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    Thumbs up Why We Get Fat -- Gary Taubes

    I wanted to recommend this last OT Day but I missed it. If you're wanting to diet/lose weight/get healthier, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It's not a gimmick or 'diet' per se, either. It actually explains WHY we want to eat more/eat crap and not want to move as much. Very enlightening. And that's my PSA for the day



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    This was his first one on this and he is right, the science is behind him.
    We have been blaming the wrong things for the obesity epidemic, know so much more now, but it is hard to change people, after we spent decades convincing them that they needed to eat a certain way and providing those foods for them:

    Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science ...



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    So what? Eat less, move more?
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    Try setting your broomstick to fly at a lower altitude.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    So what? Eat less, move more?
    Actually, a bit different.

    And as I've recently started this approach, I'm eating more (5-700 calories more than I used to daily), not moving any more than usual, and down 7 pounds (won't even get into having more energy and focus all day)



    It's about the insulin response to carbohydrates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    This was his first one on this and he is right, the science is behind him.

    Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science ...
    Yep, but Good Calories, Bad Calories was a little intense for a lot of people to get through apparently, so Why We Get Fat is a lighter version.

    On the eat less, move more, kind of a yes and no. The whole premise is that when you avoid what causes insulin responses (carbs, sugars, etc.) you naturally WANT to move more. You have more energy. And as I'm experimenting myself, I can eat much more and feel better as long as I'm eating meat and eggs and butter. Put carbs in front of me all day and I'll eat a ton more calories, be a cranky so-and-so, and want to sleep all day.

    I don't really want to debate the whole no-carb diet thing on here though, just wanted to put the book recommendation up. It's the first thing I've read that really, honestly makes sense and is playing out in reality for me.

    Just saying if you're struggling with weight/hunger/etc. borrow it from the library and make your own conclusions. But I highly recommend it.



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    Thanks for the recommendation! It's on my list of books to read this year.



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    Quote Originally Posted by caffeinated View Post
    Actually, a bit different.

    And as I've recently started this approach, I'm eating more (5-700 calories more than I used to daily), not moving any more than usual, and down 7 pounds (won't even get into having more energy and focus all day)



    It's about the insulin response to carbohydrates.
    sounds interesting!
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    Much of that book is based on many years of research.
    From the Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition, here is a little bit of some late results quoted here:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...against-cardio



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    Huh, sounds about right with what I have been reading lately. I've been applying something similar the past couple weeks I think (ie, being more aware of insulin response, sugars, etc - and I'm pretty sensitive in that respect already) and it works for sure. Adding this book to my Amazon cart today so it's arrived by the time I get back from work I'll have to actually read it asap though, since I already have enough super good reads sitting in my bookshelf that I haven't yet read (and SO makes fun of me all the time for it, haha). I get a little carried away in the bookstores...
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    I might have to give my MIL the book:

    She has FIL on a 600 cal/day diet, trying to slim him down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    I might have to give my MIL the book:

    She has FIL on a 600 cal/day diet, trying to slim him down.
    Poor guy! I've tried that and go insane



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosey_2003 View Post
    Poor guy! I've tried that and go insane


    I know, right!

    Not to mention it is actually proven to be counter productive...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bristol Bay View Post
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    I just took a peek at that on Amazon. It is so much like a book I'm reading now called "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. I LOVE this book...her approach is 180 out from what much of the modern thought on avoiding animal fats (just like this book you recommended), avoiding refined carbs, sugar, etc... and it is full of fascinating diet recipes and information from traditional diets all over the world. She puts an entire chapter into discussing fats...the ups and downs of each kind of fat, vegetable or animal and the book builds on the foundation. I highly recommend it also.

    The problem with so many diets is that you do them, lose weight, and then go right back to what you were doing. It must be a lifestyle change or it will never work.



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    Sounds like there are variations on a theme: stay away from processed foods (white bread, rice, pasta, meats) and watch for hidden sugars. You are allowed to eat as much as you want of the approved foods such as baked/broiled meats, raw or cooked veggies, unprocessed rice and whole grain pasta and bread.
    Books such as The South Beach Diet, Mediterranean diet, even Richard Simmons talks about Sacred Fat, Sweet and Fat in his "Farewell To Fat" cookbook (yeah I have it)

    I do feel better when eating properly. Of course there are certain fast food meals that are like crack to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    So what? Eat less, move more?
    Actually, I am eating way more, but less calories from figuring out how to eat what I want to with few calories. I am moving pretty much the same as I have done to gain the 200 lbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by caffeinated View Post
    It's about the insulin response to carbohydrates.
    Not in my case. I eat lots of carbs and sugars, lower fat.

    I have lost 141 lbs and counting in the last 13 months as of tomorrow.

    Where is the cheering icon?!?! <still another 59 to go, but this has been so easy! even at 53>



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairview Horse Center View Post
    Actually, I am eating way more, but less calories from figuring out how to eat what I want to with few calories. I am moving pretty much the same as I have done to gain the 200 lbs.



    Not in my case. I eat lots of carbs and sugars, lower fat.

    I have lost 141 lbs and counting in the last 13 months as of tomorrow.

    Where is the cheering icon?!?! <still another 59 to go, but this has been so easy! even at 53>
    WOW! Good for you.
    That ought to be worth two gold stars anyway.



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    They aren't kidding about the hidden part of hidden sugars. I get Ruby Red grapefruit juice (actually it's grapefruit, pear, apple and a few others) and wondered why some tasted different for others. I finally read the label and found out the 100% juice is pure juice, but the Ruby Red by the same company is with high fructose corn syrup-no wonder some tasted different and gave me an upset stomach.

    I ordered the book, and I will wait and see what it says.


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    I LOVE "Good Calories, Bad Calories" !!! I tell people about it all the time! It's alot to read, but presented in such a way that laymen can read it, and all the studies he references are so easy to look up (mostly because he tells you right in the text as he's describing it)...it's not like something he made up, it's proven stuff.

    I love the story about the researchers that went to somewhere like Alaska back in the early 1900s, to research scurvy, I think. Thye lived in a village that only ate seal and whale, I think? No veggies or fruits ever, maybe a bit of green in the one day of summer And in the 6-12 months they were there on that diet, they never got sick or scurvy or anything! Their bodies totally adapted.

    My quote from that is "Fat does not make you fat..." People get sick of hearing me say that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    That ought to be worth two gold stars anyway.
    It was just my luck that I started last winter when I did, as my son decided to get married in December, and I was able to feel great, and not hiding from the camera!
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    Congrats Darlyn! That is fantastic!



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