This is a good informational account of what is going on with fat in our bodies. Well written and clinical information broken down to commone language.
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Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing--and, according to biochemist Sylvia Tara, the least-understood part of our body.
You may not love your fat, but your body certainly does. In fact, your body is actually endowed with many self-defense measures to hold on to fat. For example, fat can use stem cells to regenerate; increase our appetite if it feels threatened; and use bacteria, genetics, and viruses to expand itself. The secret to losing twenty pounds? You have to work with your fat, not against it. Tara explains how your fat influences your appetite and willpower, how it defends itself when attacked, and why it grows back so quickly. The Secret Life of Fat brings cutting-edge research together with historical perspectives to reveal fat's true identity: an endocrine organ that, in the right amount, is critical to our health. Fat triggers puberty, enables our reproductive and immune systems, and even affects brain size.
Although we spend $60 billion annually fighting fat, our efforts are often misinformed and misdirected. Tara expertly illustrates the complex role that genetics, hormones, diet, exercise, and history play in our weight, and The Secret Life of Fat sets you on the path to beat the bulge once and for all.SECRET LIFE OF FAT, THE
W. W. Norton & Company
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The Secret Life of Fat
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9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
The book contains lots...
The book contains lots of science about fat with stories about people that make it very interesting to read. It is easily understood with special terms defined and explained. I found it an engaging read, even a sort of page-turner. We learn a lot about types of body fat, what fat does for us, and how fat tends to protect itself. With the science in mind we get ideas of how we might make our own plan for dealing with excess fat. The book shows us how this can be a monumental task leading to a better understanding of the problem much as we have learned to look at the problem of diabetes. We may be able to look at ourselves and others who are overweight less negatively as a result of reading this book and understanding more about what actually can lead to the condition. The book gives a lot of information. It does not offer us a diet plan. The author does share specifically what she does, but tells us that we are all different in what we need. We can take the information and use what meets our own needs.
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