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User Review  - skinglist - LibraryThing

I gave up. He has a complete inability to recognize that, while CI/CO isn't his tenet, it can lead to weight loss for some people. I forgot how militant he can get. He's digestible in blog post/article length but not in book form. Read full review

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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

I agree with the author's central premise: that the rise of the original "Food Pyramid," with its recommendation to base our diets on "whole grains," also known as carbohydrates, is a primary cause of ... Read full review

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I find this book to be easily digestible while still providing a great deal of historical and scientific context for his claims. He is opposed to the calories-in, calories-out method, and explains in great detail why it doesn't work but why it became the popular conceptualization of weight loss.
He also explains why we do get fat - fat accumulation is regulated by hormones, so it's a hormonal problem - and gives some generalized guidelines on how to avoid it.
This is not a diet book. He suggest books like Atkins for those looking for a plan and provides the guidelines given at Duke University's clinic. Personally, I would suggest also reading Fat Chance by Dr. Robert Lustig or Always Hungry by Dr. Robert Ludwig for a plan. The latter is a diet book with recipes and a complete and in-depth plan.
This is an excellent book if you want to understand the science without being talked down to.
 

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Great book! Recommend to anyone who is baffled by the absurdities of nutrition science as it stands today.

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A life changer for me. Everyone who hits their 50s and is trying to keep weight off with exercise alone soon learns that it's almost impossible. I was using calorie counting apps and working out like a mad man hoping to get myself back to my college weight. It always ended in excessive feelings of deprivation and failure. Now I know why. I have lost more weight, faster and with less effort than ever before. Finally, I get it. Kind of a research tome, but very readable and brings clarity to all of the issues surrounding why we gain weight and have a hard time keeping it off. This isn't a diet book. It's simple an objective study of the causes of fat accumulation. Now I just don't do the things that made me fat. The weight is falling off and I feel zero deprivation of any kind. Finally a lifestyle change and not a diet. Highly recommended read.  

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Great book
References everything he says and is backed up by several studies. Gives you a good understanding about weight loss and it all makes sense. Recommended read

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Same as all the rest
For a lot less money, go pick up a copy of the old Atkins diet at a used books store.

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persvasive argument, but a bit one sided and hinges on a single hormone.

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There are a lot of books about how to lose weight. But losing weight is not a reason you might want to read this book. The things I like about this book is that it talks about “WHY” we get fat. It’s not all about how much we eat and not about how much we exercise. Obesity is caused by fat regulation disorders. And, the cause of the disorder is carbohydrate we consume over time. This book takes you down the the deeper level of what carbohydrate do to our fat and muscle cells.
It sounds too technical for most people, isn’t it? But it’s not. The authors, for most parts, use common medical terms that we heard when we do annual check-up such as cholesterol or tri-glyceride. By the way, if you’d like to know why “tri-glyceride” is call “tri-glyceride”, you have to read this book. -- Teerawat Issariyakul
 

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User Review  - JennysBookBag.com - LibraryThing

Definitely worth reading! Read full review

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