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Why do so many diets lead to more weight gain?

Do more active people have faster metabolisms?

Is exercise essential for weight loss?

Over the past 20 years, Evolutionary Biologist Herman Pontzer has conducted ground-breaking studies across a range of settings, including pioneering fieldwork with Hadza hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania.

This book draws on his eye-opening research to show how, contrary to received wisdom, exercise does not increase our metabolism. Instead, we burn calories within a very narrow range: nearly 3,000 calories per day, no matter our activity level.

By taking a closer look at what happens to the energy we consume, Pontzer explores the ways in which metabolism controls every aspect of our health - from fertility to immune function - and reveals the truth about the dynamic system that sustains us. Filled with facts and memorable anecdotes, Burn will change the way you think about food, exercise and life.

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©2021 Herman Pontzer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 27-03-2021

Elightning

Th science was well presented, a nice no nonsense approach just stating the facts. highly recommended

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Too slow and facile for me

The overly melodramatic narrator aside, this book is excessively embellished with pap for my liking. I will instead seek the author’s published papers and actually learn something.

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Great book

Forget everything you think you know about Calories and Diet. Have a new approach to how your body works.

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  • Bilal
  • 28-04-2021

Excellent book on human metabolism

This book presents science backed evidence to explain the impacts of modernization on human health, nutrition and metabolism. Must read if you are interested in staying healthy.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 14-04-2021

Excellent informative book

Really enjoyed this. I learned a lot. The author treated multiple views respectfully but clearly presented his case with evidence. The author's very direct experience with metabolism science and measurement plus lots of first hand experience with hunter gather tribes gives him what must be a very unusual and clearly expert view of the subject. If you want an objective view from a real expert, read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2021

wow

wow. what a book. one of best nooks I ve listened too on the subject of exercise, health and fitness. chapter 2 gets technical. but stick with it it gets far easier. some great story telling.

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  • Briantist
  • 07-03-2021

excellent! truly exceptional book

your really learn from this book. the humanity of the author and his respect for the reader makes this man's important research shine.

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  • jonnywildboar
  • 01-05-2021

Nothing really to gain from the information within

I tend to listen to books with a view to gain some information I can use as part of living a longer, healthier , fitter life ....this book is clearly written by a man who knows about the metabolism ....but i didnt really learn aything i could use going forward

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  • Dwhite
  • 01-04-2021

well that explains the spare tyre

So now I know why I still have a few pounds I don't need even though I excercise like mad. Brilliant, entertaining and fascinating. Highly recommended

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  • MS
  • 17-03-2021

Enlightening

Good use of storytelling to explain researched findings about how Humans have developed their metabolic system.
Quite surprised about some aspects.

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