Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell: Winning Weight Control Strategies for Women over 35 to Stay Fit through Menopause

Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell: Winning Weight Control Strategies for Women over 35 to Stay Fit through Menopause

by Debra Waterhouse
     
 

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Menopausal weight gain is "the most stubborn weight gain you'll ever experience," says Debra Waterhouse in Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell. This book follows her bestselling Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell, customizing the program for women ages 35 to 55. The book is easy to read, makes difficult concepts simple to understand, and has helpful…  See more details below

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Menopausal weight gain is "the most stubborn weight gain you'll ever experience," says Debra Waterhouse in Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell. This book follows her bestselling Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell, customizing the program for women ages 35 to 55. The book is easy to read, makes difficult concepts simple to understand, and has helpful checklists to keep you on track. Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell explains the role of fat cells before and during menopause and why midlife weight gain is such a pervasive problem. A woman's 30 billion fat cells get bigger and "more stubborn" during midlife, explains Waterhouse, because when they detect a lowered estrogen level, they step in to produce more estrogen and get larger as they get more active. Dieting doesn't work; instead of slimming your body, it thins your hair, muscles, skin, bones--and thinking. To combat these effects, Waterhouse explains how to work with your new menopausal physiology to minimize weight gain. You learn strategies of attitude, exercise, eating habits (including dealing with cravings), food choices, and stress management. For example, exercise at midlife fights fatigue, reduces mental sluggishness, improves sleep, stabilizes moods, reduces the severity of hot flashes, strengthens bones, and reduces the risk of breast cancer and heart disease.

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Library Journal
Waterhouse (Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell, LJ 3/15/93) now turns her attention to the perimenopause, which she says can last 20 years, from the mid-30s to the mid-50s. During this period, the body is programmed to gain weight and to redistribute it on the body, since fat cells in the waist area produce estrogen and help the body to deal with its dwindling supply. Diets simply spur the body to conserve more fat. The fat actually helps to reduce the unpleasant effects of menopause, so we don't really want it to disappear. Waterhouse's "meno-positive" approach emphasizes eating a variety of foods at five or six small daily meals and incorporating a muscle-building exercise regimen into one's daily life. Sensible and sane, this volume deserves to be as popular as her previous book. Highly recommended.
--Susan B. Hagloch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786862849
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Christiane Northrup
"Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell is a wealth of positive, healthy, helpful information that can help a woman make menopause what it is: the springtime of the rest of your life." -- Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Judity Stiles Askew
"Bravo!... This clear and lively book is full of new information about the effect of changing hormone processes on weight gain... Waterhouse transforms our understanding to meno-positive attitudes, acceptance, and a trimmer transition." -- Founder and editor of Menopause News
Nina Shandler
"Finally! A balanced book about weight! Debra Waterhouse shows menopausal women how to travel lightly through hormonally treacherous times. Combing wit, wisdom, and research, she guides them gently toward post-menopausal health, while fiercely protecting their self-worth." -- Author of Estrogen: The Natural Way
Naomi Lucks
"Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell is a refreshing and commonsense approach to midlife weight issues. Debra Waterhouse encourages women to relax, eat the food they enjoy, take good care of themselves, and lose weight in the process. Her common sense, humor, and compassion for midlife women is terrific. -- Coauthor of A woman's Midlife Companion: The Essential Resource For Every Woman's Journey
Kay Allenbaugh
"I never knew a fat cell I didn't want to outsmart! It's a topic near and dear to our hearts. Do youself the favor of savoring this fun and insightful book." -- Author of Chocolate for a Woman's Soul
Linda Ojeda
Debra addresses a struggle most menopausal women face -- unwanted body fat. Her message is clear, well documented, empathetic, and hopeful. A wonderful guide for midlife women.
— Author of Menopause without Medicine
Ruth S. Jacobowitz
"Go ahead and get excited about Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell. It is a must-read book for the midlife woman, teaching that midlife weight gain is not inevitable as well as how to avoid it. Let's welcome Debra Waterhouse's voice to the ranks of those who believe that menopause is a time for celebration, not desperation." Author of 150 Most-Asked Questions about Menopause and a trustee of the National Council on Women's Health

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