Calories and Corsets: A history of dieting over two thousand years Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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- Publisher : Profile Books; Main edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1846684250
- ISBN-13 : 978-1846684258
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 0.98 x 8.74 inches
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The virtues of low carb, high protein diets, pills, potions and additives are nothing new and the book tells how familiar themes of discipline, self-worth, blame and ignorance have all been called upon as both solutions and the reasons why so many people have felt the need to be on a diet at some point in their lives.
I have worked with trainee fitness professionals for some years and many believe the generally accepted truism that fat people “just need motivating” and that they are probably lazy and/or undisciplined. This book goes some way to showing how these attitudes are ingrained in our psyche and goes a long way to helping these emerging professionals understand that there is very little new in the world of weight management and that just because the latest diet is the one that everyone is shouting about, it is no more likely to work than the last one.
I was amazed a how old this issue actually is and found the book really informative. Basic message that your mind has to change to achieve long lasting results seems very sensible and fad diets are shown in their social context.