Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.
In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.
To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||Robert H. Lustig|
|Narrator||Jonathan Todd Ross|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 27, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,481 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Lustig is also well versed on public policy and on the PR plays of the food / drug / medical industries. He demonstrates that our behavior is grounded in our biochemistry; it’s not just a matter of will power. He knows that big changes in public policy (pulling diet out of the industry-controlled USDA, classifying sugar and fructose as addictive and dangerous, stopping subsidies for sugar and corn, promotion of a science-based diet, etc.) will be needed to change course. Yet he knows that these won’t happen without a big public outcry. Meanwhile he suggests that we start small with things like a soda tax (on sugary beverages) and restricting youth access and marketing (just as for alcohol).
The one area where Lustig is behind the times is fat. He cites the pluses and minuses of several popular diets but not the ketogenic diet, which I and many others are now following easily and with great success. This super low carb / high fat diet is the ultimate answer to insulin resistance and the resulting obesity, inflammation, and disease. The only sticking point for Lustig, apparently, is the high fat part, despite fat being the food most prized by most of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Instead Lustig is very vague on where our calories are supposed to come from, as long as it’s not sugar or processed food. To understand how our bodies were designed to metabolize fats via ketones, instead of glucose, read Phinney & Volek, or Cummins and Gerber. The traditional Innuit, for example, had virtually no carbs in their diet, yet were extraordinarily healthy compared to today’s chronic diseases, giving the lie to the USDA dietary recommendations and the like.
Nevertheless, Lustig is a true hero to us who are challenging the corruption and dietary dogmas of the food / drug / medical establishment.
I have recommended this book to every patient (I'm an Optometrist) that is Diabetic or pre-diabetic or overweight, pretty much everyone.
I have reread this book three times. The first time freaked me out and I didn't know what to eat. Then the second read I discovered things I didn't pick up on the first read. On the third read I took notes. I still keep it handy to check on things from time to time.
I love that you come straight to the point all the time. You explain the hacking of our biochemistry by the food industry clearly. I continue to watch your lectures, because there is so little truth about food out there.
I get it. You have established your case. What’s important now is getting the information out. I and my cousin(kidney transplant) tell everyone we can about your info. I think “more studies” takes a backseat to taking action on what we already know.
If my cousin and I hadn’t seen your lectures, she might be dead(she lost 100 pounds). Yours are among the few lectures i can’t find anything to disagree with(I have a science degree). So, thank you for bringing this to the public. But I’ve watched everything you have on youtube several times. I hope you continue to post your new lectures on youtube. We also watch several other lecturers, such as Dr Campbell(China Study) and a few others, to bolster our efforts. It really helps!
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Then I've read this book. What an eye-opener it was! If you want to lose weight and there's one book to read, go for this one. I have since stopped eating sugary and processed food and went low carb but high in healthy fats. I've lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks, without starving myself or being miserable.
The good parts: a documented analysis about obsesity and sugar from a doctor with no hidden agenda ( supplements for sale).
If it is one of your first books on obesity, it's ok, if not, start reading 10% human, it would be much more insightful in matters of obesity and sugar cravings.
Well now I have read it and I bit the bullet straight away cutting almost all refined and added sugar out of my diet. I feel so much better in 17 days I can hardly believe it plus I have lost 7lbs into the bargain. Without wishing to sound like an infomercial this book truly has changed my life.
This is a serious book which challenges people and governments to think, and think hard, about the consequences of inaction and bowing to special interests in the food processing/additive business and farming. The book is very reasonably priced for its highly researched content and is a shocking exposure of the road ahead in terms of obesity which is now a very serious problem for many countries following a Western diet laced with sugar and bad fats.
Fructose kills. End of. No matter what the multi-billion sugar industry tells us.
It took decades before people woke up to the fact that tobacco kills. Professor Lustig is at the forefront of the movement to have refined sugar recognised as a poison. People should be aware of the consequences of consuming sugar. This book will produced that information and why. The lecture will explain the science - just type it into a search engine online.