- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553384481
- ISBN-13: 978-0553384482
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 539 customer reviews
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Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think Paperback – August 28, 2007
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“[Mindless Eating] does more than just chastise those of us guilty of stuffing our faces. It also examines the effectiveness of such popular diets as South Beach or Atkins, and offers useful tips to consciously eat nutritiously.”—Boston Herald
"Entertaining... Isn't so much a diet book as a how-to on better facilitating the interaction between the feed-me messages of our stomachs and the controls in our heads."—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Brian Wansink, Ph.D., is an Iowa native and earned his doctorate at Stanford University. He is the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and of Nutritional Science at Cornell University, where he is Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. The author of three profesional books on food and consumer behavior, he lives with his family in Ithaca, New York, where he enjoys both French food and French fries each week.
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There's nothing terribly new, although I think this guy was probably the originator of a lot of the progression towards self-help and changing your life books. His stories are quite interesting, but I think it's still not quite so clear how you would go about putting his ideas into practice.
Wansink suggests that we make small changes into our lives, a 100-200 calorie reduction from our diet so that we gradually lose weight without even knowing it. The problem with that is that often 100-200 calories will pop up to take place of the eliminated calorie threat. It's like the Lernaean Hydra--cut off one head and more temptations come in.
I would recommend this book as good general reading, but don't expect it to change your life.
200 calories is the equivalent of two medium lattes at Starbucks, or less than one Mars candy bar.
What will happen to you if you overeat by 200 calories a day? Doesn't sound like much, but since a pound of fat is 3500 calories, you will gain over TWENTY POUNDS!
That's right, TWENTY POUNDS a year if you just mindlessly overeat by a mere 200 calories a day.
How do we overeat? You will discover in this book surprising fact, for example:
* No matter how educated people are, they all mindlessly eat more if food is served in a bigger container.
* We all mindlessly eat more if we merely THINK that the food is going to taste great
* We eat more if we go for seconds, and less if we preplate our food in advance, including dessert, and see it all on the table.
* We mindlessly eat drink more if we drink from short, wide glasses than tall, skinny ones
* We mindlessly eat more if we have more variety (think Thanksgiving dinner)
* We mindlessly eat more if we eat Chinese food with utensils instead of chopsticks
*We mindlessly eat more if we eat with another person than if we eat alone. However we do eat less in a large group where we want to make a good impression.
Everyone of those factors is absolutely unconscious and not under our control. The author has plenty of very entertaining studies showing how every class of people mindlessly eat and what are the psychological reasons behind it.
It's easy to control your mindless eating once you've read this book and applied the principles. Remember that just 200 extra calories a day, represents over 20 pounds of fat over a year! This book will show you how to keep your weight under control effortlessly, no matter what diet you're on.
I couldn't believe some of the results that came out. One example was people eating popcorn at the movies. Even when the popcorn was 5 days old and stale, people still ate it (and some ate more of the stale popcorn just because it was in a larger bucket). It not only opened my eyes to restaurant portions but made me re-think the amount of food I ate at home (or my desk) and how to control it.
This is NOT a diet book on how to make you stop eating as much. In fact, there's rarely any mention of "do this to stop eating as much" advice. This book is simply a great read enlightening us to how much we really eat when we don't realize it. While it didn't come out and tell me not to do certain things, I chose to do them on my own after hearing the studies and findings. Read this book!