Burn: The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism

An image showing the book cover of Burn

Delving into the thermodynamics of the human body

‘Don’t expect to lose weight by doing more exercise,’ said the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in the introduction to an interview with physiologist Herman Pontzer in March this year. I will admit to some initial scepticism, but I was eager to read the full story in Pontzer’s new book Burn. I wasn’t disappointed.