Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes

Taubes_why_we_get_fatBasically a lot of distilled science about insulin resistance and the need to eat far fewer carbs.

I could never get through Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. It was too scientific for me. I heard this book was a more lay-version of the processes in that one, and decided to give it a try. Well, maybe it was a bit too lay for me – a bit too biased – but in the end, what he had to say made a lot of sense.

Carbs – particularly refined carbs, and in very large quantities – cause insulin resistance, which leads to fat-tissue padding, which leads to hunger and overeating and lethargy and under-exercising. Interesting theory, that it’s getting fat that leads to overeating, and not the reverse.

In order to combat this, we have to lower our carb intake, and which carbs we get it from.

I was worried about this being an advertisement for low carb diets, but in the end, he said 1) this is not a diet book, 2) there is no one way that works for everyone, 3) going low carb is very hard and if you eat too much protein and not enough fat, it can be toxic, and 4) some people are genetically predisposed to be fatter, no matter what you do. I appreciated the honesty.

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