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Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink Paperback – June 10, 2013
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About the Author
Matt Stone is the founder of 180DegreeHealth. He is an independent health researcher and author of more than 10 books, including multiple titles that have made it to #1 in their respective categories on Amazon. Most of his research has drawn him towards metabolic rate and how many basic functions (digestion, reproduction, aging, immunity, inflammation, mood, circulation, sleep) perform better when metabolic rate is optimized. He is most notable for his criticisms of extreme diets and exposing many false diet industry claims, as well as his works on raising metabolic rate through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. His views and findings are discussed exhaustively on the site and cataloged in many of Stone's books available for sale through Amazon.
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Eat for Heat is a book for everyone, but especially for those that need to get off of the sinking ship that is unnecessary dietary restriction. Matt Stone lays down some common sense solutions for combating the effects of caloric/macro-nutrient restriction and explains clearly why having a robust metabolism is essential for health and how dieting and diet advice from "health gurus" is likely contributing to your less than stellar metabolic state. Eat for Heat offers nutrition advice rooted in the physiological mechanisms that boost the metabolic state rather then deplete it and details the ways in which all individuals can assess and maintain their own metabolic health through biofeedback tools such as body temperature, urinary frequency and internal hunger/thirst signals. Eat for Heat is an empowering and entertaining read-- but most importantly, it offers well-reasoned and effective advice for people looking to liberate themselves from the cold, low-energy state of a weak metabolism and embrace the tools to achieve real, long lasting metabolic health.
Not much, I surmise, since Stone's work seems logical. It's not a big deal for me to make SLIGHT changes because I already drink shot glasses of coconut water and Half-and-Half. So I'll monitor my progress with Stone's program and switch back if my cold feet don't get warm.
I want to thank Mr. Stone for thinking up something New and Novel to help individuals with low metabolism
Six years ago I developed Grave's Disease which resulted in the loss of my thyroid. Because of the loss of my thyroid I'm on synthetic thyroid - for the rest of my life. Thyroid hormone controls metabolism and once I get stressed.....my metabolism goes off kilter. This is where I've been for the past six months and I've regained 20 of my 90 pounds. Last week I had the 'usual' blood test for thyroid level (TSH). I'm on the low end but it's still acceptable to the medical community - regardless of how I feel (fatigued, little energy, and I don't want to do a thing!). My level being low means I'm running a bit hyperactive - but OFF.....is OFF. I feel crummy. I'm also COLD - much of the day.
Anyway......I'm desperate to get back to where I was and this book gives me hope but I'm just not sure how to execute a plan. I don't want to go crazy with food but in fact keep myself to the plan of eating like a person of 'normal' weight. For the past six months this has resulted in a weight gain (damn thyroid!). When I see my Endocrinologist this May (they cannot see me before then - too booked-up) I'm planning to ask if I can change over to a natural thyroid medication - and get away from synthetic - hopefully. I know the doctor won't like this but I've read enough about this subject and hope to give him a good argument on the matter.
I've taken my waking temperature for a week and it averaged 96.8° - never over 97°. I'm going to take some of what this book professes and hope it warms me up AND helps my metabolism (which is sluggish at best and controlled by synthetic hormones). As far as the stress factor? I'm working on that and know in time, it'll resolve by itself. Therefore; I must work on handling the stress better.
Thank you Matt Stone. You've put some fresh new ideas on the table.......and I'm ready for radical because 'scientific' approaches have never worked for me and I've spent a life-time with weight issues before being diagnosed with Grave's Disease. I'm sick of the battle. I very much appreciate your style of writing which I find quite compelling and snarky.
In general though, the book was hard to follow and poorly written.
The author also failed to document much of his material. I have a hard time accepting info that doesn't show solid research behind it. It seems like he experimented on himself and then wrote up the results. This has some validity, but I question the wisdom of his recommedation to sip soda instead of water, etc.
I had high expectations for this book and was left underwhelned