Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It

Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It

Book - 2011
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The author draws upon his theory of good calories and bad calories to address the question of why people gain weight, arguing that the nutritional science of the twentieth century has been misguided, discussing the crucial role of insulin in regulating fat tissue, and including a diet plan.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272706
0307272702
Branch Call Number: 613.71 TAU 2011
Characteristics: xii, 257 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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jloen
Jul 10, 2016

This is a must read, along with The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholtz. These authors have helped correct the government-sponsored errors in diet recommendations that were forced upon us in the 1970's and 1980's, and which led to the obesity and T2D epidemics. It is important for more people to read and understand this information.

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lenne
Jul 02, 2016

An excellent book and easy to read. It is not a book of one-liners quoted as "facts" that we are bombarded with today. The writer presents a well-argued case for readers who want to see an opinion supported by well researched facts, reason and logic.

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jaybird443
May 31, 2016

I don't really agree with the ultra low carb diet he espouses. A more balanced diet including calorie control makes more sense to me. Besides if we all ate high protein (meat) and reduced or eliminated carbs (rice/potatoes etc. ) the planet could not support our growing population!

LRS1969 Jul 23, 2015

Probably one of the Top Three books on the Low Carb High Fat Diet lifestyle.

Numerous other dietary authors who were leaning were swayed over completely when Taubes' (long) article "What if It's Been a Big Fat Lie" was published in the NYT. And many low fat adherence "experts" saw the light with Taubes' publication of the extensive tome "Good Calories, Bad Calories". Tubers then followed up with this book - a "leaner version" for lay people.

And still as excellent.

Tubers has been heavily involved in an organization promoting and funding further detailed research into the benefits of LCHF.

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IrishMoon
Jul 01, 2015

The book is OK, but there is not much new information beyond that which most books have included for the past few years.

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ghreads
Sep 03, 2014

The case Gary Taubes makes for the low-carb diet is very compelling. This is apparently a simpler version of a previous book, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” that he wrote on the subject. That book was apparently very technical; this one is for the more casual reader. I think that he has hit the right level of detail here. A previous reviewer suggested that one could start the book at chapter 11 without missing too much – I concur. The first chapters provide some interesting insight into the history of the subject but they are not essential to understanding the technical information which is introduced first in Chapter 11. There is a very thorough examination of the roles of carbohydrates, protein and fat in our diets and the effect of insulin and other hormones and enzymes on weight gain and other health issues but I think a little more attention should have been paid to fibre. Giving up carbs means giving up a lot of fibre. This subject is mentioned briefly near the end of the book when he is discussing short-term side-effects of the dietary transition but I would have liked a fuller explanation of how we can get along with less fibre.
Other than that one omission, I have no problem with the book’s content. However, in my personal opinion, the writing is terrible. He obviously opted to use a conversational style of writing but the result, for me, is very flabby language. I keep wanting to rewrite every other sentence to tighten it up – where was the editor? All the excess words interfere with the message. I’m sure he could have maintained a conversational style while making the writing more efficient and streamlined.

I give the book 4 stars – an average of 5 for content, 3 for writing quality.

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JudyJudyJudycoxnet
Dec 01, 2013

Excellent information that everyone should know.

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JPrewitt
Jun 12, 2013

If you're interested in the information in "Good Calories, Bad Calories," but a little daunted by the more technical nature of that book, pick this one up instead. Taubes includes all of the relevant scientific information and adds dietary guidelines to this book, making it a handy resource for the general reader, or to give to your doctor if you'd like to start a conversation about how your diet is affecting your health.

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Thorinbear99
Dec 26, 2012

This book is probably one of the reasons that many drs. and dieters are telling us now to avoid carbs. It is very plain in language and not hard to understand and offers good cures and thoughts on diet of the modern man. It has been known for a long time that what you put into your body can make you sick. It isn't how much but what you eat.

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ready2read
Oct 08, 2012

This is basically the "Atkins Diet" although Atkins is not even mentioned until almost the end of the book. The author does point out that this diet plan has been in and out of favour for hundreds of years (or thousands if you count our hunter-gatherer foreparents) He advocates high-fat, high-protein, and very low carbohydrates---with about 200 pages explaining why.

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