Do not mistake this book with a dieting book. David A. Kessel's plan is not to help us reduce weight by sharing cooking tips and recipes. His aim is much bigger: he wants us to understand why we eat too much or overeat as he says. There is no point indeed in trying to eat less if you do not understand first the root causes of your overeating. Once you understand the mechanisms of overeating then you can find ways to control yourself and your food impulses. The book is repetitive at times, but ideas are very clear and backed-up by laboratory tests results and other researchers quotations and discoveries.
Few facts left a mark on me:
1) Fat people do eat more than thin people, quantity matters a lot in the fattening process (and let's forget the high-low metabolism myth that actually concerns so few people that there is no use of speaking about it).
2) One issue is that we do not actually realize how much we eat (try to count and don't forget those candies you got in office, that "small" snack taken on the way back home...).
3) If given a choice, we do prefer highly sweet, salty, fatty dishes despite all we say and believe (blind tests are there to prove it).
4) Food industry and restaurants do play and use our attraction to highly palatable food to make us eat BIGGER QUANTITIES and MORE OFTEN.
5) Even kids that used to compensate naturally big meals by smaller are compensating less and less nowadays.
But no need to despair, everybody can change:
- Avoid processed food since it is impossible to be sure of the content and it is likely to contain an excess of salt, sugar, fat, altogether.
- Do not eat between meals and if you do, then reduce quantities during meals and snack time to ensure overall eating more often does not make you eat more.
- Define strict rules and stick to it.
- Create mental signals and routines to help you resist naturally while crossing a bakery or going to a party.
- Do eat things you like but in correct quantities and only when you are really hungry. Do not eat just because some food item is available at any time close to you.
The study focuses on US examples due to the nationality and experience of the author, but unfortunately as most countries seem to follow their lead, it will help everybody.
The content of the book was not entirely new, but I must admit it did change the way I perceive food and what I want to eat in which quantities. You will never see industrial cakes and Starbucks frappuccino the same way (if you ever take one after reading this!). Good and efficient reading!
le 13 octobre 2010
Pour ceux qui essaient de comprendre le raisonnement des industriels.
Ce livre est par moment un peu répetitif, peut-être parce qu'il est adapté en particulier au "monde" américain (nationalité et cursus de l'auteur obligent).
En tout cas il y a à mon sens deux leçons à tirer:
1) il faut éviter de grignoter
2) il faut éviter les repas préparés
En gros, il faut manger comme nos parents nous ont appris à le faire.