Re: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Well, I guess it looks like no one else has read the book. I would strongly encourage you to read it...especially if you are concerned with your health (which includes your weight but is not exclusively about your weight).
A few comments directed at some of the previous posts:
+ Asians being "lean"...not all Asians are lean first of all. Secondly, Taubes freely discusses that genetics do play a part in all of this. But I think if you do some more research you will find that rice is not the center of the Asian meal and as another poster indicated they primarily eat a diet high in protein (fish and meat)...all this being on the average, of course.
+ To the person just switched to HRI and is in a few nutrition classes...I strongly encourage you to read this book. It really pokes holes in the so-called "science" around today's generally accepted principals of nutrition. Taubes is not just "anti-carb"...he is anti-bad carbs...ones that come from heavily processed starches and sugars primarily in our diet today. I'm curious as to what kinds of fats they are telling you that are bad and to be avoided? One of the interesting points Taubes makes is that saturated fats (mono) are actually good for you...he believes that part of the reason we have seen such an explosion in auto-immune diseases over that last 25 or 30 years is due to our diets becoming focused on avoiding fats of all types...some of which our cells need more of to remain optimally healthy.
+ To the "we get fat by common sense" guy...you really should read this book if you have an open mind...it will blow to shreds your "calories in / calories out" argument. In fact, two very interesting chapters are "The Elusive Benefits of Exercise" and "The Elusive Benefits of Undereating".
+ Certainly genetics has something to do with it. But our body is a finely tuned machine and the real issue with respect to weight is what kind of fuel we are putting into it and how that fuel affects the hormone insulin.
+ I don't know much about the Paleo diet but I have been told by someone that this book reinforces the thought process of that diet. It should be noted that this book is not really a diet book per se. But Taubes does believe we would be better off if we ate diets similar to our ancient ancestors.
+ To the last poster...I laughed in this book when he said you should "eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full"...the key is making sure you are eating the right things...like meat (regardless of fat content), poultry, fish, eggs, leafy vegetables, etc.
For any of you that are interested in your health (not just your weight) and want to be exposed to some very thought provoking information...this book is for you. For those of you that want to continue to believe the "calories in / calories out" theory that has been shoved down our throats...do not read this book.
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