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For fifty years, the medical establishment has preached the same rules for losing weight: restrict calories, eat less, and exercise more. Yet in that time, obesity in the United States has skyrocketed. So why has this prescription so clearly failed?
Based on twenty years of investigative reporting and interviews with more than a hundred practicing physicians who embrace ketogenic (low-carbohydrate, high-fat) eating as the best formula for health, here bestselling author Gary Taubes puts the keto movement in the necessary historical and scientific perspective. He makes clear the vital misconceptions about obesity and diet (no, people do not become fat simply by eating too much or being sedentary; hormones play the critical role) and uses collected clinical experience from the medical community to provide much-needed practical advice on healthy eating.
A groundbreaking manifesto for the fight against obesity and diabetes, in The Case for Keto, Taubes reveals why the established rules about eating healthfully might be the wrong approach to weight loss for most people, and how ketogenic diets can help many of us achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life.
About the Author
Gary Taubes, an award-winning science and health journalist, is the cofounder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, and Good Calories, Bad Calories. A former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science, he has written three cover articles on nutrition and health for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has appeared in numerous “Best of” anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers and is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, the author Sloane Tanen, and their two sons. www.garytaubes.com
“Digest every word of Taubes’s cogently argued, agenda-shifting book. It could be a life-changer.” —The Guardian
“Gary Taubes’s work has changed everything about the way I eat.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“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., Ph.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 and neuroscience, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
“If you have a weight problem, or you know someone who does, then The Case for Keto is required reading.” —Kevin Fontaine, chair, Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
“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
“Gary Taubes deserves a national science medal for helping to raise the critical question of why the food we eat is killing us. He hasn’t sat on the sidelines saying just do more of the same. As a result, his insightful reading of the medical literature offers new hope to people suffering from obesity.”—Kevin Schulman, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
“In my forty 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 in the Graduate School, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley
“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 and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine, codirector, UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence
“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