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A Fat Lot of Good : How the Experts Got Food and Diet So Wrong and What You Can Do to Take Back Control of Your Health - Dr Peter Brukner

A Fat Lot of Good

How the Experts Got Food and Diet So Wrong and What You Can Do to Take Back Control of Your Health

Paperback Published: 30th April 2018
ISBN: 9780143787730
Number Of Pages: 368

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How to outsmart bad health advice and make simple changes for long-lasting energy, weight loss and wellbeing.

Like most doctors, Peter Brukner was trained to believe that drugs and surgery are the answers to all medical problems – including the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and other ‘modern illnesses’ that are threatening our healthcare system and the life expectancy of future generations. For years he was dismissive of any ‘alternative’ diets or lifestyle changes.

But that all changed when, facing the double threat of obesity and diabetes himself, his research led to a shocking realisation that overturned a lot of the medical ‘truth’ he’d taken for granted: our dietary guidelines and food pyramid have no scientific basis. So he switched to a low-carb, healthy fat lifestyle – and dropped 13 kilos, lowered his insulin levels and drastically improved his liver function in just three months.

In A Fat Lot of Good Dr Brukner busts the dietary myths we’ve been living by for decades and gives you all the information you need, in as simple a way as possible, to live a longer, healthier and – most importantly – more enjoyable life.

A Fat Lot of Good features:

  • The real reasons why we’re all getting fatter and less healthy
  • The lowdown on carbs, fats and proteins: what they do, which we actually need and how much
  • What you need to know about insulin, inflammation and the gut microbiome
  • Dr Brukner’s Five Golden Rules for a healthy lifestyle
  • Tips on reading food labels, making smart choices when eating out and buying real food on a budget
  • Advice on how to get the right levels of exercise, sleep and sun to boost your health
  • A selection of simple low-carb, healthy fat recipes to get you started
Packed full of the latest research and countless practical tips, A Fat Lot of Good is the complete toolkit for building the healthy lifestyle that’s right for you.

About the Author

Dr Peter Brukner OAM is a world-renowned Australian sports medicine clinician and researcher. Until recently the team doctor for the Australian cricket team, he has held similar positions at Liverpool FC, Melbourne and Collingwood AFL clubs, the Socceroos and with the national Olympic athletics team.

A Professor of Sports Medicine at La Trobe University, Peter is also the author of several books, including Clinical Sports Medicine and Food for Sport, and a founder of the SugarByHalf public health campaign. He lectures on health all over the world and appears regularly in the media, including Fox Footy TV, SEN Radio, ABC Radio and The Age.


Best book I've read all year.


The most informative and up to date book on healthy eating and how we've all been misguided by the food pyramid over the past 50 years. Worth reading at least 3 times. This book is a must for everyone. If we all adopted these changes, our healthcare system wouldn't be so under pressure and people would be living much healthier and happier lives!!



This book answered many questions


Very important to know about what you eat and how you can eat well without feeling unsure about your diet



Could not recommend this book more highly.


Highly recommended read/reference for anyone interested in a sound foundation guide re diet/health.



Excellent read


Eat more fat will make you feel full, but if you eat too much of anything you will get fatter. The importance of many items for a good healthy life. Eating low carbohydrate is the recommendation. Moderation is as usual the key. Written by an Australian.




5.0 4


ISBN: 9780143787730
ISBN-10: 014378773X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th April 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1