Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes.
I always thought fat was the enemy and I should eat more “healthy whole grains”. I did a great job at this! So, why was I twenty pounds overweight, borderline diabetic, borderline high blood pressure, doc wanted me on Crestor, and I generally felt like my health was declining? This book convinced me that fat was not my enemy; the problem was all the “healthy whole grains” I was eating. Everything I thought I knew was wrong. This book is well written and loaded with citations from the scientific articles the author used to draw his conclusions. It is not pop science. After reading this book, I entirely changed my family’s eating. Gone (almost completely) were the bread, pasta, and other grains. No sugar in my kitchen. No fake sugar. No potatoes or other starchy vegetables unless someone else was cooking for me (that’s called “being polite”. Hello grass fed meats, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and loads and loads of fresh green vegetables. The result was normal weight, normal blood pressure, normal blood lipids, normal blood sugar and a feeling of vibrant health. The result for my husband? He dropped from 200 to 170 pounds. He’s now at a studly 12% body fat and seriously improved his athletic performance. This book changed our life. If you are someone who can’t figure out why you gain weight despite eating “healthy”, if you are flirting with health problems that we assume just come with age, such as metabolic syndrome, then you really need to read this book!