Articles Tagged with: calorie control

Discovering body fats hidden secrets – Episode 51 with Dr Sylvia Tara


Even though every human on the planet has stored body fat of differing amounts, it is surprising how little most people actually know about its functions in life. This may be because the science of body fat is relatively new only gaining real interest since the mid-’90s. Listen and learn body fats hidden secrets. Fat is so much more than a wobbly store of excess calories, it interacts, communicates, and even supports healthy body processes. Dr Sylvia Tara, the author of The Secret Life of Fat, kickstarts season 3 with a great interview.

Guest biography

Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from The University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a healthcare management consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked for the world’s largest biotechnology companies.

After an extended battle with her own body fat, Dr Tara became fascinated with its resiliency and embarked on a mission to better understand it. Her book, The Secret Life of Fat, is the culmination of years of research and interviews with physicians, patients and leading scientists.

You can learn more about Dr Tara by visiting her personal website.

Episode content: Body fats hidden secrets

This episode is essential listening for anyone who has struggled with their own body fat levels, or for anyone who coaches others to manage their body fat more effectively. Listen and learn body fat’s hidden secrets with Dr Tara, there are great insights and helpful coaching tips. 

  • 1:56 Why listen to this episode
  • 4:33 The major roles of body fat in human physiology and health
  • 7:07 The recommended level of body fat in males and females to maintain health
  • 10:52 The obesity paradox
  • 16:30 Different coloured body fat and its purposes
  • 19:24 Hormonal factors produced by body fat
  • 22:50 A story of how genetic leptin defects interfere with health and hunger
  • 27:26 Weight loss and the role of willpower and calories
  • 30:44 The impact of obesity on coronavirus pandemic
  • 33:04 Suggested strategies for effectively managing body fat levels

Connect with Dr Tara over social media

Facebook: @sylviataraphd

Twitter: @sylviataraphd

Buy Dr Tara’s book

Available to purchase on Amazon Kindle

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Calories hormones and metabolism work together in weight loss – Episode 22 with Dr Jade Teta


What is the best solution for weight loss? Calorie reduction? Speeding up metabolism? Or controlling hormones? Dr Jade Teta addresses all of these issues in this fascinating interview. He asserts that calories hormones and metabolism are physiological factors that actually work together in successful control of excess weight and body fat reduction. This interview will no doubt become an instant classic in the Fit to Succeed series!

Guest biography

Dr Jade Teta is a highly experienced personal trainer of over 25 years. He has produced numerous video-based workouts that are used by hundreds of thousands all over the world. Jade has a degree in biochemistry and is a qualified physician. Despite his speciality in natural medicine, he has been called everything from a “quack” to a “witch doctor.” Regardless, the choice to go into the field of alternative medicine is described by Jade as being a ‘conscious and deliberate one’.

Dr Teta specialises is in a subset of medicine called naturopathic medicine. If you compare him to your family doctor, but instead of using drugs and surgery first (many know little about diet and exercise), Dr Teta chooses to use drugs as a second choice over other natural remedies and behaviours. He is also an expert in nutrition, exercise and supplementation. Jade describes his speciality as ‘integrative endocrinology.’ This is the study of hormones & metabolism. The integrative part just means that he combines and balances both conventional and alternative methods. Most of Jade’s career has been focused on helping the most difficult metabolic cases to successfully achieve effective weight loss.

Episode content: Calories hormones and metabolism:

Episode 22 with Dr Jade covers a range of intriguing topics that help to cut through the science and offers clear actionable information, including:

  • The general role of calories hormones and metabolism in weight management
  • What impact do hormones play in the body weight control?
  • Is calorie reduction more important than insulin control in weight loss?
  • The role of insulin (blood glucose) and cortisol (stress response) in the weight management battle
  • The dual nature of oestrogen in fat burning and in fat-storing
  • How the female menstrual cycle alters female metabolism

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Bonus video

If you are short on time and still want to get a sense of what was discussed in this interview, then this short, 4-minute quick-fire interview still offers some great insights and tips into managing calories hormones and metabolism.

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