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Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Very interesting book, read Kindle version cover to cover in 4 days. What if everything you thought you knew about eating fats and having a low-fat low-calorie diet was wrong. Amazing, interesting, life-changing completely recommended. Unbelievable to learn that everything in the media, everything we are told about eating low-fat, is completely incorrect. Wow, what a concept that fats in diet <> (does not equal) fats in you (an animal fat cell doesn't just become a fat cell in a human). And we hear that in media every single day, makes you believe its true, only find out, that when you examine the science it doesn't hold up. Why my low-fat cereal I used to eat every morning had over 45g carbs, and was making me fat -- who would've known! Its no wonder that even though we've been told to eat a low-cal low-fat diet by every source imaginable, that our American lifestyle is the fattest on the planet. And imagine all that exercising increases your hunger and makes you eat more -- course we all knew that but just didn't use our common sense. This book reminds me of that movie "Sleeper" where the guy wakes up and its now recommended to eat candy bars. Now, that's still not okay, but finding out that eating meat and fats doesn't contribute to fats in your body is amazing, and just totally flies in face of everything I've ever heard (and I'm over 45). First four days eating only low/no-carb diet, lost over 1 lb per day. And my blood pressure went down so fast, that I had to get off my meds (check with your doctor first). I thought eating fats would clog your arteries and increase your blood pressure -- wrong. This works!! Remember this is a long-term lifestyle, not just a temporary diet. Wow, now I can go back to eating bacon and eggs like I did when I was a teenager and not feel guilty about it, or eat a steak or sausage, oh boy, bring it on. And I've already been doing that and losing weight -- that's completely opposite of what I've been told all my life. I just couldn't get any lower on my low-fat lifestyle and feeling starved all the time. Now I can eat all the meats and fats I want, feel good about it, feel full, and lose even more weight than before. It's not a hoax or snake oil, but real science that really works, not the false messages and media you've been hearing up to know.
A few years ago I read Taubes' Good Calories Bad Calories and it changed my life. Since then I've lost 146 lbs and am immensely healthier in ways I never expected. That book was a tough read but well worth my time. Why We Get Fat is a great mass-market follow up to GCBC. It's more accessible to non-scientists, it's a bit more engaging, and it does a great job focusing in on the key concepts. And the best part was that I was able to get
through WWGF in a few days as opposed to a few months for GCBC. The science is clear and it's worked wonders for me and many others. Why We Get Fat is a critically important book that can also change YOUR life for the better.
If you are not up to GCBC I would recommend reading "Why We Get Fat". This title is much slimmer and far more readable and because of that will reach a far wider audience. Heck, you may even get your doctor to read it! The bottom line is that Taubes recommnds eating in a manner than controls our blood sugar level, which contols the insulin level and the insulin/glucagon ratio. Controlling your homones is far more important than trying to eat low calorie and low fat. The satiety provided by eating a diet that is higher in fat and protein and lower in sugars and starches makes this diet, no let's call it a way of life, easy to follow as you are NEVER hungry. You don't have the disire to eat 90 to 120 minutes after a "healthy" high carb meal. Remember - biology always trumps willpower. You may be able to go for a few months of being hungry and having wacky blood sugar levels but after a while you will fall of the wagon. Taubes has done a tremendous service with this book. Read it! If, after you read this book, you want to know how we got in the mess we are in now, read GCBC and learn the history behind the current governmental dietary recommendations. It will make your blood boil. You will never again think modern medicine has anything to do with real science.
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