Why do we get fat?
It’s a surprisingly simple question that surprisingly few nutrition experts answer with attention to scientific rigor.
Enter: , a brilliant, award-winning science journalist with a ruthless commitment to drilling past the common myths propagated over the last several decades into the scientific research underpinning what we know about why we get fat. (And, as the sub-title suggests, what we can do about it.)
The short answer: It’s the carbs.
Taubes’s first book on the subject was (see Notes) in which he painstakingly walks us through a comprehensive review of the scientific literature over the last couple hundred years. That book is 600+ pages long—150 of which are Notes and references.
This book is a still rigorous but much quicker-reading look at the issues.
Unless you’re already familiar with his argument, the book will almost certainly challenge your current ideas. If your mind is open, it’s hard to argue with the central theme Taubes presents.
The book is packed with Big Ideas and studies. We’ll barely scratch the surface but I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas and I hope I inspire you to dig deeper into what’s driving our society’s (and perhaps your!) challenges with obesity. (You can get the book !)
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