The Power: 11 Ways Women Gain Unhealthy Weight and How You Can Take Charge of Them

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Overview

"This is the diet book every woman needs. It tells the whole truth about women and fat?and gives you all the information you?ll ever need to end the war with your body and achieve a healthy weight?once and for all. Hallelujah!"
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women?s Bodies, Women?s Wisdom

"Sue Ellin Browder identifies many of the factors that affect body fat, body weight, and body shape. In The Power, she pulls together a wealth of information, both scientific and practical, to help every woman achieve?and maintain?a truly healthy weight. Highly recommended!"
--C. Wayne Callaway, M.D. former Director of the Nutrition and Lipid Clinics at the Mayo Clinic

"Finally! A book that empowers women to take charge of their weight and their lives. Well researched and easy to follow."
--Carol Colman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Shed Ten Years in Ten Weeks

"Sue Ellin Browder has done an extraordinary job of researching all the ways women gain unhealthy weight. In The Power, she shares practical action plans and empowering mind-body plans that are crucial to successful weight management."
--Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of Thin For Good

"The Power presents a woman-centered approach that can empower women regarding their weight, their health, and their lives. This book is refreshing and honest."
--Lorraine O. Walker, Ed.D., R.N., University of Texas at Austin

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"This book tells the whole truth about women and fat -- and gives you all the information you'll ever need to know to end the war with your body and achieve a healthy weight once and for all. This is the diet book everyone needs. Hallelujah!"
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Sue Ellin Browder has done an extraordinary job of researching all the ways women gain unhealthy weight. In The Power, she includes practical action plans and empowering mind-body plans that are crucial to successful weight management."
--Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of Thin For Good

"The Power presents a woman-centered approach that can empower women regarding their weight, their health, and their lives. This book is refreshing and honest."
--Lorraine O. Walker, Ed.D., R.N., University of Texas at Austin

"THE POWER is power every woman can use."
--Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power and Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women

C. Wayne Callaway
C. Wayne Callaway, M.D., George Washington University endocrinologist and former director of the Nutrition and Lipid Clinices at the Mayo Clinic
Sue Ellin Browder...pulls together a wealth of information, both scientific and practical, to help every woman achieve and maintain a truly healthy weight. Highly recommended!
Christiane Northrup
This is the diet book every woman needs. It tells the whole truth about women and fat and gives you all the information you'll ever need to end the war with your body and achieve a healthy weight once and for all. Hallelujah!
—(Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
Lorraine O. Walker
Lorraine O. Walker, Ed.D., R.N., University of Texas at Austin
The Power presents a woman-centered approach that can empower women regarding their weight, their health, and their lives...refreshing and honest.
Susan Estrich
Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power and Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women:

The Power is power every woman can use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471379683
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

SUE ELLIN BROWDER has appeared on such national television programs as Oprah and the Today show, as well as on hundreds of radio shows. She is the winner of six investigative medical journalism awards and has written more than 300 articles for major national publications including Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, and Cosmopolitan. Browder regularly consults with a wide network of physicians, scientists, and researchers all over the world.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE: EMBRACE YOUR INDIVIDUALITY.

The Weight-Loss Winners.

One Size Does Not Fit All.

Find Out Why You're Overweight.

Superconfidence and How to Get It.

PART TWO: BECOME THE SCIENTIST OF YOUR MIND-BODY.

Body Fat and Disease.

How You Form Unhealthy Fat Patterns.

Do You Have Unhealthy Fat?

Choose to Take Charge.

PART THREE: BE A WEIGHT-LOSS WINNER.

Losing Daily Hassles Fat.

Losing Depression Fat.

Losing Lazy Thyroid Fat.

Losing Anger Fat.

Losing Two Kinds of Binge-Eating Fat.

Losing Polycystic Ovary Fat.

Losing Night-Eating Fat.

Losing Post-Pregnancy Fat.

Losing Medication-Caused Fat.

Losing Post-Trauma Fat.

PART FOUR: YOUR WEIGHT, YOUR WAY.

Design Your Superconfidence Diet.

Become an Exercise Winner.

Afterword: Toward Health and Healing.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index

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First Chapter

CHAPTER 1

The Weight-Loss Winners

Once in a blue moon, you meet a woman like Gwen. She doesn't merely have high self-esteem. She has an unbridled superconfidence that helps her bounce back quickly from defeat. When she and her best friend Sara were fired from their personnel jobs in the aerospace industry, Sara said, "I'm ruined. I'll never find work. I was an idiot to stay in that job for so long." Meanwhile, Gwen told herself, "Hey, it's true our company was downsizing. But I'm a brilliant people person, and I can find plenty of work if I'll just shift directions." Within a month, Gwen landed a new job as a travel agent and was soon selling more cruises than anyone in her office; meanwhile, Sara was still sending out résumés, counting the days until her unemployment checks stopped.

Gwen's gung ho attitude doesn't vanish when she leaves the office: it permeates her whole life. When her boyfriend insisted he needed space to date other women, did she spend months fretting that she was unlovable and wondering where she went wrong? Not Gwen. "He's got some real issues he needs to work out," she matter-of-factly explained. "He'll be back when he realizes the huge mistake he's made. Meanwhile, I'm not sitting around by the phone. I'm going to get out and have fun!" When she tells a joke at a party and nobody laughs, does she spend the rest of the night silently berating herself for looking foolish? No, she blames the joke: "Okay, so that was a real groaner. Here's a better one." And soon she has everyone within earshot giggling along with her.

Now here's a secret only a few people know (I didn't know it myself until recently): Gwen used to be fat. In fact, she once weighed over 250 pounds. She now weighs 121 pounds and has been at that weight for years. One of the winners I found and interviewed after reading studies about more than three thousand of these women, Gwen and others like her have convinced me that the superconfidence you need to take charge of your weight isn't an inborn talent only a few lucky women possess: it's an ability any of us can develop. Unflappable self-confidence regarding your weight is a skill you can learn. What's more, the latest research coming out of university medical center labs reveals this skill may do far more than help you resist fattening foods. It may affect your biology right down to the level of the fat cell. Superconfidence can help you find your healthy weight not just for a few months, but for life.

As its title implies, this book is not about "dieting" in the obsolete sense that you're given only one rigid prescription, telling you exactly what to eat and how much to exercise. Rather, this book will give you all the skills you need to match the latest information about weight control to your own individual way of being overweight, to create the plan that is right for you. In a world of constant change, overly rigid, "single-magic-bullet" diet prescriptions are now being discarded. Why? Because real women are much too diverse to be so narrowly pigeonholed. You require and deserve more.

A Need for Change

Unfortunately, those who persist in trying to apply overly narrow single-magic-bullet prescriptions across the board to diverse groups of overweight women only sap your confidence and create more confusion. If you're still stressed about your weight, perhaps after years of searching for answers, you're hardly alone. When one hundred people were asked to choose their most frequent daily hassles from a list of 117 irritating, frustrating, and distressing demands, "concerns about weight" were number one, way above worries about taxes, crime, inflation, problems with coworkers, or even having too much to do.

The main reason women are still so stressed about weight is that we're continually told how important it is for our health, yet we're never given all the information we need to take charge. We lack confidence largely because we're never told all the facts. This book will give you the straight talk about women's weight: what's known, what's not known, how it applies to you, and how strong, independent women can become scientists of their own bodies and at last find answers that work. As a medical writer and an ordinary woman like you who has had my own weight struggles, I have no pet theories to promote, no academic turf to defend, no clinic to fund. This book emerged solely because I was curious and honestly trying to learn the truth about weight control; and once I did find the truth (which turned out to be even more intriguing than I'd thought it would be), I had to tell you about it. It was just too important for women to know.

Women need the superconfidence to take charge because weight research is changing dramatically. In fact, we're currently caught up in one of the most fascinating paradigm shifts to hit weight-control science in the past 150 years. Since the 1960s, more than two hundred thousand studies and articles about obesity and weight gain have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in North America and Europe. Major international conferences on obesity have been held in cities around the globe, including New York City, Berlin, Jerusalem, Toronto, Paris, Rome, and Kobe, Japan. Millions, if not billions, of dollars have been poured into research to determine why we gain weight and what fat means to our health. Now that 25 to 35 percent of people in Western industrialized societies are overweight, we have witnessed a global assault on this global problem.

So the question is, What's been the result of all this time, effort, and money? The answer: a breakthrough understanding of weight control is emerging. Some fat is now seen as healthy. Other fat is unhealthy, but now known to be caused by far more than just eating too much and exercising too little. In this new, much broader understanding, unhealthy fat is seen as many different conditions that spring from many biological, psychological, and cultural causes, including stress, depression, anger, past sexual abuse, smoking, too much alcohol, social injustice, fat-promoting medications and surgeries, excess dieting, hormones, and genes. These conditions can and, in fact, must be approached in different ways. When the dust from this new understanding settles, almost nothing you have been taught to believe about fat and your health will ever again be the same. Eat less, exercise more, while it's not going down the tubes entirely as a prescription, was never good enough--certainly never enough--to help most of us find our healthiest weights. There are many ways to be fat (and we'll discuss them all), but stress plays a much bigger role than we've ever been told. Before you've read even half of this book, you'll know why a healthy weight is a happy weight and why becoming superconfident can not only help you lose fat but also help you live longer.

But, first, let's start with a story.

The Mystery

It was a warm, sensuous spring day at the University of Missouri in Columbia, the kind of day that makes people feel like starting fresh in their lives. A bunch of us, all college women, were in a dorm sitting cross-legged on the floor playing poker, when two friends challenged each other to see who could lose 30 pounds faster. "We're going to do it--yeah!!! I'm going to beat your butt!" Becca cheered, slapping her cards down. "That's a full house!" The rest of us joined the camaraderie by betting who would win. Since Becca and Melissa were both twenty-one and roommates, ate in the same cafeteria, and even took the same PE class together, the contest looked like a toss-up. I bet five bucks on Melissa.

Weeks passed, then months. Becca looked slimmer and slimmer. All smiles, she kept buying new clothes because the old ones no longer fit. Melissa, on the other hand, kept losing weight, but gaining it back. Once a week on Saturdays--her self-proclaimed "pig-out day"--Becca ate whatever she pleased. Poor Melissa, after surviving on nothing but cottage cheese and fruit for a week, would eat one piece of pizza and regain two pounds. By summer break, Becca was proclaimed the hands-down winner. She went home superconfident and 30 pounds lighter. Melissa went home fat and cranky: she'd lost 17 pounds and gained them all back.

The memory of that contest, which turned out to be no contest, has stayed with me for close to thirty years. At the time of our poker game, I was an investigative journalist in training and learning to take nothing at face value. There was no way then to explain how Becca and Melissa could have gone on exactly the same diet, done exactly the same exercise, and yet gotten such drastically different results. So I figured Melissa must have secretly cheated. I envisioned her sneaking out of the dorm late at night to scarf down hot-fudge sundaes and cookies while the rest of us slept.

Now I know better. I now know it's quite common for two women of exactly the same age, weight, and height to go on exactly the same diet and get totally opposite results. Overweight women vary dramatically in their responses to different diets because they vary dramatically in their ways to be fat.

Think of it this way. Medical science has cured smallpox, malaria, and polio and is now hot on the heels of cancer. So why can't it make a fat woman thin? The answer is simple: we've been looking at weight loss all wrong. Like perhaps as many as 10 percent of overweight women, Melissa may have had a seldom-diagnosed hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which makes it nearly impossible to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Or perhaps she had Depression Fat, Anger Fat, Post-Trauma Fat, Medication-Caused Fat, or any of a host of other problems. Melissa always swore she wasn't cheating, and now I'm convinced she was telling the truth. Whatever her problem, it apparently wasn't one of the "environmental obesities" caused simply by eating too much and exercising too little.

Women vary greatly--not only in their ways of being fat, but in their abilities to take control of their health. Some trust only external authorities, in the form of nutritionists, personal trainers, doctors, skinny Hollywood actresses, and other diet gurus. They wait for someone else to provide all the answers. When one rigid, pre-planned diet formula fails them, they either give up or try another. They distrust themselves, have no faith in their abilities, are quick to despair--and usually stay fat. At the other extreme are those enterprising, superconfident women I talked to in the course of writing this book, the weight-control winners. Long before scientists discovered there are many ways to be fat, these women intuitively found their own paths. Some are happy and fat, knowing they're healthy. They know that virtue and beauty come from within and respect their large, healthy bodies. Other winners were once fat and on their way to heart attacks or diabetes but have slimmed down and are now keeping the weight off. Superconfident winners have a deep-rooted faith in their own instincts and refuse to accept defeat--like one tenacious woman who invented twenty different diets for herself before she finally designed one that worked. She and other winners have taught me that women can--and do--lose weight permanently. How? A superconfident woman named Alia put it well: "It's not a matter of willpower, but power."

This book is a guide to such power. Along with the new paradigm of weight control and the many ways to be fat, you will learn about the superconfidence of the weight-control winners, why they succeed where others fail. If you are fat and healthy, the changes we're about to discuss will help you transcend negative societal messages and learn to trust your large body. If you have unhealthy fat, the principles I've learned from the winners will help you choose the best options for you and then muster the faith in yourself to follow them.

I also hope this book will empower you to find a doctor who will treat you as an equal partner in your own healing. Even with the new understandings about fat, the answers aren't simple. But doctors must remember that you have a very special knowledge that can be a font of healing wisdom: the knowledge you've gained from a lifetime of living in your own body. Trust your feelings. If you know why you've gained weight and your doctor refuses to listen, find another doctor.

The weight-control winners I talked to have traveled a long distance, and they have something to show you. They're not here to teach you how to be just like them. They're here to teach you how to become more deeply yourself.

Throughout history, women have woven supportive networks from their common needs and shared experiences. Whenever you find women facing life's crises--birth, death, illness, troubles with love or work--you usually find other women there, helping. You might think of this book as an old-fashioned sewing circle or quilting bee, a comfortable place where women have banded together to tell their healing stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    Stop Guessing and Get The Power

    What most people don't know is that losing weight is no longer just follow-the-latest-fad guesswork. Fat research has become a world-class science, using all the latest cutting-edge technology. Since doctors have realized how important fat is for our health, these giant medical complexes have been set up to study it. These centers bring together scientists from all disciplines -- endocrinologists, psychologists, physiologists, etc. -- they have as many different experts working on weight gain today as NASA has different kinds of scientists building the space station. This terrific, empowering book is the FIRST REPORT giving women access to all the new research coming out of the biggest, most well-equipped labs in the world. The book is called The Power because accurate information is power, the power to take charge and find your weight, your way. The most important surprise is how stress makes you fat. The big secret is a hormone called cortisol. Cortsiol opens the unhealthy fat cell doors so the fat can go in. Cortisol can cause you to store more fat even when you don't overeat! Scientists have now linked high cortisol levels to Depression Fat, Anger Fat, Binge-Eating Fat, Night-Eating Fat, Polycystic Ovary Fat, Lazy Thyroid Fat -- in all to 11 different ways women gain unhealthy weight. Options. Choices. That's what The Power is all about. Buy this book. It will change your life. I've lost 55 pounds -- and this time I'm keeping them off for life. How do I know? Because I have THE POWER!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    A great book that respects women's diversity!

    At last a book that respects overweight women for the diverse individuals we truly are. This empowering book explains exactly how our fat cells work and helped me sort through why I'd gained so much weight after my pregnancy (a combination of stress, depression, and a lazy thyroid) and how to slim down. I've lost 72 pounds! In an extremely easy-to-read way, the author explains that researchers now know being overweight isn't a single problem that can be cured with a single solution. Some women struggling with their weight have medication-caused fat, others were sexually abused as kids, still others have anger fat (which may spring from all those horrible diet books that keep trying to lump us all into one category and give us all one 'magical answer' that never works). Before most women can lose weight for life, we need to become our own self-detectives and get to the root of the problem. This book describes 11 reasons women gain unhealthy weight and empowers you with options to design your own diet. When it comes to losing weight, one size doesn't fit all. If you think so, too, read this remarkable book. It will change your life. It sure has changed mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Read it. Face up to it. Pass it on to a friend.

    Finally the information we need. Finally the real answers of why it happened and how to heal. Finally. Read this book.

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