Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 28, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
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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.


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Enjoyed the overall research comparisons. - Goodreads
The logic is so bad it was hard to read. - Goodreads
Interesting theory, wonderful writing. - Goodreads
Great overview of how the body stores/uses body fat. - Goodreads
Easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
Gary Taubes is phenomenal and has great writing skill. - Goodreads

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This book makes sense. Yes, it is a bit much to take in but the low-carb diet is a very good one especially for diabetics. Your meals do not have to be boring. Your meals do not always contain meat ... Read full review

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First half of the book was repetitive and dry, but I was impressed by the books ability to explain low carb dieting and the physiology of why it works. Read full review

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Contents

VVh_v Were They Fat?
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The Elusive Benefits of Undereating
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The Significance ofTwenty Calories a
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Tliermotlyiiamics for Dummies Part 1
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The Laws of Adiposity
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Primer on the Regulation of
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Why Diets Succeed and Fail
145
Meat or Plants?
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Following Through
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Acknowledgments
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Illustration Credits
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Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. His work has been included in The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010), and has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He lives in Berkeley.


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