In The Radio Show

April 24, 2017

Interview with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of the book The Diet Fix

Mike Carruthers:
Everyone knows diets don’t work but we still try them anyway, but why don’t they work?

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff:
I think that ultimately diets fail because we are taught by society as a whole that success and suffering are synonymous with one another.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of the book The Diet Fix

Whether it’s a TV shows like The Biggest Loser that really hammers home the point that it’s perpetual suffering most people don’t want to suffer forever. And so they undertake short term effort of suffering that don’t last.

Rather than suffer to get to your ideal weight Dr. Freedhoff says shoot for your best weight.

Which is whatever weight a person reaches living the healthiest life that they can honestly enjoy. Because truly there will become a point where a person cannot happily eat less and a point where a person cannot happily exercise more and their weight is what I’d refer to as their best weight.

When people diet hunger is a frequent companion. And hunger is one of the big reasons diets fail.

Hunger is the reflection of a hundred million years of evolution during times of extreme dietary insecurity. When we’re hungry and there’s highly caloric foods in front of us we are programmed to eat them to excess. So one of the most important things for anybody who struggles with dietary control is getting rid of that piece. But eating frequently for many helps quite a lot, ensuring there are enough calories in every meal and snack, ensuring there is protein with every meal and snack – because studies show protein is more filling. Those are useful and important pieces for almost everybody.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
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