Why We Get Fat - Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat

By Gary Taubes

  • Release Date: 2010-12-28
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 461 Ratings

Description

What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.

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. 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? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

Complete with an easy-to-follow diet.  Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions. 

Don't miss Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar, available now. 

Reviews

  • A help

    4
    By Andre shalom
    A helpful and insightful read. Well documented and verifiable. Can be a bit repetitious at times. Not all questions answered (I guess they all can't be), but what about all of the effects of going into ketosis? I'm not sure they're all addressed- bad breath for example. Eating leafy vegetables and vegetables in general is not clear and seems confusing at times. As does the eating of hard cheeses (later in the book told to limit), even though they don't contain carbs. Lastly, this book is written from an evolutionary presupposition. Something we don't all presuppose.
  • Articulate breakdown of food consumption

    5
    By Pablo_1978
    My new favorite. A must read for anyone who wants the truth about food myths propagated by the agricultural industry.
  • Life-Changing

    5
    By SweetNessy
    I read this book in a day. I am an avid reader, but I hope you realize that reading a three hundred page book in a day means that this book is that interesting. It is an invesigative journalism slash science book, more than a diet book. No, it is not a diet book at all. You will learn how fat is created in your body, and what the necessary raw materials for it are. You will learn why carbohydrate is absolutely required for a person to store any amount of fat at all. You will learn about the viscious spiral of glucose, insulin, and triglycerides. You will learn how we came to get such bad advice from the government and so many health related organizations. You will learn what causes scurvy, and (spoiler) it’s not only a lack of vitamin C. I blog about this topic daily, and I mention this book several times a week. I quote from it extensively on FB posts. There are other books about it, one by Taubes and one by Nina Teicholz that lay out the entire case for dietary fats and condemning dietary carbohydrate. Get this book if you don’t believe it when people tell you that you are fat because you are lazy or because you eat more calories than you expend. Neither of those things are true. Find out for your self why we all get fat, after all two out of three americans are now in the same boat.
  • An Amazing Read

    5
    By Van Der Walt Home
    This book changed my life and how I look at food. Thanks.
  • Excellent book

    5
    By EastBay38
    Highly recommended to understand the impact of foods we eat on our bodies. Takes a very empirical and scientific approach, and explains how food works on our biology. I learned quite a bit about what to eat and what not to. An excellent book, and it has given me an unforgettable perspective on nutrition. Thank you for writing this, and debunking many myths.
  • Nice

    5
    By Socko19
    A very easy read, will implement immediately!
  • Fantastic!

    5
    By Jfklm
    I recently lost 53 pounds in six months and kept it off for a year on a carbohydrate restricted diet. This book explains what happened to me. In the course of the year not only has my body transformed into the lean me starving to get out, but I have more energy than I've ever had in my adult life.
  • This book is amazing!

    5
    By Klh78
    I've been following the eating plan that is laid out in the book and I'm pleasantly surprised. I've lost 20 pounds and more than 5 inches off my waist in about 4 weeks. I don't feel hungry and I love that there is no counting calories or worrying about portions. I feel better, I'm having fewer headaches and less joint pain. It's completely worth the lifestyle change to me.
  • Amazing Information

    4
    By NY_Bear
    I never subscribed to low carb diets as anything but bunk. I gave a low carb diet after again filing on another low fat high carb diet and easily lost 20 pounds in a month. I am a believer.
  • Very well done!

    5
    By Jradj
    The truth usually make sense. This was a great investment for only a few dollars and a whole lot of sense!!!