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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091924286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091924287
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Debunks the myths...and looks at what actually happens in your body when you eat" Woman's Own "This informative book could challenge the way you think about food...in-depth but interesting" Health and Fitness "Scholarly yet readable deconstuction of dieting...the most comprehensive book on the subject" Good Book Guide "Read this, and you'll be astonished at the shaky foundations of dietary medicine and health advice... First off, I was struck by how little science does know, what we take for established fact if often partial truth at best. Conjectures are, apparently, made on imperfect research... compelling reading" Sue Baker, Publishing News "This book is a most important contribution to Mankind - really an historic book" Jeremy Stone, longtime president, The American Federation of Scientists

About the Author

Gary Taubes is a journalist and author whose books on controversial science include Nobel Dreams and Bad Science, a New York Times notable book of the year. He is the only journalist to have won the National Association of Science Writer's prestigious Science-in-Society award three times.

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Jodi-Hummingbird
It took the author 5 long years of reading to untangle the mess the medical, academic and political communities have made of this story.
Simon Manley
The subject is important and the book is fascinating.
Richard Karpinski

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is one of the most important health books I have ever read.

(My copy was called 'The Diet Delusion' which is the UK and Australian etc. title of the book 'Good Calories, Bad Calories'.)

The author is incredibly intelligent and that this book took the author more than five years to write, shows. I've read few health books so intelligently written as this one.

I thought I was quite well educated about diet and the need to restrict refined carbohydrates (for good health and to stop weight gain) but I learned so much from reading this book.

This book is not a simple book offering practical advice and a diet sheet but a detailed analysis of why low calorie diets don't work and why restricted carbohydrate/high fat diets do.

The book explains that:

1. The 'calories in, calories out' mantra is a myth

2. 'A calorie is a calorie is a calorie' is a myth

3. The 'just eat less and do more exercise to lose weight' message seems to be logical but is actually wrong and unhelpful

4. Overweight and obese people often eat no more calories, or even less, than their thinner counterparts

5. Low calorie diets also reduce the amount of nutrients in the diet

6. It is a myth that the brain and CNS needs 120 - 130 grams of carbohydrate as fuel in order to function properly, as the body can use fat and protein equally as well, and these fuels are likely the mixture our brains have evolved to prefer.

7. Restricting calories with a low fat/high carb diet just makes you hungrier and more lethargic and slows your metabolic rate. Weight loss is only maintained if the patients stays on a semi-starvation diet forever, which is impossible for most people and also undesirable.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the British edition of Good Calories, Bad Calories, so see that listing for reviews.

I wish publishers wouldn't muck about with titles like this, life is confusing enough as it is :-(

Those who've read this will be unsurprised to learn that a great deal of material was cut out (including, interestingly, comments on the work of Weston A. Price) at the instigation of the publishers, simply because the size of the book was getting prohibitively large.

It's been suggested that Gary reassemble this material and publish it as GCBC, Part 2. In the meantime, Google "Gout: The Missing Chapter".

I'm one of those who think that Gary should get the Nobel Prize for GCBC.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Karpinski on April 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the British title for "Good Calories, Bad Calories", a wonderful and thorough report of the ways that science and medicine have supported faulty and dangerous advice for controlling obesity and maintaining a healthy body. It's NOT a diet book, but it explains in detail why most diet books are apparently reasonable but actually dead wrong. I use that phrase because if you do follow the conventional diet advice, you are more likely to lose your health and even your life much sooner than you would like. The subject is important and the book is fascinating.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By AussieK on January 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is more than a great piece of investigative journalism - it is a fascinating and revealing expose on the state of science itself and how it is (not) managing the impact of politics, belief systems and sociology. Throughout the book, I was continually reminded of other great scientific controversies of the age - (global warming comes to mind), the same ingredients are there - the rush to judgement; the quashing of dissent; the concealing of contrary evidence and the almost religious fervour of believers.
My father and I despite being avid walkers and exercising every day, are overweight and have been since birth. We have commenced making the dietary changes suggested by the book and we have continued reading on this topic - in 2 weeks we have lost a combined 9 kilograms.
We are never hungry, general aches and pains are diminishing and we feel better each day. This may be placebo or it may be from weight loss. While not morbidly obese, we have both felt guilty and judged throughout our lives - fat is a weapon to beat people with and while you would not pick on a blind person or a deaf person it is always open season on "lazy" and "greedy" overweight people. As a (thin)doctor once said to me "no fat people came out of Auschwitz"; you must have a "hand to mouth" problem - no naturally thin person can truly understand the cruelty of the casual judgements that they make every day on people who are genetically programmed to be more solid.
Thanks to this book, we are taking even more control of our lives and our weight.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alexader D on September 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
My colleague who is a fit 54 year old racquet ball player recommended me this book( he is a belt and braces accountant)and has been under scrutiny and advice for a heart problem and in turn is putting all his scrutiny into cholesteral related dogma .He gave me a copy.
This book is so well researched. The clear but unbiased reporting on what Mr Taubes has researched and documented is
priceless information on what we should be considering to fuel our bodies for optimum health.
I will be giving this to all my family and whenever possible recommending it to all my friends. as my friend felt a need to pass it to me.
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