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Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401604293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401604295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Book Review: Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad (Thomas Nelson, 2008)
by Barry Sears

"If you have a chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, or a neurological disorder), it's quite likely that a major underlying cause of your current condition comes from seemingly well-meaning governmental agricultural programs initiated more than 30 years ago."--Dr.Barry Sears

Dr. Sears spent two years researching Toxic Fat. This new book may be a bit controversial, but it may also be groundbreaking as the general public begins to read about why our country's citizens have physically changed during the last 25 years.

Dr. Sears mapped out Toxic Fat in 13 chapters covering: the obesity epidemic, nutrition, inflammation, good and toxic fat, toxic fat syndrome, his Zone plan, fish oil benefits, anti-inflammatory meals and recipes.

The Toxic Fat Syndrome--What is it?

Dr. Sears writes that the condition occurs when obesity is viewed as inflammation-induced and is either benign or malignant. As malignant, the fat acts like a tumor, it quickly spreads to every organ in the body. The process begins with excess body fat, spreading through the blood, resulting with chronic disease--Alzheimer's, allergies, asthma, Type-2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Signs of the silent inflammation are high triglycerides, low HDL, and high insulin.

Toxic Fat also includes several appendixes which should NOT be skipped over, but read thoroughly as they provide explanations from a doctor-researcher's understanding, made comprehensible to the general public.

* Blood Testing For Silent Inflammation--an important section about what you need to do for yourself.
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I got my copy of TFS a few days ago and was able to make my way through it in a single (long) night. It is a quick read, especially if you are familiar with the concepts from his previous books and don't have to re-read some of the more dense material.

I thought the book was excellent! It was certainly focused and you could tell that Dr. Sears went to a lot of effort to make the book digestible for new comers. He saved much of the science for the appendix section and even that was slightly watered down when compared to some of his other books.

In the past I have been very critical of folks that suffer from all the modern day afflictions caused by the food they eat yet, apparently, make no effort to change their habits. This book is extremely enlightening in that sense.

My only complaints, if there are any to be made, is that I felt like the book may have been a little too focused on the idea of 'toxic fat' and there were too many pages dedicated to recipes. Obviously this was a conscious decision by Dr Sears and when all of his books are viewed as a whole this complaint is pretty bogus.

The core message remains basically the same since 'Enter The Zone'. Each successive book is a slight evolution of his original dietary/lifestyle recommendations to make them either more effective or palpable to the general public. Each book supports those recommendations from slightly different angles and serves to deepen the argument for them.

What Dr Sears has built over the years is a pool of literature that justifies and explains a method to dramatically improve the health and well being of individuals and seems to be the only way out of what is increasingly being acknowledged as a worldwide inflammation epidemic.
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This book is an update to the series of books Sear's has written since 1993. It has new information for long-time Zone followers like me, but it was written for a newcomer. It must have been tough to write a book that contains years of developments, yet is simple enough for a novice to comprehend. Sear's did this by putting complex explanations in appendices. The text itself is about 150 pages, with the other half of the book containing the appendices and recipes.

The book puts forth the most convincing argument on why you need to eat according the Zone diet of any of Sear's books. The cancer analogy didn't work well for me, probably because I don't know much about tumors. That aside, after reading the book, you realize that most of America is doomed to poor health. It is too easy to eat poorly, and too disciplined to stay in the Zone. Only a few will experience the Zone's benefits and swim against the tide of cheap, fast food.

If you are new to the Zone, read this book and do the diet for a month. Q: What do you have to lose if you don't? A: Your quality of life, and worse.
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I've got pretty much every book Barry Sears ever wrote. So I know about the Zone diet, the physiology of it (insulin, eicosanoids, etc.), all those things he's been breaking ground with for years. Although I revere the man (he's never gotten enough credit for developing his diet and all the truly useful science he's made available to us laypeople, a fact that annoys me intensely), there are a few of his books that I was kind of sorry I bought because they seemed essentially to be repackaged older books. Other people have made that comment, too, and rightly so. But not this book.

All my life I have been a "junk food junkie", and it has hampered my success with any diet regimen I've ever undertaken, including the Zone. The science outlined in Sear's older work made it plain to me why I use food to self-medicate, but that information could also be found in other places. However, as I've gotten older the cravings have gotten worse and it's become increasingly difficult to control them. In this book Sears takes the information in his old books and synthesizes it into something essentially new, and even more informative. He fills in the gaps for people like me who have the almost uncontrollable urge to eat and have always wondered why.

I don't usually write reviews but I'm only on page 39 and had to stop and do it. This book is already a revelation to me and I highly recommend it.
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