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Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again
     

Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again

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by Traci Mann
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Brian Wansink PhD
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.”
Kate Christensen
“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.”
Paul Campos
“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
“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.”
Los Angeles Times
“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.”
From the Publisher
"Secrets from the Eating Lab offers a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most ingenious and creative labs in the country." ---Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062329233
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/07/2015
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
438,055
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Traci Mann was a professor at UCLA for nine years before moving to the University of Minnesota and founding the Health and Eating Lab. Her research has been funded by the NIH, the USDA, and NASA, and is published in dozens of scholarly journals. She has received teaching awards at Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota, is the president of the Social Personality and Health (SPH) Network, and is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, The Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mann lives with her husband, Stephen Engel (who is also a professor at the University of Minnesota), and two Engelmann boys, in Edina, Minnesota.

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