Why We Get Fat - Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat

By Gary Taubes

  • Release Date: 2010-12-28
  • Genre: Diet & Nutrition
Why We Get Fat book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 526 Ratings)

Why We Get Fat Gary Taubes Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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. 

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User reviews about this book

  • Life-Changing

    By SweetNessy
    I read this book in a day. I am an avid reader, but I hope you realize that reading a three hundred page book in a day means that this book is that interesting. It is an invesigative journalism slash science book, more than a diet book. No, it is not a diet book at all. You will learn how fat is created in your body, and what the necessary raw materials for it are. You will learn why carbohydrate is absolutely required for a person to store any amount of fat at all. You will learn about the viscious spiral of glucose, insulin, and triglycerides. You will learn how we came to get such bad advice from the government and so many health related organizations. You will learn what causes scurvy, and (spoiler) it’s not only a lack of vitamin C. I blog about this topic daily, and I mention this book several times a week. I quote from it extensively on FB posts. There are other books about it, one by Taubes and one by Nina Teicholz that lay out the entire case for dietary fats and condemning dietary carbohydrate. Get this book if you don’t believe it when people tell you that you are fat because you are lazy or because you eat more calories than you expend. Neither of those things are true. Find out for your self why we all get fat, after all two out of three americans are now in the same boat.
  • An Amazing Read

    By Van Der Walt Home
    This book changed my life and how I look at food. Thanks.
  • Excellent book

    By EastBay38
    Highly recommended to understand the impact of foods we eat on our bodies. Takes a very empirical and scientific approach, and explains how food works on our biology. I learned quite a bit about what to eat and what not to. An excellent book, and it has given me an unforgettable perspective on nutrition. Thank you for writing this, and debunking many myths.
  • Nice

    By Socko19
    A very easy read, will implement immediately!
  • Fantastic!

    By Jfklm
    I recently lost 53 pounds in six months and kept it off for a year on a carbohydrate restricted diet. This book explains what happened to me. In the course of the year not only has my body transformed into the lean me starving to get out, but I have more energy than I've ever had in my adult life.
  • This book is amazing!

    By Klh78
    I've been following the eating plan that is laid out in the book and I'm pleasantly surprised. I've lost 20 pounds and more than 5 inches off my waist in about 4 weeks. I don't feel hungry and I love that there is no counting calories or worrying about portions. I feel better, I'm having fewer headaches and less joint pain. It's completely worth the lifestyle change to me.
  • Amazing Information

    By NY_Bear
    I never subscribed to low carb diets as anything but bunk. I gave a low carb diet after again filing on another low fat high carb diet and easily lost 20 pounds in a month. I am a believer.
  • Very well done!

    By Jradj
    The truth usually make sense. This was a great investment for only a few dollars and a whole lot of sense!!!
  • This. Is. Genius.

    By strobie1kenobi
    Turns out that restricting calories and increasing exercise to lose weight, the orthodoxy of the government the last several decades, is nothing more than religion. Here are the facts, here is the evidence. Great read, and now, armed with INFORMATION backed by SCIENCE, I can make informed choices. I couldn't agree more that the medical establishment needs to get up to speed on this. The country depends on it.
  • Solid Science

    By Styledevie
    With all the mumbo jumbo out there regarding nutrition and health, it's refreshing to read this scientific report based in facts. No political, moral or ethical agendas. Well done! Highly recommended.

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