Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Publisher:   Harper Wave
Published:  April 5, 2015
ISBN:  978-0062329233
Genre:  Non-fiction, Health
Format:  Ebook – ARC
Obtained via:  Publisher through Netgalley
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com


In SECRETS FROM THE EATING LAB Dr. Traci Mann takes a long, hard look at some key issues around not just losing weight, but keeping it off after the fact.  About one quarter of the book tells the story of a number of weight loss studies, schemes to take off weight and outcomes.  The next quarter of the book goes into depth about strategies that do not really including the traditional diet to not just take off pounds but keep them off. A little under half consists of reference notes from the data in the first portion of the book. While a number of the foot/end notes were interesting, they didn’t have quite a much impact as the text of SECRETS.   

When Mann talks about prior diet studies and proof – or lack thereof – of the success of some high profile plans she backs up her statements with quotes and solid research.  In some ways she confirmed something I long suspected—that some well-known companies know that their meal plans may help members to lose weight – but that at some point the weight is going to come back and bring a few extra pounds with it.  The diet purveyors know this – but keep touting their products because they know people will think it’s their fault they gained the weight back and that if it worked once, it will work again.  Mann goes on to point out that most diet studies that follow up after weight loss close their studies out after 2-4 years because that’s when the pounds start coming back.  If they continued, people would know those high priced plans do not work.  We can’t have that!

Some solid advice on taking the weight off and keeping it off covering various approaches that all work together – thought changes, activity and choices. 

SECRETS FROM THE DIET LAB isn’t necessarily a “how to” on weight loss, but a roadmap for lifestyle change that will lead not only to finding your ideal weight – which may not be model thing, but more importantly a healthier perspective and way of living.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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