22 July 2015

Why Diets Don’t Work

For the week of July 26, 2015

Traci Mann, Professor of Psychology and founder of the Health and Eating Lab at the University of Minnesota, discusses why diets fail and better strategies for healthier eating.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:07) Diets, for the majority of people, do not lead to long term weight loss; (1:55) The main reasons diets don’t work and how diets contradict our biology and evolution; (5:58) How Professor Mann became interested in the subject of dieting; (7:00) How the dieting industry has become a $20 billion industry; (8:00) Dieting trends; (8:45) The pressures to stay thin for beauty standards and the temptations to eat from commercials; (10:14) The importance of exercise, not just for weight loss; (11:20) Encouraging healthier eating and why forbidding certain foods doesn’t work
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:19) The research taking place at the Eating Lab; (1:15) Professor Mann’s successful strategy to get kids to eat vegetables; (3:27) Research on comfort food; (4:06) The Eating Lab’s research at the MN State Fair; (6:00) Addiction and food; (7:10) The rare group of people who can keep the weight off with dieting; (8:45) More sensible goals for weight and health; (10:00) Soda regulations and food interventions; (11:56) Whether Americans are changing their eating habits; (13:08) Mann’s book “Secrets From the Eating Lab”