A real eye-opener: the author (a food psychology researcher, associated with a university, with grad students and everything) identifies the factors that influence us to eat just a little more, and shows how these can be consciously manipulated to eat just a little bit less.
(And that's all that's needed: most people gain about a pound a year, on average, which corresponds to about a +10 calories per day surplus. Tiny tricks can get this down to -10 calories per day, or even the -260 calories per day deficit needed to lose a 1/2 a pound a week (26 pounds a year).
The performance is fantastic, but be warned that this is not at all an unabridged recording, as it is missing a performance of the Appendix, containing the mathematical proof.
Mr. Crichton has a real axe to grind here, about what he thinks is the poor quality of the science behind fears of global warming, and will do absolutely any violence to his characters' integrity in order to further this aim. A clear low point comes when the protagonist, a supposedly excellent lawyer, asks another lawyer one dopey unlawerly question after another dopey unlawerly question, all so that the second character can be given a chance to deliver great expository rants. A horrible book.
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