Why Diets Don’t Work

April 22, 2021 by
Credit: Craig Taylor (polarbearsinternational.org/news/article-research/learning-to-coexist-with-polar-bears/)

Don’t think of a white bear. Avoid all thoughts of a white bear for the duration of this article. Don’t you do it. Think of anything but a white bear. A brown bear will do. Just not white.

The word “diet” has two important definitions, although one tends to dominate our concept of the term. It is fundamentally the kind of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. When post people hear the word “diet” the second definition comes to mind, which is a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

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