Why We Get Fat

Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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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.


Includes a bonus PDF with images from the book
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307877543
030787754X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file: 7 hrs., 58 mins., 11 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Chamberlain, Mike

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Apr 09, 2018

Highly recommend. I suggest to listen to the Intro, then skip ahead while he debunks Calories In vs Calories Out, since we know that doesn't work...and start again around Chapter 8 or so.

Listened to on 1.5 speed.

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

I started listening to this book thinking it might be just a good brush-up on information on healthy eating, diets and exercise, but as it turned out, it almost completely derailed my belief system in basic nutrition and lifestyle decisions. 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. He also refutes common medical and government expert advice, claiming that science has been ignored. He also answers the questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight?
Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table. This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information. His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth. There was so much new information I will re-read this in order to more fully grasp its impact.

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