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Although parts of the book was no news to me, its overall message was very much in line with my own experience as a yo-yo dieter. I wish younger would be dieters listened to it and believed its message to spare themselves a lot of unnecessary effort, suffering and as it turns out health disadvantages.
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What disappointed you about Secrets from the Eating Lab?
In Part 1 and 2 of the book, the author explains in detail why (crash) diets don't work. I have struggled with my weight ever since I reached my adult height, so during the first few chapters I kept thinking "Yes! This is describing my whole life!" I'm sure that most people who listen to the book can relate as well. By Part 3 I was excited to hear her actual weight-loss tips. To call them disappointing would be an understatement. "Surround yourself with people who have healthy lifestyle." - This seems like a good tip, but for most of us, this just isn't possible. I am the only person in my family who actually likes vegetables. Most of my immediate family is supportive of my efforts, but they have no interest in becoming health-nuts themselves. Neither have any of my past boyfriends. "Think of food with abstract terms." - Unless you plan to spend most of your life with squinted eyes and a clothing-pin over your nose, it ain't gonna happen. EVEN I could write a better weight-loss book than this. I lost 45 pounds my first year away at college, and though my weight has fluctuated by about 15-20 pounds off and on, I've managed to keep off at least 25 pounds for nearly a decade. So yes, it is possible.The chapter about the psychology of willpower has already been dealt with in many other books. The Willpower Instinct is a much better book on that subject.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Definitely, not another weight-loss book.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Donna Postel?
Yes. Her narrating is good, but just a little too slow for me. That's not a problem, because I can always speed it up.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The one thing I liked about the book, is that she talks about why it is important to be content with your "leanest livable weight". This is important. For many years, I thought that if I could just loose a few more pounds, I'd be more attractive, but to tell the truth, I've had much more success attracting men when I'm 155 lbs. and happy than when I was 135 lbs. and miserable.
Any additional comments?
My FREE tips for keeping weight off long term...1. Stick to your grocery list! - It's much easier to just walk past a tempting food in the store, than to ignore it while it's sitting on the kitchen counter. 2. Instead of thinking of the long list of forbidden foods, think the different ways to prepare healthy foods you actually like. 3. When exercising, consistency is more important than intensity. As long as you work up a sweat, it's OK not to kill yourself every time you work out. Moderate exercise is always better than burning out or hurting yourself. Don't loose hope. I promise, it's doable.
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