Diets are among the highest risk factors for the development of an eating disorder. The rigid rules can make anyone seeking control in life to feel as though they have found it. Ironically, it is the diet that ends up controlling you and dictating when, where, and what you can eat. In neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt’s latest book Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss she explains why diets actually lead to long-term weight gain, health damaging stress and eating disorders. In this show, Sandra uses personal experience and in-depth research to build a compelling case that if we want to be healthier, we should diet less, not more.
What You’ll Learn from Sandra Aamodt
- How and why our brains regulate weight
- Why diets are ineffective at long term weight management
- The negative impact of weight shaming and fat talk
- A useful analogy to explains how new neural pathways are created
Sandra Aamodt’s Favorite Quote
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
Sandra Aamodt’s Favorite Recovery Resource
Sandra Aamodt’s Advice to Former Self
Stay in the moment. Stay in your body. Don’t let your thoughts carry you away to a place where you have to be unconscious and can’t stand to be where you are.
I was in dance performance with my swing dancing class. It required standing up to the anxiety that I always feel when I perform.
Definition of Recovery according to Sandra Aamodt
Putting one foot in front of the other while staying pointed in the right direction.
For Your Journey
- Sandra Aamodt’s TED talk: Why Dieting Usually Doesn’t Work
- 2016 Recovery Warrior Calendar (Use discount code WARRIOR to receive 10% off your order)
- Find professional help through Recovery Warriors Help Finder
- Rise Up + Recover app on Google Play and iTunes
- Music Credit: “Something to Live For” by Mallory Faye