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It depends on what you want.

which of dr cate's books is the best for beginners

If you really want to lose weight, learn about metabolism, or reverse your diabetes, start with The FATBURN Fix. If just want to know what to buy to fight inflammation then get Food Rules first.

If you want to know the reasons why, or love science, enjoy history, or even if you believe nature has a kind of intelligence and want to deepen your appreciation, then read Deep Nutrition first.

The three books are designed to complement each other and no matter which you read first, reading the others will give you new insights.

The FATBURN Fix, my newest book

The FATBURN Fix takes you along for a deep dive into the unexamined relationship between the ridiculous amount of PUFA now in our diets, and what that does to our metabolism. It explores how your metabolism affects your mood, your energy, and your risk of diseases. It talks about when calories matter and when they don’t. And most of all, it talks about how PUFA in our body fat interferes with our ability to burn body fat, thus turning your body fat from a source of energy on demand to an inflammation prone burden. More details about the book on The FATBURN Fix page of this website.

The FATBURN Fix focuses on:

  • Weight loss
  • How your metabolism works (and what foods and habits damage it)
  • How to assess the health of your metabolism
  • How to construct meals that heal your metabolism

What’s the difference between The FATBURN Fix and Deep Nutrition?

Deep Nutrition focuses on gaining health more than on losing weight. Deep Nutrition does not address the special problems that a person who struggles with weight must overcome.

Food Rules

Food Rules provides you an extremely easy-to-read guide to ending your artificial dependence on prescription medication.

The book is divided into four parts:
The first three offer tips for healthiest shopping, cooking, and dietary balance.
The fourth is a list of Doctor’s Orders designed to help you avoid overmedication, over-diagnosis, and over-treatment for chronic health conditions that are reversible with diet.

Food Rules is not a rigid one-size-fits all dietary program but rather an instruction manual for everyone to teach you to make the healthiest possible choices, no matter what kinds of foods you enjoy most and no matter your medical conditions.

By following these rules, you will reduce the underlying inflammation generating metabolic imbalance we now know are the underlying reasons for most chronic medical problems including diabetes, depression,  cancer, food allergies, chronic pain, and more. The most essential rules are right upfront and if you can follow those you are halfway home!

Deep Nutrition

We wrote Deep Nutrition to motivate people to make changes. We hope to inspire you, and we thought it would be most powerful, convincing, and interesting to bring the fullest possible picture of human health into view.

The first half of the book updates the works of men like Weston A Price and Frances Pottenger, who suggest that people living in self-sufficient cultures were able to provide their bodies with up to fifty times the amount of certain nutrients that the RDA currently recommends. This incredible nutrient density provided them with beautiful, strong physiques that, together with resistance to infectious disease, cancer, and many other aging-associated disorders, ensured they were built to last. Those who escaped accidents and other natural hazards lived long, healthy lives. Early chapters integrate the teachings of these brilliant men with new insights from the fields of genetics, biomathematics, sociology, nutrition, and obstetrics–to name a few.

The central theme of the book is that food is information. After establishing that the natural world is the ultimate source of our health, our aim with the central chapter,entitled The Four Pillars of World Cuisine is to help readers appreciate that the foods we chose to eat reflect our relationship with nature.

We hope to help health and culinary enthusiasts understand that our current terms for describing food (words like calories, protein, carbs, etc.) only tell part of the story. We also need to think more like a chef. Chefs consider the source of our food, the effects of time, cooking methods, and other factors that may diminish or enhance the flavor of the original ingredients. When our food is all natural, its flavor is an honest reflection of its value to our bodies.

The last half of the book provides the basic science information to back up some of the more controversial claims.

Chapter eight Good Fats and Bad is a must-read for anyone worried about cholesterol or heart health because it suggests, and cites literature to support, the idea that nature does not make bad fats and therefore we should return to traditional fats like butter and bacon grease and avoid the refined, novel oils now promoted by institutions like the American Dietetic Association and the government. Chapter nine Sickly Sweet is a must read for anyone with a sweet tooth or a carb addiction because it illustrates how sugar impacts your every cell, and help you identify hidden sources of sugar along with stories from my practice to highlight how high sugar diets can generate unusual symptoms that you may not realize are easily preventable–such as headaches, heart palpitations, and even elevated levels of LDL cholesterol. Chapter ten Beyond Calories discusses how fat cells are ready and waiting for the kind of diet and activities that will signal them to empty out their fat stores and even transform into other types of cells, most notably muscle and bone. And the final chapter Forever Young helps you to optimize your collagen, essential to healthy skin and joints.

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