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I'm intrigued by all things health, which is one of the reasons I bought Gary Taubes latest book [Link Removed] A follow up to his New York Times best seller Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argues that certain kinds of carbohydrates – sugar and particularly fructose, not fats or excess calories – have been the cause of the current obesity epidemic. Much of it has to do with the hormone insulin.

A science writer whose books have dealt with scientific controversies, Taubes (visit [Link Removed] has also written extensively for Discover, Science and other magazines. Certainly paradigm shattering, in Why We Get Fat, Taubes examines how bad nutritional science, including the "calories-in, calories-out" model has been detrimental to our health. Why are some people thin and others fat? Does exercise really help keep us slim? What should we eat?

Taubes reviews the scientific literature as opposed to what the 'experts' say, and questions conventionally held beliefs regarding weight, health and nutrition:

•Do we get fat because we eat too much?
•Will exercise keep us slim?
•Is a balanced diet of lean meats, good fats, and complex carbohydrates like fruit, vegetables and whole grains the key to staying lean?
The couch potato in me loves his stance on exercise – although it's good for us for a variety of reasons, weight control isn't one of them. Exercise just makes us hungrier and more tired, not leaner and more fit...

Why We Get Fat concludes with a simple eating plan. I peeked. Alas, not a chocolate croissant in sight.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 27, 2011
    • And I was hopping you found a book that lets you eat all the chocolate and fried foods while loosing weight estatic

      I know why we get fat. We get fat because we eat more and exercise less, and that’s just IT.

      No matter what anyone says, yes it might be harder to lose weight after 40, but the button line is, if you eat often and small portions and exercise a lot, you will lose weight.

      Having said that, I’ve been trying to get rid of the same 20 lbs, for the last 25 years.

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