- 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)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My all time favorite book in the area of nutrition. Dr. Sears provides here virtually everything on Omega-3 fatty acids, definitely a landmark in this category . Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Selcuk Ozdemir
Read the book, apply what it says, and your life will be changed for the better.Published 18 months ago by Ewabear
Dr. Barry Sears is the best. Love all his books about the Zone and love the Zone products especially one perfect barsPublished 22 months ago by Betty J Knight
This book is written by a scientist..and if that is not enough reason to read it, then what is? He explains very clearly the issue of inflammation on the inside of your body. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Diane N.
I originally thought that a diet book was going to be too hard to understand and boring, but this book is laid out beautifully with easy to understand menus and ideas for quick... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by JeffBlumenthal
This book was an eye opener health wise.
Some of the recommendations, such as fish oil are the easy part of this diet. The rest of the diet is difficult. Read more