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Which Taubes book?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 15, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I read Robb Wolf's book several months ago and have been enveloping myself in internet paleo-ness since then. I'd like to dive into a new book, but I have limited time to devote to sitting still and reading. SO:

Let's pretend you could read EITHER Good Calories, Bad Calories OR Why We Get Fat. Which one, and why?

Or do you have another suggestion altogether? I've seen the recommendations here http://paleohacks.com/questions/11166/paleo-related-book-recommendations#axzz1Y31SyCXY but I'm looking for the best of the best - your one go-to read!

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Indeed. It should be called "History of disease of civilization research"

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on September 16, 2011
at 01:31 AM

I agree. GCBC had a profound impact in my and my family's life but you need time and concentration to get through it. I had both and read it, but it took a while. I can't imagine working a normal job and getting through it in anything less than months:) maybe try WWGF

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:14 PM

They both cover the same ground, Why We Get Fat, is a little more updated and was written to be a quick read. If you finish that and you are more curious about the topic, then pick up GCBC.

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on September 15, 2011
at 07:30 PM

PS...I can't answer your question because I haven't listened to Good Calories, Bad Calories yet, but I'm waiting on it.

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on September 15, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Both are available as audio books. No need to sit still and read.

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I would read the NYTimes article first and possibly instead, it being both shorter and free

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Why We Get Fat. Fast, entertaining, insightful, to-the-point. You can read GCBC afterwards if you want to. You get 1/3 the information is 1/10 the time. :-)

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:36 PM

if you want to know the whys and not just the general ideas, go with GCBC. sure, it's long...but it really makes an AIRTIGHT case. after this book, you will know the ins and outs of the carb hypothesis like it's your job!

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on September 15, 2011
at 07:54 PM

If you don't have much time, go for the Why we .... GCBC is boring, repetitive and more technical [its a good book tho]

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:14 PM

They both cover the same ground, Why We Get Fat, is a little more updated and was written to be a quick read. If you finish that and you are more curious about the topic, then pick up GCBC.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 16, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Indeed. It should be called "History of disease of civilization research"

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 16, 2011
at 01:31 AM

I agree. GCBC had a profound impact in my and my family's life but you need time and concentration to get through it. I had both and read it, but it took a while. I can't imagine working a normal job and getting through it in anything less than months:) maybe try WWGF

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on September 16, 2011
at 01:08 AM

I already know the concepts... I want the facts and science so I picked up GCBC, but I tell my friends they should read the other one (even though I haven't read it myself).

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on September 15, 2011
at 10:35 PM

I've only read GCBC, but it is my understanding that "Why We Get Fat" is just a 'second edition' of that with some content that a little more current, but a lot less science.

One of the things that was really good about GCBC, though, was the historical breadth. He really covered things over the last 200 years. Totally worth reading for the perspective.

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on September 15, 2011
at 10:31 PM

After reading WWGFAWTDA, you'll want to read GCBC.

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on September 15, 2011
at 10:25 PM

GCBC. I have read every book I could get my hands on about low-carbish diets in the last two years or so... this is one that I actually kept. The others were "Life without Bread", "The Perfect Health Diet" (what I most closely follow), and "Natural Hormonal Enhancement".

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