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Informative, but a little frustrating to read
, February 13, 2011
This review is from: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Hardcover)
I thought this book was good, but I thought it was extremely frustrating to have to get 80 pages in to read that, yes, in fact, Taubes thinks that we shouldn't overeat (because he was basically going on and on about how he disliked the "calories in calories out" advice we get from all sources) and that we shouldn't under eat our daily recommended intake of calories. But that's because I realize that undereating isn't healthy; so, if you are like me, stick with the book it's still informative. I loved all the historical research and the scientific facts as to what goes on inside the body when the calories we eat are absorbed (or not absorbed, based off the quality of food we eat). I liked knowing the relationship between insulin, hormones and fat as well as the extra information I didn't know about good and bad cholesterol. But, I did have to remind myself that it's not a diet book and that it was explaining the processes of how the body metabolizes food and what we need to eat so that our bodies perform the way they should; it's easy to get wrapped up in wondering when the diet and exercise information will start to pop up if you are used to reading diet books. If you are looking for a diet book, the basic information in this book translated into a diet book can be found in a south beach, atkins, or zone diet books. If you want to know the "whys" behind the advice these books recommend, read this. I find it's easier to follow marching orders if it's understood why they are given.
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