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- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (29 December 2012)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A626UYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1,358 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar Kindle Edition
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A top ten New York Times bestseller
‘Lustig has all the shocking facts at his finger tips, but he also has strategies to help us wean ourselves off the white stuff. The result, he promises, won't be just fitter bodies, but sharper minds too: the book to get your new year off to a virtuous start.’ Guardian, Books of the Year
‘This important book could finally push you to shed those extra pounds, if not save your life’ Evening Standard
‘A fascinating new book’ Daily Mail
‘Fascinating and topical.’ Daily Express
‘His lucid and well-informed analysis should help inform the debate on this ever-expanding problem.’ Sunday Times
‘Lustig explains the biochemistry of metabolism, and the vicious cycle of obesity, with patient clarity’ Guardian
‘Lustig offers way that we can help ourselves and improve our health … but his chief aim is a new regulatory climate’ Telegraph
‘Crammed full of hard-hitting insights that may shock the reader into immediate dieter change (and it did me)’ Barbara J King, TLS
‘The best book I’ve read on the relationship between diet and health.’ Dr Andrew Weil
‘Lustig has all the shocking facts at his finger tips, but he also has strategies to help us wean ourselves off the white stuff … the book to get your new year off to a virtuous start’ The Guardian, ‘Food Books of the Year’--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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1. Eat more fibre... like a lot more.
2. Move. While exercise won’t help you lose weight, it has tremendous benefits to your health, everyday functionality and mind.
3. Don’t eat sugar!
Top international reviews
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.
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.
Are you struggling with general bad health and don't really know why? Read this book.
Do you have kids and want to keep them healthy? Read this book.
Do you want to understand why your body won't do what you tell it when it comes to food? Read this book.
In short, any food and health related questions are probably addressed in some way here. Lustig's solution in the end is pretty simple, but it's fascinating to read the science behind it, and as you do there are several "a-ha" moments. You still probably won't be able to resist the various chemicals in your body telling you to do things, but knowledge is power, and perhaps it will help you hold out a bit longer. It certainly should help you make healthier choices and be more aware of what you are consuming.
When it gets to the politics section it is - admittedly - US centric, with very little mention of anywhere else. I don't see this as a major problem, since the issues in question are mostly the same all over (it's the shape of the government that tends to differ). Plus it's an interesting insight into American politics in and of itself.
Did I mention ... read this book!
Reading it as a European makes me worried for Americans (although there is plenty of grounds for concern here too!). The latter sections are about public policy in the States, so only relevant as a comparison.
Nonetheless, I love Lustig's dedication and wish him every success in his campaigns.
Dr Lustig's book is not a normal diet book. He has no brand of merchandise to sell with it. His book is aimed at changing policy to improve general health and turn over the well established notion that a "all calories are equal". His aim is to explain why excess fructose and too little fibre is contributing to the biggest and most expensive healthcare issue of our time. He also explains on how things got to be the way they are and why we cannot expect change without grassroots action.
This book is not solely aimed for overweight and obese readers. It is aimed for anyone with an interest in their or their children's long term health, healthcare professionals, dieticians and above all policy makers.
Also... did I mention it is a good read?
However, the argument has been convincing enough for me to go sugar free(except fruits) for the last 3 weeks. I was surprised how easy this was for me. My moods are more stable generally and I've become very sensitive to anything remotely sugary. My appetite is less labile too (I don't suddenly become hungry, it builds up). I'm a built 85kg guy with a pair of love handles - yet to see movement on that front but don't expect anything for a while.