- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014100181X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141001814
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fight Fat After Forty: The Revolutionary Three-Pronged Approach That Will Break Your Stress-Fat Cycle and Make You Healthy, Fit, and Trim for Life Paperback – May 1, 2001
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If you're a woman over 40, you are undergoing physical and emotional changes, declining metabolism, fat deposits at your waistline, decreased energy, mood swings, food cravings--do we need to continue this list? Now pile on chronic, long-term stress (which the author terms toxic stress), which hits women between 40 and 60 and leads to self-destructive eating behavior. "Uncontrolled or toxic stress keeps the refueling appetite on, thus inducing stress eating and weight gain," Peeke explains. The stress triggers are constant, so the body never gets to turn off the stress response. The weight gained from this chronic, toxic stress--toxic weight--settles inside the abdomen and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Peeke explains the association between stress and fat gain, and describes the stress/eating cycle ("the itch you can't scratch"). Then she teaches tools for "regrouping": formulating and following a contingency plan of nutrition, exercise, and self-care. Next are suggestions for a nutritional plan tied to stressful times of the day and an explanation of food needs after age 40. In the final chapters, Peeke nudges us to exercise to relieve stress, reduce body fat, and benefit overall health. Peeke is a highly regarded scientist and clinician who studies the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health. She's also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and works with Vice President Gore as the Medical Director of the National Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nutritional expert Peeke, who has just completed three years at the National Institutes of Health studying the relationship between stress and fat, here reveals what she found. Expect tons of publicity on this one.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"NECESSARY JOURNEYS," by Dr. Nancy Snyderman helped me finally resolve my leftover anger and feelings of failure following my divorce.
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The mediocre: When all is said and done, this book gives a different narrative spin to the same dieting advice that has been doled out for years: eat less, exercise more. Not that it's necessarily untrue, but there is very little new information in this book. What does separate it from the others is the narrative of the stressed out caregiver who never cares for herself. The book does talk about reducing the stress, but the way to reduce it is to eat less and exercise more. A little circular.
The not so great: I did not care for the reliance on non-fat dairy. Many of us are lactose intolerant. I do understand that the sample diets are just that, a sample, but it would have been nice to see different diets reflected in the samples: vegan, vegetarian, etc. I was also surprised that while added sugar and the role of insulin in appetite was addressed, the author also suggests energy bars, weight loss shakes and non-fat yogurts as quick foods that can help you. Just one of those things would exceed the added sugar allowance for many of us and increase insulin which would increase appetite. Some of the information seemed outdated, and I wonder if the author still stands behind some of the assertions. For example, the author suggests a number of supplements for the over 40 woman to take, but specifically says that vitamin D is not necessary if you eat dairy and get 15 minutes of sun/day. This advice is out of step with the current recommendations. There also seemed to be a lot of repetition - padding to make the information book length.
I'd love to see a more updated version that reflects changing demographics. The book was written in 2000, which means it was aimed at women born in 1960 or earlier. Women are now having babies later in life, and that must affect things. The author talks about how women over 40 are losing muscle mass because they are no longer getting the incidental exercise of hauling toddlers around. I am a 45 year old nursing mother who spends much of my day running after and lifting young children. I am not the majority, but I am far from alone in this.
Overall: B. It kept me reading, provided some inspiration and reminded me of some things I already knew, which is important.