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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Critical for Your Health

As far as diet advice goes, this book is the anti-magic pill. It won't simultaneously perform Botox, plastic surgery, gastric bypass, liposuction, and apply anti-age cream. But it will make you think. If you dislike that sort of book, I would recommend paying a friend t...
As far as diet advice goes, this book is the anti-magic pill. It won't simultaneously perform Botox, plastic surgery, gastric bypass, liposuction, and apply anti-age cream. But it will make you think. If you dislike that sort of book, I would recommend paying a friend to lay out the book for you--because the contents are that important.

"Why We Get Fat" delves into the current state of the obesity epidemic in America and its root cause. Namely, one that the healthcare authorities still ignore or on which choose not to educate themselves. Taubes presents a straightforward case for re-examining traditional nutritional advice, backed by more studies than a doctor would care to read. It's simple, useful, and produces results. While the book suffered minor stylistic and organizational errors, nothing overrides the need to give this book a full five stars.

The advice works broadly, and the science has been the means of changing hundreds of individuals whom I've had the pleasure of working with as clients over the last several years. The positive change in blood work, the weight loss, the increased health and energy are all real and palpable; and Taubes writes in such a way as to make these changes personally accessible without a medical education. I echo his comment that this book "needed to be written." However, more importantly, I know it needs to be read and shared. Give this a read and take some ownership over your own health.

posted by coreathlete on March 20, 2011

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15 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

A disappointment

This book was not what I was expecting....the author went on for page after page about how badly most other weight-loss researchers had messed up and how he was one of the select few who knew what they were talking about. After plodding through this endless book, reader...
This book was not what I was expecting....the author went on for page after page about how badly most other weight-loss researchers had messed up and how he was one of the select few who knew what they were talking about. After plodding through this endless book, readers learn his opinion that the Atkins Diet is the best way to lose weight.

posted by 6577584 on January 11, 2011

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    ~Yawn~

    Too disappointing for words. A co-worker recommended this book; I can only surmise that she's been living in a cave the last 20 years to not already know this. The author drones on endlessly about the "why" - nothing new there - before getting to the "what to do about it." Again, anyone vaguely familiar with Atkins/Weight Watchers/ADA guidelines already knows "what to do about it." The only nice thing I can say is that it doesn't take up any space after I hit the Delete key.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Misleading!

    Misleading and inaccurate! Don't waste your time

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