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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (30 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749924349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749924348
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fight Fat After Forty explores the physiological changes that affect women at midlife. If you're a woman over 40, you are undergoing physical and emotional changes, declining metabolism, fat deposits at your waistline, decreased energy, mood swings, food cravings--do we need to continue this list? Now pile on chronic, long-term stress (which the author terms toxic stress), which hits women between 40 and 60 and leads to self-destructive eating behaviour. "Uncontrolled or toxic stress keeps the refuelling appetite on, thus inducing stress eating and weight gain," Peeke explains. The stress triggers are constant, so the body never gets to turn off the stress response. The weight gained from this chronic, toxic stress--toxic weight--settles inside the abdomen and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Peeke explains the association between stress and fat gain, and describes the stress/eating cycle ("the itch you can't scratch"). Then she teaches tools for "regrouping": formulating and following a contingency plan of nutrition, exercise, and self-care. Next are suggestions for a nutritional plan tied to stressful times of the day and an explanation of food needs after age 40. In the final chapters, Peeke nudges us to exercise to relieve stress, reduce body fat, and benefit overall health. Peeke is a highly regarded scientist and clinician who studies the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health. She's also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and works as the Medical Director of the National Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer.--Joan Price --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Fight Fat After Forty explores the physiological changes that affect women at midlife. If you're a woman over 40, you are undergoing physical and emotional changes, declining metabolism, fat deposits at your waistline, decreased energy, mood swings, food cravings--do we need to continue this list? Now pile on chronic, long-term stress (which the author terms toxic stress), which hits women between 40 and 60 and leads to self-destructive eating behaviour. "Uncontrolled or toxic stress keeps the refuelling appetite on, thus inducing stress eating and weight gain,"

Peeke explains the association between stress and fat gain, and describes the stress/eating cycle ("the itch you can't scratch"). Then she teaches tools for "regrouping": formulating and following a contingency plan of nutrition, exercise, and self-care. Next are suggestions for a nutritional plan tied to stressful times of the day and an explanation of food needs after age 40. In the final chapters, Peeke nudges us to exercise to relieve stress, reduce body fat, and benefit overall health. Peeke is a highly regarded scientist and clinician who studies the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health. She's also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and works as the Medical Director of the National Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer.

(Joan Price, Amazon.co.uk review)

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2001
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As a 36 year old working mother of 3 I have always been slim. During a particularly stressful year the pounds piled on and now I know why! This is a book which explains the science behind the 3pm chocolate cravings and gives strategies to cope at vulnerable times. It is NOT a diet book since depriving oneself of the foods we love is positively forbidden! However, the eating patterns suggested prevent those awful cravings and the constant afternoon and evening snacking that follows. The whole book oozes common sense. Read it - you'll find yourself described in very accurate detail together with excellent advice on the changes needed for a healthier life.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
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A very helpful book. In common with many of my friends the weight started piling on when I was in my mid-forties and it has been hard to get rid of it. this book shows that it is not easy to do tht but explains what cuases the problem and suggests helpful ways of thinking differently about food and diet. I have already lost a few pounds since putting Pamela's ideas into practice and am gradually changingmy eating patterns. Well worth reading.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2002
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An eye-opening read, this book explains why so many women over 40 put on weight, how their body shape changes, and just why these changes are so life threatening. With detailed explanations which manage not to patronise, Dr Peeke takes the reader through the emotional and physical reasons why stress is such a major factor in making and keeping women overweight. With sound advice backed up by case-histories, the book explains how you can alter your eating habits, increase your exercise and - most importantly - forgive yourself and get back on track when it all goes (temporarily) pear-shaped!! I've only had the book a short time but I've followed many of the suggestions and feel better and healthier already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kc on 4 May 2013
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A very effective refresher for understanding how fat gets stored differently in a 40 yr old compared to a 20 yr old.. the graphs were very useful. Cortizone understanding was also very useful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lamper on 25 Nov. 2006
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For women everywhere who are tired of 'weight loss tips' and being pidgeon-holed by their 'BMI,' this book offers a refreshing, intelligent, insight into weight issues for women over 40. 'Fight Fat after 40' includes many usable, take-home tips to help women make incremental behaviour changes to their diet, exrecise and attitude. Understanding how and why the body goes into 'Toxic Stress' and it's interplay with the body's unique chnages during menopause gives women an essential awareness needed to create change in their life and eating behaviours after 40. The book has a high-level explanation of body functions and interactions, suitable to a selective market.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2004
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I bought this book as I'm mid way in loosing a lot of weight around 40kilos and have hit one of those annoying times when the weight just doesn't seem to move. My way around this is to write a food diary and read a few motivating books, so I bought two this one and another called Feel Good Naked. I think dieting is all about finding a personal equilibrium and a way of living as well as dieting so any diet book is a very personal choice. This book is aimed at women in their late forties who are stressed, don't know how to deal with that stress, who binge eat and those who eat a lot of chocolate. There was one question which was something like if you are very stressed do you a) pace around b) eat chocolate c) take a bath and as I choose c) which made me realise early on that this book was not aimed at me. So whats it about, where there is a lot of psuedo medical data based on what the author describes as toxic stress - that is how stress impacts the metabolism and accumlation of fat. I found interesting the discussion on metabolism but got very bored by the toxic stress information every 2 pages. There are also at the end the standard excercises, weight training information etc.. that you find in any general dieting/fitness book. I must say I found the authors insistance that we need to excercise for 40 minutes every day a sure fire way for someone not to excercise for 40 minutes a day (how many of us could commit to that). My interest in a diet book is to take bits of advice/inspiration and use them myself but unfortunately in this book there are lots and lots of pages talking about toxic stress, very few real life examples and not many things that I could use so I was very disappointed. It may be that if you are stressed and binge eat and in your late forties this might be the book for you, but, there is a lot of data to shift through whoever you are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lisa m on 30 Mar. 2014
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Aimed at an American audience, I found it a little patronising. I think most women are intelligent enough to know what adrenaline is without having it renamed to 'what I call toxic stress'. The whole thing reads a bit like an episode of Miranda. Lots of repetition and dubious science with very little content on peri-menopause. And the answer to weight loss - understand your emotional issues that trigger you to eat and then eat less and do daily exercise. Not sure I needed a book to explain that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hipwood on 11 Feb. 2012
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This book is so good it should be available on the NHS. I am only part of the way through the book...but have already been inspired to make some changes in my lifestyle and can feel and see the results. There is a lot of science based facts in this book...I had to sometimes really engage my brain to read some of the sections...but so far it all makes sense. There are a lot of sensible old ideas...breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince etc ...presented in a fresh manner...backed up by science. These old ideas are blended well with modern research and ideas...this made me increaingly confident in the book. I wish someone had given me this book a few years earlier..but I feel ready to take control and enjoy pampering myself, while geting fit and healthly ready to enjoy life. I think this is an important book for any woman from her 35 onwards.
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