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

Author: Sylvia Tara

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244849

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

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A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr. Sylvia Tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, hormones, sleep, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, not against it.
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The Secret Life of Fat

The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and what it Means for You

Author: Sylvia Tara

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393244830

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 235

View: 5972

This groundbreaking work of practical, popular science reveals that fat is much smarter than we think.
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The Secret Life of Fat

The science behind the body’s greatest puzzle

Author: Sylvia Tara

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911274015

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 1507

We lose it. We gain it. We hate it. We hide it. We shame it. We suck it in and we even suck it out. Fat is an international obsession, a dirty word, a subject of intense concern - and our least understood body part. A groundbreaking combination of historical, cultural and cutting-edge scientific research, The Secret Life of Fat reveals everything we need to understand fat: how it influences our appetite and willpower, how it defends itself when attacked, and why it grows back so quickly.Find out how our genetics and hormones determine how much fat we have and where exactly it will show. Fascinating and surprising in equal measure, this book will give you a powerful new understanding of your body.
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Rethinking Thin

The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting

Author: Gina Kolata

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429923651

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

View: 9126

In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals. Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry. Kolata's account of four determined dieters' progress through a study comparing the Atkins diet to a conventional low-calorie one becomes a broad tale of science and society, of social mores and social sanctions, and of politics and power. Rethinking Thin asks whether words like willpower are really applicable when it comes to eating and body weight. It dramatizes what it feels like to spend a lifetime struggling with one's weight and fantasizing about finally, at long last, getting thin. It tells the little-known story of the science of obesity and the history of diets and dieting—scientific and social phenomena that made some people rich and thin and left others fat and miserable. And it offers commonsense answers to questions about weight, eating habits, and obesity—giving us a better understanding of the weight that is right for our bodies.
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Fat Rights

Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood

Author: Anna Kirkland

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814748190

Category: Law

Page: 196

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Author Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show America is a weight-obsessed nation. Over the last decade, there's been an explosion of concern in the U.S. about people getting fatter. Plaintiffs are now filing lawsuits arguing that discrimination against fat people should be illegal. Fat Rights asks the first provocative questions that need to be raised about adding weight to lists of currently protected traits like race, gender, and disability. Is body fat an indicator of a character flaw or of incompetence on the job? Does it pose risks or costs to employers they should be allowed to evade? Or is it simply a stigmatized difference that does not bear on the ability to perform most jobs? Could we imagine fatness as part of workplace diversity? Considering fat discrimination prompts us to rethink these basic questions that lawyers, judges, and ordinary citizens ask before a new trait begins to look suitable for antidiscrimination coverage. Fat Rights draws on little-known legal cases brought by fat citizens as well as significant lawsuits over other forms of bodily difference (such as transgenderism), asking why the boundaries of our antidiscrimination laws rest where they do. Fatness, argues Kirkland, is both similar to and provocatively different from other protected traits, raising long–standing dilemmas in antidiscrimination law into stark relief. Though options for defending difference may be scarce, Kirkland evaluates the available strategies and proposes new ways of navigating this new legal question. Fat Rights enters the fray of the obesity debate from a new perspective: our inherited civil rights tradition. The scope is broad, covering much more than just weight discrimination and drawing the reader into the larger context of antidiscrimination protections and how they can be justified for a new group.
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Big Fat Food Fraud

Confessions of a Health-Food Hustler

Author: Jeff Scot Philips

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1942872879

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5439

Big Fat Food Fraud gives the public an unprecedented and eye-opening inside look at the corrupt practices of the food and weight-loss industries, which have combined to raid Americans' wallets and to decimate their health. Equal parts The Wolf of Wall Street and Fast Food Nation, Big Fat Food Fraud takes the reader on Philips's colourful, personal journey through the dark underbelly of America's food industry.
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Smart Fat

Eat More Fat. Lose More Weight. Get Healthy Now.

Author: Steven Masley, M.D.,Jonny Bowden, PhD

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006239231X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

View: 2044

The innovative guide that reveals how eating more fat—the smart kind—is the key to health, longevity, and permanent weight loss. For years experts have told us that eating fat is bad. But by banning fat from our diets, we’ve deprived ourselves of considerable health benefits—and have actually sabotaged our own efforts to lose weight. Though they originally came from vastly different schools of thought about diet and weight loss, renowned nutritionist Jonny Bowden and well-respected physician Steven Masley independently came to the same conclusion about why so many people continually fail to shed pounds and get healthy. It all comes back to a distinction far more important than calories vs. carbs or paleo vs. plant-based: smart fat vs. dumb fat. In Smart Fat, they explain the amazing properties of healthy fat, including its ability to balance hormones for increased energy and appetite control, and its incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. The solution for slimming down—and keeping the pounds off for life—is to “smart-fat” your meals, incorporating smart fats with fiber, protein, and most importantly, flavor. Bowden and Masley identify smart fats, explain what not to eat, and provide a thirty-day meal plan and fifty recipes based on the magic formula of fat, fiber, protein, and flavor. It’s time to unlearn what we think we know about food. Getting smart about fat—and everything you eat—and learning to smart-fat your meals is the only solution you'll ever need.
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The Obesity Paradox

When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

Author: Carl J. Lavie, M.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698148517

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 8575

Robert Lustig changed the national conversation about fat. Now, a pioneer in “obesity paradox” research delivers a message that everyone who struggles to shed socalled excess weight will want to hear. After research uncovered that overweight and even moderately obese people with certain chronic diseases often live longer and fare better than their normal weight counterparts, Carl Lavie, MD, realized that being moderately fit is more important for good health than having a low body mass index. Sharing the science behind these recent findings, The Obesity Paradox shows readers how to achieve what’s really important: maximum health—not minimum weight.
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The Bulletproof Diet

Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life

Author: Dave Asprey

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1623365198

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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In his mid-twenties, Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley multimillionaire. He also weighed 300 pounds, despite the fact that he was doing what doctors recommended: eating 1,800 calories a day and working out 90 minutes a day, six times a week. When his excess fat started causing brain fog and food cravings sapped his energy and willpower, Asprey turned to the same hacking techniques that made his fortune to "hack" his own biology, investing more than $300,000 and 15 years to uncover what was hindering his energy, performance, appearance, and happiness. From private brain EEG facilities to remote monasteries in Tibet, through radioactive brain scans, blood chemistry work, nervous system testing, and more, he explored traditional and alternative technologies to reach his physical and mental prime. The result? The Bulletproof Diet, an anti-inflammatory program for hunger-free, rapid weight loss and peak performance. The Bulletproof Diet will challenge—and change—the way you think about weight loss and wellness. You will skip breakfast, stop counting calories, eat high levels of healthy saturated fat, work out and sleep less, and add smart supplements. In doing so, you'll gain energy, build lean muscle, and watch the pounds melt off. By ditching traditional "diet" thinking, Asprey went from being overweight and sick in his twenties to maintaining a 100-pound weight loss, increasing his IQ, and feeling better than ever in his forties. The Bulletproof Diet is your blueprint to a better life.
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Mercies in Disguise

A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

Author: Gina Kolata

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250123992

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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"[Kolata] is a gifted storyteller. Her account of the Baxleys... is both engrossing and distressing... Kolata's book raises crucial questions about knowledge that can be both vital and fatal, both pallative and dangerous." —Andrew Solomon, The New York Review of Books New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw. The phone rings. The doctor from California is on the line. “Are you ready Amanda?” The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested—at least, not now. But she had to find out. If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you’d inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would you avoid the potential bad news as long as possible? In Mercies in Disguise, acclaimed New York Times science reporter and bestselling author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution—not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma—fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process. A work of narrative nonfiction, Mercies in Disguise is the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It’s a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman—Amanda Baxley—who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family’s destiny.
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Vitamania

How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food

Author: Catherine Price

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698192214

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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"A hidden, many-faceted, and urgent story." --Booklist, *STARRED* Most of us know nothing about vitamins. What’s more, what we think we know is harming both our personal nutrition and our national health. By focusing on vitamins at the expense of everything else, we’ve become blind to the bigger picture: despite our belief that vitamins are an absolute good—and the more of them, the better—vitamins are actually small and surprisingly mysterious pieces of a much larger nutritional puzzle. In Vitamania, award-winning journalist Catherine Price offers a lucid and lively journey through our cherished yet misguided beliefs about vitamins, and reveals a straightforward, blessedly anxiety-free path to enjoyable eating and good health. When vitamins were discovered a mere century ago, they changed the destiny of the human species by preventing and curing many terrifying diseases. Yet it wasn’t long before vitamins spread from labs of scientists into the realm of food marketers and began to take on a life of their own. By the end of the Second World War, vitamins were available in forms never before seen in nature—vitamin gum, vitamin doughnuts, even vitamin beer—and their success showed food manufacturers that adding synthetic vitamins to otherwise nutritionally empty products could convince consumers that they were healthy. The era of “vitamania,” as one 1940s journalist called it, had begun. Though we’ve gained much from our embrace of vitamins, what we’ve lost is a crucial sense of perspective. Vitamins may be essential to our lives, but they are not the only important substances in food. By buying into a century of hype and advertising, we have accepted the false idea that particular dietary chemicals can be used as shortcuts to health—whether they be antioxidants or omega-3s or, yes, vitamins. And it’s our vitamin-inspired desire for effortless shortcuts that created today’s dietary supplement industry, a veritable Wild West of overpromising “miracle” substances that can be legally sold without any proof that they are effective or safe. For the countless individuals seeking to maximize their health and who consider vitamins to be the keys to well-being, Price’s Vitamania will be a game-changing look into the roots of America’s ongoing nutritional confusion. Her travels to vitamin manufacturers and food laboratories and military testing kitchens—along with her deep dive into the history of nutritional science— provide a witty and dynamic narrative arc that binds Vitamania together. The result is a page-turning exploration of the history, science, hype, and future of nutrition. And her ultimate message is both inspiring and straightforward: given all that we don’t know about vitamins and nutrition, the best way to decide what to eat is to stop obsessing and simply embrace this uncertainty head-on. By exposing our extraordinary psychological rela¬tionship with vitamins and challenging us to question our beliefs, Vitamania won’t just change the way we think about vitamins. It will change the way we think about food. From the Hardcover edition.
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Understanding Diabetes

A Handbook for People Who Are Living With Diabetes

Author: H. Peter Chase,David M. Maahs, M.D. Ph.D.

Publisher: Childrens Diabetes Foundation

ISBN: 9780983265009

Category: Medical

Page: 325

View: 6563

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Your Body

The Missing Manual

Author: Matthew MacDonald

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596801742

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 293

View: 9695

Presents an easy-to-read guide on the human body, its major organs and their functions, and common illnesses and diseases.
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The Hungry Brain

Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat

Author: Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D.

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250081238

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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From an obesity and neuroscience researcher with a knack for engaging, humorous storytelling, The Hungry Brain uses cutting-edge science to answer the questions: why do we overeat, and what can we do about it? No one wants to overeat. And certainly no one wants to overeat for years, become overweight, and end up with a high risk of diabetes or heart disease--yet two thirds of Americans do precisely that. Even though we know better, we often eat too much. Why does our behavior betray our own intentions to be lean and healthy? The problem, argues obesity and neuroscience researcher Stephan J. Guyenet, is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. And these circuits don’t care about how you look in a bathing suit next summer. To make the case, The Hungry Brain takes readers on an eye-opening journey through cutting-edge neuroscience that has never before been available to a general audience. The Hungry Brain delivers profound insights into why the brain undermines our weight goals and transforms these insights into practical guidelines for eating well and staying slim. Along the way, it explores how the human brain works, revealing how this mysterious organ makes us who we are.
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In Defense of Sugar

The Sweet Truth about the Diet Industry's Latest Evil

Author: Joey Lott

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781518666810

Category:

Page: 62

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Does Sugar Make Us Fat and Sick? Like fat in the 80s and 90s, sugar is the new nutritional devil. Sugar is the scapegoat for all of our woes. Got cancer? Well sugar feeds cancer! Got diabetes? You ate too much sugar; better cut back! Your kid's hyperactive? Clearly they've been eating too many Twinkies. And don't forget: Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin! But is this "truth" too sweet to swallow? Free Yourself from the Fear and Hysteria Surrounding Sugar Pundits, politicians, medical professionals, and hucksters alike bombard us with their scaremongering. We're reminded often of the high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases, and we're encouraged--sometimes even mandated--to reduce our risk. Amidst the hysteria, everyone is looking for something to blame. Sugar has become a scapegoat. In fact, sugar has been called "the new tobacco." But the evidence against sugar is practically non-existent. Time to Face the Sweet, Sweet Truth The consumption of high-fructose corn syrup has declined in the US since 1999, but people continue getting fatter, so there must be another explanation for the obesity epidemic besides overconsumption of candy and soda. It's facts like this that make Joey's Lott's latest book, In Defense of Sugar, a must-read. Lott cuts through the nonsense being sold by the likes of Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Joseph Mercola-the "anti-sugarists"-by digging deep into the scientific studies. And what do those studies say? That sugar, when included in a well-rounded diet, is not only not harmful, but may even be beneficial. Let's put it this way: If fructose is really so dangerous, early humans would have dropped dead from eating all that tropical fruit before they had time to create the next generation. Get your facts straight and put sugar back on your plate.
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There's Not Enough Time

...And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

Author: Jill Farmer

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0988288117

Category: Self-Help

Page: 182

View: 8431

This book is for anyone who feels like there’s not enough time to do everything that needs to get done in their life. It will help you see your situation and circumstance with a fresh perspective, a new set of lenses. You’ll learn fantastic tools to make your priorities crystal clear. You will be more likely to accomplish the things that have meaning and impact in your life, as opposed to just frantically bouncing from one thing to the next with nothing to show for it. Most importantly, you will learn ways to be kinder to yourself, and to create time to take care of yourself. You’ll discover ideas for dissolving dreaded tasks that stop you cold, put you in a bad mood, or cause you to procrastinate and derail other areas of your life that have meaning and purpose for you. You will find out how to easily move through huge projects that have been hanging over your head for years. You will also learn how your mind is subconsciously sabotaging big chunks of your time. The insights and tools in this book have helped all kinds of people, from surgeons to stay-at-home moms, regain more time to do what they want. "There's Not Enough Time... And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves" is not an efficiency primer designed to dictate a system that will make you “better.” Chances are, you’ve tried that already and it just made you feel worse. This is about a new way of thinking to help you feel saner and more connected to the things that matter to you most. What people are saying about "There's Not Enough Time... and other lies we tell ourselves:"
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The Diabetes Breakthrough

Author: Osama Hamdy,Sheri R. Colberg,Sheri Colberg

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 0373892845

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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Sharing the latest scientific breakthroughs, a diabetes and weight management expert offers a step-by-step 12-week plan that will help readers reverse the course of type 2 diabetes, lose weight permanently and reclaim their health.
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Summary, Analysis & Review of Sylvia Tara's The Secret Life of Fat by Instaread

Author: Instaread

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781683786726

Category: Study Aids

Page: 34

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Summary, Analysis & Review of Sylvia Tara's The Secret Life of Fat by Instaread Preview The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You is a thorough summary and synthesis of recent research surrounding the science of human fat. Author Sylvia Tara explores the many intricacies of fat including its composition, its functions as a bodily organ, and its seemingly indomitable ability to persist and grow in the human body. Tara examines fat from three different angles including an overview of how the scientific conceptualization of fat has changed over time. Slowly, researchers have come to realize that fat is more than just a way for the body to store energy; it is also integral to complex processes and structures, such as hormone regulation, cell building and maintenance, organ protection, and the immune system. It even plays an important role in the body's communications system by sending messages to both the brain and the metabolic systems... PLEASE NOTE: This is a Summary, Analysis & Review of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Summary, Analysis & Review of Sylvia Tara's The Secret Life of Fat by Instaread: Overview of the Book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.
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Let Them Eat Dirt

How Microbes Can Make Your Child Healthier

Author: B. Brett Finlay,Marie-Claire Arrieta

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616206713

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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“A must-read . . . Takes you inside a child’s gut and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life.” —William Sears, MD, coauthor of The Baby Book Like the culture-changing Last Child in the Woods, here is the first parenting book to apply the latest cutting-edge scientific research about the human microbiome to the way we raise our children. In the two hundred years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them at bay. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to a child’s well-being. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is taking a toll on children’s lifelong health. In this engaging and important book, microbiologists Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development; why an imbalance of those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, and asthma, among other chronic conditions; and what parents can do--from conception on--to positively affect their own behaviors and those of their children. They describe how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota. They also offer practical advice on matters such as whether to sterilize food implements for babies, the use of antibiotics, the safety of vaccines, and why having pets is a good idea. Forward-thinking and revelatory, Let Them Eat Dirt is an essential book in helping us to nurture stronger, more resilient, happy, and healthy kids.
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The Longevity Diet

Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight

Author: Valter Longo

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525534083

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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The internationally renowned, clinically tested, revolutionary diet program to lose weight, fight disease, and live a longer, healthier life. Can what you eat determine how long, and how well, you live? The clinically proven answer is yes, and The Longevity Diet is easier to follow than you'd think. The culmination of 25 years of research on aging, nutrition, and disease across the globe, this unique program lays out a simple solution to living to a healthy old age through nutrition. The key is combining the healthy everyday eating plan the book outlines, with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet, or FMD; the FMD, done just 3-4 times a year, does away with the misery and starvation most of us experience while fasting, allowing you to reap all the beneficial health effects of a restrictive diet, while avoiding negative stressors, like low energy and sleeplessness. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan, designed the FMD after making a series of remarkable discoveries in mice, then in humans, indicating that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to significantly reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Longo’s simple pescatarian daily eating plan and the periodic fasting-mimicking techniques can both yield impressive results. Low in proteins and sugars and rich in healthy fats and plant-based foods, The Longevity Diet is proven to help you: • Lose weight and reduce abdominal fat • Extend your healthy lifespan with simple everyday changes • Prevent age-related muscle and bone loss • Build your resistance to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer Longo’s healthy, life span-extending program is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet no more than 4 times a year, just 5 days at a time. Including 30 easy recipes for an everyday diet based on Longo's five pillars of longevity, The Longevity Diet is the key to living a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.
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