Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mindless Eating

Cyclists seem to be frequently (constantly?) looking to lose weight. I listen to the weekly Scientific American podcast and heard a very interesting interview on their June 20, 2007: Science Talk podcast. Brian Wansink, Ph.D. has written a book called Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. I think he has hit on some key issues why it can be so hard to lose weight. There were obvious ideas, like not being fooled by "low-fat" foods that are usually high in calories and there were more insightful (and surprising) ideas like using smaller plates (and narrow, tall glasses) so that you can better judge how much you are eating. Being more mindful of what we are eating is a far better solution than restrictive or faddish diets. Looks like my library has the book (but someone has it out) and has ordered the book on CD.

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