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Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health Paperback – July 18, 2002
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Do yourself a favor-- find this book and read it as soon as possible.
The first two sections of this book show a study in selective reasoning by the medical establishment. Gaesser provides a mountain of evidence that all we've been told by the insurance industry, the medical industry, and the fitness over the last half-century or so regarding weight loss is a lie. We hear some of it now and again on the news, especially how low weight is linked to osteoporosis, but you've never seen this much of it together all in one place. Gaesser's position is that exercise, not weight, is primarily responsible for a person's health, and that "exercise" as we know it today (high-impact aerobic exercise) is not the be-all and end-all foisted upon us. All of which points out why overweight and obese people should be reading it (and popularizing it), and they are its target audience to be sure, but Gaesser makes a lot of noise about the normal- or underweight unfit, too.
The first two parts of the book are the theory, the third part is the practice. Gaesser provides a simple, easy-to-follow exercise regimen suggestion, infinitely customizable for the average person, and dietary suggestions without ever proposing a diet per se; his goal is to steer us towards eating healthier rather than rationing out what we can and can't eat. Again, the thin will benefit from following his guidelines just as much as the overweight. It's all common sense, of course, but he does point out a number of things that may surprise the average grocery shopper (for example, the actual amount of fat to be found in whole milk, which is staggering).Read more ›
The concepts will assist you in coaching and supporting your clients to achieve realistic fitness goals and healthy eating behaviors for a lifetime! A MUST read for anyone who has battled to achieve an elusive body weight, that someone somewhere, told them was ideal. For anyone who has suffered through any diet - a must read
He feels the obsession of a person's weight needs to be dropped mostly because weight loss is no guarantee for improved health. With his book he hopes to reshape your thinking on the various aspects of body weight and health, I think he will. Obviously, some facts are unquestionable if you eat only bad food and don't exercise you're in trouble. But overweight people can be strong and healthy; sometimes stronger and healthier than their slim counterparts.
With simple truths and simple facts Glenn explains how our expectations of body weight have been directed by insurance companies, the diet industry (30 billion plus industry), the fashion industry and of course media appeal. He thinks we should be focusing on metabolic fitness instead of weight. He discusses in great detail his views on metabolic fitness.
Glenn succeeds in taking the focus off weight. Instead he sheds light on the importance of physical activity over "exercise". The purpose of the physical activity is not to lose weight but to be healthy by moving. Lo-Carb-ers will not be impressed with the Nutrition for Metabolic Fitness section but I like how he encourages adding instead of taking away. According to him "No foods are strictly off limits."
A lot of what's discussed are the studies ignored over the last 20+ years showing body fat is not the problem.Read more ›
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This book is helpful in considering a realistic method of optimizing health with a plan one can stick with. Very informative!Published 12 months ago by Michael McDonald
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OMG, with all the new evidence that fat does not make fat on the body this book is so outdated. It promotes a fat free diet, which has been PROVEN now to be a horrible for all of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shadow
S Patel you are a ding bat! You just don't get it. You don't get that there really isn't any evidence that the weights based on height promoted by the bmi are what are healthy for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Truitt
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An interesting read that reveals the roots of America's obsession with thinness.
I'm not sure if I agree with the premise that being overweight is healthy. Read more
This books exposes the real truth about food, weight, diets and so on. I was surprised to read that a person can have extra weight and still be healthy. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Tiffany Turnipseed