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Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
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Feb 13, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: behavioural-economics, food, evolution, psychology, science
Recommended to Trevor by: Richard Wood

My friend Richard recommended this to me with this review.

It seems there are an endless supply of books coming out at the moment about how our judgement can be lead astray and what we can do about it. This one is particularly good. Simple advice on how to lose weight by explaining why we might put it on in the first place.

When I was a child my mother told me not to cheat at patience (Solitaire) because you are only cheating yourself. I had always thought this a good maxim. Now I think that the only person you should cheat is yourself. If you want to learn how to cheat yourself out of being basketball shaped - this book is for you.

The thing I liked most about this book was the amount of time he spent convincing the reader that the reader was not quite as logical as the reader might just imagine. We are all too ready to believe that everyone else is stupid and we have somehow avoided the common affliction. This book should do much to dispell this dangerous assumption.

I'm going to try to put some of the advice in this book into practice. But before I do, I really will need to find out more about the caloric content of foods. Throughout this bookhe asked people to guess how many calories certain foods contained and, honestly, I would be guessing wildly. The advice, though, that we don't eat calories, but volume is very interesting.
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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben I saw your review, and the link to Richard's review, and took a look at this at work tonight. After ten years as a bookseller, I have yet to find a decent weight loss book to recommend to customers who ask (all the fad diets over the last decade have blended together in my mind - and I have told many a customer that). After my perusal this looks like a great book to recommend to customers. Plus a few tips for myself as well!

Trevor Like I said, I'm going to try some of the suggestions in this book. Although I haven't started yet, it makes so much good sense and seems so easy that I will be very surprised if it doesn't have a positive affect. I'm going to buy some long tall glasses and drink lots of ice water.

Trevor If you have read this book (or even just thinking about reading it) you might find this article in New Scientist interesting:

Sandi Thanks for the link, Trevor. That article was fascinating.

Trevor The idea that you will get fatter if you eat processed flour is so obvious I really am shocked I never thought of it before myself.

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