Good read by Gary Taubes

Hi there – here’s an interesting read by author Gary Taubes (taken from his website

Why We Get Fat (2011)

An eye-opening, paradigm-shattering examination of what makes us fat.

In the New York Times best seller Good Calories, Bad Calories, acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes argues that certain kinds of carbohydrates—not fats and not simply excess calories—have led to our current obesity epidemic. Now he brings that message to a wider, nonscientific audience in this exciting new book. Persuasively argued, straightforward, practical, and with fresh evidence for Taubes’s claim, Why We Get Fat makes his critical argument newly accessible.

Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin’s regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers key questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat or avoid?

Concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key to understanding an international epidemic and a guide to improving our own health.


  1. Interesting experiment. I would encourage Jeanne not to be afraid to eat the cream, eggs, cheese and fatty parts of the meat and to use lots of olive oil on her salads. I believe the secret to low-carb diet success is in the fats and consumption thereof. Also, something your dietitian may not know is that you need to make sure you are getting enough salt when you cut carbs as this diet has a natriuretic effect. Failure to get enough salt can cause common side-effects including headache, constipation, weakness and muscle cramps. An excellent resource is “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” by Jeff Volek and Steve Phinney, available on

    Good luck and I shall follow with interest.

  2. I find all the interaction and added information so helpful – and also will be follwing with interest.
    Thanks Twin Noakes and Dr Jay

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