Title: The Metabolic Storm
Author: Emily Cooper, MD
Genre: Nonfiction, Health
Publisher: Seattle Performance Medicine Publishing
Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Source: Borrowed from my local library
This is not a diet book. It’s a book about the pure science behind why diets don’t work long-term for the majority of people. Forget everything you have ever heard about dieting and being overweight! The Metabolic Storm addresses the science that obliterates those myths about diets and weight gain.
This book was recommended to me by a former co-volunteer years ago, and it just took ages for me to get around to reading it. I am so grateful for that recommendation, because this book may be one of the keys not only to correcting my weight struggles, but to correcting my chronic fatigue. You guys, read this book. If you have ever struggled with weight loss, or experienced failure living by the (scientifically-proven to be 100% false) “calories in, calories out” lifestyle, read this book. It’s not a how-to or self-improvement book, it’s an educational book, but it will empower you with the steps to discuss with your primary care physician.
As Dr. Cooper states in the book, fixing metabolic dysfunction is a lengthy process, but it’s doable (in terms of lifestyle change, potential medication, and cost). And all it takes is being able to go to an endocrinologist armed with an understanding of how certain hormones in your body interact with each other and your brain to regulate metabolism. I was surprised at some of the information (having heard all my life of metabolism as an oversimplified process). For instance, going on a diet for only 12 weeks, once in your life, usually permanently lowers your metabolic rate. The more you restrict caloric intake, the more your body permanently alters itself to keep you from starving to death, creating a cycle that will result in weight gain, not weight loss (we’re so well-adapted at surviving famine).
Like most women, I’ve dieted a lot- “smart” diets that combine counting calories with regular exercise, and some diets designed to cut out/cut down foods that are potentially causing inflammation or leaky gut. And like most women, I’ve experienced the frustration of trying everything common sense, and having it fail again and again. And also the frustration of society (and physicians!) telling me I’m fat because of a moral failing or lack of willpower. So to finally read the science behind how my metabolism is supposed to function, and what things may be wrong with it, was incredibly freeing.
After reading this book, I’m now working with my primary care physician to get a referral to an endocrinologist, to have my leptin, ghretin, endocrine, and glucose levels tested for potential dysfunction. I passed this book to my mom, and it was an eye-opener for her, and now she’s also working with her doc to have the same lab tests run. I recommend it for everyone, honestly, whether or not you’ve struggled with losing weight or health. It’s a relatively quick and interesting read, and incredibly educational. But especially if you’re overweight despite eating right, eating less, and/or moving more- you need to read this book.