As an overweight person I just want to thank Gary Taubes for his stunning little book Why We Get Fat and What to do About It. I enjoyed his other book, Good Calories, Bad Calories but it was long and ponderous in its information. This little book says something that is very important and looking at the Amazon reviews seems to be something many people don’t get. I am not fat because I eat too much. If you looked at my life long caloric intake pound per pound it is probably less than someone of my weight but perhaps greater height who didn’t worry about being fat. According to studies Taubes” cites, the could be why I have so much fatigue. I eat too much because I tend to be fat.
I do feel better eating a protein heavy diet. I was fascinated that in the back of the book one diet he recommends (although not the only diet) he talks about adding in broth! As a traditional foods person I was ecstatic! Now there is yet another reason to drink my broth!
I recommend reading the book even if you tend to think in terms of a vegetarian diet for yourself that you read this book. No one diet works for everyone. My Spleen qi deficient, yang deficient, damp body prefers a diet heavy in proteins (grass-fed beef and pastured chickens and eggs). I have friends who tend towards heat and yin deficiency and they do far better on a vegetarian and mostly vegetarian diet. Food is about energy which balances what goes on in our body. I suspect has I eaten differently throughout my life I would have different food needs and a different diet might be most appropriate.
One of the most important thing in the book from my point of view was the pronouncement that fat people are not fat because they lack will power or there is something wrong with them psychologically. What Taubes says is that being fat is a symptom of something else and doctors need to look at that.