Why Women Need Fat: A Review



Why Woman Need Fat by William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J.C. Gaulin, PH.D is a diet book for people who are looking to lose weight and make long term changes in the way they eat. The book is broken down into three sections and does a great job of backing up its’ thesis of how dietary changes of the past forty years have negatively impacted us, in clear and easy to understand ways.

Part One: Why And How We Got Fatter

  • The change in the American diet over the last fifty years.
  • The differences between the American diet and those of women from other countries.
  • Ancel Keys argument that fat is the cause of heart disease which the authors disagree with.
  • The increase in use of polyunsaturated fat.
  • The 1977 Dietary Goals for the US.
  • The change in the American diet increased the consumption of Omega-6 fatty acids which increases weight.

Part Two: Why Women Need Fat

  • Why American women are heavier today than in the past
  • Omega fats being out of balance (too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3).
  • The importance of DHA and EPA in our diets.

Part Three: How To Achieve Your Natural Healthy Weight

  • It gives a list of different food groups the authors recommend eating.
  • Finding your natural weight. How to find out what it is and how to reach that point.

Why Women Need Fat is packed with information, especially part one where the how we got here is explained in great detail. I found the advice easy to follow and similar to what you read in other works where the focus is on eating less processed foods. The detailed arguments make it easy to understand why you should change your diet and then they give you all the tools you need to do so.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to lose weight, in a natural and healthy way. This book is not gimmicky but a part of a long term change.

Have you read any books that changed how you eat?

For me, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of The All American Meal was really eye-opening.

If you would like to discuss, Why Women Need Fat, you can jump over to the BlogHer Book Club where there will be a month of discussions.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

4 thoughts on “Why Women Need Fat: A Review

    • It’s an entire chapter in the book but I can try to summarize it.

      1. Looking at pictures of older women in your family and comparing your weight with theirs.

      2. They have charts where you can compare your weight now versus what the weight would be forty years ago.

      3. They have another chart that compares your current BMI with your natural BMI which would be based on the weight of someone built like you forty years ago.

      4. The fourth way is to take a bunch of different measurements of your elbow, wrist, hips, and shoulders.

      It goes into great detail. I can lend you the book if you want to know more.
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