Secrets From the Eating Lab

Secrets From the Eating Lab

The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again

eBook - 2015
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"A provocative expose of the dieting industry from one of the nation's leading researchers in self-control and the psychology of weight loss that offers proven strategies for sustainable weight loss.From her office in the University of Minnesota's Health and Eating Lab, professor Traci Mann researches self-control and dieting. And what she has discovered is groundbreaking. Not only do diets not work; they often result in weight gain. Americans are losing the battle of the bulge because our bodies and brains are not hardwired to resist food--the very idea of it works against our biological imperative to survive.In Secrets From the Eating Lab, Mann challenges assumptions--including those that make up the very foundation of the weight loss industry--about how diets work and why they fail. The result of more than two decades of research, it offers cutting-edge science and exciting new insights into the American obesity epidemic and our relationship with eating and food.Secrets From the Eating Lab also gives readers the practical tools they need to actually lose weight and get healthy. Mann argues that the idea of willpower is a myth--we shouldn't waste time and money trying to combat our natural tendencies. Instead, she offers 12 simple, effective strategies that take advantage of human nature instead of fighting it--from changing the size of your plates to socializing with people with healthy habits, removing "healthy" labels that send negative messages to redefining comfort food"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780062329264
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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HCL_staff_reviews Jul 30, 2018

In the Health and Eating Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Professor Traci Mann and her colleagues test common assumptions around food and dieting; their findings debunk much of what we think we know. Not only do diets not work, for example, but they’re even less successful than we’ve been led to believe. And despite common wisdom, comfort food doesn’t make eaters feel better. It isn’t all bad news, though. After explaining what doesn’t work, Mann provides a number of proven strategies to help readers achieve their leanest livable weight. Mann writes about healthier eating in a straight-forward yet lively style, making this important book a fun read. -- Katheryn Z., Maple Grove Library

DBRL_JerilynH Jul 29, 2016

Besides explaining why you shouldn't diet, this book gives some practical ideas of how to improve your health.

Jul 12, 2016

This book was very interesting and a very quick read. Highly recommend for people who are currently on or have attempted diets in the past.

Apr 22, 2015

I was able to read an advance review copy of this book and found it a fascinating and readable exploration of what does and does not work when humans try to achieve their lowest maintainable weight. Highly recommended.

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