**Content Warning: We do discuss some weight and calorie numbers during the episode.
This episode covers the topic of intentional weight loss through restrictive eating or lifestyle changes. We discuss why intentional weight change does not work long term and why it can cause more harm than good for people’s health. I am joined by a guest co-host, Sumner Brooks, RD of Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians & Professionals. Her insight and knowledge were invaluable.
In This Week's Episode:
What does “working” mean when discussing diet outcomes?
Physiological outcomes of intentional weight change
Evidence for diets is Biased
How restriction can lead to bingeing, disordered eating, and eating disorders
The detrimental effects of inevitable weight cycling
"If we, as health professionals, recommend to a patient to go and try to lose weight when we know that the most likely outcome is short term weight loss followed by weight gain, we are doing some harm there."
-Sumner Brooks, RD
Questions to consider: (We did not get to these on the podcast itself, but they are still important)
Since diets don’t work, what if we stopped recommending them to patients and started supporting them in their focus on healthy habits, which have been shown to help health regardless of size?
What if we turned our focus from forcing weight change and spent our time and energy on making sure that everyone had enough, high quality food?
Why are the behaviors that are diagnosed as eating disorders in thin people, prescribed to fat people?
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