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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (Dec 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.”
The New York Times

“Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.”
The Boston Globe

“Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“Taubes’s critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.”
Men’s Journal
 
“Taubes is a science journalist’s science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession—actually, well beyond that point—and never dumbs things down for readers.”
Scientific American
 
“Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information.”
Tucson Citizen
 
“This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years.”
Choice
 
“Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory.”
The Oregonian
 
“An exhaustive investigation.”
The Daily Beast
 
“Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he’s uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
“Clear and accessible . . . Taubes’s conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.”
Bookpage
 
“[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.”
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“Taubes is a relentless researcher.”
The Washington Post Book World
 
“[Taubes’s] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.”
Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He 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 Oakland.

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This book has totally changed my view of food and what to eat.

It is well written, concise, informative and supports its conclusions with detailed reference sources. Certainly the best book on food and weight control I have ever read. I am over 60 years of age and have tried other weight control regimes with success, however at the expense of feeling hungry most of the time and having to eat things that I don't really like. I now really understand the physiology of all this and realize that it is not simply a matter of calories in and calories out. This has been quite a revelation and has assisted me in focusing on the key elements of weight control.

I am presently reading his other book "good calories, bad calories" which is much more detailed and harder to read. If you want the quick and dirty read "Why we get fat" as is summarizes everything one needs to know in an easy to read and factual manner.

I now eat what I like, am not hungry, feel great and am able to easily keep my weight where I want it to be. Highly recommended.
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First, I bought Good Calories, Bad Calories for my e-reader. Then I bought Why We Get Fat, for my e-reader. Then I had to buy hard copies, so I could share them. Then I had to buy another set. Then my husband read them. Then he bought a set to share with friends too!

I have always struggled with my weight - usually keeping it in the "high" end of a healthy BMI. Then menopause hit. Something changed. I was gaining 10-15 pounds a month! My biggest "diet success" always came from following the Atkins plan. But, I was only looking for quick weight loss and the nay-sayers would chip away at my resolve - convincing me the diet was unhealthy and would kill me!

Gary Taubes clearly, rationally, logically (and scientifically!) exposes the faulty science used to support the low-fat diet hypothesis and exposes it for what it is - the most widespread FAD diet ever and a failed mass scientific experiment of epic proportions. The results of the experiment are in and they are conclusive - we all bought into the recommendaton to replace the fat in our diet with starch and sugar - and we are fatter and sicker than ever.

Gary explains (and he is right) - until we were brain-washed with the low-fat dogma, and into the near-religious belief in the evils of fat, we ALL knew and understood, to lose weight the stuff to shove off the plate are the carbs - first dessert, then the potatoes, bread and other "fillers" like pasta and rice. What you kept was the meat and vegetables. You know, foods with actual nutrition - protein, essential fats, vitamins!

Gary Taubes has finally switched my focus from merely losing weight to regaining and keeping my health. I'm not gaining weight anymore. In fact, I have lost 35 pounds. I have energy to burn. My skin and hair are radiant.
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You have to approach this book with an open mind. It is purely science based; although it is the author's interpretation of the science. It is very easy to read with short, sweet (pun) chapters. The editing is not the most polished, but it's not a novel. Who really cares if the word fat is overused or there's a few grammar errors.

I see so many negative reviews because it doesn't agree with their own concepts. In fact, objectively speaking, this book attacks this very approach -- that things work because they worked for me and therefore they should for you too. These people haven't read the book, no way, and they are not criticizing the facts, the science. They behave exactly like the current dietary gurus who are too stupid to see it's not working. Because you're a vegan stick person is not proof this isn't valid science -- insulin sensitivity has you covered

Put yourself in one of two camps. Either you look at all the fatties and think they are weak minded slovenly gluttons or you think there's something physiologically wrong with them. If you're in the first group, which btw includes my own doctor, you need to read this book and consider the science. Not because I want to convince you, but because I want you to convince me it's wrong. Don't tell me that CICO isn't valid when you don't even understand that's not what he's saying. If you think it's a personality weakness problem, I have no time for your own mental deficiencies -- read the book before you criticize! If you're in the second group, if you're a frustrated dieter -- all dieters are -- then this book will open up a whole new world of possibilities. Even if you think you know it all, there are ideas here that will make you say "ahhh!
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If you haven't read Good Calories, Bad Calories, then this will serve as a good introduction to Gary Taube's survey of the research into diet and nutrition. If you have read GCBC then this still has some new things to offer, especially as GCBC wasn't specifically targeting obesity. Taubes demolishes the calories in/calories out model of obesity with cogent arguments, and brings up some new studies that came out after GCBC. Well worth a read!
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Although much research went into finding the studies that back-up the argument against sugar and carbs and for fat consumption, which I agree with and practice, towards the end of the book, when suggestions are given as to what to eat, I was really thrown when I saw the author recommend Splenda as a sweetener and any oil ( including polyunsaturated oils) as good. That's terrible advise. Although it may help lose weight but Splenda messes with your intestinal microbes and your sweet receptors and polyunsaturated oils turn into trans fats when heated or even exposed to oxygen. So you may lose weight but compromise your health by following his suggested foods
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