I've gone and lost my butt. It's like it just went and whoops! slid off the back of me and is perhaps lying on the floor in a grocery store somewhere. The butt loss, coupled with thinner legs means that I am wearing a smaller jeans size than I was pre-pregnancy...Kind of weird, right? Except, it turns out it's not weird at all and in fact EXPECTED to happen to women after giving birth, at least according to Why Women Need Fat by William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin, the latest book I read as part of the BlogHer Book Club. Unfortunately, bigger bellies and a few extra pounds are also expected after that first baby. Wamp, wamp.
Why Women Need Fat is a compilation of many years of research, both by the authors themselves and by others in the nutrition field. In the first part of the book, Lassek and Gaulin present the research and argue why a non-processed diet that includes plenty of omega-3 fatty acids is ideal. Unlike most research-heavy books, the authors then spell out how to apply this information to your diet and daily life. At the end they include an interesting, though complicated, way to figure out what your ideal weight is really supposed to be.
This book has an important message and provides compelling reasons about why we need to shift our diets away from processed food. In fact, it has inspired me to cut way back on tortilla chips and potato chips, something I was previously consuming a couple times a week. As a dietitian, I can fully step on board with the message they are sending - and I can assure you that is not always the case with diet books!
However, as someone with a research background, I found this book to be a bit sloppy. They would critize certain researchers for a myopic viewpoint and then turn around and do the same. I also think some editing to the book as a whole could have made for a more cohesive and smooth read.
I recommend this read for anyone interested in diet and nutrition and those searching for answers as to why they've gone and lost their bum after having a baby. Head over to Blogher's Book Club to see what other bloggers are saying and to read an excerpt.
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.