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Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise

by Robert E. Thayer

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Great book to get a scientific overview of moods and how they influence behavior of especially eating and exercise. It does contain some self-help advice, but most of the book is about distilling understanding based on scientific research -- the assumption is that suck knowledge will help enable people to become AWARE of their moods and how they affect their behavior, and that this awareness in turn is the best basis for regulating one-self (in this case especially regarding controlling eating and exercise). The only reason I didn't give it five-stars is on style, because in certain parts of the book the author can be a tad repetitive. ( )
  hadarot | Jan 6, 2012 |
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Obesity is reaching alarming proportions. In this insightful new approach to understanding why this is happening, acclaimed mood scientist Robert Thayer offers a new appreciation of the real cause--emotional eating. But this is not just emotional eating as previously known; rather it is a new scientific analysis of exactly how different moods affect eating. He shows how unprecedented stress in society and epidemic levels of depression have led people to food as a poor means of managing mood. In this original approach, Thayer describes how people's daily energy and tension variations occur, and how this knowledge helps overcome the urge to eat the wrong food and to achieve the goal of "calm energy." Also, in this most up-to-date scientific analysis of exercise and mood, he shows how physical activity is essential to psychological and physical health, yet why it is resisted. Thayer's work has been discussed in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and here he outlines in detail the cutting-edge theories and scientific research findings that have generated this extensive media attention.

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"You are what you eat, but why are you eating so much? Why can't you stay with a reasonable exercise program? It's your moods!" "The causes of obesity and lack of exercise can be traced to unprecedented increases in stress, depression, and anxiety. People are working more, sleeping less, and gobbling antidepressants at an astonishing rate. The increased pace of life and the information age are overwhelming us, and the effects are evident. To combat stress in our lives, we are driven to seek energy from the foods we eat. When feelings of depression and anxiety hit, we self-medicate with food. Drained of energy, we avoid exercise." "Managing energy and tension - and therefore regulating our moods - is key to sticking to a healthy eating and exercise plan. In Calm Energy, Robert Thayer describes how most people's daily energy cycles function, and explains how you can learn about your own mood cycles." "This provocative new approach to understanding and fighting weight gain and inactivity offers practical advice and a biological explanation for your cravings, moods, and avoidance of exercise. You can learn to choose exercise as an alternative to food when you are feeling down, and experience the optimum goal of "calm energy.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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