My son saw me eading this book and said Put the book down and go outside Tough love but a smart sonSome interesting ideas but I believe this journalist chose to ignore many important studies arguing against such a drastic dietary change I get itcut some of the crappy carbswe all agree But adding the copious amounts of high fat meats and cheeses makes no sense to this coronary student For an alternate look that is backed up by literally hundreds of studies ead Prevent a 2nd Heart Attack by Janet Bond Brill I find it much helpful Yeah I know New Directions didn t put this one out it s not the fancy German dead white male lit I tend to like but it does an admirable job of weaving than a century of medical literature some of it German into a convincing argument that s at times stunning I said wow aloud once or twice and even heart breaking on a grand scale for example all those low fat foods you see in the supermarket have extra carbs to eplace educed fats so people buy low fat stuff thinking it has less fat so it won t make them as fat as the full fat stuff makes perfect sense but according to the thesis of this book the opposite is true carbs make you fat not the fat you consume You d think that shoving lard down your gullet wouldn t be better for you your weight and your heart and triglyceride levels and blood pressure than an euivalent amount of bread even whole grain stuff but it s counterintuitively true this book includes a few eally interesting counterintuitive scientificially proven again and again assertions eg we don t get fat because our metabolism slows our metabolism slows because we e getting fat All of this is heartbreaking when talking about how the obesity epidemic snowballs as overweightobese mothers prenatally increase their unborn children s insulin esistance which leads to fatter children who easily become obese when eating typical western carbglucose diet who then grow up to have metabolically worse off children on and on human bodies are literally snowballing thanks to carb freaked metabolisms The structure ead sort of like a wonky thriller initial hook followed by lots of history up front followed by pop science eviews of 100 years of studies followed by easily vanuished anti low carb arguments ie the impact of potentially higher LDL bad cholesterol levels followed by a epresentative high proteinhigh fatlow carb diet which apparently is nothing new it s been popular pretty much forever especially among native Americans and eskimos as well as among 19th century physicians up till the 1960s only ecently have we associated this sort of traditional human diet with some dude named Atkins Sucks to have grown up during the food pyramid era with its fattening base of grain Recommended to me by my mama whose own mother was done in by carbssugars and a genetic predisposition for insulin esistance she passed down to her daughter and now to me Easy to eat this way now that it s summer but the test will come when it s time for stouts and pizza in the fall and winter Oh if only porters were brewed from porterhouse steak instead of grains and if meat didnt come from cute cuddly animals or euire massive suboptimum land used to fatten these animals with grain land covered in ever increasing tonnage of environmentally awful excrement et cetera etc Gary Taubes the author of Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It wrote a moderately lengthy article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on April 17 2011 with the title Is Sugar Toxic The evidence seems to
Be Accumulating Steadily That accumulating steadily that amount of sugar that the average American consumes is profoundly and the article does a very good job explaining whyI m not if that article covers the same grounds as this book but I can very briefly ecap the article Increasing sugar consumption is highly correlated with diabetes metabolic syndrome heart disease and some cancers Granulated table sugar sucrose consists of one molecule of glucose bound to one molecule of fructose that pairing is easily broken leaving one molecule of each High fructose corn syrup HFCS consists of oughly half each of those same two molecules and all the evidence is that there is no HFCS consists of oughly half each of those same two molecules and all the evidence is that there is no or metabolic difference between the two forms Plain corn syrup on the other hand is effectively just glucose no fructose Glucose can be metabolized by any cell in the body whereas with few exceptions fructose must be metabolized in the liver Therein lies apparently a key difference When the liver is presented with fructose it preferentially metabolizes it dramatically elevating insulin and elated hormones A high steady intake of fructose either from sucrose or HFCS means that insulin is elevated too often leading to insulin esistance Fructose is also sometimes thought of as the fruit sugar Whole fruits still have fiber which apparently slows down intestinal absorption so much that it doesn t overwhelm the liver the way a soda does But fruit juices Yeah sorry ip out the fiber and you e once again sucking down nothing but sugar water with a bit of health halo effect vitamins Insulin esistance is linked to heart disease and other elated disorders associated with a poor glycemic balance and metabolic syndrome A thickening waistline is the visible indicator of metabolic syndrome Insulin is a growth factor in tumor production which provides one likely explanation for why ising cancer levels have correlated strongly with the ise in sugar consumption for the past hundred and fifty yearsThe video that Taubes links to by the UCSF scientist Robert Listig is also well worth watching even if you don t ead the book. Image An eye opening myth shattering examination of what makes us fat from acclaimed science writer Gary TaubesIn 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 esult of thorough esearch keen insight and unassailable common sense Good Calories Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics journalists and writers alike Michael Polla. ,
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Is the problem essentially this guy is saying that obesity is a kind of diabetes But he goes further he says that many of the diseases that are associated with Western diets are effectively forms of diabetes This includes many cancers breast and colon in particular and Alzheimer s which he claims people are now eferring to as Type Three DiabetesSo how to get thin and live a healthier life Well this is the uncomfortable part of the story for me We have to give up sugars and carbohydrates and to eat much meat and fat As counter intuitive as it might seem fat and meat are good calories and he provides an evolutionary just so story to prove it He claims that meat ather than vegetables and starch was the key to our diet as hunter gatherers And as such we have evolved to eat lots of meat and certainly not lots of bread As you can see this is a full frontal attack on carbs and like I said I ve no idea if this attack is justified although the case he makes is very convincing What he says makes sense If any of you have some link to something that debunks this viewpoint I would be keen to ead itAnd my interest in all this Well the problem is that diabetes doesn t so much un in my family it sprints Out of the six siblings in my mother s family only one does not have diabetes If avoiding diabetes means I can also avoid Alzheimer s I m than happy to give up just about anythingThe high meat and high fat diet does have lots of things going for it not least the promise that it allows you to lose weight without feeling hungry all of the time I ve actually tried exercise and limiting calories and exercise doesn t work for weight loss though it is much better at improving mental wellbeing and that isn t something to be sneezed at The promise of an easy way to maintain a healthy weight and avoid the associated problems of increasing body weight is very appealing but at the isk of sounding particularly Protestant it all does sound a little too easy All the same I am interested in science and don t like to think that I am believing something that is not supported by the factsThis is a very interesting book The problem is that it is supposed to be the snappier version of Good Calories Bad Calories but if this is snappy I dread to think what that book must be like This could eally have been cut in half again without much loss but I do understand he is trying to cover all arguments against and I have to say he does do that All the same if what he has to say is even only half true then much of the dietary advice that has been given to us for around 50 years is not only useless but actually counterproductiveMore links and info on this eview here I didn t ealize this when I started it though I probably should have but this book is a 272 page advertisement for low carb diets My main criticism is that Taubes comes across as condescending He s so convinced himself that low carb diets are the best that he s unwilling and in fact does not consider compelling counterarguments against that contention The first half of the book criticizes the conventional wisdom that in order to lose weight people must consume fewer calories than they expend He cites numerous studies and esearch that establish that doing one of either exercising or educing calories does not typically esult in weight loss When people exercise they eat When they eat less they expend less energy The major flaw in this position is that virtually none of the esearch addressed the efficacy of diets that euire both diet and exercise Clearly both in conjunction can work and have worked otherwise programs such as Weight Watchers would have no success and the TV program Biggest Loser would not exist I don
T Care How Obese Acare how obese a is if that person accurately accounts for calories expended even if sedentary and then eats less than that that person will lose weight Even if that person eats almost entirely carbs How else could Mark Haub s of Kansas State Twinkie diet have worked Taubes lost a lot of credibility by failing to acknowledge this fact And while it makes sense that diets which severely estrict calories such as 1500 per day diets wouldn t catch hold what about diets that estrict only a moderate amount of calories Say the amount of energy a person a day expends minus 100 calories I actually lost 15 pounds last year by doing something similar and I ate desert almost every day I ve kept the weight off by closely watching to ensure that I don t consume calories than I burn That s not to say however that some people aren t predisposed to becoming obese or that it isn t easier for some people to stay lean But with sufficient motivation weight loss can be achieved even while eating carbs I acknowledge that many people can t or won t life a lifestyle euiring both diet and exercise people can t or won t life a lifestyle euiring both diet and exercise the long term which is a valid criticism I supposeBut will people live a low carb lifestyle in the long term A low carb diet is boring How many breakfasts of bacon and eggs in a ow can someone stomach Are people eally going to stay motivated in the long term to avoid potatoes beer pasta and sweets Do you know people eally going to stay motivated in the long term to avoid potatoes beer pasta and sweets Do you know many places low carb dieters can t eat at with their friends Low carb diets are also expensive many can t afford to eat meat at nearly every meal And what s the success ate of those who begin low carb diets in the long term Astoundingly Taubes doesn t even address that uestion I m somewhat perplexed at the unusually high atings this book has eceived given that it hasn t addressed the issues above It s almost as if the low carb diet is a form of eligion about which supporters will not allow others to blashpem. In calories out” model of why we get fat and the good science that has been ignored especially egarding insulin’s egulation of our fat tissue He also answers the most persistent uestions Why are some people thin and others fat What oles do exercise and genetics play in our weight What foods should we eat and what foods should we avoid Packed with essential information and concluding with an easy to follow diet Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key in our understanding of an international epidemic and a guide to what each of us can do about
*grow into a *into a and then into a bus you know in the way we do By his stressing how it is almost impossible to balance calories in and calories out he then turns his attention to exercise It seems easonable that if you want to lose weight the best way to achieve it would be to burn your fat off through exercising The problem is that exercise makes you hungry So yet again you need to somehow balance calories in and calories out and if you are like me and have tried to do this you will know that it is virtually impossible I ve used calorie counters and my iPhone to tell me how much energy I ve burnt during my walks but my weight emains emarkably consistent whatever I seem to doCentral to his argument is the idea that not all food is good food The calories in and calories out
idea is that you could get all of our calories fromis that you could get all of our calories from and as long as you were burning off the same number of calories during the day your weight will emain the same This is the fuel in energy out model taken to the extreme But the human body doesn t work like that Essentially there are two mechanisms that are used to power our bodies and these come into conflict and help to make us obese The first is how our bodies espond to sugars and carbohydrates These foods are easy to digest and easy to get energy from so our bodies digest them first In esponse our bodies produce insulin but one of the things insulin also does is to stop our cells from burning the fat they have stored in them and ather to store fat in our cells With increasing levels of insulin in our blood our bodies never get around to burning The Energy Reserves That Are Stored As energy eserves that are stored as within our cells This process has a kind of irony about it We eat carbohydrates and sugars and they encourage fat into our cells to be stored for a later that never comes and by aising the insulin levels in our blood eating carbohydrates ensures that that fat can t ever be used But our bodies still need energy so even though we ought to be sated we crave food particularly carbohydrate ich food that can uickly be turned into blood sugar for an energy boost This again spikes our insulin levels which again makes it impossible for us to get to the energy stored as fat So instead we lay down fat and feel hungrier still The method of overcoming this vicious cycle is to stop eating carbohydrates and this will then allow our bodies to educe the amount of insulin in our blood and thereby allow our bodies to start burning our grossly increased fat eserves Insulin then. N heralded it as “a vitally important book destined to change the way we think about food” Building upon this critical work in Good Calories Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim Taubes now evisits the urgent uestion of what’s making us fat and how we can change in this exciting new book Persuasive straightforward and practical Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audienceTaubes eveals the bad nutritional science of the last century none damaging or misguided than the “calories.