Gary Taubes, author of the life-changing (for me, at any rate) book Good Calories, Bad Calories now has a blog, and  a new book coming out this month – Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It. That would make a nice late Christmas present.

Coming out two weeks before that, in fact, this next Tuesday, is Tim Ferriss‘ new one, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. I enjoyed his first book, the 4-hour Workweek, which, while not exactly containing world-shattering new information is useful in providing in one place information and a perspective that would have taken vast effort to compile. It hasn’t changed my life – but I hope it will in the new year. At least a little, anyway. I think the new one will be a useful companion piece to the information I’ve already assembled for the whole diet/exercise program I’m now following.

I’ll post a review once I get it.


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    Karen’s begun reading the 4 hour book, and wonders whether it’s possible to run a house on a diet such as he proposes.

    Not whether it will work, mind you – whether Gnat and I will mutiny.

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    I’ve just about finished it. It’s remarkably buckethead-affirming. The core recommendations for diet and exercise are essentially the paleo and superslow that I’ve talked about previously. Thanks to Aretae for pointing me in those directions.

    We’ve experienced difficulty in moving to a paleo diet in our house – the extreme pickiness of the boy, and Mrs. Buckethead’s pregnancy have slowed things. Still, we hope to be largely there for everyone by summer, and the wife and I will be soon after the arrival of #3 daughter.

    The hardest part for me initially was giving up bread. But that’s now become such a habit that I’m no longer tempted. Bread doesn’t even taste good to me any more.

    What tempts me now is sweetish things – like the chocolate cookies I ran across yesterday. Which is ironic, seeing as I never had much of a sweet tooth.

    All in all, losing 40 pounds with such little effort is well worth it. If I can unload the last 20 lbs of fat, I’ll be in the catbird seat.

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