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The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating Hardcover – December 29, 2020
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“In my 40 years as a nutrition professor, I've never run across a diet book that so clearly explains how to follow a weight-loss diet and why it works. In addition, Gary Taubes shows how continuing the Keto Diet contributes to good health for years to come.”—Janet C. King, Ph.D., Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley
“In The Case for Keto Gary Taubes vigorously challenges the conventional view that low-fat, plant-based diets are healthy and that eating fats is risky, providing an historical context of the effectiveness of keto diets that goes back more than 150 years. I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone who struggles with weight control.”—Lewis Cantley, director of the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital
“The Case for Keto is built on fundamental principles that will pass the test of time. Taubes persuasively argues that reversing fat accumulation can be achieved without hunger through a high-fat, low-carb diet. As a clinician treating such obesity-prone individuals with type 2 diabetes, I have repeatedly and reproducibly seen the diet work miracles for those who will embrace it.”—David M. Harlan, M.D., William & Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine, co-director, UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence
“For the last decade and a half, Gary Taubes has been the unrelenting Socrates of the diet composition dialogue, peppering the field, journalists, the general public, and experts alike to question their assumptions and ask what we really know. Like those of Socrates, Taubes’ questions do not always make others happy, but they need to be heard. We need to ask whether our presumed knowledge about diet, health, and weight is well-founded. Taubes may not provide all the answers, but his incisive questions cannot and should not be ignored.”—David B. Allison, Ph.D, Distinguished Professor, Obesity Researcher, and Academic Dean
“What should we eat? Gary Taubes provides the answer. Drawing on exhaustive research, and in clear language, he explains which foods are healthy for us, which foods are unhealthy—and why. He shows why obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions are on the rise, and how we can intervene effectively. Gary Taubes’s work has changed everything about the way I eat.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“In this outstanding book, Taubes presents a manifesto challenging the energy balance dietary dogma of the medical and nutritional authorities, along with a repudiation of Michael Pollan’s plant food principles. A compelling case is made for low-carb, high-fat eating—towards ‘nutritional ketosis’—for people who fatten easily (most of us), while addressing the potential risk and unknowns.” —Eric Topol, M.D., cardiologist and Professor of Molecular medicine at Scripps Research, and author of Deep Medicine
“Taubes blends science and clinical examples for a uniquely sound and honest explanation of a movement that has transformed the way we think and eat to improve our health.”—Marty Makary, M.D., Johns Hopkins, and author of The Price We Pay
“If you have a weight problem, or you know someone who does, then The Case for Keto is required reading. This is the book all health practitioners must read to understand obesity and diabetes and how to treat them.”—Kevin Fontaine, chair, Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
"The Case for Keto is a uniquely thoughtful discussion of low-carb, ketogenic eating. It is critically important reading for anyone trying to control their weight, improve their health and rationally decide what they should eat."—Mitchell A. Lazar, M.D., director, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
“Gary Taubes’s book violates everything leading medical societies and governmental agencies espouse—but Taubes is right and they are wrong. Medicine, like life, is about risk and benefit. This book provides the best path for most people who are overweight or obese to restore health.”—Orrin Devinsky, M.D., Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, NYU School of Medicine
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This time you get a book that makes the case for keto (the summation of which would be, “It works. For everybody. But may need tweaking to fit your own circumstances”) and comes as close as Taubes is willing to lay out some advice and formulate a plan. He’s not a celebrity diet author. The book presents the science, then devotes a series of short chapters to reassuring, exhorting, refocusing, and warning those who feel that this is a way of eating that they need to try out.
Is it original? Can you find this sort of stuff elsewhere? Is he saying anything new? All good questions. The answers won’t shift units: it’s not new, it’s out there in many places; Taubes has written about all of this before. But the angle is new: this is as close to a self-help book as you’re likely to find Gary Taubes writing. It’s damn good science, it’s damn good writing. You might have tried keto before (along with many other ways of shifting weight), but I’d be prepared to wager that you’ll finish Taubes’s book and be prepared to give it another go.
Taubes has provided a very welcome voice to the many who are making money telling fat people what their problem is. He sets out an argument -like all in this field, one which has many counter arguments- based in science. He makes a compelling argument behind which and facing which you can find history, researchers, practitioners. All that you have to do is to decide which side makes the most persuasive argument. Taubes’s case is enticing. It really is as simple as cutting out all of the things that (some) science suggests is leading you to retain more fat than others, tweaking your food if things seem to stall, and then sticking with it until you’ve lost the weight that you need to, or until you don’t seem to lose any more. What Taubes pretty much guarantees in this book is that if you build the diet, the weight loss will come. He promises that you won’t feel hungry, but you will drop the kilos, shed the pounds, lose the stones.
Taubes writes so well, and with such intense focus that there are many enemies gunning for him. He’s a fraud, his science is flawed, his motives are base. I don’t see it in his writing. He appears to be speaking from personal experience; he appears to be cautious in the claims he makes; he appears to believe his interpretation of what the science says. HE CHERRY-PICKS! shout the detractors. True...but that’s because there aren’t enough trees on the planet to make the paper you’d need for a truly comprehensive book about the science of weight gain and loss. What many people will say is that they know all about the case for eat-less-move-more, and it doesn’t work for them. Not because they’re feckless moral reprobates, but because they can’t secure their gains...which is to say, they can’t defend their losses! The weight comes back. The hunger never ends.
So when Taubes and others come along to say that there is a solution which doesn’t require hunger, although it will require sacrifice and determination, the message is a welcome one. Sacrifice and determination are characteristics that overweight people have in bucketloads. Is this sacrifice just too much to ask for? Is the determination really up for what Taubes asks? Read the book and give it a go - why not? Make a commitment, have a goal, devise a strategy and then focus all of your energy on seeing it through to the end. If Taubes is wrong, you’ll have devoted 3-6 months of your life trying to lose weight. And those of us with excess weight are ALWAYS trying to lose it. If Taubes is right, then you will spend these 3-6 months losing weight constantly and without feeling hungry. You may end up looking at the rest of your life without some of the foodstuffs that you absolutely adore, but you will never feel dissatisfied with your body again.
The defence rests.