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.
Includes a bonus PDF with images from the book
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Lots of science
I am a bit disappointed that there isn't more info what foods to eat, a lot of science and facts, seems very one sided, no mention of side effects and as he says right at the end it is not a diet book. Might as well go out and buy the Atkins diet books.
It is ok if you want to know how no Carbs works. If I had known what was in the book I would not have bought it.
Everting you need to know
Explains how we lose weight and why each diet works not because of the commercial setup we buy into but because of the body’s biology and process
Not a diet book, but the science behind getting fat and losing it. I strongly recommend this if you want to understand why people get fat and use that knowledge as I am doing to help people get fit and healthy.