Secrets from the eating lab : the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower, and why you should never diet again

Published 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.

xii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
pt. 1. Why diets fail you. Diets don't work
Why diets don't work: biology, stress, and forbidden fruit
The myth of willpower
pt. 2. Why you are better off without the battle. Diets are bad for you
Obesity is not a death sentence
pt. 3. How to reach your leanest livable weight (no willpower required). Lessons from a lean pig
How to trick your friends into ignoring a cookie
Don't call that apple healthy
Know when to turn off your brain
How to comfort an astronaut
pt. 4. Your weight is really not the point. Why to stop obsessing and be ok with your body
The real reasons to exercise and strategies for sticking with it
Final words: diet schmiet.
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