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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307336522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307336521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While it may have once been true that the French have no weight problems, that's no longer the case: at the current rate, the French could be as fat as Americans by 2020. Neurophysiologist Clower (The Fat Fallacy) acknowledges only research supporting his premise, however, in this more pragmatic version of the bestselling French Women Don't Get Fat. Clower picks apart our bad habits and replaces them with healthier (and, incidentally, "French" ones), pushing, for instance, the French habit of obtaining calcium from food rather than supplements, quoting data indicating supplements are linked to kidney stones. In another example, he pits the French practice of eating butter against the American penchant toward margarine, citing butter as healthier. He later admits this is only true if you eat a little butter (eat a little margarine and the results will be similar). And so it goes throughout this sentimental homage to the French. The advice is, at heart, sound: eat fresh foods and smaller portions, and exercise more. Readers who would like to accomplish this nibbling Camembert while walking along the Seine will be pleased, although a stroll through the American food pyramid will net similar, though admittedly less romantic, results. (On sale Apr. 11)
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Praise for Dr. Will Clower’s The Fat Fallacy

“How is it that the French eat better and stay thinner than Americans? This book is the most complete and convincing answer I’ve ever seen.” —Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence

“Times have changed and so has nutritional advice. . . . The Fat Fallacy tells you how to eat delicious food again and still be healthy.” —Dean Edell, M.D., author of Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: America’s Doctor Tells You Why the Health Experts Are Wrong

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I read this book and started seeing changes in my life immediately.
You will want to argue and fight against the notion that eating regular food will actually be good for you.
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This is an excellent book which makes both interesting and enjoyable reading.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Renee Fritcher on July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read The Fat Fallacy, taken Dr. Clowers' PATH training, and met the man in person. This book is like sitting down and having a conversation with him. It's clarity, it's promise, it's decadence in moderation.

I owe my life to Dr. Clower. In 2004 I had hit my highest weight ever, been diagnosed with chronic hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, and I could barely move or walk without pain and being out of breath. I was on the verge of submitting to weight loss surgery! I wholeheartedly adopted the principles in the book "The Fat Fallacy" and I've dropped nearly 70 pounds, reduced my hypertension, nearly reversed my diabetes AND had a happy, healthy bouncing baby boy! And, no weight loss surgery, either.

And this was accomplished even without all the wonderful information I've learned in the last couple of months with the PATH training and what is in "The French Don't Diet". I realize now that I have more room for improvement and I'm eager for the changes and continued good health and weight loss. Never has eating and being active been so fun and delicious.

I've never lived a 'low-fat' life, but I did overeat for decades and I ate many bad-for-me foods. Now, I don't eat it if I don't know what's in it, I don't buy it without looking at the ingredients, and I've begun to step out of my comfort zone and actually prepared foods for myself like bread, gravies, salad dressings. Things I felt inept at creating, so I bought pre-packaged and pre-prepared versions chock full of chemicals and faux foods and health-sapping components. I've tried several recipes in Dr. Clower's books and they are amazing! And easy! So easy it's crazy. I spent years avoiding creating in the kitchen out of fear. Fear and laziness. Something the food industry capitalizes on. But, not anymore!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Pendergrass on July 30, 2006
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A couple of years ago I swore off diets forever, and I still think it's one of the best moves I've ever made. So why did I pick up this book? I wasn't enjoying my meals like I thought I should, and enough of an obsession with food remained in my psyche to spoil my peace of mind. Past experiences with the European approach to eating had been wonderful, so I was curious to see what Dr. Clower would say. I read the book as a "how to eat well and love it" manual rather than a "lose weight" guide, avoiding parts of the book that even hinted at calorie or portion recommendations. The results have been great. For the past six weeks, by eating higher-quality and tastier food, slowing down and really relishing my food, making mealtimes a relaxing break in the day, etc. I've been enjoying my food more than I have in years. Rarely do I feel any anxiety about food and mealtimes now. Also, I've been fascinated at how this approach really makes me satisfied with less. I always thought eating less would mean less to enjoy, but this hasn't been the case. When I'm satisfied after a few bites, I just look forward to the next meal. Enjoying my meals and rarely having that too-stuffed feeling is a wonderful change. Eating less has also balanced out the expense of switching to better food. I've lost some weight, all while drinking whole milk, eating 2 or 3 leisurely meals rather than the diet-gurus' recommended but unmanageable 5 to 6 meals a day, not obsessing over carbs, etc--in other words, while breaking all kinds of diet rules. What beautiful irony! But the best thing about this approach is the sense of well-being and peace it promotes. Read selectively, this book helped me step farther away from the artificial, diet-obsessed insanity that's out there.Read more ›
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Carla on July 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wouldn't you stick with a program that encourages you to enjoy moderate amounts of artisan bread, butter, cheese, wine, and chocolate? There are so many contradictory messages today about what we should or shouldn't be eating - it is a relief to find someone promoting moderation and common sense. This book builds on the principles of Dr. Clower's first book The Fat Fallacy and provides real-life techniques to help you enjoy real food, manage stress and improve your health. Too often, North Americans are "penny wise and dollar foolish" about their eating habits; focusing on micromanaging every nutrient instead of changing the lifestyle habits that contribute to bad health and excess weight.

I've been following Dr. Clower's advice for over two years and it has greatly improved my health. I've lost those last few pounds, my gastro problems are gone, my skin tone has improved and my cholesterol levels are great all from eating real food in moderate amounts. Since I've been cooking with a moderate amount of real fat (butter, olive and nut oils), my family and I have been eating more vegetables - they just taste better. I shop for ingredients not products. Yes we eat white bread, but it's wonderful chewy artisan bread that tastes great so one or two small slices is all you need to feel satisfied. I rarely eat fast food, junk food or candy now; not because I don't think I should, but because I've lost my taste for it. So if you want to relax, enjoy your food, lose weight and improve your health, I recommend that you buy this book.
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