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80. Does Dieting Predict Weight Gain?

In this week’s episode, I talk about a topic that has been under debate for many decades.

Contrary to what you may have been told, dieting is not the solution but the problem itself.

Dieting is, in fact, associated with weight gain.

When you start a traditional dieting program, there are many potential negative consequences that are not often advertised when you join. Restrictive diets can trigger disordered eating patterns, a negative relationship with food that could take years to heal, decreases in energy levels, and much more.

It's time to shift the focus away from the scale and traditional diets. 

Listen now to hear about the science on dieting's adverse effects on physical and mental well-being, and learn the approaches that will actually lead to sustainable weight loss. 


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