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Mindless Eating Audiobook

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

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Publisher's Summary

In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

  • Does food with a brand name really taste better?
  • Do you hate brussels sprouts because your mother did?
  • Does the size of your plate determine how hungry you feel?
  • How much would you eat if your soup bowl secretly refilled itself?
  • What does your favorite comfort food really say about you?
  • Why do you overeat so much at healthy restaurants?

Brian Wansink is a Stanford Ph.D. and the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. He's spent a lifetime studying what we don't notice: the hidden cues that determine how much and why people eat. Using ingenious, fun, and sometimes downright fiendishly clever experiments, like the "bottomless soup bowl", Wansink takes us on a fascinating tour of the secret dynamics behind our dietary habits. How does packaging influence how much we eat? Which movies make us eat faster? How does music or the color of the room influence how much we eat? How can we recognize the "hidden persuaders" used by restaurants and supermarkets to get us to mindlessly eat? What are the real reasons most diets are doomed to fail? And how can we use the "mindless margin" to lose, instead of gain, 10 to 20 pounds in the coming year?

Mindless Eating will change the way you look at food, and it will give you the facts you need to easily make smarter, healthier, more mindful, and enjoyable choices at the dinner table, in the supermarket, in restaurants, at the office, and even at a vending machine - wherever you decide to satisfy your appetite.

©2006 Brian Wansink; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Entertaining...Isn't so much a diet book as a how-to on better facilitating the interaction between the feed-me messages of our stomachs and the controls in our heads." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gina Camas, WA, USA 08-18-09
    Gina Camas, WA, USA 08-18-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting, enlightening, practical advice"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book, and am on my third "reading". I have started eliminating the mindless eating from my diet, incorporated 4 new tactics, and find I enjoy my food (and drink) more and am increasingly aware of my hunger/satiety. A great book for those looking for lasting change. (Yes, I'm losing weight effortlessly). Love the descriptions of social experiments, and narrator's voice is easy on the ears.

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    "this is too long of example after example...."

    This audio is forever!!! many many examples of sizes and how how to re-package, serve things up in smaller dishes... this didnt tell me anything new. I think it was okay ... i learn quickly so this was too long for me.

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    Nicole Garrett 03-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst book on eating EVER!! Don't waste your money"
    What disappointed you about Mindless Eating?

    The author is not a nutritionist. He has made his career in how to market foods to consumers. His logic is, since he has figured out what makes people eat more, to flip that and use it as tips to make us eat less. There is no proof that his suggestions actually work. And knowing what I know from Gary Taubes' books (Why We Get Fat, The Case Against Sugar) I can guarantee that not only will they not work to help people lose weight or maintain their weight as they age, they will only add to weird food obsessive thoughts and feelings of failure. This book is so bad that it's the only one I've ever purchased from audible that made me want to ask for my money back.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Cashman’s performance?

    He was actually fine. I just wanted to give the book the lowest rating in all categories possilbe.


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    cisco 09-29-16
    cisco 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Real Eye Opener!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Realizing what goes on in your mind and learning to make lasting changes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many studies to support information in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A study that provided "free" 5 days old stale popcorn to viewers and they still ate most of the popcorn just because of the habits due to the environment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Got Ya'all Fool"


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading.

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    jenna 07-10-16
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    "Fantastic book"

    This is one of my absolute favorite books on health and wellness. a fascinating look at how marketing, packaging and environment impact our eating habits. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    Wendy 06-05-16
    Wendy 06-05-16

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    "Makes you think."

    As a true foodie and nutritional researcher, this book was invaluable. Brian Wansink has an amazing imagination for researching how people eat and more importantly, why. He describes the experiments with humorous detail, and makes research readable and understandable. This is critical info for those of us who are trying to improve our health and be conscious of our eating habits and patterns.

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    Damion Brown 02-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great practical steps to gradually lose weight"

    Doesnt make big promises about results byt gives a very reasoned (and scientifically researched) basis. More importantly it gives an explanation of what really drives our behaviour which I consider to be useful even beyond weight loss

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    Kimberly 11-15-15
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    "Practical, inspiring"

    I am a yo-yo dieter. I enjoyed this book because for the first time ever, I feel like I have found a practical guide to not a diet, but a life change. I look forward to putting the things I've learned into action.

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    Brad 08-27-15
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    "Slow start."

    Slow start for the first 4 chapters.

    Great section on getting kids to eat certain foods.

    Ended strong.

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    Howard_a United States 07-01-15
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    "Surprising research on eating habits"

    This book surprised me of all the things that cause us to overeat. Some of the reasons are so ridiculous that I wanted to smack myself - I mean they are THAT true. Delightful read, however its a bit dated as to the badgering of fats is so passe, nowadays, but that aside, you will learn a few things about yourself, and how to trick yourself out of mindless eating!

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