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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 20 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 roles 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.
©2016 Sylvia Tara (P)2016 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By GH on 03-21-17

Very technical, but great information

The first six hours is a systematic review of fat and all of its forms and many manifestations.The last 1.5 hours is what you can do to tame fat. I have to say, after listening to the first six hours I became depressed about prospects of weight loss. Listening to this up-front narration was akin to having someone say over and over, "you thought this, but no, you lose." Woman have it worse then men, and men have it bad. When you old it's bad. When your sedentary its bad. Fat listens, fat talks, fat reproduces. Can it get any worse. Yes, it does. Tara does an outstanding job of driving her points home. Every paragraph, I felt like another nail was being driven into my coffin.

At the end, is a happy ending? We sort of. There is hope at least. The author does a great job coming back and helping you understand the elements of of weight loss strategies. She does not promise world and deliver a postage stamp. Think of her book like light a flashlight for weight loss if you lost in a dark warehouse. At least you have a chance to get out. I highly recommend this book. You may not like it, but you will better off if you can get through it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-27-17

Great science information - end was a let down

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I think the science, case studies and research information was fabulous. For this I giver a 5. As a RN I was so interested in this book and could not put it down so to speak. But her ending about her strict deprivational dieting, exercising and described suffering - white knuckling her life and using intermittent fasting was not the message I wanted to hear. I give that a 1. I was thinking that I hope she never pushes herself fully into a binge eating disorder. I do not think the final message is a healthy pattern to emulate.Skinny jeans are nice but she is totally obsessed and it left me feeling sad for her.

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