August 21st, 2013

Starve Mode By Leigh Peele Book Review

“Have I messed up my metabolism?”  “Am I in starvation mode?”  “I know I should eat more, but won’t I gain weight if I increase calories?” “How long does it take to restore a “damaged” metabolism back to a revving metabolism?” “Am I stuck at a plateau and if so how do I break it?” “At my age, is there no hope for my metabolism?” If you’ve ever asked yourself questions like these, there is an important new book you will want to read…. “Starve Mode:  Explaining and Resetting Metabolic Problems That Can Come From Dieting.”

starve-mode-by-leigh-peeleStarve Mode Book Review

I’ve intended to post regular fitness and fat loss book reviews for Burn the Fat Blog readers this year and I apologize for not posting more. This new book – Starve Mode – is one I could not pass up the opportunity to review. In fact, I was one of the first people to receive a very early preview copy, since the author – Leigh Peele – and I have worked together before for quite a few years.

When I finished reading Starve Mode, I was so impressed with it that I told Leigh I would be thrilled to write a book review. When she replied, I was quite flattered when she asked me if I’d like to go one step further and write the foreword. I did, with pleasure.

So instead of writing a traditional review, I decided, with Leigh’s permission, to reprint the entire foreword here on the blog. I think it serves as a great review and will help you decide if the book is right for you. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, especially anything like, “have I screwed up my metabolism, this one is a must-read.

If you have questions, please post them in the comments. I’ll answer any that I can and/or forward them to Leigh and she will pop in here and answer them personally.

Train hard and expect success,

Tom Venuto,

author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle and The Body Fat Solution

Starve Mode: Foreword by Tom Venuto

In Leigh Peele’s previous book, Fat Loss Troubleshoot, making “troubleshooting” the big idea was a stroke of genius. That’s because we almost never reach our body composition or body weight goals in a straight line. The essence of continuous progress is navigating through all the inevitable ups and downs and getting beyond frustrating plateaus.

In Starve Mode, Leigh has continued her tireless quest to research and share the facts about fat loss physiology and psychology in another brilliant book that builds on and goes even deeper than her first one.

Starve Mode gives scientific explanations and practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced by dieters and fitness enthusiasts, including problems with metabolism, hormones, water retention, disordered eating and unexplainable body weight fluctuations – predicaments that drive even seasoned veterans crazy.

A major focus is metabolism. No other word is used so often by dieters, exercisers and athletes, yet is so completely misunderstood. In Leigh’s Starve Mode, finally, an expert has de-mystified metabolism, busted common metabolism myths, and uncovered the truth about metabolic damage and metabolic repair. In this book, you’ll learn what a slow or fast metabolism really means, the factors that affect metabolic health, all the most accurate ways to calculate your metabolic rate, and of course, the truth about starvation mode.

This book is written for men and women. I can confirm first hand that this information is vital for men to know – for our own benefit, and for helping us understand the differences between us and our female companions. While reading Starve Mode, women may find in the author, for the first time ever, a coach and friend who understands and thoroughly addresses their gender’s unique problems – both mental and physical. Even better, after explaining these female metabolic, hormonal and emotional challenges, Leigh provides the solutions in a practical way that cannot be found in any other book or program.

True to the style of Leigh’s entire body of work – her books, blogs and podcasts –  Starve Mode is one-hundred percent objective and evidence-based, so you can trust that the information is accurate, or even go verify the data or investigate further yourself. You’ll learn enough science after one read to be the most informed person in your gym, or even in your entire town – that’s how deep the detail is.

If you’re a person who is always looking for information that’s new and cutting edge, with a level of sophistication beyond the basics, you’ve found the right book. On every topic, Leigh begins where others leave off. A prime example: No book more thoroughly and accurately discusses how to repair, rebuild or refeed a “damaged” metabolism after a period of restrictive dieting. Other books only introduce the subject. Leigh leaves no question unanswered. If you’ve ever been worried (or terrified) that you’ve ruined your metabolism, you can take a sigh of relief, having this book in your library.

Do you want the truth about hormones? This is your science-based hormone bible. Want to make sense out of nutrition and fitness research? You’ll get step-by-step coaching on how to find it, read it, make sense of it and become your own expert in the process. Want the real scoop on exercise, movement and Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT)? There’s no better resource: Leigh’s experience with calorie and activity monitoring devices is unmatched and the fascinating discussions about her discoveries will make for many “aha moments” for every reader.

Starve Mode is free of agenda, dogma or zealotry. Leigh freely offers her opinions, but she doesn’t push an ideology. Instead, she helps you find the approach that’s best for you. Leigh doesn’t sugarcoat anything. She tells it like it is – not just what you want to hear, but what you need to hear – even when that includes, “YOU are solely responsible for the condition your body is in now.”

Leigh says there’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book, and I agree. I would add that Starve Mode is such a smart, thoughtful book, that it will be most appreciated by the smart, thoughtful reader who wants an education about the science, as well as a plan of action, not one or the other, and not surface-level pop-diet advice.

Bottom line: Do what Leigh suggests and don’t skim this book – study it – because Starve Mode is clearly the new definitive guide to getting a healthy, fat-burning metabolism.


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6 Responses to “Starve Mode By Leigh Peele Book Review”

  • Kay

    Hormone science bible? What hormones are addressed and what reference is used? I have Hashimotos and HPA dysfunction. Chronic fatigue is my constant companion. It does NOT matter what I eat…how much or how little my weight doesn’t change. (I still eat clean, based on many years of following BFFM). I have not found a doctor who thinks my metabolic issues can change. There’s nothing quite like being abandoned by the medical community. Can this book help me or it is just for people who slowed their metabolisms with fad DIEts?

    • Hey Kay,

      First off, the book is not for the treatment of any condition or illness. I am a mere layman researcher. It’s a book that looks at the research regarding common issues with losing weight or fat (two different things sadly). Also at general metabolic education, and detailed looks at side effects from constantly dieting down + the benefits of feeding.

      It can help everyone in understanding how to monitor YOUR rate best as possible, and sometimes for those dealing with problems it can be helpful. But no, it does not cover those particular issues.

      If I may just offer up some personal advice and conversation…

      I am very sorry you feel abandoned by the medical community. Having helped so many in that community myself though, I can tell you they are fighting a lot of the same battles. In large part, due to all the conflicting advice often offered. If you feel you have been overlooked I highly suggest you keep looking for the right fit. With these types of issues, just getting your fluid retention better under control or better medication distribution can make a world of difference. Just a little two cents there.

      In research and anecdotes, we see people with Hashimotos and HPA dysfunction generally dealing with more aggressive water fluctuations than most and lower overall NEAT/NEPA behavior, lower heart rates/blodd pressure. That combination in fat/weight loss language usually means…

      1. I bloat like a balloon for no reason – a lot.
      2. My caloric burn is running at a suboptimal level that makes fat loss more of a challenge.

      Because of those things, just “clean eating” may not always be such a help. Perhaps getting an activity monitor and seeing what you burn on a daily basis and using it to inspire intermittent light grade activity to keep burn a little higher, could be a start. Could keep your temps up a little higher and can help with overall burn.

      I guess my point is, since you are dealing with these issues, do what you can to keep variables down, at least during a testing period. Do everything you can to take that extra advantage. I am not saying it is fair or that you aren’t already do that, just saying it could be something that helps. 🙂

      • Tracy

        Leigh- can you comment more on your knowledge of hashimotos and metabolism. Is there a way to get a true test on the rate of ones metabolism. Is wearing a heart rate monitor all day very accurate? Meaning our heart rate is in alignment with metabolism and calories burned per day??

    • Sandra

      Google “The Whole 30”. It’s supposed to help with Hashimotos. At the very least, it’s clean eating to the max!

    • Brian

      Kay – I recommend contacting Dr. Michael Ruscio. He has some great testimonials from female patients who have balanced their hormones and fixed their thyroid problems.

  • Cindy

    Will we ever be able to purchase a hard or soft cover of this book?

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