EP 83 – Eat This: Supersized Lies

So you’re not happy with your weight. Many aren’t so that conversation is extremely common. How many diets have you put yourself on, tried in earnest, only to find that you go back to your default way of eating and the weight creeps back on? There are health implications that come with obesity, fat deposited around the middle–that muffin top, a high fat to muscle ratio and numbers staring back at you when you step on the scale that are higher than you or your doctor would like. There’s also the stigma of being overweight that can create bias and discrimination, judgement that feels really ikky. It affects your self-esteem, your self-worth and no matter what the cause, of course there’s self blame.

A new book that’s about to hit shelves says that “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.” But why is that? Where is the disconnect? My guest today says that there are myths out there that are keeping us fat, and that there’s a truth to what really works. So today on EAT THIS with Lianne, Supersized Lies – the new book by Robert J. Davis PhD, who is going to share his take on this monstrous topic. 

I have ways in which I work with clients, and those who want a quick fix for losing weight, aren’t top of my list to work with. Weight loss is a loaded topic, with misinformation coming at you left, right and center. A new diet that a Princess has followed, or a new way of eating by a superstar that’s all over social media has so many people jumping on a new weight loss bandwagon week in-week out. I have to say that it makes my head spin speaking about what’s new on radio or TV, and debunking why on earth only eating meat and nothing else is the latest cure-all. 

I often get pitches from companies and authors, and one that came into my inbox recently piqued my interest. A book that debunks the myths that are out there, and then says what to do instead. While it sounds like the latest magic bullet, we–yes, you my loyal listener, and I are going to see what Robert J. Davis argues about this in his meticulously researched book, and how he says that “this failure isn’t our fault”. He insists that 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.  That was written in the press release, so let’s see what he has to say in real life, shall we?!

In addition to revealing how and why we’re being led astray, the press release went on to say that “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.” I’ll share my thoughts on that after I speak with him. 

Never heard of the author Robert J. Davis, PhD? Well, he calls himself the The Healthy Skeptic, is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal. He has written 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. 

Alright with that long list of accomplishments and impressive bio, I welcome Robert to EAT THIS with Lianne.

Alright, so what do you think? Does his easy-to-understand style have you interested enough to grab his new book? I have it, and I breezed through it. I did like how he broke down the myths out there, and yes he’s passionate about all that he writes, and that kept me interested. 

What have you tried, what resonated with you? 

Please subscribe, share and let me know if you have any other topics that you’d like me to cover. Or a book that you’ve read lately and liked what it said, like this one. You know I love a deep dive! 

Check out the show notes on liannephillipson.com and a link to buy Robert’s book once it’s out. 

So with that said… please remember to EAT This one mouthful at a time. 

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.

To learn more, click here.

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