I don't usually read books about health and wellness, but a friend sent me this book, and despite my natural resistance I found it impossible to put down. Its unpretentious, breezy style and 'small-bite' chapters make it eminently readable. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable wake up.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 8, 2009
How Fat--How Thin: The 101 Best-Kept Secrets About Our Metabolism and Some Surprising Insights into Our Origins and Lifestyles (http://www.howfathowthin.com) offers a clear, hands-on approach to physical and mental fitness from metabolism authority and expert Norman Benjamin. The new book shows that the key to reducing obesity and stress, while maximizing energy, health and longevity potential, is better understanding our own metabolism, which therefore leads to eating and exercising properly. How Fat--How Thin debunks many of the popular myths and misguided beliefs about health, diet and exercise.
"My target audience with this new book (http://www.howfathowthin.com) is people with lifestyle problems, such as overweight and eating disorders, but it is also written for physical educators and personal trainers who may not be up on biochemistry and metabolism," Benjamin explains. "It describes many situations where our 'common sense' leads us astray, inducing us to accept a lot of misinformation about exercise and diet."
Benjamin's book provides many recent scientific findings and new insights. One is that diets are counter-productive, unless they are slow-go and accompanied by increased physical activity, preferably under the guidance of a doctor and a physical trainer.
"Obesity is the product of eating excess," Benjamin says. "Dieting―or under-eating―produces a very different type of damage, but, in fact, it removes very little lipid fat. Liposuction can produce esthetic results for those with low body fat, but it can be harmful to the obese--because it ultimately makes them fatter. Radical approaches, such as crash diets, are occasionally necessary for the urgent treatment of the morbidly obese, but they are highly inappropriate for anyone not immediately facing a life-threatening condition.
Benjamin adds, "Sugar is metabolized so rapidly that unless it is accompanied―or immediately followed by―physical activity, it has nowhere to go except to lipid fat reserves. On the other hand, chronic and/or intense exercise frequently requires that we supplement sugar-like high-absorption carbohydrates on the fly. In principal, the short answer to almost any question about how best to deal with our metabolism is the seemingly evasive: 'it depends.'"
Brazilian CEO and author Simon Maurice Franco says, "Aside from laying out in very comprehensive language the nuts and bolts of our metabolisms, Mr. Benjamin has captured, in a very subtle manner, the real doubts that many of us have about what is fact and what is fiction regarding our bodies and their functions. He has given us simple, straight and convincing responses. This is one of those rare books about diets, health, exercise and metabolism that does not make you feel guilty."
Ben Martin, faculty member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, and adjunct instructor in Communications at Santa Monica College, writes, "I don't usually read books about health and wellness, but a friend sent me this book, and despite my natural resistance I found it impossible to put down. Its unpretentious, breezy style and 'small-bite' chapters make it eminently readable. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable wake up."
About Author Norman Benjamin
Author and physiologist Norman Benjamin grew up in New York City, earned a B.S. degree from Hunter College in psychology and anthropology, did graduate studies in paleobiology at City University of New York and received graduate degrees in physiology (with specialization in the lipid metabolism and energy exchange) from the University of Sao Paulo's Centre for Biomedical Research. He has consulted to physical fitness academies in Sao Paulo and has conducted research in lipid metabolism and longevity at the University of Sao Paulo.
How Fat―How Thin: The 101 Best-kept Secrets About Our Metabolism and Some Surprising Insights into Our Origins and Lifestyles
108-page paperback; $14.99
BookSurge Publishing; ISBN: 1439230986
Available at amazon.com/books, booksurge.com and at http://www.howfathowthin.com
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