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Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell: Winning Weight Control Strategies for Women Over 35 to Stay Fit Through Menopause Paperback – May 5, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0786884124 ISBN-10: 0786884126 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (May 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786884126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786884124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Menopausal weight gain is "the most stubborn weight gain you'll ever experience," says Debra Waterhouse in Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell. This book follows her bestselling Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell, customizing the program for women ages 35 to 55. The book is easy to read, makes difficult concepts simple to understand, and has helpful checklists to keep you on track.

Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell explains the role of fat cells before and during menopause and why midlife weight gain is such a pervasive problem. A woman's 30 billion fat cells get bigger and "more stubborn" during midlife, explains Waterhouse, because when they detect a lowered estrogen level, they step in to produce more estrogen and get larger as they get more active. Dieting doesn't work; instead of slimming your body, it thins your hair, muscles, skin, bones--and thinking. To combat these effects, Waterhouse explains how to work with your new menopausal physiology to minimize weight gain. You learn strategies of attitude, exercise, eating habits (including dealing with cravings), food choices, and stress management. For example, exercise at midlife fights fatigue, reduces mental sluggishness, improves sleep, stabilizes moods, reduces the severity of hot flashes, strengthens bones, and reduces the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Waterhouse (Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell, LJ 3/15/93) now turns her attention to the perimenopause, which she says can last 20 years, from the mid-30s to the mid-50s. During this period, the body is programmed to gain weight and to redistribute it on the body, since fat cells in the waist area produce estrogen and help the body to deal with its dwindling supply. Diets simply spur the body to conserve more fat. The fat actually helps to reduce the unpleasant effects of menopause, so we don't really want it to disappear. Waterhouse's "meno-positive" approach emphasizes eating a variety of foods at five or six small daily meals and incorporating a muscle-building exercise regimen into one's daily life. Sensible and sane, this volume deserves to be as popular as her previous book. Highly recommended.
-ASusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Someone suggested I read this book anyway, and I'm glad I did.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By booklass VINE VOICE on December 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read a lot. A whole lot, and it's not just limited to health and fitness books, either. However, the book that I recommend the most is this one, Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell by Debra Waterhouse. I have it on my wish list, but I've already taken it out of the library and read it four times, front to back. Why? Well, Dr. Waterhouse has written a clear, concise, sometimes humorous self help book that is actually HELPFUL! She explains what the changes are that a woman from around 35-55 might go through, why it is so easy to gain weight and so difficult to get it off, why we start gaining in our tummies, why all of the things we did in our twenties to lose suddenly don't work anymore, and why we need to make peace with these changes and respect what our bodies are trying to do for us. Her writing style is practical, upbeat, and motivating. Her recommendations for how to halt spare tire encroachment make sense and genuinely work. Her advice also provides the added benefit of halting osteoporosis, and maybe even reversing it. No gimmicks here. No magic bullets. But you also won't have to live on bean sprouts and tofu(unless you want to). The author gives you permission to weigh a few pounds above the recommended insurance charts, and the means to see that it looks good on you. I've read and recommended some other health and fitness books that are quite good, but none surpass this one. It needs to be on every woman's shelf. Period.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By dbuchanan@uswest.net on September 11, 1999
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I'm 45 and exercise regularly and was dieting yet continued to gain weight. This book helped me to understand why my body was not co-operating with me. I started eating more often and increased my activity level and in two weeks I finally lost 4 pounds. The book has a very positive approach to the menopause experience.
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122 of 129 people found the following review helpful By P. Lozar on September 13, 1999
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I'm a fat acceptance advocate who hates diet books on principle. Someone suggested I read this book anyway, and I'm glad I did. It confirmed the conclusions I've come to on my own after many unhappy years of struggling with an illusory "weight problem": diets make you fatter, skipping meals is bad for you, there are no "bad foods," you should listen to your body and eat when you're hungry, and the only way to stay in shape is to exercise. Her theoretical explanations made a lot of sense, and her attitude was reassuring: this is the way a woman's body WORKS, and if you gain some weight or change shape in midlife it's not because you're "doing something wrong." I don't agree with her completely: I think she's unnecessarily judgmental about "emotional eating" (if you're under stress and can't do anything else to alleviate it, is it better to overeat for a few weeks or to take up smoking?). Also, she seems to feel that the only way to build strength is to work out with free weights, but many other exercise programs can have the same effect -- even yoga, if you select the right asanas to practice. Still, in general, hers is the ONLY sensible approach to managing one's weight that I've ever read (any diet book that lists the National Association for Fat Acceptance as a "support group" is all right with me!), and I'd like to recommend that every woman (fat or thin) read it as she enters midlife.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
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I went to bed one night relatively trim and able to fit in my clothes. I woke up the next day and I had a "stomach!" That's how it seemed at least and I didn't know why. I was aware that I had seen the same thing happen to many of my friends at about the same age and didn't know why. My eating habits hadn't changed; I never was an exercise buff...but why suddenly this mid-life bulge?
I ran across this book quite by chance and the cover caught my eye. I wanted to know how to "outsmart the mid-life fat cell" and I was certain it existed. This book was better than the best novel. I couldn't put it down. It was so easy to ready and understand and supplied graphics to further explain the reasoning and science behind each explanation.
I am well on my way to outsmarting the fat cell and it is easy. The book is really very sensible and not a fad diet. The authors credentials give the book the crediability it needs to be taken seriously and has dependable, seemingly accurate explanations. Not to be missed.
Actually, I think when every women turns "50ish" it should appear in their mailbox from....?
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By vcrain@yahoo.com on June 1, 1999
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One of the best books I've read in years. It's filled with facts, based on reality, and is easy to read. The author uses analogies, stories and humor to educate the reader. I highly recommend this book to all women over 35 AND their mates. You'll be glad to know you AREN'T imagining things, it's NOT in your head, and you aren't alone! When you finish, you'll know what's happening to you, why, and how to live with it postively. I laughed, I cried, and I've already loaned my copy out.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on April 7, 2006
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In my own subconsciously arrogant way I used to believe that as long as I didn't overeat and exercised I would never gain excess weight. Well, this last year has been a very humbling experience. I am about to turn 40. ALMOST OVERNIGHT it seemed like everything was fitting more snugly than it used to, especially around my midsection (this was the one body part that never used to give me grief). I figured, cut back on my food a bit, and bump up the exercise. Still nothing... if anything I seemed to be getting bigger! I finally got on the dreaded scale and I had gained 10-15 lbs. in the last year. I'm now wearing 10s and 12s. Yikes!

So I see this book in the bookstore and know that I have to buy it. This has been one of the best purchases I have made this year. It thoroughly explains WHY I am gaining this weight and why it is going to my midsecion rather than its former favorite areas, my rear end and thighs.

It explains why dieting is the worst possible thing I could be doing. Why lunch should be my largest meal, and why 5-6 smaller meals make more sense than two or three, with starving sessions in-between.

It explains why exercise is the most beneficial thing I can do right now, and how combining daily exercise (an hour of aerobic activity a day) with small meals is the most efficient way to fight our midlife fat cells. We should also do strength training 3X/week to keep our metabolism raised.

But like anything else, we can't go overboard on exercising any more than we can go overboard on the dieting. During this time in our lives, our body is programmed to go into survival mode any time we deprive our body of food or we exercise too much.
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