Episode 53: Secrets From The Eating Lab: Dr. Traci Mann

February 13, 2019

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Episode Overview

Secrets from the Eating Lab Author Dr. Traci Mann, professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and an expert on the psychology of eating, dieting and self-control joins Jen, Annie and Lauren in discussing the science behind the hot topics of self-control, temptation, diets and the alternative to dieting.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How much of our weight can we influence?
  • How much of our weight is influenced by genetics?
  • The concept of the Leanest Livable Weight
  • Goal weights and reasonable ranges
  • Weight regain and dieting – how common is it?
  • Why you regain weight after dieting
  • What happens to your body when you go on a diet
  • What you start to notice when you go on a diet
  • Is weight regain guaranteed?
  • Characteristic of people who keep weight off
  • The role of healthy movement  you enjoy in maintaining weight loss
  • Self-control: who struggles with it and can you increase it?
  • The obesogenic environment: what it is
  • Temptation free checkouts and apple bins, reducing the need for willpower at the grocery store
  • The role of small obstacles and inconveniences
  • Making healthy choices convenient to increase compliance
  • Keeping the focus on health instead of weight



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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