Monday, October 08, 2007

NYTs Review of Gary Taubes' "Good Calories, Bad Calories"

From a short review of Gary Taubes' new book: Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease in yesterday's New York Times:
"As I read Taubes’s book, I kept wondering how he would deal with an obvious question. If low-carbohydrate diets are so wonderful, why is anyone fat? Most people who struggle with their weight have tried these diets and nearly all have regained everything they lost, as they do with other diets. What is the problem?

On Page 446, he finally tells us. Carbohydrates, he says, are addictive, and we’ve all gotten hooked. Those who try to break the habit start to crave them, just as an alcoholic craves a drink or a smoker craves a cigarette. But, he adds, if they are addictive, that “implies that the addiction can be overcome with sufficient time, effort and motivation.”

I’m sorry, but I’m not convinced."

- Gina Kolata, Carbophobia, NYTs Sunday Book Review, October 7, 2007

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