Why We Get Fat Kindle Edition 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've read many books about low-carbohydrate regimens, from Atkins to Eades to the long-out-of-print Stillman. This book doesn't really add any new ideas to what's already been written on the subject, but if you're at all interested in the science of restricting carbohydrates, you should get a copy of this book. What sets Taubes' book apart is the combination of compassionate tone and exhaustive scientific information. He provides overwhelming evidence that obesity is not caused by gluttony, lack of exercise, or "more calories in than out." Yes, this is very counterintuitive, but before you dismiss it, you must review the literally hundreds of years' worth of evidence -- Taubes cites authors from the 1700s through present-day researchers. Gary Taubes has written a crucial work that shatters the view that obesity is a weakness or a moral failing, or that the overweight deserve condemnation. Instead, he puts weight regulation where it belongs, in the realm of science, not moral judgement. The evidence that excess weight is caused by a complicated combination of hormonal and genetic factors has been there for a long time. So has the evidence that the simplistic tactic of restricting fat and reducing calories is usually ineffective and sometimes dangerous to health. Low-fat, low-calorie diets were not considered beneficial until recently; Taubes explains how public health opinion shifted radically in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing about the "low-fat" fads of that era. And he reviews the evidence that such regimens caused more obesity and health problems than ever before. Taubes does provide a simple low-carb regimen for weight loss. It is very similar to the classic Atkins diet, which he freely acknowledges. For most people, this diet will be enough to guide them through a thoughtful trial of healthful low-carbohydrate eating. If you are looking for more thorough information on how to follow a low-carbohydrate diet, you may want to pick up a used copy of one of the Atkins books. If you are looking for actual scientific proof that carbohydrate restriction is the way to go, please check out this excellent book.
When I was deployed to Afghanistan, I lost 20 pounds after I quit eating that extra dinner roll or bread at lunch and dinner. I knew keeping the weight off after I redeployed would be hard. My concern led me to "Why We Get Fat." I wanted hard scientific data to back what the paleo or primal diet authors claimed. I had a hard time believing something so contrary to everything I had been told about what constitutes a healthy diet and lifestyle. "Why We Get Fat" empowered me to truly to decide. I say truly because conventional wisdom ignores data from scientists studying metabolism, metabolic disorders and diabetes.
If you want to understand why low-carb and low-fat diets work or don't work, and how they are healthy or unhealthy, read "Why We Get Fat". The author presents his information in competent prose but the information itself is challenging. He delves into why our biology makes weight loss more complex than simply burning more calories than we consume. For the record, Gary Taubes' says at the beginning that ethical questions about eating animals, especially animals raised in inhumane conditions, are important but not his focus in "Why We Get Fat." For the same reason, he does not discuss the merits of organic food versus food grown with pesticides or anything about omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I've been home almost five months now and have kept those 20 pounds off thanks to "Why We Get Fat".
I got this book for my sister in law and some friends who wanted to know how I lost so much weight in 4 months(30 lbs). I originally read the book Good calories, Bad calories by the same author which is pretty long and very detailed and this is the slimmed down version. All you have to do is cut down on carbs and this explains why and also explains all the dieting mythos that dont work even though they are pushed by the govt and medical"professionals". you dont have to count calories and exercise your butt off to lose weight. All I did was limit myself to around 50 grams of carbs a day and eat all the protein and fat I want. I have not changed anything else. I do not exercise more or starve myself, just no carbs and I lost 30 lbs in 4 months. I have tried all that calorie counting stuff in the past and if you think about it all those diet meals have pasta, pasta and more pasta and you exercise like crazy just to lose like 10 lbs and then it stops. This works and besides what have you got to lose besides some extra weight.
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