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Year Or So That I M Tired or so that I m tired constantly counting calories points or whatever I ve pretty much been doing that in fits and starts since I raduated from college and I am and always have been considered normal weight Then I watched this author s TED talk and realized that there s a scientific basis for this diet fatigue 1 Diets don t work no they really don t sorry and are actually harmful to your metabolism 2 We demonize overweightobese people to a point that some doctors refuse to see past their weight to really diagnose their actual issues 3 Our brains and bodies will tell us when we re hungry Controlled eating is harmful and I read this book for the neuroscience It was primarily written however less to explain the science than to provide a Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders guide for what to do with the science but in this review I want to focus on the science aspects and how they intersect with social ideas I want to confess at the outset to an inherent reluctance to discuss how or whether to lose weight Weight is both an intensely personal and intensely political subject particularly for women I have friends who have been deeply harmed and abused by our society s conviction that weight loss is objectively aood thing and I have friends who work very hard to lose weight Like parenting and marriage weight loss issues are areas where broad social issues and trends crush down in entirely individual configurations upon women and it is all too easy to Penny Aggie Volume 2 get judgemental of choices that occur in a constrained and subjective environmentSo back to the science Because Aamodt s focus is firmly on understanding the impact she uses both evidence from behavioral studies with cognitive psychiatric and neuroscience making it harder to pull apart the different evidence for different claims I would have liked for example a pulled together explanation of the role of the hippocampus in maintaining a set range weight including the various inputs beyond measuring fat cells that come in and how much we understand of the areas coming out The role ofut parasites was well explained in parts but the extent to which the brain and the parasites interact was left unclear to me I am Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age going to have to read Giulia Enders Gut The Inside Story of Our Body s Most Underrated Organ and that may helpBut overwhelmingly the evidence presented here is very very strong and most frighteningly not really very controversial in its key points Our brains work well to stop us from becoming underweight which throughout human history has posed a real threat to survival There are less checks and balances foraining weight because frankly it poses less of a risk to us Even in a modern society where most of us have access to enough food mortality rates are higher for those on the skinny end of our spectrum than they are for what our society has designated as overweight or even on the lower end of the designated obese spectrum To understand this that our brains insistence we ain rather than lose weight is a healthy impulse is central to Aamodt s subseuent explanationsThe mechanisms this are fascinating A lot of my reading circles around the sense of self we have this illusion created by our own brains that we have a central decision making point in there somewhere Our own personal Picard weighing heh solutions and declaring Make it so But really our decisions are like an ant colony with different systems working together to bring information in ather info from resources like memory and respond with various changes in physical and emotional states Because as a society we are so obsessed with controlling weight it provides a rich example for studying how this process works How if the info coming in is that your fat stores are declining you will I Was A Stranger get hungrier reward food will look attractive as your brain releases dopamine every time you see a donut ad you ll feel tired and lethargic as your brain decreases the available resources for exercise Aarnodt explains how you can override this system you can use willpower your higher reasoning circuits in this case to override your impulse based behaviours But willpower is a finite thing because constantly invoking those parts of the circuitry necessary to do this is draining It prevents other uses pathways androoves from developing Aarnodt doesn t actually say that resisting your bodies attempts to et you to ea. Based on her viral TED talk 3M views neuroscientist and science writer Sandra Aamodt explains how the latest scientific research contradicts what you think you know about dieting and weight loss In the US one out of every three adults and children is overweight We think we know the answer cut calories Eat less We conclude that fat is a failure of willpower perhaps supplemented by a uirk of enetics But neuroscientist and former Nature Neuroscience editor Sandra Aamodt explains why dieting not only doesn't work but is likely to do harm than ood When you diet your br. ,
2 12 year daily exercise habit is continuing to bear fruit My blood
Sugar Is Normal Evenis normal even without the heavy diabetes meds I was on three years ago My cholesterol and blood pressure were also both in healthy range Psychologically it s a hit to see those scale numbers o up But the scale is not an accurate indicator of health I know that but it helps to hear it again This book is such a clear explanation of what anyone who s ever tried and failed to lose weight has experienced and blamed him or herself for This is a mountain of
Evidence Supported Science Andsupported science and can be a bummer to internalize the futility of the struggle if you don t like your sizeshape But it is also freeing and hopeful to just decide to move forward toward health which is attainable Her Ted Talk covers most of the book Overall she s making a case against dieting and for intuitive eating which doesn t work for most people since most people are still using food for something and until that use is addressed the person can t intuitively eat That s like telling an alcoholic to intuitively drink Plus most people will also ain weight doing it and I don t think they d want that resultoverall this is a manifesto of her failed dieting attempts cloaked in science that supports her but fails to include opposing research For example theirs a portion on set points body refusing to change your weight but fails to mention research that you can change this so called set point if you maintain that new weight for 3 4 months or that you can change the fat to muscle ratio so the weight is the same but you LOOK different This book feels like an argument against dieting and losing weight Which okay You do you I reviewed it ages ago for my podcast so my review isn t as clear sorry cleaning off my desk Last year I read the book Secrets from the Eating Lab The Science of Weight Loss the Myth of Willpower and Why You Should Never Diet Again and I swore off dieting I Can honestly say I kept to my word even though I was tempted a couple of times to try a diet program This book by Dr Sandra Aamodt has convinced me even not to try any diets period Dr Aamodt ives of the science about why diets do not work than Dr Mann s book and the author really convinces me about mindful eating I have been seeing a nutritionist for Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth going on two years and she basicallyives me the same advice however my nutritionist does not 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts give me the science behind it I really appreciate the fact that Dr Aamodtoes into detail with the science but not too much that I became bored She has convinced me about being mindful and to not waste my willp Finally a scientist who bridges the Moonrise (Snowfall, gap between the emerging behavioral theories of weight loss and our current disastrous attempts to diet our way thin I can t wait for this to be published so I canive it to patientsDr Henry S Lodge Professor at Columbia University Medical Center and Co Author of Younger Next Year In this deeply researched book Aamodt demolishes the conventional wisdom on dieting building a compelling case that if we want to be healthier we should diet less not Essential reading for today s weight obsessed cultureTraci Mann PHD Author of Secrets from the Eating Lab This important book sounds a much needed alarm about the long term damage that dieting does to our bodies and minds Highly recommended for chronic calorie counters and anyone trying to raise healthy sane children in an insane food worldJonathan Bailor Author of The Calorie Myth and Founder of sanesolutioncom Aamodt a neuroscientist explains the science behind the way your body controls your weight showing why it can be so hard to lose those extra pounds A host of sobering statistics reveal just how taken in we are by empty and expensive promisesDrew Turney
Cosmos I found this a really informative and interesting book There were plentyI found this a really informative and interesting book There were plenty examples to stop it from becoming too dry and plenty of healthy advice at the end of the book The author Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist and this ives her a ood understanding of the link between the brain and weight Throughout there are references to articles within scientific journals so you et the feeling that her conclusions are based on scientific research I found it an enjoyable read and learnt a lot from it It is refreshing to read diet information that is based in science The humour is welcome I m hoping there will be an updat. T is to be at your target weight but sedentary By harnessing her knowledge of brain science and biology the author successfully stabilized her weight at a healthy level and enjoys a better relationship with food Combining deep research and brutal candor about her own experience as a weight cycler Aamodt ives us several clues into the obesity epidemic based on the latest science including new findings about ut bacteria why bariatric surgery works it has to do with your brain than your stomach and what a real alternative to dieting and weight cycling might look like.
Sandra Aamodt ☆ 9 SummaryT makes you dumber but she definitely implies itIt is interesting to put this together with some of the information in Marc Lewis s The Biology of Desire Why Addiction Is Not a Disease Lewis discusses the neuroscience of eating disorders at length in this book describing the startling but accepted fact that OCD and obsessive eating behaviours are controlled by the limbic system and patients with them show much stronger connections and
Loops That Skip The Higher Order Brain Functions By Caloriethat skip the higher order brain functions By calorie obsessively he concluded you develop a habit loop which decreases your capacity to make decisions about food based on your long term plans your sense of self and community or your sense of wellbeing Binge eating he argued was a phenomenon in which people literally could not control their eating as the brain s reward desire and habit loops kick in without the strong neurologic networks needed to override themIn contrast Aamodt argues the brain s natural hippocampus based system for managing energy intake and expenditure is balanced to maintain a roughly consistent amount of body fat This oes up over time and can be pushed up either by a period of deprivation hence dieting making you fat or by a sustained period of plenty Consistently eating high fat low nutrition food living a sedentary lifestyle will over time she implies push the set point up as our brains can t maintain the lower weight in the face of our own resistance core message that the healthiest thing to do is to let your brain do its job forget about weight but focus on ensuring you surround yourself with healthy food options and pleasurable exercise opportunities feels obvious and simple despite the constant use of the word mindfulThe terrible thing really is that this book will disappear as one among many texts arguing the opposite Despite the fact that science is pretty unambiguous on the fact that dieting makes most people less healthy sometimes dangerously so we live in a world where most doctors will recommend it to most of their female patients the Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies gender disparity she uotes on this is sickening Even accepting the current nutritional science on the risk factors thato with the higher end of the BMI spectrum and there is reason to challenge the causation here it remains lower than the risk factors of being poor or being lonely If even a fraction of the funding or rhetoric of the war on obesity was redirected into programs to reduce social isolation and address ineuality lives would be saved So why do we remain so obsessed It might be the power of the food and diet industry which is literally the same set of companies It might be about the various forms of social control for women that serve to reinforce sexist ideas and keep a cycle of self loathing that prevents women from demanding a better deal Or maybe it is about not having understood that our behaviours are complex than Picard on a bridge and that our brains are wondrous and diverse than they themselves allow us to imagine This strikes me as an irresponsible title and first few chapters The author has clearly looked at a lot of weight studies though she s often drawn aggressive conclusions that all diets make you Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch gain weight Some of the diets aren t even diets but actual periods of starvation that caused food related psychological issuesAs the author herself states there are numerous reasons why peopleain weight not just as the first few chapters suggest the actual act of dieting By Chapter 9 she s listing people who can t lose weight through intuitive eating By Chapter 10 she s discussing how the food environment is itself a huge factor in causing weight ainShe s also underplayed the importance of achieving a lower weight even temporarily to lifespanMaybe start with Chapter 11 and read chapters 1 10 in backward order Having an advanced degree in physiology I already knew the bulk of this information Yet even with my degree my horrible eating habits dominated my life driving me to twice the healthy weight range for my height A couple years ago I lost 85 pounds It has started to creep back despite my best efforts I read this book over several sessions on my stationary bike The emphasis on exercise over calorie restriction is welcome in the age of can t outrun a bad diet advice I ll most likely never be in the healthy weight but I had a Dr appointment yeasterday and my. Ain thinks you're starving and oes into survival mode People who have Forbidden Reading gone on extreme diets may never lose their food obsession as a result even if theyo back to eating normally The long term failure rate for losing weight by willpower dieting is between 80 98% depending on how you define success There's no evidence that dieting improves long term health while some research suggests that weight cycling or dieting to lose weight and aining it back can be dangerous than being overweight itself It's better to be fifty pounds overweight and exercise every day than .