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  • The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism
  • By: Herman Pontzer
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Herman Pontzer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Abit disappointing

Overall - when it comes to the science of metabolism, nothing really new in here. The early part comparing energy expenditure between Apes/monkeys and people is quite interesting, but over all this doesn't really give much outside of time put into exercise is largely useless and to put the fork down.

Complete tangent towards the end about climate change and fossil fuels which seemed to be rushed couple of chapters to "fill" the rest of the book, but had no relevance to the actual topic of the book.

Not something I would recommend.

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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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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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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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Excellent book for clear, concise explanation of metabolism!

A superb narrative describing metabolism using extensive historical and biological sources. If you really want to understand the western worlds current obesity epidemic this is a must.

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Incredible Book

One of the best books I've read in years. Amazing and interesting body of research.

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Pontzer Revolution

Simply incredible. Pontzer has destroyed all previous ideas I had on food and exercise, and the relationship they have with my body. Fascinating and engaging. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were to be a Pontzer revolution in fitness, food, and health in the not-too-distant future.

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One of the best

Having read many a book on health and diet, and primarily leaning towards the paleo/primal/ancestral subjects, this book explains it all, but without that lingering thought in the back of your head that the author might be making it all up just to sell you something at the end of the day.
Written by a scientist with a slight sense of humour and narrated in my opinion excellently.
Alongside Dr Robert Lustig’s audiobook Metabolical, this has been one of the best books recently encountered on my quest for a better understanding of what the hell is going on with our collective health crisis in this modern world.

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A must read

For anyone who wonders why they cannot lose weight or if you are a personal trainer getting frustrated by the lack of results in your clients progress.

Insightful and intresting

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Very informative book

Really enjoyed it. The central premise - constrained daily energy expenditure - was a real eye opened for me. Good to have such knowledge to tailor one's nutrition and excersie regimens. The narration was a bit irritating at first but I got used to it after a couple of hours.

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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.