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Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret About How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat Paperback – March 13, 2014
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Since 2006, Mike Mutzel has blended his formal education, a degree in biology and graduate work in clinical nutrition, with his competitive athletic background and personal training experience to help others improve their health. He completed his graduate studies in the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) program through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and he continually works with healthcare professionals as a functional medicine consultant. He regularly conducts live webinars and workshops to help healthcare professionals keep abreast of the rapid advancements in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, and immunity.
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I am someone who benefited from much of the same recommendations in the book. Without initially being technically obese, I lost 6 inches on my waist. Every marker of health has improved. My autoimmune diseases and inflammation problems are gone. Predictive markers of disease are not only improved but are very good. My blood sugar is under control for the first time in decades.
I did not have the benefit of this book when I put together my diet. I read the studies myself. But for me, reading the studies was like reading the pages of a novel in random order. Seeing how everything fits together was near impossible. I often thought about writing everything out and organizing it, but now there is no need. I've got this book. And the story is even more amazing than I knew. I learned a lot from this book, and some areas I want to explore more. All the references I need are fully listed in the book. Like one reviewer, I wish they were linked in the Kindle edition, but I'll live. In fact, I just bought the paperback to make life easier for me.
Here's the main shortcoming of the book in my opinion: it is not a book I'd recommend to someone who is not already fully committed to the idea that it all starts with making the gut microbiota healthy. I've had friends and family who have watched my transformation, and they want to understand how it works. But they won't make the initial commitment to read the one or two studies I send them, much less a whole book of this level. It's a graduate level text, while they are looking for easy reading that puts the picture together but in a simple way with clearly delineated recommendations. This is not a book I can give to them for their purposes. I wish it were because I want everyone to know how to change their health.
Like I said, I had to put my own diet together because this book did not exist. As such, I feel the diet recommendations are perhaps the weakest part of the book. I agree with every recommendation, but it's a first step in my opinion. In particular, I agree with the idea that inulin is perhaps the most important fiber for feeding the gut. But there are lots of other fibers too, and they have different effects. Some effects specific to certain illnesses that, in my experience, go beyond what inulin alone does. And I view fiber supplementation as necessary to augment the low fiber content of today's cultivated vegetables - but the plants should come first, the supplements second.
I love this book for what it accomplishes. I bought two copies for myself. I'd love to read a sequel aimed at a broader audience. Maybe one that incorporates the experiences of formerly sick people like myself.
He also gives very practical advice on patterns of eating, exercise, sleep, diet planning and nutraceuticals we should be taking and I have changed my routines because of it.
Thank you Mike for this excellent book which I feel is a must for any practitioner really wanting to optimize their patient's health and reduce their risk of dangerous disease.
Dirk Parvus MD
This book is very fact heavy and quotes a lot of good information from others but over half of the book is references location. Seriously about 50% of this book was just listing references.
I was hoping for a plan...at least something loose like have these tests find this info eat like this... but this book had very little. I love listening to functional medicine podcasts and reading info written by them and recognizes this author's name... but quite disappointed and wish I hadn't spent my money on this one.