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
    Oct 15, 2016

    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...

  • The Pfaeffle Journal
    Feb 13, 2017

    In Sylvia Tara's book the The Secret Life of Fat, she discusses what some researchers have discovered about fat, she does an excellent job of describing in layperson terms how fat interacts with the b...

  • Douglas Lord
    Jan 23, 2017

    Secret? My own fat is pretty public. This book is freaking transformative as it makes the case for a changed view of fat. First-time author and biochemistry PhD Tara clearly illustrates something that...

  • linhtalinhtinh
    Jan 30, 2017

    My roommate bought a tool to measure body fat last week (I think it is called skin caliper or sth like that), which makes me a little bit interested. After reading this book, I was able to learn the w...

  • 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 ...

  • Shannon
    Feb 01, 2017

    A decent book but not as life changing as I thought it would be. Much of it was stuff I already knew, like brown fat and how the microbiome contributes, but some of it was new and exciting. The first ...

  • Meghan
    Feb 21, 2017

    I had my doubts after reading the prologue, because it seemed like the author had a preexisting tough relationship with fat that would skew the book toward an obsession with weight loss. Fortunately, ...

  • Tricia Harrild
    Jan 30, 2017

    This book is awesome! There aren't many books that talk about fat in this way. It's very informative and I really like that it states that there isn't one true diet for everyone. Everyone is different...

  • BridgetT
    Feb 04, 2017

    I mean, seriously! This is NOT a REDUCE BODY FAT DIET BOOK. Don't approach this until you are ready to devote your time and attention to wrap your brain around the potent information herein. I mean, w...

  • Kimberly
    Jan 22, 2017

    Everyone should read this book! Sylvia Tara, a PhD biochemist, researcher, fat sympathizer, fellow sufferer and now author has discussed a very scientific and complex (dare I say heavy?) subject in an...