A few weeks ago, when I interviewed Debby Kastner, The Healthy Librarian, she mentioned a few books and asked if I had read them. As with anything that Debby recommends, I take notice. I immediately purchased three of the four books she mentioned. When my box of new books arrived from Amazon, there was one that I immediately gravitated toward, and it was the book authored by my next podcast guest, biochemist and author, Dr. Sylvia Tara. Ms. Tara is the author of a new book called The Secret Life of Fat, The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What it Means For You.
When I received Ms. Tara’s book I devoured it. I knew I had to interview this author and share her work with you. I had so much fun talking to Ms. Tara, it was everything I had hope it would be. Plus, I discovered that she and I are on the same page about a lot of our own personal discoveries along our weight loss journeys!
Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked at the world’s largest biotechnology companies. Tara lives in the Los Angeles area.
Her new book, The Secret Life of Fat, is a groundbreaking work of practical, popular science reveals that fat is much smarter than we think.
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.
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I’ll bet you are ready to listen! Here’s the interview: