Review: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Link to Brian Wansink: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

We all know that most people eat more than they should. Most of those people also don’t realize just how much they’re eating. You could be one of those people! Our sense of portions has been skewed. On top of that, mindless eating and snacking are overwhelmingly common.

In “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” the author not only explores ways to eat less without feeling hungry but he also explores why we eat the way we do. He backs it up with facts and figures from his research.

This book is meant to be a quick read but it’s filled with eye opening information. Knowing why we make bad eating decisions can go a long way in helping us making better decisions.

For example, have you noticed that when you go out with your friends it’s easier to eat more than you would have on your own? Whether or not you’ve noticed it, you probably do and this book can help you learn why (as well as how to stop).

Did you know that restaurants and supermarkets rely on psychology when developing marketing techniques designed to get you to eat more? After all, the more you eat the more you spend. Learn the secrets behind their tricks so you can avoid them.

The section on tips for reducing consumption can help you lose weight without any extra effort. It’s full of small ways to cut back on food without feeling hungry or deprived. However, I was hoping more real, helpful information about choosing certain food groups and amounts of macronutrients, things which no individual who wants to lose weight can ignore.

One of the nice things about this book is that it comes in all kinds of formats. The most popular by far is hardback but you can also buy a paperback, digital copy, or audiobook.

As a side note, the Kindle version doesn’t have footnotes so it’s harder to go and read the sources. If you’re the type of person who wants to be able to read sources and research topics more deeply you should make sure to pick up a physical copy.

It was particularly interesting to hear about the different experiments the author performed to understand eating habits. He tested things like whether plate size had an effect on how much food people ate. As we all know, that played an important role. The music playing or colors of the walls in a room or restaurant can change how fast or how much we eat if we’re not eating mindfully, but how much?

You’ll learn about all of these things and much more in “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.” It’s a fun and interesting read and it’s not going to be one of those 500 page books that takes weeks to get through. You can sit down and read it all in one sitting and refer back to it whenever you need a reminder. However, I just recommend to concentrate on the psychological advice rather than nutritional or diet advice.

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