(Los Angeles, CA) – Robert J. Davis, PhD, a.k.a. The Healthy Skeptic, announced the upcoming release of his new book Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works. Supersized Lies will be released on September 21, 2021, published by Everwell Books.
“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
We’re bombarded with advice on how to shed unwanted pounds: Count calories, cut carbs, exercise more, eat earlier, skip meals, drink more water, sip apple cider vinegar, pop a pill. Yet as more of us try to follow such prescriptions, our waistlines continue to expand.
As Robert J. Davis argues in this meticulously researched book, this failure isn’t our fault. Instead, much of the blame lies with those who peddle hype, half-truths, and unproven solutions, which often steer us into fruitless quests that inflict emotional and physical harm.
In addition to revealing how and why we’re being led astray, Supersized Lies shares weight-control strategies that research shows actually work. And it provides practical information that will help you avoid wasting time, money, and energy.
Written in a lively, easy-to-understand style, this myth-shattering book sheds surprising new light on old assumptions and offers a way forward to those caught in the cacophony of weight-loss advice.
(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.
Title: Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works
Available Formats: Hardcover / Paperback / eBook / Audiobook
Size of Print Edition: 6×9 trade
Publication Date: 9/21/21
Publisher: MediVista Media LLC; Everwell Books
About the Author:
Robert J. Davis, PhD, a.k.a. The Healthy Skeptic, is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, 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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