The book was pretty short and sweet compared to Taubes other tomes. The end result of the book is a plan he outlines to avoid the insulin driving carbohydrates. So I'm giving it a go. 8 lbs down in 2.5 weeks isn't bad at all.
When Hungry, Eat:
Meat, Eggs, Fish
Up to 2 cups or so of leafy greens per day
Up to 1 cup of above ground veggies per day
(in the beginning those may be good as a minimum, but for the greens averse people, don't sweat it)
Optional things to add in:
2 Pickles (not sweet)
6 Olives (I do 6 ish...)
4 TBS Cream
4 TBS Mayo (I don't really like Mayo)
4 oz Cheese (any kind but Velveeta or American processed product)
Avocado 1/2 a large or a whole small
Pepperoni, Salami, Lunchmeat without sugar
Up to 3 cups of Coffee (heavy cream is good in there)
After desired weight loss, add in as an experiment. Avoid beer.
DO NOT EAT:
Sugar, Milk, Grains, Beans, Corn, Potatoes (or Sweet Potatoes), Dried Peas, Carrots or other underground Veggies, Fruit (Berries, up to 1/4 cup per day can be included if desired)
This guy is not affiliated with Gary Taubes, but he gives a nice little visual on how it works.