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Your Fat Is Not Your Fault Paperback – December 28, 1998

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"You aren't a weak-willed ninny" if you're fat, says clinical nutritionist Carol Simontacchi in Your Fat Is Not Your Fault. "It may be that an obese person's body works differently." Simontacchi sees obesity as a physical disability that can be resolved by following her plan, influenced by Barry Sears (author of The Zone).

About half the book outlines reasons for weight gain: you may lack brown adipose tissue, which stimulates heat production through calorie burning; you may have food allergies; your childhood eating habits or adult dieting may have set you up for weight challenges; you have extra fat cells and your body is predisposed to obesity; your hormones may be out of balance. Your strategy is not to diet--she explains why various diets don't work--but to fix the way your body processes calories. That means avoiding high-glycemic foods (grains, processed foods, starches, high-sugar fruit) and balancing protein (30 percent), carbohydrates (40 percent), and fat (30 percent).

Many of the 61 recipes by Margaret West are higher in fat (mostly olive oil, but also butter and half-and-half) than most dieticians would recommend for weight loss. (A recipe inexplicably titled Baked Potato Without Fat contains two tablespoons of butter.) --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Blame not weak will for excess weight but a sluggish thyroid, an imbalance of hormones, high insulin levels or perhaps an inefficiency of brown adipose tissue, suggests Simontacchi, a nutritionist who is also the CEO of a chain of health-food stores in the Northwest. Following the trail blazed by Zone-master Barry Sears, Simontacchi urges a diet in which proteins, fats and carbohydrates are consumed in a 30-30-40 ratio. Among her dietary no-nos are wheat and dairy products, all foods that are white and all canned foods (a caveat that recipe writer West occasionally overlooks: there's canned tuna in her tuna salad and canned pumpkin in her pumpkin pie). To jump-start the new dieter, 30 days of precisely balanced menus, with a warning not to deviate from them, and 60 or so recipes are provided. Nutritional analyses are not included. The volume slips into the realm of the infomercial when Simontacchi promotes a comprehensive program of multivitamin/mineral supplements, which, for top quality, should be purchased not by mail or at the supermarket, but at a health-food store.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Trade edition edition (December 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779448
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Simontacchi is a certified clinical nutritionist and has written numerous books on nutrition. Margaret West graduated from the California Culinary Academy, is a former chef, and provided the recipes in Appendix A. This book is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. It is information offered to help the reader in a quest for optimal well-being. There is no "magic pill" to reduce excess body fat. This book suggests a diet to control insulin will reduce obesity and make weight loss permanent.
Why are so many Americans overweight, and this number increasing every year? Probably because of driving more, and walking less (the zoning laws). In one way overweight is better than famine; too much of a good thing IS a bad thing, or at least has a trade-off. Is a person predestined to be overweight? Or to squander money or time? Not if they learn to act in their own best interest, and reject the lies of advertising (p.11).
Obesity used to be a problem of middle age (p.4). But now it attacks our youth (less walking and more sitting and watching). Caloric intake has decreased by 10% since 1900 (p.5), but obesity has more than doubled! This book may explain why maintaining your desired weight seems so difficult. Weight alone is NOT a reliable indicator of health (p.6)! The obese are subject to "intense prejudice and discrimination". In past ages portliness was associated with prosperity; thinness equaled poverty. This prejudice may be a sign of "human error", where many people are always looking to put down others to make themselves feel better. Does thinness recall a lost childhood?
One feature of this book is the debunking of those Met Life weight tables (p.13) which had nothing to do with health, or the ratio of lean to fat tissue!
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While some say this is just a copy of the zone, I think it is more well written than the zone...the information can be presented a number of ways & this one is the first diet book I feel like I can really learn from & use. It is true she hawks her own stores products, but any savvy consumer can make their own choices. Besides, the breakfast bars she mentions can be bought just about anywhere these days. The points she makes about thyroid, & other possible reasons you may not be able to lose weight yet are good ones. The recipes are very easy & very tasty. All around, a very good tool to get you going on a real plan to change the way you eat so you can lose weight for good. At Amazons paperback price, what have you got to lose, really? Go for it!!
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This book makes a lot of sense. I have not yet begun to cook any of the 31 days recipe because I'm away from home. But as soon as I return from vacations I will definitely work on this plan. Most of the recipies look delicious and healthy. I also want my daughters to read this book and learn to eat the healthy way and maintain their figures. There is no easy way to loose weight because people have to learn to discipline themselves and eat more healthy and wise meals for the rest of their lives.
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