A few months ago when I joined BlogHer Ad Network, I also had the opportunity to sign up to be part of BlogHer Book Club and be reviewer.
I jumped at the chance. Especially since I got these sexy reading helpers, I was excited to dive back into the joy of reading!
The first book I signed on to read was Why Women Need Fat. Yup. I know. Women needing fat. I saw it too. That is why I signed up for it all the while praying, “please don’t be a ploy…please don’t be a ploy….”
I guess you could say I was skeptical…I mean, it’s written by two dudes. But it didn’t take long for this book to draw me in and win me over.
First of all, I love the way it is organized. The introduction lays out the problem so many of us have. We weigh more than our mothers did; we weigh more after having babies; and we diet with yo-yo results. Then it tells us how it is going to break down the problems and give us solutions.
As a teacher, I was already nodding my head. This sort of set up is best practice for people to actually learn something. Nice.
Then the book is divided into three parts, sort of a cause/effect organization: Part 1: Why and How we Got Fatter, Part 2: Why Women Need Fat (talking mostly about figure and why women are shaped the way they are), and Part 3: How to Achieve Your Healthy Natural Weight. And yes, it includes being able to eat that dessert up there on the cover of the book. YUM!
I had about a million “ah-ha moments”, as Oprah would call them, as I read this book.
The first part of the book blew my mind. I always thought fat-free and low-fat foods seemed to be, well, missing something, but I had no idea that what was missing was actually better for you than what it was replaced with. And that the dietary guidelines are all just another part of a huge political money thing. You know, like everything else in America.
The second part of the book expanded on my knowledge of why women are built the way they are by discussing why it’s better for women to have bigger hips and butts compared to their waistline, and how this actually benefits the babies we have.
The third part mainly reiterated what you can gather from parts 1 and 2 about how to better your health, lose weight, and stay there.
I loved this book because it is saying what I believed all along: DIETING DOES NOT WORK. Americans diet more than any other country (because we are fatter. because we are eating chemically made fat that makes us unhealthy by saying it’s healthy. seriously, read the book) and yet we are the fattest. STILL.
Finding your natural weight (yes, it exists. We are not all meant to be a size 2. Genetics DO have something to do with things, you know), eating REAL food (not crap that was chemically altered to be edible. ::shudder::), and regular exercise will help you lower your weight.
The problem is it’s not all drastic and insane…the results that Americans like.
We are a nation that feeds off from instant gratification instead of steady hard work that will pay off eventually. We want things NOW.
This book teaches what I always believed: being healthy is a way of life. But they have science and studies to back them up.
Oh, and a wicked sweet appendix breaking down foods and their good vs bad fats–including popular fast foods.
So to review…
I loved this book because it tells me I can eat REAL butter, REAL chocolate, lots of fruit and still be healthy. And I will probably be cutting out as much vegetable and soy oil as humanly possible. Blech.
I say that is a win.
Want to see what people are saying about the book and it’s tips and claims? You can check out our chats in the BlogHer Book Club.
Talk to me about what you do to stay healthy? Do you pay attention to fats or calories? Do you exercise? I would LOVE for 2012 to be the year Sluiter Nation gets healthy and stays that way.
NOTE: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.