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How long did good calories bad calories take you to read???

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Created July 01, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Its super long haha

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on July 26, 2011
at 09:36 PM

I demand that you remove GCBC from the shelf and start reading it immediately! Just kidding! But seriously, read it. Taubes goes into the "why" of nutrition with greater detail, clarity, and respect for the reader than any other diet/nutrition book I have ever read. Every other page was a revelation because it ties the disparate threads together into a cohesive whole. You will not be disappointed especially if you already accept the book's ultimate message.

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:43 PM

love the suggestive-ness, mer.

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on July 03, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Ditto. It's on my Kindle but used more for a reference at this point than anything else. It reminds me of John Galt's speech in "Atlas Shrugged" - three hours that could be summed up with "I told you so".

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:03 PM

@Matt -- this is NOT a particularly good or insightful question, ergo, not a good fit for PaleoHacks. I won't delete it this time, but next time I will.

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Thank you for not swearing. :)

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on July 02, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Heh. I did that, too. And my poor husband had to listen to several rants. I'd already changed my diet and my life when I read GCBC, but the depth of his research gave me the spine to stand up to my doctor (and other well-intentioned people) who told me I was "killing myself."

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:59 AM

What was getting in the way???????????????????????

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:48 AM

About 3 days--I could not put it down...except for the times I threw it across the room when I got angry at how much I had been misled about health and nutrition. It blew my mind and changed my life.

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on July 02, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Heh. I did that, too. And my poor husband had to listen to several rants. I'd already changed my diet and my life when I read GCBC, but the depth of his research gave me the spine to stand up to my doctor (and other well-intentioned people) who told me I was "killing myself."

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:03 PM

I read that book cover to cover. Thoroughly. It is by far the biggest book I've ever wholly read.

It took me I think about 2 weeks. I read it like I read things in college: pen in hand, noting things in the margin, dog-earing the hell out of it, etc.

The whole time i was reading it it was with a mind to use it later to convince my family that there may be a better way than SAD.

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on July 02, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I shelved it because it seems I'm already convinced about the main points it's trying to make. I hope I'm not missing out on important practical knowledge hidden in the details?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on July 03, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Ditto. It's on my Kindle but used more for a reference at this point than anything else. It reminds me of John Galt's speech in "Atlas Shrugged" - three hours that could be summed up with "I told you so".

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(19479)

on July 26, 2011
at 09:36 PM

I demand that you remove GCBC from the shelf and start reading it immediately! Just kidding! But seriously, read it. Taubes goes into the "why" of nutrition with greater detail, clarity, and respect for the reader than any other diet/nutrition book I have ever read. Every other page was a revelation because it ties the disparate threads together into a cohesive whole. You will not be disappointed especially if you already accept the book's ultimate message.

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:50 AM

A week or two in the free time I had at my office so probably about an hour to two a day. I absolutely loved it.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Reading it now. Woah, what a book! Glad I got it. Sure it can be a bit repetitious and drag in certain places but it's been really eye-opening and I will get through it. Almost done with part 2 and should be to part 3 shortly - looking forward to his tackling of obesity and weight regulation.

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on July 02, 2011
at 01:42 AM

A while, but I'd thrown it down in disgust by the time I got to the second half, which was the part that detailed the science and I already pretty much knew. It was the politics of how we came to be so misled by the scientific community and our government regarding diet and nutrition that made me foam at the mouth. I'd say something really foul about it all right now, but I don't want Patrik to suspend my account. :P

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Thank you for not swearing. :)

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:38 AM

About three days. Reading through the source material, longer.

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:37 AM

A long time. But that was partly because my husband and I were reading it aloud together before bed, and we never got very far on any given night.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:59 AM

What was getting in the way???????????????????????

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:43 PM

love the suggestive-ness, mer.

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on July 02, 2011
at 12:16 AM

OH MY GOD!!!

I got it months ago and I am still only a third of the way thru it!

It is worth the struggle tho, what an eye opener...

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:24 PM

I am currently reading it (along with several other books...it's hard to read just one) and it is taking me a while. I am over halfway through, but the science-y stuff was bogging down my brain so I took a break from it for a couple weeks.

Other's answers about taking notes while reading it may have just inspired me to do the same. There is so much information in there, I often find myself reading the same passage multiple times just to make sure it sinks in!

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Just finished today...so approximately 3 weeks but I'm also insanely busy. And I got my mother (a doctor) to read it so at least I've had someone to rant to about how angry I was at all the doctors and nutritionists that kept me banging my head against the wall until I figured it out for myself...I 'm not saying it's the end-all-be-all, holy bible of healthy living but if just half of this information could be released legitimately to the public without some doctor qualifying it with SAD crap then it would be a big step in turning the tides on obesity and, I would argue having had one, the prevalence of disordered eating in general in America. GCBC, Primal Blueprint, and Schwarzbein Principle has been invaluable in making this final, successful transition in my health including putting my Lupus into remission and losing weight and effortlessly maintaining that loss now. GCBC is worth the time and I plan to re-read many parts I've highlighted/dog-eared again.

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on July 03, 2011
at 06:17 PM

3 weeks and counting cos I had to return it to the library before I finished it. No renewals:(

It was a dense book, and although I read it fast when I read it; I had to rest a couple of days every few chapters and let it seep into my brain.

No more room in my apt. for buying books, but will request it again sometime. Books like GCBC make me want to get a kindle so I could reread it anytime.

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on July 03, 2011
at 04:12 AM

A day, if only that it made me so angry. If the science stuff blurs, skip it. You'll get the gist of it.

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