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Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think Paperback – August 28, 2007
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According to Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, the mind makes food-related decisions, more than 200 a day, and many of them without pause for actual thought. This peppy, somewhat pop-psych book argues that we don't have to change what we eat as much as how, and that by making more mindful food-related decisions we can start to eat and live better. The author's approach 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. In their particulars, the research summaries are entertaining, like an experiment that measured how people ate when their plates were literally "bottomless," but the cumulative message and even the approach feels familiar and not especially fresh. Wansink examines popular diets like the South Beach and Atkins regimes, and offers a number of his own strategies to help focus on what you eat: at a dinner party, "try to be the last person to start eating." Whether readers take time to weigh their decisions and their fruits and vegetables remains to be seen. (Oct.)
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Anyone who's tried to follow a strict eating regimen knows how futile it sometimes seems. Nutritional science and marketing professor Wansink explores some of the psychological aspects of overeating to explain why we in fact consume more than we believe we do. He advocates weight-loss diets that cut calories by cutting overall consumption, instead of draconian elimination of intake. Wansink finds the greatest value in retraining one's mind and its perceptions by devices such as making sure one's plate contains at least half vegetables or salad. He suggests that a dieter will automatically eat less in social situations by being the last to start eating and the first to finish. He assesses the dangers of food shopping in bulk-portion stores, where customers are virtually begged to overconsume. Wansink's dual approach emphasizing food knowledge and self-knowledge offers a sensible route to permanent weight loss. A useful appendix arranges different popular diets in tables along with their advantages and disadvantages. Mark Knoblauch
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I can't really vouch for how well the author's ideas will help you to lose weight, as I would probably recommend Mindful Eating by Susan Albers to work on that instead. However, I think that it's good at least to get some tips for tricking yourself into eating less than you think that you are. That in itself is worth the price of the book, assuming you weren't just fascinated by the studies, as I was.
Although not a diet book per se, I used the understandings I gained from this book to lose 15 pounds in three months without changing my activity level, only by cutting back on my unnoticed overeating.
Painless way to get back to a better weight, and may provide further incentive to move forward with other changes based upon the empowering feeling of success.
I explained some of what I learned from this book to my wife and she has lost ten pounds WITHOUT READING THE BOOK! It was startling to learn the effect of "one more cookie" or a daily Mocha Frappe when added to an already over-rich calorie count.
The stark contrast between the time required on a treadmill to burn 150 calories compared to the time it takes to eat a 300 calorie glazed donut or add a chocolate milkshake to the burger and fries was the turning point.
A purely informative book, no agenda beyond giving you food for thought. (sorry). Highly recommended.
The material is also inspiring. Since reading this, I'm careful about portion and I've started to examine why I want to eat. I grew up eating very "boring" food, like cornmeal, beans, and bread. I see how this is a better diet for me. As long as I avoid processed food and meat, I think I can eat bread. I have added more plant-based diet.
Maybe I was headed in this direction, and thats why I chose to read this, so I'm not really a true convert. What does it matter? Most people may benefit in examining their purpose of eating or the content of their grocery shopping. Certainly, people can look at portion control and how to self-monitor the I'm-no-longer-hungry practice.