Burn: The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism

Burn: The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism

Written by:
Herman Pontzer
Narrated by:
P.J. Ochlan

Unabridged Audiobook

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Release Date
March 2021
11 hours 24 minutes
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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 twenty 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.

© Herman Pontzer 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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Peta L.

A great listen for all people-not just those with an interest in anthropology

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