Robert J. Davis, PhD Announces the Release of His New Book ‘Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works’

Robert J. Davis, PhD (a.k.a. The Healthy Skeptic) announced the release of his new book Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works.

“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

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 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 TIME, 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.


“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 of Books

“Inherently intriguing, even for those lucky people not looking to lose weight.” Kirkus


(from Chapter 1)

Husky. Full-seated. Spare tire. They’re words I vividly remember clothing store clerks and family friends using to describe my physique when I was a child. Though intended to be polite, the observations still stung because even at age 8, I knew exactly what they meant: I was fat.

In an effort to help me slim down, my mother instructed me to forgo bread. The advice reflected what she’d learned growing up, that starchy foods are the main culprit when it comes to weight. I complied with her directive (at least in her presence) even at my favorite restaurant and reluctantly removed the buns from my McDonald’s hamburgers.

When I got to college in the 1980s and became interested in nutrition, I laughed as I recalled Mom’s weight-loss prescription. According to what I was now learning, she’d had it backwards. The main cause of weight gain was fat, not starches. So she should have told me to skip the burger, not the bun.

Had I been an overweight child today, my mother—who keeps up with the latest nutrition thinking—might well have fingered a different culprit and put the kibosh instead on the sugary soda that I typically ordered with my hamburgers.

Luckily for me, I became thinner as I grew. But our society has not outgrown our insatiable desire to find a dietary villain that we can blame for our expanding waistlines. We lurch from one to another, from fat to carbs to gluten to soda. Or, depending on which diet you follow, the enemy might be animal products, legumes, cooked foods, acidic foods, or foods that our ancestors didn’t eat.

It’s human nature to gravitate toward good-versus-evil explanations for complex problems. We see the same phenomenon in other areas of life, including politics. While having a clearly defined enemy may satisfy our primal need for a simple narrative to make sense of things, it can do harm if it distracts us from what really matters.

That’s what’s happened in our battle with weight. We’ve been led down one dead end after another chasing elusive bad guys that keep changing. A variety of forces have cheered us on in this chase, including diet peddlers, the news media, and food manufacturers that are more than delighted to sell us all the fat-free, carb-free, or other enemy-free foods we can eat.

Nutrition researchers, obesity experts, and government agencies also bear responsibility for leading us astray by overstating the certainty of the science when it comes to culprits. What research does show is that weight-loss diets that demonize whole categories of foods may work in the short term, but in the long run, they’re rarely sustainable. And they can make matters worse.

Book Specifications:

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

Genre: Health

Available Formats: Hardcover / Paperback / eBook / Audiobook

ISBN: 978-1-7369677-0-6

Size of Print Edition: 6×9 trade

Publication Date: 9/21/21

Pages: 220

Publisher: MediVista Media LLC; Everwell Books

Distribution: IngramSpark

About the Author:

Robert J. Davis is an award-winning health journalist, whose work has appeared on TIME (Why Counting Calories Isn’t an Effective Weight-Loss Strategy), CNN, WebMD, The Washington Post
(Breakfast really doesn’t have much to do with controlling your weight), 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.

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Thrive State: Your Blueprint to Optimal Health, Longevity, and Peak Performance

Dr. Kien Vuu is one of the most sought-after anti-aging physicians in the country. At his VuuMD Longevity and Performance Clinic, Dr. Vuu regularly works with celebrities, top corporate executives, and high-functioning professionals to optimize their health, performance, and vitality. As someone who has overcome two chronic diseases himself, Dr. Vuu is passionate about empowering people to reclaim their health and live with fulfillment, abundance, and purpose.

Dr. Vuu is the author of the upcoming book “Thrive State: Your Blueprint for Optimal Health, Longevity, and Peak Performance.”


When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied, “Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”

Over the last few years the average American lifespan has been decreasing, and the chronic disease epidemic continues to skyrocket. For many striving to pursue the American dream, the traditional path of no sleep, hard work, and an unconscious lifestyle, depletes them of the health and vitality needed to be their best in their businesses, relationships, and life’s mission.

The fact is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Kien Vuu MD, better known by his friends and clients as Dr. V, is a medical doctor who wants to redefine the relationship between health and success.

At the heart of Thrive State is a time-tested approach to achieve optimal cellular longevity and performance. You will learn all aspects of Dr. V’s BioEnergetic Model – a scientific, yet practical framework for being free of chronic disease, having optimal physical, emotional, mental, sexual performance, and extending healthspan.

The BioEnergetic Model draws not only on years of Dr. V’s first-hand experience as a doctor, but also as a patient formerly suffering from chronic diseases―diabetes and hypertension. Dr. V cured himself, and is now smarter, happier, fitter, and more successful than ever before. It turns out that YOU are your best medicine.

Dr. V envisions a world where humans embrace a standard of health that enables us to be happier, live longer and more fully, and contribute our gifts to humanity with joy and intention. Thrive State is the blueprint for you to move towards that vision. By time you finish this book, you will be armed with a wealth of new practical knowledge about your own health and wellness, a roadmap for greater well-being, and a more optimistic outlook on our human potential.

The Fountain of Youth is at our fingertips and Doctor V is handing you the key. Doctor V has spent his career on the forefront of anti-aging unlocking the door between new discoveries and technologies and your body’s ability to harmonize with them. In Thrive State, Doctor V reveals how you can unlock that power to achieve optimal health and performance while loving the process.” George Bryant, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Kitchen

“ A must read. Thrive State is an empowering framework that reminds us We Are Our Best Medicine.” –Keith Ferrazi, New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone

Thrive State is currently available for pre-sale on Amazon. It will be released on April 6, 2021, published by Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press.


About the Author:

Kien Vuu, MD— popularly known as Doctor V—is an assistant professor of Health Sciences at UCLA, speaker, media expert, and founder of VuuMD Performance and Longevity. Dr. V has been practicing medicine for over 14 years, and combines his knowledge as a doctor with his personal experiences overcoming chronic disease.

Dr. V has survived remarkable odds to be here today. As an infant refugee, he survived dysentery, living on a boat for eight months when his penniless parents traveled to America. As an adult, he struggled with diabetes and high blood pressure, until an encounter with a patient changed his life and set him on a new course.

Dr. V was first trained in Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, and became an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of disease using state-of-the-art medical imaging and non-invasive surgery. Dissatisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr V sought out additional training with world experts in nutrition, personal development, spirituality, as well as performance and longevity medicine.  He also pursued fellowship training and board certification by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Today, Dr. V directs a concierge practice to help his clients optimize their health and rediscover their unique contributions to the world through time-tested, science-driven protocols that combine ancestral wisdom and modern medicine. Dr. V’s clientele includes corporate and professional athletes, physicians, c-suite executives, as well as known celebrities and TV personalities.

When not working with clients, Dr. V is a health media expert and speaker, sharing knowledge to raise health consciousness on various platforms, including ABC News, TEDx, The Doctors, and Access Hollywood.

Readers can connect with Dr. V on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to

To request a copy of Thrive State to review or an interview with Dr. Kien Vuu, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at or (805) 807-9027.




Real Food for Pregnancy

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian, specialist in prenatal nutrition, and best-selling author.
In her latest book Real Food for Pregnancy, Lily Nichols, takes prenatal nutrition advice out of the dark ages and provides an easy-to-follow guide for making the best food and lifestyle choices during pregnancy.
Short version of what is covered in the book:
-Most prenatal nutrition advice is either outdated or not evidenced-based. InRealFood for Pregnancy, Lily Nichol’s debunks a LOT of prenatal nutrition myths. Misconceptions of conventional prenatal nutrition: macronutrients, salt, “foods to avoid,” fish, etc.
-Foods to emphasize, lab tests, supplements
-Testing for gestational diabetes—pros/cons of all the methods
-Nutritional management of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, nausea, heartburn & more
-Mindfulness, stress management, exercise, avoidance of toxins
-Traditional postpartum care, impact of nutrients on breast milk quality, etc.
In Real Food for Pregnancy, you’ll get clear answers on what to eat and why, with research to back up every recommendation. Lily Nichols has taken a long and hard look at the science and lays out the evidence—930 citations and counting—on the benefits of real food, why certain foods are essential (and others are detrimental), and countless lifestyle tweaks you can make to have a smooth, healthy pregnancy. There has never been a more comprehensive and well-referenced resource on prenatal nutrition. With Real Food for Pregnancy as your guide, you can be confident that your food and lifestyle choices support a smooth, healthy pregnancy.
“I’m so thrilled to read Real Food for Pregnancy. I absolutely love Lily’s work. Her evidence-based approach to nutrition is not only relevant during pregnancy, but for the rest of your life! I think every birth professional (midwife, doula, etc.) should have a copy in their lending library for clients.” –Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, Founder of Evidence Based Birth®
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