Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It (Hardback)
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DescriptionAn 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.
- Published: 01 January 2011
- Format: Hardback 257 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307272706 ISBN 10: 0307272702
- Sales rank: 12,449
Reviews for Why We Get Fat
- Top review
The hardback had issues
My hardback had pages that were not cut properly. The paper is irregular on the side and some stand out while some pages go in: it was not cut properly. It was a rushed job, I probably had one of those earlier dispatchments since I pre-ordered the book.
--Review of the book itself--
I give the book a 4 star, and a 2 star for the technical problems above, averaging it 3 stars. I cannot make one independent of the other.
Taubes attacks the concepts of thermodynamics a lot. I do think the laws of thermodynamics are right for the most part, just not for the whole part of the calories in/calories out model. Genetics and hormones also play some part here, I just don't think it's as big as he plays it out to be. If you consume A LOT of protein and fat, you'll still gain weight and get fat, so calories are still accounted for.
Still, eating A LOT of calories coming from mostly meat/fish and vegetables will still be "cleaner" and healthier than the high-carb diets nowadays, especially if people consume a lot of refined carbohydrates and not enough vegetables (and the occasional fruit).
The overall message is pretty healthy: drop the starchy and refined carbohydrates and you'll get healthier and leaner. This is the bottom line. by Joaounder review