In this groundbreaking book, Dr Peter Steidl explains not only why dieting is a health hazard, but also why diets typically don't work. He presents a very different approach to losing weight, based on neuroscience research. More importantly, he presents simple ways of breaking down the barriers that hold you back - or, if you can't break them down, how to get around them.
If you want to reach your Happy Weight, then this is the book you should read!
'I have written this book for the many dieters who try to lose weight yet don't succeed, and who are sick and tired of being on a diet treadmill and want to put a life-long solution in place.
If this includes you, then I sincerely hope you will find the content of this book useful and that you will act on it. This will allow you to not only shed weight but to reach and maintain your Happy Weight without struggle or sacrifice. After all the goal we all share is to have a happy, healthier life. Finding our Happy Weight can make a solid contribution to that!'
Dr Peter Steidl
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About the Author
But it has been his work rather than his studies that have allowed him to gain insights into how people think, what they fear, and how they make decisions.
Over the years he met with more than 20,000 people face-to-face in small discussion groups and in-depth interviews. He has spent time with home makers, students, unemployed people, professionals, entrepreneurs, unskilled workers, volunteers, managers, executives and board members; young and old people; people in developed and developing countries; men and women.
Always interested in new experiences, he has been a Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization, represented Australia at the European Center for Social Science Research and Documentation, represented Austria as Honorary Consul for South Australia and the Northern Territory, and served on government boards and committees as well as on the boards of not-for-profit organizations.
Having been exposed to different cultures, people, situations and experiences, he realized that at the end of the day the vast majority of people struggle with the very same issues. Importantly, these issues are typically created by what we call progress - progress that has created a world that is very different to the one humans lived in for millions of years.
This rapid change in the environment, in the challenges we face, and the goals we set ourselves is creating problems because our brains are not designed to deal with them. Our brains have been fine-tuned over millions of years to survive in, and adapt to, a hostile physical environment, and much unhappiness, frustration, resignation and even ill-health stems from the dissonance between the way our brain works and the challenges we face in today's world.
This book represents an attempt to explain why it is so difficult for so many people, who are clearly intelligent and committed, to lose weight, and to provide practical steps than can be taken to move towards a more satisfying and happier life by reaching and maintaining your Happy Weight.