"Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing it Forever"
By William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J.C. Gaulin, PH.D.
Hudson Street Press 2012
I’ve never been a dieter. I don't buy low-fat or fat-free anything. I don't find value in restricting or counting calories. You will never find an ounce of margarine or trendy sweeteners like Truvia in my household. I eat food, real food, when I’m hungry and feel no remorse about it.
Why Women Need Fat initially peaked my interest because I’m one of those crazy rare people in America that believes in eat whole foods, getting frequent exercise, and acknowledging that my weight is what it is because the way my body is programmed and a diet may not permanently change that. I recognize that fat is just as necessary as muscle and that I am not defined by my weight. I cannot modify or alter my DNA in any way, shape, or form and I'm okay with this. My body looks the way it does because it was meant to look this way.
That being said, I think 100% of all diets are bogus and often find myself extremely frustrated that the American public is often mislead and buys into unsupported diet claims that rarely lead to results and leave people feeling like they are on a never ending cycle to conquer those last few unwanted pounds.
But I generally keep those opinions to myself because I am fortunate enough to be naturally thin and no one wants to hear a thin woman rave on and on about how no matter how much she eats her weight is easily maintainable.
I'll just punch myself in the face for that now.
Why Women Need Fat addresses some of the common misconceptions that Americans have regarding weight and the standard American diet. The amount of food-like substances that we ingest is this country is insane where processed convenience items have somehow overtaken our diets and considerably outweigh real foods. What ever happened to the days of full fat milk and eggs fried in bacon fat?
These food-like substances that we swear by are filled with chemical compounds to resemble the real foods we are so afraid of and contain high levels of omega 6 which actually increase weight. And the worst part...most of these faux foods don't even taste good!
My favorite quote in this entire book,
"Trying to fool Mother Nature is not always a good thing"
Well said gentlemen.
What I like about this book:
- It doesn't tell you what and how much to eat to get to your desired weight.
- There is no multi step plan that promises to melt off those last few pounds.
- The last 65 pages of the book have been dedicated to the resources by which the authors have come to their conclusions.
- The book has a logical layout and begins with providing background info of why our country has the misconceptions that it does.
- It shows that education is the key to any successful weight maintenance and to not believe every claim you hear. Do your homework people, know what you are eating!
- It brings to surface logic in relation to weight. Unfortunately for women, we all cannot be 5'6 120 lbs. Our bodies are meant for childbearing.
What I don't like about this book:
- At time my mind was lost in the overflow of scientific terms. Omega 3, DHA, Omega 6, alpha-linolenic acid, hypothalamus, leptin, EPA, etc. Not necessarily a reflection of the book, just the way my mind takes the information in.
- There were a lot of hypothetical persons in hypothetical scenarios throughout the book, it was difficult to keep all of their elaborate stories straight.
- I think that this book could be perceived by people who have been on the unending quest to conquer their weight poorly because it very clearly concludes that we cannot all be thin.
If you are like me and are interested in learning more about why women's bodies are programmed the way they are, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of Why Women Need Fat and maybe joining in on the Blogher book discussion.
Disclosure: This is a paid review for Blogher Book Club, but all the opinions expressed here are my own.