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Old 01-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #91
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I hate to say this but I still haven't started reading my copy. It's sitting right here, but I was in the middle of something else and I didn't have a lot of time for reading. If I have time to read before bed tonight I will be able to start it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:44 AM   #92
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I downloaded a Kindle copy to my Android phone and read it over the weekend.

dh and I were on a short road trip, and I read him portions out loud. He actually decided to try low carb for 2 weeks, based on the book
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:52 AM   #93
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Seven pages in and I'm already walking around waving my hands in the air and lecturing folks in my imagination.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:39 AM   #94
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I bought it yesterday and started last night. I read GCBC last year and even though I think I'm a thourough reader,I felt like I was missing something. I get the sense I may find that something in this new book...
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:43 AM   #95
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That's it!!!! I am going to pick up my copy today from my DD!!!
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:55 PM   #96
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Well, yes. I know that. You know that. He knows that. Unfortunately, I don't want to go with 'degrees' and 'where' cuz this relative has MORE than Taubes backing him up....and a medical degree.



And...if you mention 'Well, the plan I used to lose over 100 lbs. and have kept it off for over eight YEARS was written by a doctor, and so was this one and this one.....' and he lapses into 'I'd trust Dr. Ornish...cuz he's on TV...'...ACKKKKK

It's maddening!

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Eeeekk Awwwkkk, Ornish, <insert spitting smiley here>

Sometimes you just can't win... Sorry he's pigheaded
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:24 AM   #97
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I broke down and bout it on Kindle and couldn't stop reading until 2 a.m. last night.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:58 AM   #98
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I finished it yesterday and I really enjoyed the read. The information corrolates with much that Dr.A wrote in his anti-aging book. Insulin overload does so much damage!
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:00 AM   #99
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Taubes also explains why a good long sleep helps us lose weight and keeps us healthier. yoy,when I think of all the sleepless nights I've had over the years...
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Here is Tom Naughton's excellent review of Why We Get Fat.
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From page 102 of the book "Why we get Fat". To me, this is absolute proof of what I've been saying for years, if your body is set up to get fat, it will find the energy even if it has to steal it from your brain.

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The same thing holds true for animals that are bred to be obese, for which obesity is in their genes. In the 1950s, Jean Mayer studied one such strain of obese mice in his Harvard laboratory. As he reported it, he could get their weight below that of lean mice if he starved them sufficiently, but they'd "still contain more fat than the normal ones, while their muscles have melted away." Once again, eating too much wasn't the problem; these mice, as Mayer wrote, "will make fat out of their food under the most unlikely circumstances, even when half starved."

Then there are Zucker rats. Researchers began studying these rats in the 1960s, and they are still a favorite obesity model today. These rats, like Mayer's mice, are genetically predisposed to get fat. When Zucker rats are put on a calorie-restricted diet from the moment they're weaned from their mothers' milk, they don't end up leaner than their litter-mates who are allowed to eat as much as they want. They end up fatter. They may weigh a little less, but they have just as much or even more body fat. Even if they want to be gluttons, which they assuredly do, they can't, and they still get even fatter than they would have had they never been put on a diet. On the other hand, their muscles and organs, including their brains and kidneys, are smaller than they'd otherwise be. Just as the muscles in Mayer's mice "melted away" when starved, the muscles and organs in these semi-starved Zucker rats are "significantly reduced" in size compared with those fat littermates who get to eat freely. "In order to develop this obese body composition in the face of calorie restriction," wrote the researcher who reported this observation in 1981, "several developing organ systems in the obese rats [are] compromised."

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Old 01-08-2011, 11:27 AM   #102
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I really liked this book!
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:02 AM   #103
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It convinced me, course I never read much about low-carb before last month. Always heard about it but figured it was some odd gimmick. Now I'm convinced
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:53 AM   #104
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I'm finished with it and now my 17 year old is going to read it. He is going into sports medicine or possibly physical therapy, and is really interested in the science and what I have been doing to lose weight. He is even starting to eat lower carb himself and reading labels like crazy. He is in very good shape and does not need to lose weight. Now if I could just get the rest of the family to step away from the sugar and junk. I don't buy it but my DH does.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:43 AM   #105
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I ordered my book today, should be here Friday. Kim, your husband sounds like mine. He is always bringing junk food into the house and then telling me to tell my DD to stop eating bad foods. CRAZY!
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:27 AM   #106
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Yeah, I tried to talk to him about it, but was stonewalled. The doc told him he will be diabetic very soon if he doesn't lose weight and start eating better. He says that he doesn't have to listen to the doc because he has a slight weight problem too, so obviously doesn't know what he is talking about.

I am in the medical field too, so I said "really, so everything I say to my patients is BS because I am fat and don't know what I am talking about?" THAT shut him up.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:53 AM   #107
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My beloved sister is reading it and loving it! Yippee, I may have a R.L. support and more importantly, she may finally get off the diet merry go round!!!!

The book is a very easy read and gets to the most important issues. One thing I got out of it is the 'sleep issue'. I have been deprived for a very long time due to external issues and am going to try a natural sleep aid. This may prove the answer to my stall!
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:33 AM   #108
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I've read chapters 1 - 9. I'm trying to understand...but my brain is having a hard time understanding...everything I'm reading does make sense...but it is so DIFFERENT from what we've all heard for so long.

Sometimes when I read or hear info, I kind of glaze over and don't really process what I just took in...so I find myself having to read it really slowly to understand. I really like it when you all put it your own words...that makes it more "real" to me!

I will be glad when I can explain it to someone in my own words...KWIM?

I'm still trying to understand that overeating doesn't make us fat...that we overeat because we are fat....I still haven't internalized that yet...but I'm working on it.

I had never even heard the word "adiposity" before...

After dabbling in LC since 97...back and forth...three months here and there...losing 30 pounds or so...then back to crazy carbs..then gaining it back...so I never really got to a size I wanted to maintain...I've come to a place of "this is how I eat now"...I eat mostly fatty meat, very little veggies, a little dairy (cream & cheese)

In the past 7 months I have lost 60 pounds...I do feel like my body has regulated itself in some ways...I'm not bragging because I know I could slip and fall anytime (Last night I ate the cheese off of Lil Ceasar's pizza...5 pieces! I hate that out of control feeling! Gotta be careful!)

But the weight came off without me even exercising. (I'm not proud of that...but it's the truth...I do plan to start toning up for health's sake)

So I am fascinated by what the lack of carbs can do for a body...and I really want to be able to explain it....Thank you Dr. Taubes for sharing your info with the world!

I'm very interested in the valuable nuggets you all got out of this book!
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:00 AM   #109
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My book came in yesterday and I am reading, it is an easier read than "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and it always motivates me when I read about low carb.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:32 AM   #110
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My book came in yesterday and I am reading, it is an easier read than "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and it always motivates me when I read about low carb.
I find it very motivational too. I used to read all the articles about dieting via low fat, high carb, but not anymore!
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Reading this is making me less likely to want to have a "Splurge Day"

Just knowing what those carby foods do to my insulin and fat cells...it's just not worth the momentary pleasure of carbs.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:01 PM   #112
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I just wanted to let y'all know that Gary Taubes will be on a CBC radio talk show tomorrow. It's a really good show called Q. If you search for CBC and Q you should be able to listen online.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:16 PM   #113
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Fantastic and thanks for the heads up!
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:03 PM   #114
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I just wanted to let y'all know that Gary Taubes will be on a CBC radio talk show tomorrow. It's a really good show called Q. If you search for CBC and Q you should be able to listen online.
The show is on at 10 am.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:58 PM   #115
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Taubes' 2002 New York Times magazine article on this topic is still available online for those who haven't read it and are interested:

What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? - NYTimes.com

Also very much worth the 89 minutes of time it takes to watch is Robert Lustig's online lecture on sugar.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:15 PM   #116
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Amazing book

Gary Taubes's new book, Why We Get Fat and What To Do About is is so amazing - my jaw literally dropped as I read portions of it, and I actually cried at other parts, when he debunks conventional medical wisdom that says we "only" need to cut our calories and increase our activity to lose weight, and those of us that can't are just gluttonous sloths. This book has started me on my low carb way of eating. HIGHLY Recommended for anyone interested in how our bodies actually metabolize what we eat, and why some are naturally better at keeping lean than others.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #117
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Fabulous!!! I am going to enjoy this, particularly the book discussion! Thank you!!
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:55 PM   #118
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Just a commercial to say Dr. Taubes will be on Dr. Oz this coming Thursday 2/24..
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It's about time! I know Dr. Oz disagreed with Gary Taubes in the past (I saw the CNN interview a few years ago). Dr. Oz is a "calories in, calories out" proponent and encourages the low fat myth, although he does agree that sugars are bad, as GT doses. It will be very interesting to see how this show goes. Anyone interested in getting either of GT's books shld get them now - after this show, there's likely to be a shortage for a while. I'm def. going to set my DVD...
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Taubes will be on Dr. Oz this coming Thursday 2/24..
Thanks for the info.
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