down for readers."
--Scientific American "Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information."
--Tucson Citizen "This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years."
--Choice "Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory."
--The Oregonian "An exhaustive investigation."
--The Daily Beast "Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he's uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us."
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering."
--Bookpage "[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening."
--Details "Taubes is a relentless researcher."
--The Washington Post Book World "[Taubes's] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth."
About the Author
GARY TAUBES is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Some of the writing is a little technical, but generally not too bad - so I got through the book in only a few days (unusual for me).
The ultimate test is that having read it - and applying this methodology of what to eat, I have already lost weight. 4 lbs in week one and almost at the end of week 2 .... I'm sure more has come off but am waiting until the week is done to weigh myself. My clothes are looser still .... so happy with the way things are headed.
I've not gone hungry and still managed my twice weekly mountain biking, without any huge energy issue (having cut out carbs).
I am very interested to see if this book gains wider knowledge over time, to then change the usual advice given to those wishing to lose weight, since it appears we have all been told the wrong information for too long,
Gary Taubes also has some useful lectures on-line covering some of this material.
I'm now reading - The art & science of low carbohydrate performance - to see if it gives further refinements of what to eat to allow my mountain biking to further improve - but it seems this way of eating will actually provide athletes with MORE useable energy stores, than the traditional carb-loading option.
So - very happy to have discovered this book and it's recommended plan.
Get on board now or as the establishment treated Barry Marshall in the eighties ( He discovered antibiotic treatment for peptic ulcers ), you'll wait ten years before the truth becomes doctrine.
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