Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes
 Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-02-2011 04:46 PM


Senior Low-Carber


I bought this ebook and I'm about 3/4 of the way through it. I am blown away by the revelations and the science and rational thought that backs up Low carb Science.

This is the book I would recommend everyone to read if they want to know low carb science.

I am blown away by the revelations, because they back up everything I believed 4-5 years ago when I started low carb.

Unfortunately I looked to low carb sites to find people who shared my understanding, but unfortunately what I encountered were: People still obsessed with calories and exercise, people obsessed with Looks, people still thinking in a disordered way about Fat (Adipose) and Fat loss. People acting self righteously about eating etc.

I have listened to the podcasts Jimmy. Thank you for this! They are great!

I would not bother recommending GCBC to the average person - this new book and Dr Atkins book is what I would recommend for Diet Science.
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-02-2011 04:49 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Agreed, Dave!

Love this new Taubes book!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-03-2011 03:47 AM


Senior Low-Carber


In case you all weren't aware, there is a Facebook page for this book:

http://www.facebook.com/whywegetfat
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-03-2011 10:05 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I bought the book on iTunes, then I bought it in hardcover and on CD's as well. That seventh (last) CD just keeps playing in the loop every time I get into my car. It's so incredibly important!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-04-2011 10:31 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


It's on iTunes?! I'm going to check the price right now! (Insert sound of pattering feet HERE.)

iTunes: $20
Amazon: $14.99
eBook: $9.99

I listened to the sample of the audio book and I think I'd do better reading it rather than listening to it. I'm trying to save money, so I'm fence-sitting over the $5 difference between a real book or getting it on Nook. I like real books.

Donna -- hypothyroid homeschooling mom. Vegetarian 12 years, now a meat-eating low carber!
06/21/10 at 192.2 lbs.
08/01/11 at 160 lbs. and AT GOAL! Woot! Woot!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-06-2011 02:03 AM


Senior Low-Carber



iTunes: $20
Amazon: $14.99
eBook: $9.99

I listened to the sample of the audio book and I think I'd do better reading it rather than listening to it. I'm trying to save money, so I'm fence-sitting over the $5 difference between a real book or getting it on Nook. I like real books.
I'm with you Breezer! I got it on my iPad and wished I had the book! There is just something about turning a page rather than flipping your finger. Get the book is my vote! Lol
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-06-2011 04:44 PM


Newbie Low-Carber



I gobbled up this new book in one day two weeks ago and started the plan the next day. I, too, am blown away by the science and rational thought in the book. This is totally contrary to what we've always heard. And people look at you like you're nuts when you tell them you don't eat carbs because eating carbs is so engrained in our thoughts in the US.

I haven't been happy with my belly in years. My friends give me a hard time about always dieting. They say I need to accept the fact that I'm getting older and deal with with it (I'm 43). I think that is an excuse. I work out religiously. What is wrong with wanting to look like I do? Working with my dietician worked up to a point but then the last few pounds just weren't coming off. That's why I decided to try this.

I've lost 4 lbs. in two weeks and feel great. I allow myself one "cheating" meal a week and some red wine, but otherwise stick to it. My carb cravings are gone. I think this is the first time I've actually felt full in 7 years.

So far, so good. Not sure how to do this long-term but glad to find a supportive forum for this lifestyle. Good luck to you!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-06-2011 05:09 PM


Advanced Low-Carber



I read the first chapter on Amazon. I really like having a real book so I can highlight things, make notes and lend it out if I wish. I can't lend out my eBooks.

I've decided to get the real book. YAY!

Donna -- hypothyroid homeschooling mom. Vegetarian 12 years, now a meat-eating low carber!
06/21/10 at 192.2 lbs.
08/01/11 at 160 lbs. and AT GOAL! Woot! Woot!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-06-2011 05:14 PM


Advanced Low-Carber



I haven't been happy with my belly in years. My friends give me a hard time about always dieting. They say I need to accept the fact that I'm getting older and deal with with it (I'm 43). I think that is an excuse. I work out religiously. What is wrong with wanting to look like I do? Working with my dietician worked up to a point but then the last few pounds just weren't coming off. That's why I decided to try this.

I've lost 4 lbs. in two weeks and feel great. I allow myself one "cheating" meal a week and some red wine, but otherwise stick to it. My carb cravings are gone. I think this is the first time I've actually felt full in 7 years.

So far, so good. Not sure how to do this long-term but glad to find a supportive forum for this lifestyle. Good luck to you!
Welcome, DawnMichelle!

I'm 42 yrs. old and I intend to look better, feel better, and be healthier than when I was in my 30's!!! Let's do it!!!

This is a way of life and you can do it for the rest of your life. Have you watched Jimmy's YouTube videos? They are great!

There are lots of online resources for recipes and advice. It's a great time to go low carb for life!

Donna -- hypothyroid homeschooling mom. Vegetarian 12 years, now a meat-eating low carber!
06/21/10 at 192.2 lbs.
08/01/11 at 160 lbs. and AT GOAL! Woot! Woot!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-07-2011 08:13 AM


Senior Low-Carber



Hi Dawn. Welcome to the forum!

It is a revelation isn't it?

Just a heads up. The plan is pretty much the Atkins plan. If you haven't already, grab a copy of the 2002 ed of Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution. (Just avoid the 'low carb products'.

Taubes avoids linking himself to Atkins these days, since Dr Atkins passed on, but he pretty much endorses the program.

I've regained my motivation that I lost.

I mainly lost my motivation by two things: Bad developments in my work/life + Endless arguments about science of calories on low carb forums (By people who just argue and hate on fat folks).

Now I just ignore all the haters online.

Living La Vida Low Carb now!!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-07-2011 04:38 PM


Senior Low-Carber


I have read every no, low and moderate carb restricting weight loss book out there and this book Why We Get Fat.... is, by far, the best I've ever read. I've been looking for something "scientific" re: low carbing, as I am a geekie type of girl. When I read his information regarding the laws of thermodynamics and why the three laws didn't always lead to weight loss, I was impressed. Sometimes I just have to understand the underlying non-truths to be able to understand why I'm doing what.

I was also impressed that he admitted that some of us have been being bad (my word, not his) for so long that we may not be able to get our bodies back where we would like them to be, even if we stick to the plan. This is the first admission from an expert that I know of.

This is a great book. I read it from cover to cover in a day and a half. I'm grateful to Gary Taubes.

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RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 02-11-2011 08:44 AM


Newbie Low-Carber


I agree with Kittyatlanta, it is by far the best LowCarb book I've read. It just made so much sense to me! Before reading the book, I could never really imagine myself eating Low Carb forever. Now, NOT eating Low Carb forever just does not make sense to me anymore!

Gary Taubes is the best!
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 04-08-2011 03:14 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I loved this book. I bought the audiobook and have listened to it at least 3 times. But it made me curious about his first book GCBC, so I bought that through Amazon. I can't wait to get a little deeper into the science.
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-29-2011 02:30 PM


Moderator


Almost finished reading this one and it is probably my favorite text on low-carb. GCBC was just more than I could handle but this one is spot on! I'll be re-reading it for sure. Maybe even buy it to listen to. I love listening to books and this is one I want to get into my brain.

Ron aka "The Former Donut Junkie"



My Life Without Donuts Blog
My FaceBook Page
The Just This One Taste rationalization is the Kiss of Death to the success of your journey to healthy living! ~~Dr. Atkins
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-29-2011 04:20 PM


Senior Low-Carber



Nice! It has to be my favourite too. Much more user friendly. I completely skipped reading GCBC, because I knew the conclusions and had been reading similar for years.

When it comes down to it. Carbs bad, fat good
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-29-2011 05:07 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I started 'dieting' back in December of last year, when I woke up one morning and while heading off to work my wife says to me, "I'm starting the South Beach Diet today. You in?" Caught me off guard, and I had reservations about the whole 'low carb' thing, but I knew I wanted to support her so I told her I'd do it with her. It worked very well for me (my wife, unfortunately fell out of it quickly). I never actually read the book though - I just ate whatever my wife said I could eat for a few weeks until she gave up on it. then I happened to be listening to the Windows Weekly podcast (a geeky IT podcast), when the host, Paul Thurrott, proclaimed without any hesitation or doubt that he "will lose weight' in 2011, because he now knows why he's fat and how to lose it. Mind you this guy is not the type to fall for a 'fad' diet. He recommended the Taubes book. A couple of weeks later I bought it on the Nook and was flabbergasted as I read it. While I think the writing is a bit tough to follow at times (I do not enjoy 'science' stuff), I read it cover to cover in a few nights and when I put the book down I walked into the other room and told my wife, with absolute certainty in my mind, that I would be losing weight from there on out and will eventually be healthy.

I've been overweight and then obese since I was around 11 years old.

Since then I've lost exactly 45 pounds and am in the best physical shape I've been in ever. People are astonished, but when I tell them I'm on a 'high fat diet', they don't believe me : )

Now to my real point (I apologize for the delay) - I have never read Atkins or any of these other plans. No need. Once I read the Taubes book I knew I didn't need any of that stuff. I just cut as much carb and sugar from my diet as possible. I do it 'day by day' (I guess like an addict does when trying to stay clean). For the first 5 months I did not work out (on purpose, per Taubes' recommendation). The last couple of weeks I joined a gym and started working out because it makes me feel good. I now know why skinny people actually enjoy working out : )

So, although Atkins and other low-carb diets are what prompted Taubes to start his research in the first place, I think they are mutually exclusive. There simply isn't any need for any of the formal diets, IMO, once one reads and understands Taubes' book. For specific recipes and/or questions like "How many carbs/sugars are in XXXX?" I simply do a web search.
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-29-2011 05:28 PM


Moderator



I've been overweight and then obese since I was around 11 years old.

Since then I've lost exactly 45 pounds and am in the best physical shape I've been in ever. People are astonished, but when I tell them I'm on a 'high fat diet', they don't believe me : )

Now to my real point (I apologize for the delay) - I have never read Atkins or any of these other plans. No need. Once I read the Taubes book I knew I didn't need any of that stuff. I just cut as much carb and sugar from my diet as possible. I do it 'day by day' (I guess like an addict does when trying to stay clean). For the first 5 months I did not work out (on purpose, per Taubes' recommendation). The last couple of weeks I joined a gym and started working out because it makes me feel good. I now know why skinny people actually enjoy working out : )

So, although Atkins and other low-carb diets are what prompted Taubes to start his research in the first place, I think they are mutually exclusive. There simply isn't any need for any of the formal diets, IMO, once one reads and understands Taubes' book. For specific recipes and/or questions like "How many carbs/sugars are in XXXX?" I simply do a web search.
Wow! Good for you Mark! So glad to hear your story.

Ron aka "The Former Donut Junkie"



My Life Without Donuts Blog
My FaceBook Page
The Just This One Taste rationalization is the Kiss of Death to the success of your journey to healthy living! ~~Dr. Atkins
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-29-2011 09:06 PM


Senior Low-Carber



I've been overweight and then obese since I was around 11 years old.

Since then I've lost exactly 45 pounds and am in the best physical shape I've been in ever. People are astonished, but when I tell them I'm on a 'high fat diet', they don't believe me : )

Now to my real point (I apologize for the delay) - I have never read Atkins or any of these other plans. No need. Once I read the Taubes book I knew I didn't need any of that stuff. I just cut as much carb and sugar from my diet as possible. I do it 'day by day' (I guess like an addict does when trying to stay clean). For the first 5 months I did not work out (on purpose, per Taubes' recommendation). The last couple of weeks I joined a gym and started working out because it makes me feel good. I now know why skinny people actually enjoy working out : )

So, although Atkins and other low-carb diets are what prompted Taubes to start his research in the first place, I think they are mutually exclusive. There simply isn't any need for any of the formal diets, IMO, once one reads and understands Taubes' book. For specific recipes and/or questions like "How many carbs/sugars are in XXXX?" I simply do a web search.
That great!

Although a lot of us who were into it back in the early 2000s or before, there was no simple web search. All we had was someone like Atkins.

Atkins has been mocked all the way, and especially on Low carb sites.

He was fighting the US Government back in the 70s, so that we can understand this stuff today.

You are essentially eating the Atkins Diet.

Grats on the weight loss!

Atkins had his medical privacy violated by extreme Vegan Terrorists so that we can be low carbers today. Atkins had to endure constant vegan terrorist slurrs like this website: http://www.atkinsexposed.org/ so that the rest of us can understand low carb.

People don't have to give him respect, but he's deserved it and more in my book.
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-30-2011 06:19 PM


Senior Low-Carber



I just love that.

I want to kiss Tom Naughton on both cheeks for bringing my DH around with his "FATHEAD" movie and Gary Taubes for his "WHY WE GET FAT..." book for making my DH a believer. Life is so much easier thanks to these gentlemen and I truly believe the changes are being made in our lives that will be permanent. It's still a struggle for us as we lose the weight and fight off the nay-sayers and "well-meaning" (really?) unsolicited advice.





Dana AKA Deedee
RE: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It - Gary Taubes , 05-31-2011 04:52 PM


Expert Low-Carber



Although a lot of us who were into it back in the early 2000s or before, there was no simple web search. All we had was someone like Atkins.

Atkins has been mocked all the way, and especially on Low carb sites.

He was fighting the US Government back in the 70s, so that we can understand this stuff today.

You are essentially eating the Atkins Diet.

Grats on the weight loss!

Atkins had his medical privacy violated by extreme Vegan Terrorists so that we can be low carbers today. Atkins had to endure constant vegan terrorist slurrs like this website: http://www.atkinsexposed.org/ so that the rest of us can understand low carb.

People don't have to give him respect, but he's deserved it and more in my book.
AMEN to that DAVE!!! I absolutely support Dr. Atkins as the real and true first advocate of the Low Carb Diet as we know it today and he deserves that recognition by all of us who follow this WOE and WOL!
It totally annoys me when others jump on the bandwagon and toot their so called "Low Carb Revolutionary Diets", when it was Dr. Atkins who gave us all the information and tools we will ever need nearly 40 years ago and paid dearly for sticking to his guns.

Trish in British Columbia, Canada
"Lord, please keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!"