The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
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The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

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.

Title:The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You Reviews

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Jan 09, 2017

    Highly recommended. 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, t...

  • Marsha
    Nov 05, 2016

    Not your usual book about fat!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 ...

  • Kenneth Roberts
    Nov 23, 2016

    *Read advanced reading copy*I'd say most people probably don't put much thought into fat, except to disdain it and to worry about how to get rid of it.Sylvia Tara tells us she held similar views for m...

  • Morgan Sanchez
    Oct 19, 2016

    *Read as advanced reading copy*This book was an absolute joy to read. Filled with case studies and scientific information, the casual to moderate nutrition and physiology observer has much to look for...

  • Stacy
    Nov 26, 2016

    In The Secret Life of Fat, author Sylvia Tara takes the reader on an in-depth, fascinating exploration of the little known scientific role and highly intricate workings of fat. Tara documents her own...

  • Happyreader
    Jan 17, 2017

    As one obesity expert reminded me recently, in every weight loss intervention, some people lose a little, others lose a lot, and others gain weight. There simply is not a one-size-fits-all weight loss...

  • Kristen Heimerl
    Jan 17, 2017

    The book provides information, insight, and vindication to every man or woman who has ever meaningfully struggled with their weight. This is a fascinating deep dive into the role of fat and how it beh...

  • Angela
    Jan 17, 2017

    "The Secret Life of Fat" has some wonderful information in it, though I'm ambivalent about the book as a whole. I found the book on audible after hearing an interview on NPR with the author, and the s...

  • Marcy Graybill
    Jan 20, 2017

    I loved the first part of the book, Dr. Tara discusses the research into Fat and the need for Fat, and the good and the bad Fat, etc. She gives case studies and brings people's stories in, which are i...

  • Janet Zehr
    Jan 13, 2017

    Lots of insight into why we get fatThis book provides a detailed study about fat as an organ with a definite purpose in the body, and examines the many ways in which it functions as a useful part of t...