Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life

Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life

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by Brian Wansink
     
 

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In Slim by Design, leading behavioral economist, food psychologist, and bestselling author Brian Wansink introduces groundbreaking solutions for designing our most common spaces—schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and home kitchens, among others—in order to make positive changes in how we approach and manage our diets.

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In Slim by Design, leading behavioral economist, food psychologist, and bestselling author Brian Wansink introduces groundbreaking solutions for designing our most common spaces—schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and home kitchens, among others—in order to make positive changes in how we approach and manage our diets.

Anyone familiar with Wansink’s Mindless Eating knows this is not a typical diet book. Wansink shares his scientific approach to eating, providing insight and information, so we can all make better choices when it comes to food.

The pioneer of the Small Plate Movement, Brian Wansink presents compelling research conducted at the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University by way of cartoons, drawings, charts, graphs, floor plans, and more. Slim by Design offers innovative ways to make healthy eating mindlessly easy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2014
This book is a revelation! Based on proven psychology, it outlines the simple, easy, low-cost things that can be done to fat-proof your home, company break room, grocery store, favorite restaurants, and school cafeteria. Merely rearranging your cupboards so that the shredded wheat is easier to reach than the Cap'n Crunch; stashing your chips in the cupboard and putting a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table; and changing the location of vending machines to a little-used hallway can save you up to several hundred calories per day, which will result in lost weight, and, more important, gently nudge you to revise your habits for the better. Wansink, director of Cornell University's famous Food and Brand Laboratory, has coordinated hundreds of studies that show that merely taking the bad choices away (banish the pop machine, don't stock chocolate milk) doesn't work. People will simply take their business to places where they can get the stuff they want. The key is to make them see the good stuff sooner, more attractively, and in greater quantity. Even better, the author provides information on how readers can get the school, office, and restaurant to make these changes—and often make more money that way. VERDICT Every plant or office manager, school lunch supervisor, restaurateur, and parent should have this book.—Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Forget willpower—losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle can be as simple as rethinking your environment. So posits eating behavior expert Wansink (Mindless Eating), who cites research stating that 80% of the calories we consume are consumed or purchased within five miles of where we live—what he terms the "food radius." Wansink concisely breaks down this comprehensive eating zone into five parts (home, restaurant, supermarket, office and school), and offers tiny, "mindless" tweaks for each that will lead to decreased caloric intake and increased consumption of higher-quality foods. "We're all mindless eaters," he says. "Each of us makes more than 200 nearly subconscious food choices every day." Wansink provides a 100-point scorecard for every section of the food radius discussed, from the kitchen, to grocery shopping, to at-your-desk food choices, to outside-the-home dining approaches and school lunches. He even provides tips on encouraging others – such as local restaurant owners, employers, and school administrators– to practice improved mindless eating as well. Backed by 25 years of research and buoyed by its simplicity and no-cost implementation, Wansink's book may well be the healthy lifestyle Holy Grail for which many are searching. (Sept.)
Gretchen Rubin
“[Slim by Design] is crammed with ideas to make it easy to eat healthier-without even noticing that you’re making changes. The book is fascinating, and surprisingly lively and funny-this isn’t a dry review of the literature. It’s a fun read.”
Oprah.com
“Wansink’s hotly anticipated new book, Slim By Design, is packed with research that shows how we can change the way we interact with our environments to make eating healthy a no-brainer.”
Slate
“[Slim by Design] outlines concrete strategies for designing homes, restaurants, grocery stores, workplaces, and schools in ways that surreptitiously encourage healthy eating habits.”
Houzz.com
“In his new book, Slim by Design, eating-behavior expert Brian Wansink shows us how to get our kitchens working better.”
Parents.com
“Slim By Design provides tons of practical and useful tips to help you and your family seamlessly improve your eating habits and make better food choices.”
dailymail.co.uk
“Professor Wansink’s Slim By Design theory is about changing your eating environment to lose weight.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062136541
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
169,014
File size:
7 MB

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Meet the Author

Brian Wansink, Ph.D., is a professor at and the director of the famed Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, where he is a leading expert in eating behavior. He is the author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, as well as three professional books and more than two hundred peer-reviewed journal articles. He was the 2011–12 president of the Society for Nutrition Education, and in 2007 he was presidentially appointed as the USDA executive director in charge of the Dietary Guidelines for 2010 and the Food Guide Pyramid (MyPyramid.gov). Wansink lives with his family in Ithaca, New York, where he enjoys both French food and French fries.

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Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most people will not redisign their kitchens just to loose wieght.
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