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If you're a woman over 40, you are undergoing physical and emotional changes, declining metabolism, fat deposits at your waistline, decreased energy, mood swings, food cravings--do we need to continue this list? Now pile on chronic, long-term stress (which the author terms toxic stress), which hits women between 40 and 60 and leads to self-destructive eating behavior. "Uncontrolled or toxic stress keeps the refueling appetite on, thus inducing stress eating and weight gain," Peeke explains. The stress triggers are constant, so the body never gets to turn off the stress response. The weight gained from this chronic, toxic stress--toxic weight--settles inside the abdomen and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Peeke explains the association between stress and fat gain, and describes the stress/eating cycle ("the itch you can't scratch"). Then she teaches tools for "regrouping": formulating and following a contingency plan of nutrition, exercise, and self-care. Next are suggestions for a nutritional plan tied to stressful times of the day and an explanation of food needs after age 40. In the final chapters, Peeke nudges us to exercise to relieve stress, reduce body fat, and benefit overall health. Peeke is a highly regarded scientist and clinician who studies the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health. She's also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and works with Vice President Gore as the Medical Director of the National Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer. --Joan Price

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Nutritional expert Peeke, who has just completed three years at the National Institutes of Health studying the relationship between stress and fat, here reveals what she found. Expect tons of publicity on this one.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (April 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670889199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670889198
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Greetings from New Mexico on August 25, 2000
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To sum up this review- just go buy this book! If you found this book as part of a frantic search for another "diet miracle"...you may have just found it- only in a very different form! For me, the diet books and plans were part of my desperate search for the answers as to how I could manipulate the food, move my body and suddenly (and quickly) escape this burden of fat and unhealthiness.
I instinctively knew as I committed to each diet, exercised until I dropped and obsessed about food, something was very wrong with this entire drama. Was I just born with defective will-power? Was my metabolism so slow that a cookie meant no jeans for a week? I just could not find a medically sound explanation as what in the world was going on and why I kept failing. Being smart, well-educated and tenacious wasn't enough. Having tried so many plans and having purchased an entire library of books... nothing had changed and I was still lost as to how to fix it. The "fat experts" and medical community had let me down and I had no idea what to believe. Every Monday morning I would pledge a new insane plan of attack!
"Fight Fat After Forty" IS the answer to this dieting insanity and could be anyone's escape from "dieter's hell". Dr. Pamela Peeke has tackled this dilemma from a scientific- "let's figure this mess out" approach. She actually used "women" in her studies and has based all of her findings on what she and her associates discovered regarding the vicious cycle and patterns of weight management. You will learn exactly what is really happening to you and why the "dieting game" is so destructive and unproductive!
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While the book may be aimed at women and uses case histories from a number of Dr. Peeke's women patients, the larger lesson is about fat and stress and that is not just a woman's issue. I'm a marathoner, running seven races in the last 15 years. I slowed down my training and stopped competing in races when work and travel took up more and more time. That drop in exercise, along with natural aging and a slowing metabolism made me a prime candidate for the "toxic weight" that Dr. Peeke talks about. I know I'm at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes and her book has been a wake up call for me to get back into exercise and put into effect the good lessons she writes about. I'm paying attention to my "carb clock" and watching what I eat after 5 pm. I'm finding ways to fit exercise back into my life and that includes trips to a gym for planned strength workouts with a trainer, a direct result of her lesson on "make time for yourself." I recommend that men don't let the case studies about women get in the way of the good information in this book.
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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful By carrie on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It took me years of failed dieting and finally two years of therapy to discover that the root of my weight trouble was caused by low self-esteem which led to excessive spending. I wish I had read this book years ago along with the other book mentioned, "SIMPLE MONEY SOLUTIONS," by Nancy Lloyd. Each book has shown me unique ways to control the "excesses" in my life and slim down my debt and my waistline. My blood pressure has also dropped (without the use of medication) because I no longer feel stressed all the time and I am finally HAPPY!
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Pat on June 25, 2002
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I would bet there are tons of women like me who have gained weight eating the way I did, not much food during the day and compulsive cravings at night. Duh, why didn't I figure this out. I'm smart. Heck, I've purchased and read every diet book out there. Dr. Peeke's book and approach to eating works and it works effortlessly without crazy diets. I've lost over 20 lbs in 2 months without dieting. I merely changed my eating schedule to get most of my calories in before 5pm, no starches after 5pm and no food after 8pm. I even cheat at night a bit by having a piece of fruit or an ice cream bar occasionally. The big surprise - I'm not hungry at night - no cravings. Why? Because I'm eating properly and often during the day, starting with breakfast. Like most people, I'm not always hungry in the morning, but I make it a point to eat a good balance of protein, fat and carbs every 3 hrs from breakfast on until 5pm and I feel wonderful, no hunger, no wild cravings. Normal eating, normal living, no dieting, no binges. This is so easy, so liveable and the weight is dropping steadily.
Buy this book, follow the advice and you will lose weight while eating well. Such a simple change, but what a difference. I can't imagine not eating like this now. It's so nice to feel satisfied and not experience the compulsive night cravings any longer. This is a lifestyle strategy I can live with forever; only wish I had bought her book sooner.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Suzi Jones on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fight Fat After Forty, brings such understanding to so many questions I've had and some of the stories parallel my own situation. It's very interesting how the studies have come about to help find solutions to this "constant weight battle" and stress. Finally, so many things I've pondered are being confirmed. As a single parent I have been operating under extreme stress for several years. Though I've fought the yo-yo weight all my life, I am now 45 and I just don't have the strength to do it again. However, because my children as well as myself worry about a heart attack or other ailment I am establishing healthy practices for the rest of my life. I just recently purchased a treadmill and am eating different. But something I couldn't understand was why I kept so much weight around my waist! I use to lose all over fairly evenly and always had a waist. It's been very discouraging to work so hard with the results taking four times as long as it used to! There are so many "programs" out there and it wearies me to feel I am so far behind. I've always been the "show me" kind and this really makes sense! I thank the Lord for giving understanding, reminding me I am not alone and Pamela Peeke for bringing "Us" hope.
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