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Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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This is the best book I have read so far that explains that it's not really about the fat; it's about the inflammation (and how to get rid of it).
Using the metaphor "The Perfect Nutritional Storm," Sears guides us through the history of how cheap food became available in the USA: not the good fruits and vegetables, but rather the cheap omega-6 fats and high glycemic carb foods. He points specifically to three factors that have created this health disaster in the USA.
The nice thing about Dr. Sears' books is that you don't have to read the previous ones to understand the material because he always has nice summaries of his prior discoveries---so this book includes info on not only the inflammation issue, but also the Zone diet and fish oil.
If you've ever been envious of someone who can eat all they want and not gain weight, you won't be after reading this book. It's not only the overweight who are susceptible to toxic problems. And an overweight person can even be healthy. Sears claims that the heaviest man in the world went on this diet and lost 400 pounds (at the time of the writing) and even long before reaching his ideal weight, achieved very ideal blood chemistry.
Sears takes us on a tour of the hormones of hunger. You will better understand the delicate balance of what causes hunger when you read this.
I wonder if someone could come up with a raw food vegetarian zone diet. That would be the Perfect Antidote to the Perfect Nutritional Storm.
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.