Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever

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Penguin, Dec 29, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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The groundbreaking discovery that shows why women need fat to lose fat.

Why do women struggle so much with weight? Can women ever lose weight and keep it off?

In this research-driven and counterintuitive book, an anthropologist and a public health doctor team up to answer those questions. Blending anecdotal evidence with hard science, they explain how women's weight is controlled by evolution-but more important- they reveal how a change in diet three decades ago may be the reason women today are bigger than their grandmothers were.

Explaining why fat (both in our diet and in our body) is crucial to long-term health, the authors show not only why women tend (and need) to get heavier after having their first child, but also destroy cultural myths like "all fat is bad for you." Providing a plan that can help any woman achieve a natural, healthy weight- without dieting- Why Women Need Fat not only gives women the tools they need to shed weight, but also a better understanding of why those last five pounds seem impossible to lose.


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Unlike the first reviewer, I took away a totally different message from this book and found it very helpful. As someone who recently lost more than 90 pounds and has continued to eat a smaller but ... Read full review

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Non-Fiction; Nutrition/Diet 1 star I really need to stop requesting these type of books from Netgalley since they only seem to further my level of frustration toward a genre designed to ‘help’ people ... Read full review


Susans Story Is the Story of Most Women
How We Came to Write This Book
Three Puzzles
Our Goals
Ikes MultibillionDollar Heart Attack
Ancel Keys Shouts Fat Is the Villain
The Polyunsaturated Explosion
Eat Well and Stay Well 1959
Why Women Need Fat
The Link Between a Womans Natural Weight Gain and Todays Higher Weights
The Rumors of Our Deaths Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
The Truth About Obesity and Being Overweight
Fat Protects Women from Serious Infections
Why Being Overweight Ought to Be Bad for Women
Bad News Good News
Is Waist Size More Important than Weight?

The 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States
Game Over
Could It Be Sugar or Carbohydrates?
What About Fat?
Saturated Fat
The Oiling of Americans
Why Soybean Oil and Corn Oil Increased
Omega6 in Vegetable Oils Makes Us Fatter
How Omega6 Makes Us Fatter
Bad Fat Drives Away Good Fat
Did Changing Our Diets Make Us Healthier or Sicker?
The Final Verdict
What Are the Benefits of Lower WaistHip Ratios?
Why Do Women Carry Their Weight in the Hips and Legs?
Omega3 Fats and the Needy Brain
From Mother to Child
Why a Womans Need for DHA Can Cause Her to Gain Excess Weight
An Extremely Troubling Puzzle
Hidden in Plain Sight
When Csections Are Not an Option
Investigating Childbirth in NineteenthCentury Sweden
Investigating Childbirth in Europe 30000 BC to AD 1900
The Oldest Written Story
Why Are So Many of Our Babies Too Big?
Goldilocks and the Three Births
The Waist Is the Key
Yasmin Jemelah and Amir
How Bigger Waists Make Bigger Babies
What a Larger Waist Signals to Men
When Placentas Attack
Too Much of a Good Thing? Obesity and Pregnancy
Why Do Women Who Have Not Had Children Gain Weight?
What About Young Women Who Are Overweight or Obese?
Gaining Is Good Up to a Point
Doing What Does Not Come Naturally
What Determines Our Set Point Weight?
Dieting Causes Women to Gain Weight
What Can You Do to Have a Lower Weight?
Pushing Down Omega6
Pushing Up Omega3
Meat and Dairy
Vegetables Grains and Fruits
Baked Goods Grains Cereals Rice and Pasta
Sugars and Sweeteners
Nuts Seeds and Oils
How to Find the Hidden Linoleic on a Food Label
Omega Fats and Fast Food
The Bottom Line
Eat Only Until You Are Satisfied and Then Stop
Eat Breakfast and Avoid Snacks After Dinner
Try to Have Smaller Portions
Choose Nuts and Fruit for Snacks
Limit Commercial Beverages
Get Regular Exercise
Reduce the Amount of Processed Food in Your Diet
Putting It All Together
What Girls and Women Are Made Of
Four Steps to Estimating Your Natural Weight
Foods High in Omega3 to Add to the Diet
Fish and Seafood
Better Fast Foods Less than 1 percent Linoleic
Less Desirable Fast Foods and Condiments

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About the author (2011)

William D. Lassek, MD, is a former assistant Surgeon General and currently assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Steven J.C. Gaulin, PhD, is professor of anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the editor in chief of Evolution and Human Behavior. Visit whywomenneedfat.com.

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