The Hunger Habit by Judson Brewer [7/10]

A specialized book that will appeal to those genuinely seeking to improve their diets and eating lifestyles (unfortunately even those suffering from poor dietary choices tend to avoid change), The Hunger Habit: Why We Eat When We’re Not Hungry and How to Stop, is a timely and useful blueprint. The author, an American psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been at the forefront of helping overweight people for decades. Moreover, he is a fluid, clear stylist who maintains a strong forward momentum through the book, so that the read is by no means difficult or technical. Structured as 21 days of aspects of his ideas for change, The Hunger Habit rejects the notion of willpower in dietary change. Instead his processes revolve around curiosity and self-kindness, with the central idea (this is my summary, which may gloss over Brewer’s sophisticated approach) being that if you can observe (aka: note in a mindful sense) yourself as you overeat (or eat badly), eventually your brain will begin to correct your behavior. Properly tackled, this book might well be some readers’ salvations.

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