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a book I do NOT recommend

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. In a nutshell this author is completely against carbohydrates and blames it solely on why people are fat. Through the entire book I kept wondering how much the meat company paid him to write the book.

Not all carbs are created equal. One cannot compare a potato with a pastry and yet he suggests staying away from: corn, parsnips, potatoes, peas, certain beans, whole grains, and even some vegetables.

He says we need to stay away from fruit because we've changed the fruits and therefore they are too sugary. What he didn't mention is that we've also changed our meats.

As I read the book I dog-eared the pages he contradicted himself or information that just isn't true or was half of the information. But there are just too many pages dog eared and I don't have that much time to waste on this book. I already wasted enough time reading it. If anyone follows this diet I fear it could be potentially dangerous to their health. Please use common sense. I know I could not possibly follow this diet, because this much protein would have me obese within a year. The eggs would have my skin full of rashes. And I would miss my fruits and veggies terribly which would then cause me problems with my joints.

Here's a link for the nutritional value of a baked potato in the skin:

Moderation is key, but we need to listen to our bodies and I think we all know what works and what doesn't.
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    Thanks for always sharing!
    1644 days ago
    I love your discerning mind. There is way too much stuff out there that is just plain garbage.
    1644 days ago
    I don't trust that guy anyways. He had a book out on other stuff and my sister-in-law bought both of them and I read the first one and it was always " I can't tell you because of the government and go to my website" and then you would have to pay for that information after buying his book or books. NO THANK YOU!! He can keep his books
    1645 days ago
    thanks for the review .... it was suggested as a good read on another blog I read today.

    that's why I love sparkpeople! balance . . . I tried Atkins (NO carbs) and it just doesn't make sense (yes, it does work for some people and my former Dr even recommended Atkins) but I love fresh fruits and veggies . . . . can't imagine living the rest of my life without 'em!

    thanks again
    1645 days ago
    I agree with the idea of moderation. No one food group is to blame for being overweight or for "bad" eating. It's like blaming a spoon for being overweight or our jeans for being too big. Thanks for the information about the book. Keep eating healthy!
    1645 days ago
    I have found that some diets work for some people, and others work for others. If one worked for everyone, we would not have so many to choose from. Thank you for posting your review--one less book to flip through for ideas.
    1645 days ago
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