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  • Gary Taubes's new book is great!

    Got it yesterday, read it all right through. Definitely worth reading. Very impressive summary of why carbs make you gain weight.
    Rusa

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    Just downloaded the first 50 pages to my Kindle as a free sample to see if it's worth buying since I'm still working my way through Good Calories, Bad Calories. Did you read GCBC before reading this new one?
    Liz.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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    • #3
      I read GCBC and am wondering the same thing. If you read one do you read the other?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AnneArchy View Post
        I read GCBC and am wondering the same thing. If you read one do you read the other?
        To quote GC - it's basically GCBC For Dummies. I ordered it because I found GCBC very hard going (not received it yet - we have things called Bank Holidays here in Blighty, so won't get it until Tuesday at the earliest).

        Hoping it might help me explain my weird eating habits to me folks - particularly my sister. Then again, maybe it won't...
        La tristesse durera toujours...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shrinking_Violet View Post
          it's basically GCBC For Dummies
          Hmm, maybe I should give the new book as gifts instead of GCBC.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by maba View Post
            Hmm, maybe I should give the new book as gifts instead of GCBC.
            Maba, I would do - I think your rellies and friends who aren't of a scientific bent, would find it almost impossible to wade through. It's also a smaller tome I believe (if I received GCBC as a gift the sheer size of it would deter me from ever dipping into it! Too daunting a prospect!)
            La tristesse durera toujours...

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            • #7
              As someone who has read the first and is reading the second:

              If the intended reader has a scientific background and is really really skeptical, GCBC is the book. But for most people, "Why We Get Fat" will suffice. I read GCBC, but it was 500 pretty dry pages, compared to the new book, which is really enjoyable, succinct, and I cannot put it down. I would get the new one for my parents or my husband, and they might actually read it instead of bogging down somewhere in the middle.
              With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

              http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                I just wish it had a different title other than "Why we get fat." All my friends would be offended receiving that book as a gift, just by the title..
                I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

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                • #9
                  I agree that the title is a deterrent to giving/loaning it to all but the best of friends.

                  Also, is the book only about obesity?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Canarygirl View Post
                    I just wish it had a different title other than "Why we get fat." All my friends would be offended receiving that book as a gift, just by the title..

                    That made me laugh, very funny. Haven't thought about this before.

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                    • #11
                      Did you not hear about the guy who lost 21 lbs in 2 months eating only potatoes? He should have gotten fatter, but he didn't.

                      Could it be that the secret is....restricting calories? No, it couldn't. Too simple. Carbs must be making people fat. Even though most junk food people think of as carbs, like candy, cookies, donuts, ice cream, has 50% or more of its calories from fat.

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                      • #12
                        It's pretty sad if your big plans for New Year's Day are 1. crawl out of hole under bridge, and 2. Attempt to troll a PB board with potato blasphemy.
                        With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                        http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                        My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Primal Diva View Post
                          It's pretty sad if your big plans for New Year's Day are 1. crawl out of hole under bridge, and 2. Attempt to troll a PB board with potato blasphemy.
                          Fitting that you call yourself a diva...

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                          • #14
                            I've been a lot more even-keeled lately: I think it has something to do with stabilizing my blood sugar due to giving up, among other things, those demon potatoes.
                            With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                            http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stancel View Post
                              Could it be that the secret is....restricting calories? No, it couldn't. Too simple. Carbs must be making people fat. Even though most junk food people think of as carbs, like candy, cookies, donuts, ice cream, has 50% or more of its calories from fat.
                              If you're serious with your question, Stephen Guynet has a nice post about it.

                              http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co...pretation.html

                              There are certainly worse things you could eat than potatoes. Just go into any grocery store. If it's in a package, it's probably worse.

                              Gordo

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