I don’t recommend many health and fitness books because, well, most of them I read just aren’t that great. They overcomplicate matters or focus too much on relatively unimportant details or complete ignore basic physiology like energy balance in the hopes of selling you on a “new” or “easier” way of getting fit.
Accordingly, I went into Mindless Eating with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a well written, well reasoned, and practical book grounded in good science on how to “mindlessly” improve your eating habits and lose some weight in the process, as well as prevent the creeping weight gain that makes people wonder what the hell happened to the body they had back in college.
When viewed in the overall scheme of things I talk about in my articles and books, I think Mindless Eating’s advices and tips are better suited to maintaining a body weight without having to follow a strict meal plan. If you would rather eat on “feel,” with a large variety of foods, this book will help you stay on track by avoiding a plethora of “mindlessly overeating” mistakes that many people make.
If, however, you want to lose fat, the most effective way to do it is to just create and follow a proper meal plan, because it tightly controls the biggest variabls that will determine your results: calorie and macronutrient intake.
That said, if you’re loathe to plan or track food intake and would rather lose weight “without worrying about calories,” then you’ll find Mindless Eating helpful as well.