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on 29 June 2012
A very interesting book with general observations about willpower, and looking at those who have more than others and possible reasons why this might be - leading to more specific observations about willpower in relation to dieting. Like the majority of women perhaps, I naturally found this section particularly relevant. After stating the obvious, that if your energy levels are low you will more resistant to giving in to temptation, and that it will be at its lowest when you are already overloaded with fatigue and stress, various coping strategies are suggested, none of which were ground-breaking - use smaller plates! - and will already have been suggested to the serial dieter.
Nevertheless the book does sum up nicely how to muster your forces for battle, making you more self aware, setting goals, postponement strategies and particularly, preparing for temptation. There are also some interesting suggestions about the link between external order in someone's life and internal self-discipline. It's all very sensible, get sleep, eat healthily in general etc, however after all the various psychological studies that are quoted, at the end of the day it seemed to me that the authors had never experienced compulsive overeating for themselves, and failed to take into account the fact that something that gives enormous pleasure when there is apparently no alternative pleasure in life is often a conscious, rather than subconscious, choice.