Supersized Lies

How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date Not set

Talking about this book? Use #SupersizedLies #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

The world would have you believe that losing weight is easy, but the truth is, in many cases, you’re being fed a generous helping of falsehoods and misguided dieting advice.

The media, celebrities, weight-loss gurus, and the Internet bombard society with recommendations about how to shed unwanted pounds: Count calories, cut carbs, exercise more, skip meals, drink more water, pop a pill. Yet as more people try diligently to follow this advice, waistlines continue to expand.

In Supersized Lies, Robert J. Davis, PhD, aka The Healthy Skeptic, shows you why this inability to lose weight isn’t your fault as he reveals how hype, half-truths, and unproven solutions have steered you into fruitless quests that inflict emotional and physical harm.

In this health and wellness book, the award-winning health journalist, whose work has appeared on CNN, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal, reveals:

• Which weight-loss measures are most – and least – likely to be effective.

• How conventional wisdom about weight loss is often wrong.

• How to spot misleading weight-loss advice, and avoid being duped into wasting time, money, and effort.

• How, contrary to what we often hear, effective weight control doesn’t require following complicated, restrictive rules.

• The interesting history behind flawed weight-loss advice, and the forces that currently perpetuate and benefit from it.

In addition to uncovering how and why we’re being led astray, Supersized Lies lays out weight-control strategies that research shows actually work, and it tells the inspiring stories of people who, after falling victim to the falsehoods of conventional guidance, have achieved success by forging their own paths.

Written in a lively, easy-to-understand style, this myth-shattering book sheds surprising new light on old assumptions and offers an inspiring way forward to those caught in the cacophony of weight-loss advice.

The world would have you believe that losing weight is easy, but the truth is, in many cases, you’re being fed a generous helping of falsehoods and misguided dieting advice.

The media, celebrities...


A Note From the Publisher

Robert J. Davis, PhD, aka The Healthy Skeptic, is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal.

The author of three previous books on health, he hosts the “Healthy Skeptic” video series, which dissects the science behind popular health claims.

Davis holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a PhD in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was Pew Foundation Fellow.

To find out more information about his book, please visit his website at: healthyskeptic.com

Robert J. Davis, PhD, aka The Healthy Skeptic, is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal.

The author of three previous books...


Advance Praise

“Robert Davis does a masterful job imparting his expert insights about the many distortions that stand between you and a healthy weight.” -David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Founder, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center & co-author, “How to Eat”

“Robert Davis always tells it like it is. This book reveals surprising truths that even the savviest dieters may be shocked to learn — but also lays out practical and thoroughly researched steps to finding your own success. Truly a fantastic resource!” – Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. “Hungry Girl,” New York Times bestselling author

A “science-backed breath of fresh air.” - The US Review 

“Robert Davis does a masterful job imparting his expert insights about the many distortions that stand between you and a healthy weight.” -David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Founder, Yale-Griffin Prevention...


Available Editions

ISBN 9781736967706
PRICE

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (EPUB)
Send To Kindle (MOBI)
Download (EPUB)

Average rating from 9 members


Featured Reviews

What a breath of fresh air this book is in the overcrowded “diet” category. Everyone these days seems to have chosen a “side” in the obesity wars: keto, low-fat, Mediterranean, vegetarian, smoothies, paleo, etc. This book goes through all of the competing diet theories and the associated studies, and presents the facts as they are known today. Perhaps nothing here is revolutionary, but I believe this book can bring some much-needed common sense back to the topic. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Was this review helpful?

This book provides useful tips for losing weight. It explains why diets don't work and what you can do. The general idea is that you should ditch diets and eat healthily and balanced, but it's much more detailed than this. A useful and refreshing read if you want to ditch diet culture. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Was this review helpful?

This is a great comprehensive read for anybody who wants a fact based tour of the dieting scene. Even though the author references multiple studies, he does a great job of making it understandable and simple.

Was this review helpful?

An interesting read, taking the lid off the diet market in an honest, straightforward but unflinching way. With a deep base in actual science rather than BS, the studies and facts surrounding various diet theories are presented in a clear, easy to understand and objective way. A great, non sensationalised read. Highly recommend.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: