Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
by Brian Wansink, PhD
If you know yourself well enough that you understand the word "diet" will inevitably lead to one week of perfection and three large pizzas, this is the book for you. It's not really me anymore, but this book is a huge eye opener to how I got this way in the first place. Wansink walks you through each chapter with his hilarious food lab experiments on unsuspecting eaters. It's like Jackass meets the scientific method. The whole book boils down to two or three painless changes of habit that will translate to 10-20 pounds lost a year. A lot of it is stuff I already knew, but one of the coolest things I took from this book that it really doesn't matter if you know about it, you'll still fall for it if you're not paying attention. Mindless eating is the enemy, not fat, not sugar, not portions. When you allow anything to distract you while you're eating, you always eat more than you normally would.
I'm still not eating crappy food, though. It's a lot harder to not eat too much when you're in a processed carb fog. I'm over a week into my 3 week food-allergy fast and it's working wonders. I haven't had a stomach ache in 25 meals!