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Saturday, December 01, 2018

My review of “Why We Get Fat and What to Fo About It” by Gary Taubes

About the 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. 

My review

I actually finished this book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and found myself talking about it with people during lunch and as I went about my day. My youngest son already avoids carbs but I have always been a skeptic. At the same time I saw that his avoidance of carbs had merit and he looked great. Healthy too.  

Now in my fifties I thought about all of the people I’ve known who have gotten sick over the years with diabetes due to high carb diets and now I see the truth.  Metabolic issues are caused by eating the wrong foods for years on end. I found the science and research in the book compelling. I started to pay attention to what I ate and felt better than I have in a long time. Then I noticed if I did eat some sugar that my stomach would hurt and I just didn’t feel good. When I ate it all the time I couldn’t sense a difference but when I steered clear of carbs for a few days and then ate sugary food it really hurt my stomach. 

My body clearly agrees with the author of this book’s premise. I am glad I read it as it has motivated me to take better care of myself and pay more attention to what I eat. Well worth the money. 

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