The Secret Life of Fat

The Secret Life of Fat

The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

eBook - 2016
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A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works.

Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr. Sylvia Tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, hormones, sleep, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, not against it.

Baker & Taylor
Blends historical perspectives with cutting-edge research to examine body fat as a critical endocrine organ that can be better understood and managed when recognized as a necessary component of human health.

& Taylor

Blends historical perspectives with cutting-edge research to examine body fat as a critical endocrine organ, equipped with its own defense mechanisms, which can be better understood and managed when recognized as a necessary component of human health.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393244847
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 17, 2017

From a science and weight loss perspective, this book carried its weight. Reading it gave me a new appreciation of my own fat and fat in general. I was surprised to learn of the protective effects of having a layer of fat - it cleanses the blood of excess nutrients, can help with heart disease (if already there), and influences hormones. The environmental controls of fat beyond calories in and out was quite surprising. Although the author includes some rather extreme diets, that I will never try, I have a new appreciation for those struggling with their weight, differences in children, and how my fat protects me. Ironically, I feel less motivated than ever to lose a few pounds.

May 27, 2017

The author has always had difficulty controlling her weight, even while tightly controlling her calorie intake. Finally she embarked on a project to find out what influences our fat levels. She discovered that fat is intertwined with our brain, bones, immunity, hormones, genes, gender, microbiome, dieting history and even our stem cells. Exercise plays an important role but our weight is much more than the result of calories in and calories out.

Tara presents the latest research findings, describing the research methodologies and citing case studies. The stigma attached to the obese is often not justified. Obesity is not always caused by gluttony or lack of self-control.

She concludes by describing the diet and exercise regime she has embarked on that has resulted in her finally controlling her weight. However, this regime would be for most people, including me, much too extreme.

The book is quite well-written and a fascinating read. It will be very enlightening for anyone trying to control their weight. One major lesson is that it is much easier to prevent weight gain in the first place than it is to reduce it after the fact.

4 stars.

May 19, 2017

WOW!I loved this one. She puts everything in "Layman's Terms" that anybody can understand. You might ask what is everything? I answer some of the most recent findings about fat.Most people (including Me)don't realize that Fat is actually part of our Endocrine system.Our Endocrine System is part of how we get Energy to live! I think anyone who has ever been told "Your too Fat" should read this. There a lot amazing fact in this book also.I will add only one caveat. We each of us should always have our own specific diet(and even if you can't always stick to it that's okay).

May 14, 2017

An excellent and scientific look at the subject of fat. Lots of valuable information.

Apr 11, 2017

The parts about how body fat works were facinating, 5/5, but the out-dated low-cal low-fat diet advice is completely out of date - 0/5.

multcolib_alisonk Mar 07, 2017

We think about fat as something that just sits there like baggage, preventing us from fitting into the speedo. But as it turns out, fat has a mind of its own. I found this examination of fat at the cellular level quite fascinating and enlightening - no pun intended.


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