Sunday, October 27, 2019

Thoughts on Tara's Secret Life of Fat: Scientific facts, practical tips & interesting personalities, related to the cells around your waist

I read Sylvia Tara’s The Secret Life of Fat with great interest. Similar in spirit to Justin and Erica Sonnenburg’s The Good Gut, this book combines hardcore science with practical pointers for daily life. Scientifically, Tara discusses the different types of fat – such as brown, visceral, subcutaneous – and how fat can essentially act as a regulating and self-regulated organ by interacting with the endocrine system. Practically, Tara notes how it is good to fast as long as possible each day to increase fat burning and how it is important to monitor one’s daily fat intake. The Secret Life of Fat also includes interesting profiles of leading scientists, such as those involved in the discovery of leptin, and patients’ who suffer from a variety of ailments associated with obesity and dysregulated fat regulation. Overall, I found this book a good read and a complement to the Good Gut.

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