“Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes Book Review
In this book review we take a look at why we get fat, and what to do about it. This is not only a hot topic these days. That is actually the title of an Amazon Kindle book by author Gary Taubes, who also happens to be an acclaimed investigative science and health journalist.
Taubes is a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, a nonprofit formed to explain scientifically how proper nutrition leads to the best possible mental and physical health and well-being.
This book, which is also available in hardback format, has such interesting chapter titles as “Why Diets Succeed and Fail”, “The Significance of 20 Calories a Day”, and “A Historical Digression on the Fattening Carbohydrate”.
The New York Times best-selling author is excellent at getting attention with such head-scratching chapter titles. The information contained in this book is extremely informative and backed by science, as well as being enjoyable to read.
There are thousands of “do this to lose the weight and keep it off” books out there. What sets this apart from most of them is it’s actually backed by reams and reams of scientific data.
You learn why diets fail, and what to do to actually lose weight. Not only that, eating strategies are discussed that make you feel full so you don’t overeat, and that ensure you are eating the right types of food for mental and physical health.
Taubes spent more than 10 years tracking down research, qualifying it, backing that research up with other findings, and then presenting that information. The book is written in an easy-to-read manner that doesn’t overwhelm you with scientific terms.
If you a liked the author’s best-selling book “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, this one is a much easier read. It is also presented in an easy to digest 288 pages, and explains in a very reader-friendly manner the dangers of dietary carbohydrates.
The driving idea behind this book is to get the message out that the traditional belief that weight loss is only about calorie counting is not only incomplete, but it is not backed by any significant amount of scientific data accepted in the health and wellness industries.
Calorie counting can help you lose weight, but it sets you up for failure in a number of ways.
It is also not the most effective way of managing your weight, and more successful methods are mentioned in this book.
For instance, cutting back on carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates from junk and fast foods, not only allows you to lose weight and keep it off, but it delivers significant health benefits as well. If you have been looking to lose weight and everything else you’ve been reading hasn’t worked, you need to pick up a copy of this book. “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes is an informative read, but it is also an effective “how-to” guide to reaching and maintaining the healthy weight you have been looking for.