Why Dieting Doesn't Usually Work

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Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist and science writer that received her biophysics degree (undergraduate) from Johns Hopkins and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and then went on to do research at Yale. In her TED Talk, “Why dieting doesn’t usually work”, Aamodt talks about the brain and that hunger is controlled by it, specifically the hypothalamus. She then explains that there are “set points” for weight, and they depend on each individual. She then goes on to mention that dieting is really ineffective, in part due to the fact that our bodies have not yet evolved, and so our bodies believe that we are undergoing a famine when we eat less, so then fat is stored. She explains that 80% of girls have dieted by the time that they are 10. After that, she explains that there are 4 healthy habits (eating fruits and vegetables, exercise, not smoking, and drinking in moderation) that lead to a lower risk of death. However, weight does not correlate with that. Finally, she explains how to fix this problem: mindful eating. She states that understanding the bo...

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