The Dieter’s Paradox: Stereotype and Eat Mindfully (and Giveaway!)

dieters-paradoxDon’t be fooled. Despite the fact that the word “diet” is in the title of The Dieter’s Paradox: Why Dieting Makes Us Fat, this book might be the most un-diety of any diet book we’ve reviewed. A true research-lover’s deep-dive into the waters of why we overeat, mindlessly eat and can’t seem to stop dieting (by “we” I mean America—FBGs don’t do diets, yo!), this book is dang fascinating.

Kind of like Mindless Eating with more research, if you’re a bit of a science nerd and are interested in learning more about why we make the food decisions we do (and why they’re actually hurting, not helping, our waistlines and health), you have to read this book. While there’s no real nutrition advice—and there’s certainly no diet to follow—it’s a captivating and surprising read that will have you rethinking your ideas about food. For proof, check out the following excerpt from the book on stereotyping bias and food. And prepare to have your food-decision-making world rocked…


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  1. I’d love to win this to share with my sister in law. She’s just started eating healthier and exercising to lose some extra baby weight. This book looks like it would be full of great insight for her!

  2. I would love to win this! I enjoy reading books like this so much, I always feel like they give you a kick in the pants and offer an opportunity to recommit yourself to a healthy lifestyle. It’s so easy to backslide, especially this time of year.

  3. I’ve been working in the weight loss field for many years now, so this stuff is right up my alley. I’ve seen people trying to lose weight fall victim to things like the health halo – I’d love to know more about it!

  4. I’d love to win this because I think the subject is so interesting! Michael Pollan’s books got me started, then I moved on to school lunch policy, food marketing, books like “Why We Get Fat” and and “Good Calories, Bad Calories.” I don’t know why it’s so interesting to me, but it is!

  5. I’d like to win this book because even though i eat mostly whole foods and exercise regularly, i’m not losing weight. I’m sure its because i’m eating too much of the good stuff. I’d love to read more about what other aspects of my nutrition i may be missing.

  6. Any helpful tips in the realm of dieting and ultimately being healthier are welcome. One can only rely on SO MANY PINTS OF TOMATOES as a substitute for junk food/day.

  7. I’m reading the book “Willpower” right now and this sounds similar…I’m so interested! I love the science of why we do what we do and it sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. For the least three years, I’ve been healthier than I’ve ever been in my life. Still, food is my weak spot and this book sounds like something that will help – knowledge is power!

  9. I think it sounds like an interesting book. I would love to add it to my library.

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  10. I would like this book for my daughter in law. She is newly married :) and is very afraid of gaining weight now that she is cooking more.

  11. I have recently discover mindfulness and the meaning behind it. Being new to the term I would love a book that provides inspiration and guidance. My weakness has been eating mindfully, so this would really help me.

  12. As a chronic dieter, I would love to win this (esp since the library doesn’t have it) – thanks for reviewing books like this – loved “Think”!

  13. Would love to gift this to my favorite “Fit Bottomed Girl” my wifeof 29 years who has worked hard to maintain a great figure.

  14. I would love to win this book because it is not a diet book. I’m trying to lose weight and I prefer information about nutrition over a diet plan. It’s about a life long change for me.

  15. This book sounds like something I could use–it’s not about dieting, it’s about learning how to eat and making a lifestyle change you can stick with.

  16. I would be interested in reading this book, because it expands on food stereotypes. I would like to kiss dieting goodbye and need good info on my side!

  17. This is the first I’ve heard of this book, and I’d love to win it. I read books such as this because current science has helped me to lose over 30 pounds and keep it off, so the more I learn, the healthier and more fit I become.