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.
“Mann – who has been on a diet only once, for just two weeks, and who loves ice cream, especially rocky road – does not suggest that we give up altogether. She offers some research-based ways to change unhealthful eating habits and get to that leanest livable weight.” (Los Angeles Times)“Secrets from the Eating Lab offers a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most ingenious and creative labs in the country. In her clever book, Mann provides key insights and practical lessons that will make you think about-and then change-the way you eat.” (Brian Wansink PhD, author of Mindless Eating and Slim by Design)“In a seemingly endless parade of ‘new’ fad diets, we are in great need of Dr. Traci Mann, an open-minded iconoclast who exposes the diet mega-industry’s hype-filled promises with watertight research and fascinating studies.” (Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special and Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award)“While it’s scientifically undeniable that diets don’t work, there is also good news…In Secrets from the Eating Lab, Traci Mann offers a realistic alternative, providing a scientifically-supported path to achieving health and fitness goals while debunking the many myths surrounding this complex and emotionally charged topic.” (Paul Campos, Professor, University of Colorado, and author of The Obesity Myth)“While it’s scientifically undeniable that diets don’t work, there is also good news…In Secrets from the Eating Lab, Traci Mann offers a realistic alternative, providing a scientifically-supported path to achieving health and fitness goals while debunking the many myths surrounding this complex and emotionally charged topic.” (Jonathan Bailor, New York Times bestselling author of The Calorie Myth)
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From her Health and Eating Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, 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. In Secrets from the Eating Lab, Mann challenges assumptions—including those that make up the foundation of the weight loss industry—about how diets work and why they fail. As Mann explains, most weight loss plans are reliant on the notion of willpower—and willpower is an illusion. Moreover, even when we are able to successfully lose weight, our bodies fight our efforts, seeking to regain the weight we’ve worked so hard to lose. In the end, we become chronic “yo-yo” dieters, destined to lose and regain the same pounds time and again. The diet industry is well aware of these facts and has tellingly built their business model on the concept of the “repeat customer”; they know we’ll be back.In this book, Mann presents an arsenal of simple, commonsense strategies that take advantage of human nature instead of fighting it—helping you to achieve a healthy and sustainable weight.
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I’ve been fighting against diabetes for a couple of years. My lifelong pattern, since high school, has been diet, lose, eat everything, regain. That’s familiar to a lot of people. Reading Secrets of the Eating Lab by Traci Mann has been helpful. It’s a literature review and analysis and includes reporting on the results of her laboratory research at the University of Minnesota. She shoots down (with data) much of the conventional wisdom about the overweight and obesity situation in the U.S. (and other countries). Overweight and obesity are problems, but…obesity is not about to bring the U.S. down…people can be almost all but super morbidly obese and still enjoy good health…comfort food doesn’t comfort…diets don’t work…exercise doesn’t take weight off. But: exercise does help make a person healthier; eating smart versus diet can help people take weight off rather than gaining it after a loss; the discrimination obese people are served up is widespread, unjust, harmful and painful. The book is well worth a read.
A plethora of eye opening information wrapped up in a well researched book. Enjoyable to read but the evidence is damning that a change in the way we view eating and dieting needs to change. I know many look at this information as an excuse to keep people fat or keep them from trying to be healthy, but reading this book first hand, it’s evident that is not the take away. Take the time to read with no prejudices before making judgements. The evidence is there!
This is one of the best books I’ve read about this subject. I really appreciated seeing the “science” behind why diets don’t work and why exercise is important for our health but it doesn’t necessarily impact our weight. I’ve been on a journey toward freedom from worrying about food and body image, so it was really great to see the proof in the scientific studies: I really needed that. I highly recommend this to anyone who is on a journey toward freedom from diets or who is feeling bad that they are this “skinny” person that the world worships. It’s helped me to relax about a lot of things and has helped me think my “healthfully” when it comes to my body (accepting it and respecting it) and exercise (it’s really great for overall health–not to be “skinny”).
- Title: Secrets From the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again
- Autor: Traci Mann
- Publisher (Publication Date): Harper Wave; Reprint edition (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062329235 | 0062329251
- ISBN-13: 978-0062329233 | 978-0062329257
- File Format: EPUB, PDF