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Why We Get Fat


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Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
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"Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes"
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This is a thoroughly interesting book. Through thorough research it is proven the the low fat, high carbohydrate diet has never worked as people are getting fatter and fatter. This book proves that a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet works best for taking off weight and keeping it off.

"A mind broadening expose of the fat-is-evil myth."
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In this book, Gary Taubes argues that the ‘calories in and calories out’ and ‘fat is evil’ doctrines upon which obesity management practices in the medical industry are founded are nothing more than myths borne out of faulty research, prejudice i.e. Fat people are fat because they are gluttons and sloths and the wrong people having too much influence on nutritional policies in America. And how early European researchers were actually more on track because their work suggested obesity as a disorder of fat storage and accumulation. Taubes, a science writer, is writer first and a ‘scientist’ second. This is evident in a couple of flaws in his position. Taubes argues that carbohydrates are evil; he doesn't distinct between refined starchy evils like white bread and wholesome starches like kumara. As other obesity researchers have pointed out there are healthy and lean tribes of people that live on a high starch diet. Secondly, Taubes omits to mention leptin, a hormone produced by fat tissue and is important in informing the brain when fat storages are ‘full’ so that the brain can reduce appetite and increase the metabolic rate. Other than that, a brilliant mind broadening read. If you wish to take ownership of your own knowledge of health matters including the subject of obesity, and not leave it in the hands of your GP, I suggest you get yourself a copy of this book.


What's making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions. 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. 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? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management. Complete with an easy-to-follow diet. Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions. Don't miss Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar, available now.

Author Biography

Gary Taubes is a journalist and author whose books on controversial science include NOBEL DREAMS AND BAD SCIENCE, a New York Times notable book of the year. He is the only journalist to have won the National Association of Science Writer's prestigious Science-in-Society award three times.
Release date Australia
February 2nd, 2012
Country of Publication
United States
Anchor Books
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