Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It (Hardback)
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Short Description for Why We Get Fat 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 insig...
- Published: 01 January 2011
- Format: Hardback 257 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307272706 ISBN 10: 0307272702
- Sales rank: 10,859
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Reviews for Why We Get Fat
- Top review
The hardback had issues
My hardback had pages that were not cut properly. The paper is irregular on the side and some stand out while some pages go in: it was not cut properly. It was a rushed job, I probably had one of those earlier dispatchments since I pre-ordered the book.
--Review of the book itself--
I give the book a 4 star, and a 2 star for the technical problems above, averaging it 3 stars. I cannot make one independent of the other.
Taubes attacks the concepts of thermodynamics a lot. I do think the laws of thermodynamics are right for the most part, just not for the whole part of the calories in/calories out model. Genetics and hormones also play some part here, I just don't think it's as big as he plays it out to be. If you consume A LOT of protein and fat, you'll still gain weight and get fat, so calories are still accounted for.
Still, eating A LOT of calories coming from mostly meat/fish and vegetables will still be "cleaner" and healthier than the high-carb diets nowadays, especially if people consume a lot of refined carbohydrates and not enough vegetables (and the occasional fruit).
The overall message is pretty healthy: drop the starchy and refined carbohydrates and you'll get healthier and leaner. This is the bottom line. by Joaounder review