Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat

Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat

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Get the real skinny on fat. When it comes to losing weight, the false beliefs most of us cling to could fill a book - this one! As a medical doctor, medical journalist, and veteran of the diet wars, Nancy L. Snyderman knows better than almost anyone what really works and what sabotages your best efforts to shed pounds and keep them off. Do you believe any of these prevalent diet myths? Your weight is your fault. Dieting is a waste of time since most dieters regain their weight before long. Carbs are bad for you. Carbs are good for you. Calories don't count, it's the kind of food you eat that's the problem. Fat is fat, it doesn't matter where on your body you carry it. Diet drugs and surgeries are a magic bullet. In Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat, Dr. Snyderman reveals exactly why these and other bogus ideas get in the way of what should be the simple and even joyful endeavor of reaching and maintaining your ideal weight. In their place, she reveals 101 surprising truths - muscle doesn't weigh more than fat, you can eat after 8 p.m. and not gain weight, you can eat dessert for dinner when on a diet, and 98 more. But here's the best news: Slimming down and getting healthier doesn't have to be about deprivation or superhuman feats of willpower. Instead, you will enjoy a new relationship with food - including those treats you love the most - while feeling fabulous inside and out. So forget the fad diets that work great . . . until they don't, along with the negative emotions associated with everything from bathroom scales to full-length mirrors. Most of all, forget all the myths and remember what's true: You can do this and you'll never regret it for a minute. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307406156
Branch Call Number: 613.25 Sn92d
Characteristics: 292p

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LadySugar
May 16, 2014

look at the table of contents, identify the myth that holds you captive and then read the chapter. There is some good information to bust common diet myths. LIke other self-help books, look at what you want and apply it to your life but remember, you do not have to take everything from one book. Keep doing your own research.

ksoles Aug 20, 2013

In "Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat," NBC News chief medical editor, physician and author Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman examines prevalent beliefs about nutrition and describes how they stack up medically and scientifically. With its relaxed, conversational style, the book engages the reader even as it discusses the glycemic index, the pros and cons of diet drugs and the effects of hormones on weight.

Snyderman constantly emphasizes her thesis: calories count, regardless of their form. She offers simple ways to keep track of calories without feeling hindered and decries high protein, low carb diets, which work by restricting calories. Our bodies need carbohydrates to function, she argues; we shouldn't eliminate them from our diet. She also devotes a chapter to the important issue of body type, looking at the health risks connected with both both apple and pear-shaped bodies, and the divulging the kinds of exercise and lifestyle changes useful in paring down each.

Though she focuses on myths, the author also sprinkles her book with small boxes containing interesting and wide-ranging factoids she labels "truths." Ultimately, she provides sensible, non-revolutionary advice: follow a maintainable diet, be realistic about goals, seek support, keep track of what you eat and continue to exercise. Her easy-to-understand explanations and moderate, upbeat advice make this book worth a read.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. - BB 320 S 2009

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