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Taubes's new book: "Why We Get Fat"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 01, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Reviews are starting to come in on Amazon through their Vine program (as of 11/30/2010): all are 4 stars thus far.

Has anyone gotten their hands on a copy?

Also, one reviewer mentioned that Taubes recommends peanut oil. How can this be?

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on December 02, 2010
at 01:13 PM

me too, Looking to Taubes as a final confirmation of paleo eating. I want to know more about "who what where when and why" I slogged through GCBC but I am looking forward to same in hopefully more "Peter Rabbit" language.

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on December 02, 2010
at 02:37 AM

I guess I just like how he has seemed to stay above the fray, as it were, as far as diet/lifestyle recommendations. I feel it keeps him over on the side away from paleo this primal that and all yknow? Not dissing Sisson or Wolf, I have their books and love them (heck, i listen to wolf podcast religiously), just that I feel Taubes was/is different I suppose.

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:26 PM

Good question. I spent a lot of time plowing through GCBC and I am immensely glad I did. It's nice if there is now an easier version on the market for others, but I am wondering if there are many new things for me to learn in this new one or not.

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:24 PM

I would not be surprised if Taubes would be happy if many people adopted a paleo eating plan, simply because it would be much healthier than SAD and is close to what he suggests. He may not mind greatly if we disagree on a few details, as long at it would still mean a much healthier outcome. I don't think his goal is to sell any special Taubes eating plan, but instead to follow the science and eat better overall.

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on December 01, 2010
at 03:05 PM

Ben: I can't help but suspect that if Taubes is a little tired of being *claimed and interpreted*, then this book will lay that somewhat to rest. He'll lay out what he thinks a good diet can be. I will not be adopting whatever he says on authority, but I am very open to his suggestions based on my deep respect for his broad knowledgebase.

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on December 01, 2010
at 02:55 PM

yeah, i agree that unfortunately a lot of people like to try and claim Taubes for their own. He is just a researcher concerned with how carbohdyrate and fat and protein affect the body. Hes not an avowed paleo guy, or lowcarb guy necessarily, or anything else. He shows the facts and then lets you decide. So, if he does have some kind of rec for peanut oil it wouldnt surprise me. Not gonna make me start using it but it wouldnt bother me in the slightest.

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on December 01, 2010
at 09:00 AM

Also, one reviewer mentioned that Taubes recommends peanut oil. How can this be?

Why should it not be? He's never been "the" proponent of a certain (paleo) diet and I trust he's got his reasons to recommend that oil. Just as Dr. Cordain has had his reasons to avoid saturated fat.

As for the book: A friend of mine is reading it and so far likes it a lot, mostly because it's so much more accessible than GCBC. The quality of the science work should be the same, I guess.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 01, 2010
at 06:24 PM

I would not be surprised if Taubes would be happy if many people adopted a paleo eating plan, simply because it would be much healthier than SAD and is close to what he suggests. He may not mind greatly if we disagree on a few details, as long at it would still mean a much healthier outcome. I don't think his goal is to sell any special Taubes eating plan, but instead to follow the science and eat better overall.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 02, 2010
at 02:37 AM

I guess I just like how he has seemed to stay above the fray, as it were, as far as diet/lifestyle recommendations. I feel it keeps him over on the side away from paleo this primal that and all yknow? Not dissing Sisson or Wolf, I have their books and love them (heck, i listen to wolf podcast religiously), just that I feel Taubes was/is different I suppose.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 01, 2010
at 02:55 PM

yeah, i agree that unfortunately a lot of people like to try and claim Taubes for their own. He is just a researcher concerned with how carbohdyrate and fat and protein affect the body. Hes not an avowed paleo guy, or lowcarb guy necessarily, or anything else. He shows the facts and then lets you decide. So, if he does have some kind of rec for peanut oil it wouldnt surprise me. Not gonna make me start using it but it wouldnt bother me in the slightest.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on December 01, 2010
at 03:05 PM

Ben: I can't help but suspect that if Taubes is a little tired of being *claimed and interpreted*, then this book will lay that somewhat to rest. He'll lay out what he thinks a good diet can be. I will not be adopting whatever he says on authority, but I am very open to his suggestions based on my deep respect for his broad knowledgebase.

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on December 01, 2010
at 01:53 PM

I have not read it, but I'm wondering if it really is just repackaged data from GCBC or if it's genuinely new material. Are there any thoughts out there on that aspect?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 01, 2010
at 06:26 PM

Good question. I spent a lot of time plowing through GCBC and I am immensely glad I did. It's nice if there is now an easier version on the market for others, but I am wondering if there are many new things for me to learn in this new one or not.

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on December 01, 2010
at 03:01 PM

I have pre-ordered it so that I can have it as soon as possible.

Even if it is the exact same scientific material (I really doubt that he could resist adding new information or citations) Taubes is an excellent writer, and since I understand that this is a re-write to make the material more accessible AND add a directed how to eat section... this will be an excellent book.

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/ims-lecture-with-slides-and-qa-why-we-get-fat-by-gary-taubes/8971 may have most or all of the material in the book, but part of the art of writing is PRESENTATION, so I believe the book will be a delight to read.

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on December 02, 2010
at 01:13 PM

me too, Looking to Taubes as a final confirmation of paleo eating. I want to know more about "who what where when and why" I slogged through GCBC but I am looking forward to same in hopefully more "Peter Rabbit" language.

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on December 06, 2010
at 12:12 AM

He won't be discussing in WWGF per Taubes himself... Check out his new blog: http://www.garytaubes.com/blog/

personally I think there exist still bigger fish to fry... soy, pesticides, digestive issues, gut dysbiosis, leptin resistance, etc... Am I a demanding B*TCH? I am hoping WWGF actually expands a bit if humanly possible beyond GCBC haa aha!~~

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on December 02, 2010
at 02:23 AM

If you have enjoyed (and understood) Good Calories,Bad Calories then you can pass on this one. I heard there is nothing really new in there and people find books from Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson much more practical.

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