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N 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 uestion 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 audienceTaubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century none damaging or misguided than the “calories. Gary Taubes the author of Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It wrote a moderately lengthy article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on April 17 2011 with the title Is Sugar Toxic The evidence seems to be accumulating steadily that the amount of sugar that the average American consumes is profoundly unhealthy and the article does a very good job explaining whyI m not sure if that article covers the same grounds as this book but I can very briefly recap the article Increasing sugar consumption is highly correlated with diabetes metabolic syndrome heart disease and some cancers Granulated table sugar sucrose consists of one molecule of glucose bound to one molecule of fructose that pairing is easily broken leaving one molecule of each High fructose corn syrup HFCS consists of roughly half each of those same two molecules and all the evidence is that there is no caloric or metabolic difference between the two forms Plain corn syrup on the other hand is effectively just glucose no fructose Glucose can be metabolized by any cell in the body whereas with few exceptions fructose must be metabolized in the liver Therein lies apparently a key difference When the liver is presented with fructose it preferentially metabolizes it dramatically elevating insulin and related hormones A high steady intake of fructose either from sucrose or HFCS means that insulin is elevated too often leading to insulin resistance Fructose is also sometimes thought of as the fruit sugar Whole fruits still have fiber which apparently slows down intestinal absorption so much that it doesn t overwhelm the liver the way a soda does But fruit juices Yeah sorry rip out the fiber and you re once again sucking down nothing but sugar water with a bit of health halo effect vitamins Insulin resistance is linked to heart disease and other related disorders associated with a poor glycemic balance and metabolic syndrome A thickening waistline is the visible indicator of metabolic syndrome Insulin is a growth factor in tumor production which provides one likely explanation for why rising cancer levels have correlated strongly with the rise in sugar consumption for the past hundred and fifty yearsThe video that Taubes links to by the UCSF scientist Robert Listig is also well worth watching even if you don t read the book It presents the example that a teenage boy s caloric intake on average has gone up in five years from 1990 to 1995 a total of 275 calories per day Where is that from Not fat so much that represents only 45 calories out of the total In fact it s all in the carbohydrates That would be an increase of 228 calories per day Where is that coming fromMostly soda One can of Coca Cola or other soft drink is about 150 calories It probably isn t a coincidence that the other standardized container is the 20 ounce plastic bottle Unless someone is addicted to the 44 ounce Big Gulp style Or especially disheartening a Texas sized Big Gulp is reported to consist of a 60 ounce Coca Cola a Snickers bar and a bag of Doritos all for 99 Profoundly important and profoundly depressing since this trend doesn t look likely to be reversed any time soonI hope the book goes into detail on metabolic and biochemistry I fondly remember the Krebs Cycle from my high school physiology class and I really like knowing the science behind all this stuffFor those of you just looking for the highlights read the New York Times article and then watch the video If you can t be bothered to watch Robert Lustig s 90 minute long video you could download a 52 minute interview with Lustig from KED s Forum program Sugar and Health Update yet another way of getting the highlights in an easy to comprehend dish is to check out Lifehacker s What Sugar Actually Does to Your Brain and Body For your health s sake study at least one of these and get that non fruit fructose out of your diet

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Why We Get Fat And What to Do about It

Image An eye opening myth shattering examination of what makes us fat from acclaimed science writer Gary TaubesIn 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 Polla. Reading this book completely changed the way I look at food and nutrition I deliberately held off from writing a review until I had followed Taubes recommended regime and food intake for some time Having started the book almost a year ago my husband and I began eating in a whole new way and it took nearly a month for us to lose our lust for carbs and get used to our new lifestyle The weight came off slowly but steadily and importantly we both lost inches I dropped three dress sizes in six months this is really significant because I am uite short and any amount of weight I carry makes me look the size of a house It has been slow I have lost nearly 15kg in 9 months but this does not bother me as Gary Taubes has made me realise that it took years to put the weight on and it will take time to lose it Not only do I feel fantastic but nearly a year down the line I am still losing and enjoying being able to wear lovely clothes again and that s with very little exercise My brain is uicker I don t forget things like I used to and I have so much energy and positivity And as for the health benefits I am far healthier than I have been in years My friends are incredulous because I eat so much cheese butter and cream After following my new eating plan I do not consider myself as being on diet for three months I started experiencing dizzy spells and weird leg cramps I visited my doctor who ran a full series of blood tests including all thyroid tests I have been suffering from hypothyroidism for years and have been taking thyroxin for nearly 7 years The results were astonishing the cause of the dizziness was my thyroid My new eating plan had kick started my thryoid again and because I was still on medication I was over producing the hormone My doctor immediately halved my dose of medication and retested me a month later then the month after that The dizziness and cramps disappeared I have been completely off the medication for four months now and a recent blood test has confirmed that my thyroid function has returned to normal As for the rest of my test results my doctor told me that my full blood count is that of an 18 year olds Although my overall cholesterol was higher than it s ever been there were no red flags because my cholesterol to HDL ratio is very good I have also suffered with low blood iron following years of regular blood donation and marathon running at one stage having to give up blood donation because my iron reserves were so low My iron levels are now extremely healthy My doctor is 100% behind me on my new eating planI had to laugh at a review of this book that said that s its greatest downfall is that you have to follow this diet for the rest of your life and that that s impossible to do Well we all know carbs are bad for us so that s like saying the problem with giving up smoking is that you have to give up cigarettes for life Taubes book has truly hammered home the message that refined starch and sugar is poison Thanks to this book I have experienced a complete paradigm shift and am all the better for it

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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 uestions 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 i. Although I am inclined to agree with Taube that low calorie diets and exercise do not lead to weightloss based on personal experience as well as some new research I find his argument for a primarily meat based diet unconvincing The primary weakness of the work is the lack of any scientific evidence to support his conclusions but it also suffers from severe bias He carefully presents only that data which will support his claims and ignores reams of contradictory dataHe claims that pre historic humans lived primarily on meat but gives no support for that claim and ignores any evidence that would suggest otherwise Anthropological work with hunter gatherer societies today shows that about 80% of the diet is plant food gathered by the women including seeds grains roots and fruits The meat that is provided by the men is wild game which is low in fat and an uncertain source of foodThe only way that he can make his case is to skip thousands of years of human civilization and known history Certainly historic humans if we can go by the business records of the Sumarians as well as the Bible lived on beans grains fruits and vegetables Logically if humans were not eating cereal grains why did they settled down to farming in the first place And if starchy vegetables fruits and grains are to blame for obesity why didn t the epidemic begin around 2000 BCE with the development of agriculture Why weren t the Irish the fattest people on the planet once they began living primarily on potatoes He holds up the example of the Pima Indians yet ignores the known fact that their native diet consists primarily of beans corn suash And if fruit leads one to be fat why aren t Europeans massive They eat fruit as dessert at least twice a day They also eat bread with every mealHe admits that he can t explain why Asians whose natural diet is high in rice and vegetables with only a little lean protein are not fat until they begin eating a Western diet He unconvincingly suggests that it s because they don t eat much fruit a claim he does not documentThe only conclusion that can reasonably be drawn from the data he presents is that it is the introduction of refined grains and refined sugars as basis for our diets coupled with massive overeating that has led to the obesity epidemic


10 thoughts on “Why We Get Fat And What to Do about It

  1. says:

    Reading this book completely changed the way I look at food and nutrition I deliberately held off from writing a review until I had followed Taubes' recommended regime and food intake for some time Having started the book almost a yea

  2. says:

    I didn’t realize this when I started it though I probably should have but this book is a 272 page advertisement for low carb diets My main criticism is that Taubes comes across as condescending He’s so convinced himself that low carb diets

  3. says:

    I was attracted to this book because it contains some interesting ideas like we don't get fat because we overeat we overeat because we get fat There may be some truth to this concept and for me it was the highligh

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    I want start this one with a disclaimer I really know virtually nothing about human dietary reuirements and anyone that takes advice from me on this subject is a fool Also the depth of my ignorance is such that this guy who knows infinitely than I probably ever will on this subject could make me believe that a diet rich in horse droppings would make me taller All the same and with my general ignorance presented

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    First Line In 1934 a young German pediatrician named Hilde Bruch moved to America settled in New York City and was 'startled' as she later wrote by the number of fat children she saw 'really fat ones not only in clinics but on the streets and subways and in schools'Taubes takes everything that I have spent the last several years learning ab

  6. says:

    Gary Taubes the author of Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It wrote a moderately lengthy article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on April 17 2011 with the title “Is Sugar Toxic?” The evidence seems to be accumulating steadily that the amount of sugar that the average American consumes is profoundly unhealthy and the article does a very good job explaining whyI’m not sure if that article covers the same grounds as this book b

  7. says:

    Gary Taubes shares his knowledge of not what only makes us fat but what also keeps some people leaner than others He emphasi

  8. says:

    Yeah I know New Directions didn't put this one out it's not the fancy German dead white male lit I tend to like but it does

  9. says:

    Although I am inclined to agree with Taube that low calorie diets and exercise do not lead to weightloss based on personal experience as well as

  10. says:

    My son saw me reading this book and said Put the book down and go outside Tough love but a smart sonSome interesting ideas but I bel

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