Summary of Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work

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Does your weight yo-yo? It’s time to abandon fad diets and embrace mindfulness.


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Does it seem like the battle against the bulge is a fight against human nature itself? According to neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, it is. Aamodt debunks all dieting fads and explains why successfully losing weight involves much more than simple metabolic and caloric calculations. getAbstract recommends her frank truths regarding slimming down to fitness trainers, nutritionists, physicians and anyone wishing to extend their lifespan.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why losing weight defies human evolutionary nature,
  • Why standard weight-loss programs fail and
  • How to reduce weight-related health risks.


Throughout much of human history, survival has depended on the body’s evolutionary capacity to store energy in times of food scarcity and to regain weight quickly in times of plenty in preparation for the next famine. That mechanism plays a major role in the difficulty today’s dieters face in attempting...
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Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt has contributed science articles to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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