The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
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 ...more
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Sylvia Tara, PhD. Dec. 14 W.W. Norton and Co.
In a world which bombards us with its "the right way" in what to eat, how to eat, how much to weigh, how to measure Body Mass Index, the newest and best theory of being our best skinny
selves - and confusingly, screams headlines about what is wrong about them all - Sylvia Tara, PhD, has brought us a sensible and RIVETING fount of information which is genuinely useful. "FAT" is not a four letter word; it actually is a functioning ...more
What disappointed me about the book was the way it ended, as a diet book. The author tells how she lost the 30 pounds she gained about having her ...more
For the vast majority of this book, I ...more
On page 31, there is a story about an obese girl named Layla who had liposuction done - this was portrayed as a good thing, which it is not. A member of her medical team pronounced that Layla had an endocrine defect after the liposuction without taking into account that the act of subcutaneous fat removal itself ...more
Sylvia Tara introduces cutting edge research in the science of fat, weight gain and weight loss in an engaging way, using a highly readable anecdotal style, illustrating her various points with real life examples, including herself. She gets into genetics, good and bad fat, how bacteria and viruses can affect fat gain, why women have a tougher time losing weight -- and so much more.
Tara doesn't just tell the reader about all these things, she gives strategies to ...more
Kudos to Tara for simply explaining "fat" in all its complexity.
Most of us love to eat it, hate to store it on our bodies though we actually need a healthy amount of it, and struggle to lose it.
In the Secret Life of Fat readers learn why fat is way more than the stuff of muffin tops and jelly thighs. Way more. In fact, fat functions as a organ, releasing hormones and impacting our body systems and behavior. Too much is bad for us, but so is too little. And get ...more
I think the advice in the end is this: It's hard to lose fat, incredibly so, because bodies are built that way. In the past it must have been a decided ...more
This is not good medical practice!!
Also, the upshot I got from this book is that if you have "problem" fat and you want to be thin, you're going to have to vigilantly starve yourself for years and be unhappy. That does not seem like ...more
"For anyone trying to manage fat, I wish you not only the required strength and determination, but also the necessary ...more
Not a diet book! Hallelujah! The author has a PhD in biochemistry and a strong personal interest in the subject and so has devoted years of her life researching the topic. The first few chapters cover exactly what fat is and its complex role in the body. More than simply an inert means of energy storage, fat is presented as an organ that is deeply intertwined with the endocrine system with roles in hormone regulation, reproduction, the immune system and more. The first half of the book expounds...more
The book is very "sciency." It talks about studies and research and tissues and genes with a depth that one isn't accustomed to outside a scientific paper or a college textbook....and yet it was never slow, heavy, or hard to read. The author uses real-life stories to illustrate and explain the ...more