I rarely write book reviews, but Dark Side of Fat Loss is a diamond in the rough for those interested in being proactive about their health and nutrition at a time when so many foods contain hidden neurotoxins, carcinogens, and obesogens. This book is a must for anyone on the road to good health. Whether you are happy with your current weight, trying to lose weight, or trying to restore weight, Dark Side of Fat Loss is a required read.
As stated in Croxton’s biography, after graduating from San Diego State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology (emphasis: fitness, nutrition, and health), Croxton began his journey as a certified personal trainer. Despite his extensive education in health, he was met with much failure as clients got heavier and sicker. Client programs consisted of endless cardio and the horrific Food Guide Pyramid. Rather than accept defeat, Croxton took his failures as an opportunity for growth. He has since spent thousands of hours educating himself on the many truths that eluded him throughout his formal education, often joking that he got his Master’s from Amazon.com. He is also a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN) and Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor (CMTA).
Croxton has created a book that is full of life-changing information. While in many books, all this information might be overwhelming, Croxton’s writing style not only makes it easy to comprehend but a pleasure to comprehend. The real draw to this book is the holistic approach Croxton suggests for obtaining health. He doesn’t suggest to try to correct health issues solely by diet, but by examining the five pillars of health (diet, hormones, digestion, detoxification and immunity). This may be the book that changes your life in the way it needs to be changed.
He discusses how our hormones affect our health goals. He explains how our hormone system are “Like dominoes, when one hormone falls out of balance, others soon follow”. He provides information on hormones (leptin, insulin, cortisol, NPY and ghrelin) and how the body reacts when we have too much or too little of these hormones. He not only explains this in words, but also with the use of graphics. The graphics in this discussion are especially helpful in the explanation of how our hormones interact with our bodies.
He uses a very common-sense approach to addressing some of the dietary issues that many people have. He introduces the concepts of just eating real food, and becoming healthy and fit by doing what healthy and fit people do. He is very down to earth in his approach to choosing healthy foods. He provides solutions to eating healthy when on a budget. He makes suggestions of what foods to eat and what foods avoid and provides information about why certain foods should be avoided. He even provides a handy reference sheet of all these foods.
Like many in his field, Croxton suggests logging calories daily. But, he also does something that is really rare in this type of book. He stresses the importance of listening to our bodies and logging what our bodies tell us. This is so important to him, that he even created a print-friendly body language log. Once again, Croxton doesn’t leave his readers hanging here, he provides solutions to some of the negative body language that many people experience.
Croxton provides a nearly 100 page real food cookbook of recipes that were submitted from real foodists from all over the world. From healthy breakfasts to healthy desserts, this book has it all. Again, the addition of the cookbook truly show Croxton’s mission to make being healthy attainable for all. He knows that if people stress out about what they are going to eat, it will affect their results. He does everything in his power to make the transition to eating real food an easy one.
The Dark Side of Fat Loss is definitely a must-read for all. This will not be a book that you read once and never pick up again. If you are interested in becoming healthy using a holistic approach, this book will be a great ally in fulfilling this goal.
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