- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Reprint edition (27 December 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307474259
- ISBN-13: 978-0307474254
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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About the Author
GARY TAUBES is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.See all Product description
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It basically advocates - to reduce fat (weight), reduce your carbo intake. It goes the entire distance how the food is digested, glucose is generated etc. All very convincing - but all that is the last 30% of the book.
The major 70% though is devoted to how we came to believing this misconception - a) That Diary, Meat products makes us fat b) That Exercise will help to reduce weight c) That carb is good for health d) That diet (eating less) will help to reduce weight etc etc. The author goes into the genesis of faulty studies that were done in 1940 - 1960' that led to us believing all this.
Just one thing - as I experience - in case you decide to go on low-carb diet - do google - 'side effects of low-carb diet'.
Those articles advocate taking enough salt and water to avoid dizziness which is first side-effect of low carb diet (supposed to last for 2-3 weeks till your body gets used to low-carb diet) There are other points too. Be prepared - read up on low carb diets - benefits, misconception, how to compensate etc.
As for results - as the google articles will also tell - low card diets seem to help to reduce weight.
This book has changed my perspective on how the diet works and what are the essentials that need to be included daily food intake.
As I said, if you looking to lose the weight, then this is where it starts it starts even before you start any other diet or exercise program!