- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401604293
- ISBN-13: 978-1401604295
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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Some of the recommendations, such as fish oil are the easy part of this diet. The rest of the diet is difficult. For me, it was well worth it. I am off of blood pressure and cholesterol meds after more than 20 years on them. My weight came down from 212 to 165 lbs and (unfortunately) my cloths no loner fit.
Exercise performance is way up. This is so unbelievably, but Dr. Sears explanations and recommendations really work (ignore the part on toasted sesame oil though - that was not correct).
Again though - A WARNING - this was a very difficult diet plan to get used to, and it probably needs to be life long if you want good health.
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.
I thought the book was excellent! It was certainly focused and you could tell that Dr. Sears went to a lot of effort to make the book digestible for new comers. He saved much of the science for the appendix section and even that was slightly watered down when compared to some of his other books.
In the past I have been very critical of folks that suffer from all the modern day afflictions caused by the food they eat yet, apparently, make no effort to change their habits. This book is extremely enlightening in that sense.
My only complaints, if there are any to be made, is that I felt like the book may have been a little too focused on the idea of 'toxic fat' and there were too many pages dedicated to recipes. Obviously this was a conscious decision by Dr Sears and when all of his books are viewed as a whole this complaint is pretty bogus.
The core message remains basically the same since 'Enter The Zone'. Each successive book is a slight evolution of his original dietary/lifestyle recommendations to make them either more effective or palpable to the general public. Each book supports those recommendations from slightly different angles and serves to deepen the argument for them.
What Dr Sears has built over the years is a pool of literature that justifies and explains a method to dramatically improve the health and well being of individuals and seems to be the only way out of what is increasingly being acknowledged as a worldwide inflammation epidemic.
Dr Sears simply does not get enough credit for what he has done. I would highly encourage anyone remotely interested in their health and well being to read his latest work and then head straight to the book store to pick up all of his other books. You will not regret it.
PS I'm a music educator and with some effort, read and understood this book!:) You can too!! Read it!
you're worth it!