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5.0 out of 5 stars Why we blow diets and more, January 7, 2012
This review is from: What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite (Paperback)
With one eye on neuroscience and the other on cognitive psychology, David DiSalvo reveals what's "behind the curtain" when it comes to common self-defeating human behaviors. For example, why, if you think you've "blown your diet" by exceeding the calorie limit you set for the day, most likely you'll keep going until you blow through it all the way, thinking "oh what the hell." It turns out what the hell is a pre-wired response. As is overconfidence about our ability to restrain ourselves in the first place, thus the reason why "moderation" is tougher than plain old abstinence. There's tons of stuff like these in this new book, written in an engaging yet erudite style anyone can grasp. DiSalvo shuns the self help label and calls his book "Science help" ...nonetheless he adds a bit of "how to" at the end of every chapter. Read it for the science and DiSalvo's very solid and evidence-based advice.
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