Read Why We Get Fat PDF by Gary Taubes
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 I used low carb dieting to lose substantial (50+ lbs) weight twice previously in my life - in the mid 1990's and again about 7 or 8 years ago. Both times I strayed from it and gained weight. I am the type of person that needs to know WHY something works, not just that it DOES work. I believed that low carb worked after I first tried it in the 90's. But then I got into more athletic endeavors and started eating carbs again because, well, that is what all trainers tell you to eat if you are an athlete. As soon as I reverted to eating carbs (I can see this pattern in retrospect) I began to have less energy for exercising. Thus began the downward spiral. This is where Taubes comes in. Having read his book, I now realize WHY I lost energy and stopped exercising so much. I can see scientific substantiation for the low carb approach to eating. I look around at what people are buying at the grocery store and am realizing that if this science is correct, we as a country, indeed as a species, are bound to become fatter and fatter, as well as more and more lethargic. So three weeks ago I dove back into this way of eating with renewed enthusiasm. Now, 12 pounds lighter and feeling energized, I am committing to eating this way for the rest of my life. It beats feeling fat and lethargic. And now I know why.
I am several chapters into the book and am enjoying it very much. I had read a Reader's Digest article written about Taubes and his scientific evidence about why we get fat. It intrigued me so much that I bought his book on Amazon. I have not been disappointed! The premise of the book is that obesity is a hormonal problem. Carbohydrates raise your insulin and causes fat to be stored and if you do not have an insulin spike then your fat will be burned as fuel. We are to no longer look at a package and count fat grams and calories - which was what I was doing before this book. Instead look at the carbohydrates and sugar content. I had always suspected the gov't guidelines or pyramid wasn't right especially when it came to how many grains we are to take in. It seemed excessive. Also, Taubes makes very interesting arguments about the Pima people and "Fat Louisa" in that the quality of the food matters not the quantity we are taking in. He refutes the idea that fat people are fat because they are "lazy" or "eat too much." His evidence is really something to consider. If we are trying to understand this problem in America, Taubes and his data need to be seriously considered! He also states we are to seriously AVOID liquid carbohydrates such as beer, fruit juices, and soda. I always knew that soda was a horrible culprit for obesity. The people that are so grossly overweight that can't even get out of their houses - what do they drink all day? SODA.
Also another point is that we are very focused on exercise these days, but our waistlines are not decreasing. I am glad that Taubes also attacked the myth about obesity being falsely tied to wealth. In fact, the opposite is true. How interesting. I highly recommend this book. I think we have been all wrong in our thinking about what makes people fat in this country and all over the world. This scientific evidence should be investigated and examined so the world can help those that are miserably overweight. BTW, I decided to give the ideas in this book a two week trial. I have been on the low carb recommendations for almost 2 weeks now. I have never felt unsatisfied and have eaten well, yet LOST 5 POUNDS. I am going to keep going. Also, just to give you some hope, the first week is hard because you have cravings for sweets (at least I did). Push through it because the second week has been fine with no cravings. Best of luck to everyone trying this way to keep ourselves at a healthy weight for life.
I bought the Kindle version in January of 2011. Being a scientist, I appreciated the author's evidence-based approach to the topic and became convinced that I needed to make some changes in my diet and lose some of my 238 pounds. Rather than doing a rigid Atkins-style low-carb diet, I simply implemented new eating habits (mostly avoidance habits) based on what I'd learned in Why We Get Fat. After a little over three months, I've lost 20 pounds without hunger or cravings. More importantly, my triglycerides, always a problem for me, are *way* down. So, while this book isn't sold as a diet book, it turned out to be exactly what I needed -- a rational explanation of "Why We Get Fat" on which I could base a new eating lifestyle. Thanks, Gary!
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