July 13, 2017

IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD:

Are Diets Just Placebos? : The idea is at least worth considering--and it would explain a lot of strange things about how dieting works.  (Erik Vance, 7/13/17, Slate)

If no diet has turned out to be a silver bullet for weight loss, then what could explain why some of them at least seem to work, at least for some time? In looking at our rampant dieting culture, I realized that there are a lot of elements that remind me of the placebo effects we see in other parts of our lives. And this got me thinking: Perhaps it's not the contents of the diet that matters. Perhaps it's simply the act of dieting. Is it possible that, rather than the specifics of the food regime you undertake, it's the mere act of starting a diet--any diet--that makes you thinner? Could it be that the inherent placebo effect that comes with any diet is what's causing you to lose weight?

Self-discipline is its own reward.

Posted by at July 13, 2017 9:15 AM

  

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