Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret About How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat by Mike Mutzel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was really impressed with the amount of information presented in this book, and while a little "sciency" I felt as if it was still digestible for the most part. Of course, I have a degree in nutrition, a master's in a health-related field, and almost 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field.
I had several light bulb moments as this book seemed to pull together a number of ideas developed in other books I've read recently.
In a nutshell, the book links belly/visceral fat to inflammation and ultimately to diseases like diabetes among others. The interaction between food, our gut, its microbes and our immune cells is also covered at length.
I've recently started a health coaching business and many of my clients have what I would describe as a sluggish metabolism, and this book explains why on a level that I appreciate. A number of these clients have had success with HIIT and intermittent fasting, and the book offered me a better of understanding of why.
I'm not sure if the "average" reader would enjoy this book as much as I did as the majority of the book is explaining the underlying physiology of our metabolism among other things. For me, it was a five star, but I could see how someone might not agree. Glad I read it when I did. I also appreciate any book that is 50% references as I think it speaks to the quality of the information being presented. Definitely a book that focuses on why, which is important, I think.