Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( He is the author of 'The Case For Keto' (2020), 'The Case Against Sugar' (2016), 'Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It' (2011) and 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' (2007), (published as 'The Diet Delusion' in the UK).

Gary is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. He is the first print journalist to win this award three times.

Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.” —The New York Times

What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions. Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions.

Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

Complete with an easy-to-follow diet.  Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions.

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. 

After a century of misunderstanding the differences between diet, weight control, and health, The Case for Keto revolutionizes how we think about healthy eating—from the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat and The Case Against Sugar.

Based on twenty years of investigative reporting and interviews with 100 practicing physicians who embrace the keto lifestyle as the best prescription for their patients' health, Gary Taubes gives us a manifesto for the twenty-first-century fight against obesity and diabetes.

For years, health organizations have preached the same rules for losing weight: restrict your calories, eat less, exercise more. So why doesn't it work for everyone? Taubes, whose seminal book Good Calories, Bad Calories and cover stories for The New York Times Magazine changed the way we look at nutrition and health, sets the record straight.

The Case for Keto puts the ketogenic diet movement in the necessary historical and scientific perspective. It makes clear the vital misconceptions in how we've come to think about obesity and diet (no, people do not become fat simply because they eat too much; hormones play the critical role) and uses the collected clinical experience of the medical community to provide essential practical advice.

Taubes reveals why the established rules about eating healthy might be the wrong approach to weight loss for millions of people, and how low-carbohydrate, high-fat/ketogenic diets can help so many of us achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life.

The Diet Delusion

by Gary Taubes

Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago. "The Diet Delusion" is an in-depth, scientific, groundbreaking examination of what actually happens in your body as a result of what you eat, rather than what the diet industry might have you believe happens and is essential reading for anyone trying to decide which diet - low-fat or low-carbohydrate - is truly the healthy diet. For years we have been deluded by the dieting industry. Now it's time to find out the truth.

This groundbreaking book by award-winning science writer and bestselling author of Why We Get Fat and The Case for Keto shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

Called “a very important book,” by Andrew Weil and ”destined to change the way we think about food,” by Michael Pollan, this groundbreaking book by award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

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What is it that causes people to get fat even when they are counting calories and exercising? Discover the real cause of obesity that contradicts conventional health advice-and how you can eliminate it from your life for good to become lean and healthy.

Why We Get Fat is a look into the modern western diet, and how one food group, traditionally touted as 'healthy', is actually contributing to the worldwide obesity epidemic. It discusses the common misconceptions about diet that cause people around the world to avoid the best foods while choosing the worst, and provides an alternative, more effective method for dieters to slim down and get more energy. Choosing the right menu options makes all the difference.

It should come as no surprise that low calorie and low fat diets rarely accomplish what they are expected to do—improve health and slim waistlines. Likewise, exercise, however beneficial it may be to fitness, only increases appetite and so often hinders weight loss.

In this sharp and persuasive piece, acclaimed and bestselling science writer Gary Taubes exposes erroneous nutritional guidelines and finally provides evidence to curb misguided “calories-in, calories-out” model for why we get fat.

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¿Por qué algunas personas son delgadas y otras gordas? ¿Qué papel juegan la genética y los ejercicios en nuestro peso? ¿Qué alimentos debemos comer y qué alimentos debemos evitar? ¿Por qué engordamos? responde estas preguntas y mejora nuestra comprension acerca de las calorias, grasas, carbohidratos, colesterol, resistencia a la insulina, metabolismo, ejecicios, genética y la epidemia de obesidad.

Taubes reconsidera la apremiante pregunta sobre qué nos hace engordar y cómo podemos cambiar, pone en evidencia la errónea ciencia de la nutrición del último siglo —nada más equivocado que el modelo de "calorías que ingieres, calorías que gastas"— presentando la ciencia correcta que ha sido ignorada, especialmente en relación con la regulación de la insulina de nuestro tejido adiposo. Persuasivo, directo y práctico, ¿Por qué engordamos? es una guía esencial para la nutrición y el control de peso.

Aqueles que se sentem condenados a viver com sobrepeso fariam bem em digerir todas as palavras do livro de Gary Taubes [...]. Pode significar uma mudança de vida para muitos.” The Guardian “Taubes ilumina nossa relação alimentar com gorduras e carboidratos e o que isso pode ter a ver com índices crescentes de obesidade, diabetes, aterosclerose, doenças cardíacas, câncer e até mesmo demência.” Medscape “O trabalho de Gary Taubes mudou nossa percepção sobre a alimentação.” Gretchen Rubin, autora de The Happiness Project “Este é o livro que todos os profissionais da saúde devem ler para entender a obesidade e a diabetes e como tratá-las.” Kevin Fontaine, professor da Escola de Saúde Pública da Universidade de Alabama A pós um século de concepções equivocadas sobre dieta, controle de peso e saúde, Em defesa da dieta cetogênica revoluciona o modo de pensar o nosso organismo. Coloca em ­xeque ideias preconcebidas acerca da alimentação e prevenção das ­doenças que mais matam hoje, e mostra por que a dieta cetogênica (pobre em carboidratos e rica em gorduras) é a chave para se perder peso – de uma vez por todas. Como perder peso definitivamente Coma menos, gaste mais energia: um mantra conhecido como o segredo para uma vida saudável, do qual poucos discordariam. Por trás dessa orientação, estão dogmas sobre ingestão calórica e gasto de energia que tomaram o mundo – e a academia – a partir da década de 1950. E, no entanto, nunca a obesidade e a diabetes, duas das principais doenças ligadas à alimentação, foram tão prevalentes. Essa receita para uma vida saudável vem deixando na mão boa parte da população, que simplesmente não consegue se manter magra. O que está acontecendo?