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Why Diets Make Us Fat

the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss — and what to do instead

Why Diets Make Us Fat by Sandra Aamodt
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Everything we know about dieting and weight loss is wrong.

In Australia, two out of every three adults is overweight. We think we know the answer: cut calories; eat less. We conclude that being fat is a failure of willpower, perhaps supplemented by a quirk of genetics. Yet research shows that losing weight by willpower alone is almost guaranteed to fail in the long run. In fact, there is no evidence that dieting improves long-term health, and some that suggests yo-yo dieting is more dangerous than being overweight.

Combining deep research and brutal candour about her own experience as a yo-yo dieter, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt explains the science of the obesity epidemic, including new findings about gut bacteria, why bariatric surgery works (it has more to do with your brain than your stomach), and what a real alternative to dieting and weight cycling might look like.


‘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) promises.’ Cosmos

Scribe Publications Pty Ltd; June 2016
304 pages; ISBN 9781925307559
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Title: Why Diets Make Us Fat
Author: Sandra Aamodt

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