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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”, has been viewed more than three million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is NOT a calorie”, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

Health, Mind & Body
December 27
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

caffeben ,

Detailed...but no smoking gun.

Anybody who has ever done the low carb diet will probably leave this book with a better understanding of the science of what they were doing but will ultimately probably feel deprived of anything fresh minus the great leptin info. Great science, great delivery, but nothing new. Take home is sugar drives insulin, insulin drives fat storage. Lower insulin, you lower your weight.

patbayer ,


The diagnosis and approach described by Lustig has been a life saver for me. By reducing sugar and processed carbs and increasing exercise, I have reversed metabolic syndrome when my doctors had nothing to offer other than statins and other drugs to treat symptoms. Almost everything about Lustig's take on the science rings very true to my personal experience.

I have gone from weight 250+ cholesterol 250, good cholesterol 35 triglycerides 350+, fatty liver disease and very high liver enzymes to weight 215, chol 180, good chol 50, triglycerides <180, and liver back to normal.

Redducatidan ,

Fat chance

A brilliant book on what is the most important public policy issue of our generation. Everyone needs to read this book.

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