Why dieting doesn’t usually work | Sandra Aamodt


Three and a half years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. As my New Year’s resolution, I gave up dieting, stopped worrying about my weight, and learned to eat mindfully. Now I eat whenever I’m hungry, and I’ve lost 10 pounds. This was me at age 13, when I started my first diet. I look at that picture now, and I think, you did not need a diet, you needed a fashion consult. (Laughter) But I thought I needed to lose weight, and when I gained it back, of course I blamed myself. And for the next three decades, I was on and off various diets. No matter what I tried, the weight I’d lost always came back. I’m sure many of you know the feeling. As a neuroscientist, I wondered, why is this so hard? Obviously, how much you weigh depends on how much you eat and how much energy you burn. What most people don’t realize is that hunger and energy use are controlled by the brain, mostly without your awareness. Your brain does a lot of its work behind the scenes, and that is a good thing, because your conscious mind — how do we put this politely? — it’s easily distracted. It’s good that you don’t have to remember to breathe when you get caught up in a movie. You don’t forget how to walk because you’re thinking about
what to have for dinner. Your brain also has its own sense of what you should weigh, no matter what you consciously believe. This is called your set point, but that’s a misleading term, because it’s actually a range of about 10 or 15 pounds. You can use lifestyle choices to move your weight up and down within that range, but it’s much, much harder to stay outside of it. The hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates body weight, there are more than a dozen chemical signals in the brain that tell your body to gain weight, more than another dozen that
tell your body to lose it, and the system works like a thermostat, responding to signals from the body by adjusting hunger, activity and metabolism, to keep your weight stable as conditions change. That’s what a thermostat does, right? It keeps the temperature in your house the same as the weather changes outside. Now you can try to change the temperature in your house by opening a window in the winter, but that’s not going to change
the setting on the thermostat, which will respond by kicking on the furnace to warm the place back up. Your brain works exactly the same way, responding to weight loss by using powerful tools to push your body back to what it considers normal. If you lose a lot of weight, your brain reacts as if you were starving, and whether you started out fat or thin, your brain’s response is exactly the same. We would love to think that your brain could tell whether you need to lose weight or not, but it can’t. If you do lose a lot of weight, you become hungry, and your muscles burn less energy. Dr. Rudy Leibel of Columbia University has found that people who have lost 10 percent of their body weight burn 250 to 400 calories less because their metabolism is suppressed. That’s a lot of food. This means that a successful dieter must eat this much less forever than someone of the same weight who has always been thin. From an evolutionary perspective, your body’s resistance to weight loss makes sense. When food was scarce, our ancestors’ survival depended on conserving energy, and regaining the weight when food was available would have protected them
against the next shortage. Over the course of human history, starvation has been a much bigger problem than overeating. This may explain a very sad fact: Set points can go up, but they rarely go down. Now, if your mother ever mentioned that life is not fair, this is the kind of thing she was talking about. (Laughter) Successful dieting doesn’t lower your set point. Even after you’ve kept the weight off for as long as seven years, your brain keeps trying to make you gain it back. If that weight loss had been due to a long famine, that would be a sensible response. In our modern world of drive-thru burgers, it’s not working out so well for many of us. That difference between our ancestral past and our abundant present is the reason that Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of the University of Ottawa would like to take some of his patients back to a time when food was less available, and it’s also the reason that changing the food environment is really going to be the most effective solution to obesity. Sadly, a temporary weight gain can become permanent. If you stay at a high weight for too long, probably a matter of years for most of us, your brain may decide that that’s the new normal. Psychologists classify eaters into two groups, those who rely on their hunger and those who try to control their eating through willpower, like most dieters. Let’s call them intuitive eaters and controlled eaters. The interesting thing is that intuitive eaters are less likely to be overweight, and they spend less time thinking about food. Controlled eaters are more vulnerable to overeating in response to advertising, super-sizing, and the all-you-can-eat buffet. And a small indulgence, like eating one scoop of ice cream, is more likely to lead to a food binge in controlled eaters. Children are especially vulnerable to this cycle of dieting and then binging. Several long-term studies have shown that girls who diet in their early teenage years are three times more likely to become overweight five years later, even if they started at a normal weight, and all of these studies found that the same factors that predicted weight gain also predicted the development of eating disorders. The other factor, by the way, those of you who are parents, was being teased by family members about their weight. So don’t do that. (Laughter) I left almost all my graphs at home, but I couldn’t resist throwing in just this one, because I’m a geek, and that’s how I roll. (Laughter) This is a study that looked at the risk of death over a 14-year period based on four healthy habits: eating enough fruits and vegetables, exercise three times a week, not smoking, and drinking in moderation. Let’s start by looking at the normal weight people in the study. The height of the bars is the risk of death, and those zero, one, two, three, four numbers on the horizontal axis are the number of those healthy habits that a given person had. And as you’d expect, the healthier the lifestyle, the less likely people were to die during the study. Now let’s look at what happens in overweight people. The ones that had no healthy habits had a higher risk of death. Adding just one healthy habit pulls overweight people back into the normal range. For obese people with no healthy habits, the risk is very high, seven times higher than the healthiest groups in the study. But a healthy lifestyle helps obese people too. In fact, if you look only at the group with all four healthy habits, you can see that weight makes very little difference. You can take control of your health by taking control of your lifestyle, even If you can’t lose weight and keep it off. Diets don’t have very much reliability. Five years after a diet, most people have regained the weight. Forty percent of them have gained even more. If you think about this, the typical outcome of dieting is that you’re more likely to gain weight in the long run than to lose it. If I’ve convinced you that dieting might be a problem, the next question is, what do you do about it? And my answer, in a word, is mindfulness. I’m not saying you need to learn to meditate or take up yoga. I’m talking about mindful eating: learning to understand your body’s signals so that you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, because a lot of weight gain boils down to eating when you’re not hungry. How do you do it? Give yourself permission to eat as much as you want, and then work on figuring out what makes your body feel good. Sit down to regular meals without distractions. Think about how your body feels when you start to eat and when you stop, and let your hunger decide when you should be done. It took about a year for me to learn this, but it’s really been worth it. I am so much more relaxed around food than I have ever been in my life. I often don’t think about it. I forget we have chocolate in the house. It’s like aliens have taken over my brain. It’s just completely different. I should say that this approach to eating probably
won’t make you lose weight unless you often eat when you’re not hungry, but doctors don’t know of any approach that makes significant weight loss in a lot of people, and that is why a lot of people are now focusing on preventing weight gain instead of promoting weight loss. Let’s face it: If diets worked, we’d all be thin already. (Laughter) Why do we keep doing the same thing and expecting different results? Diets may seem harmless, but they actually do a lot of collateral damage. At worst, they ruin lives: Weight obsession leads to eating disorders, especially in young kids. In the U.S., we have 80 percent of 10-year-old girls say they’ve been on a diet. Our daughters have learned to measure their worth by the wrong scale. Even at its best, dieting is a waste of time and energy. It takes willpower which you could be using to help your kids with their homework or to finish that important work project, and because willpower is limited, any strategy that relies on its consistent application is pretty much guaranteed to eventually fail you when your attention moves on to something else. Let me leave you with one last thought. What if we told all those dieting girls that it’s okay to eat when they’re hungry? What if we taught them to work with their appetite instead of fearing it? I think most of them would be happier and healthier, and as adults, many of them would probably be thinner. I wish someone had told me that back when I was 13. Thanks. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Why dieting doesn’t usually work | Sandra Aamodt

  1. Hello everyone, it's great that there are so many people out there actively looking for ways to expand their realm of knowledge. TED has some of the top analysts and brightest minds respective to their fields of study. I believe that although Sandra Aamodts' findings are backed by research and trial runs, she is still missing some of the most vital components to her would be debate. "Dieting" is often used to describe a way in which one loses weight. However, the truth is that a diet is simply a term used to depict any individual or cultural eating habits both daily and annually,respectively. The idea of eating only when you are hungry and stopping when you are full is extremely misleading. Our bodies are wonderfully designed to maintain our "natural weights," given we stay with in the parameters naturally set. The human brain is both very complex and yet also very simple to use once we understand it.
    When our body is lacking in nutrients, chemicals are naturally produced to send signals to our brain letting us know that it is time to eat. When our body has enough nutrients to fulfill the needs at that moment, chemicals are released to tell our brain that we are no longer hungry. However, there is a missing piece to this seemingly easy advice to follow. Have you ever noticed that you could eat 4 or 5 slices of pizza, or that you can easily conquer a big mac with fries and a soda? The reason behind this is that there are certain foods that have little to no nutritional value. Because of this, we can eat those 4 or 5 pieces of pizza before we even begin to feel full. We do not feel full because our stomach is full, we feel full because our brain tells us that we have enough nutrients to fill the need. You should eat mindfully while still eating nutrient rich foods. You will satiate your needs faster while also allowing your body to naturally detox, setting yourself up for success. Losing weight is only one benefit you will get when you eat healthy and mindfully. You will also help your body protect itself from multiple diseases and conditions.

  2. So people who are 10 stone overweight . Set point? NO !! set point in my dictionary means that your brain tries to stop you losing weight from whatever weight you are at whatever wt you are NOW!. thats why its so hard to lose wt.

  3. Diet Plan called Fenoboci Diet Plan kept showing up here on different videos and I thought they were scam. However after my buddy follow it, and finally lost lots of weight by using it without starving herself. I'm persuaded. Do not take my own word for it, search for Fenoboci Diet Plan on google.

  4. Awesome talk. It's amazing how many dieting videos there are here on youtube, and so little real talk about how dangerous it is. DIETS JUST DON'T WORK! But I guess it's like Prince charming… We all still want it is actually true…

  5. THIS IS BULLSHIT. Dieting doesn't work because people expect to go back to eating terribly once they lose the weight. You have to make a lifestyle change in order to stay thin.

  6. Cot damn this woman this needs a nose job and something to fix her under-bite, she looks like a clown. Also has zero muscle tone. Seems like eating whatever and not exercising hasnt aged her well!

  7. So many fat-shaming morons in these comments, who are sure neuroscientist is not qualified to talk about how brain affects eating and it's "just those stupid ugly fatties looking for excuses"!

  8. I would rather be a little heavier and have a healthy relationship with food and a healthy mind rather than be thin and obsessed with food and keeping it off. I've been thin and kept it off for three years by sheer willpower and white-knuckling it. I was so absolutely terrified terrible regaining weight. My lifestyle was so forced and unnatural. I'm so much happier now being twenty pounds heavier and never thinking about food unless I'm hungry! I feel absolutely free! Intuitive eating works!

  9. You don't have to stop eating to lose weight , you have to eat with a purpose. Keep a record of calorie, protein, carbs and fat intake (if you want to get technical) and for christ sake, EXERCISE! Eating correctly is no torture, diabetes is torture, get your mind straight, it's not about looks, it's about health.

  10. "Women are measuring themselves by the wrong scale."
    Jesus Christ, tumblrina, thanks for the personal interjection. Can we get back to science, or are you here to sell bumperstickers at the cost of credibility?

  11. The caveat is that mindfulness exercise also requires a certain amount of willpower reserve or cognitive bandwidth to do and won't be effective once ego-depletion and directed attention fatigue sets in. I think it is incredibly important to be able to have robust management protocols at stress reduction as elevated cortisol puts you at increased risk of overeating. Mindfulness is just one potential tool to add in your self-control arsenal but it is not and should not be the only strategy to rely on. Sandra Aamodt has a few good theoretical ideas but suffice to say it is not the whole picture (not a complete model for effective self-regulation of food intake and weight control… many different complementary models should be considered and tested in synergistic combination). Don't take her TED talk as absolute truth on the matter but something to consider and test… use the scientific method is all I can advise.

  12. I genuinely feel like people should accept that people who are FIT – not thin or fat- are best looking. And there's nothing wrong in finding such a body attractive as its only natural for humans to find other healthy beings attractive. Our basic need after survival is reproduction. And obviously a healthy mate is most preferred. And so fit people are and must be a accepted to be attractive . Further the thing is that a fit body ideal lies over a spectrum. Not a large spectrum, but a small one never the less. Having a fit body is hard work. And in no way involves starvation. It's eating healthy and exercising. And trying to get fit, done in the right way makes you feel good about yourself . And this comparison thing won't stand. Trying to be fit has an effect in your subconscious mind and makes you feel good about yourself.

  13. Hmpf that was boring.
    I hate people promoting that losing weight is only temporary because your chemistry in your brain will focus on putting it back on. She's basically discouraging people to even try to lose the weight.
    I say lose your weight, and then put on some muscles. It will higher your metabolism and burn those extra calories you ate on its own.

  14. Came here looking for motivation to lose weight. Found this, a video telling me that it's almost impossible. At first I was upset, but I've realized that I did find my motivation. Thank you for telling me I can't. Thank you for giving me another opportunity to prove ignorant people wrong. Thank you for motivating me if for nothing else, than to prove you wrong.

  15. Just eat normally, don't be a pig. i am no Adonis but i'm no where near fat either. I get a good walk in everyday and eat pretty balanced meals. I also enjoy beer, chocolate and fried chicken. Balance is all i can say, eat too much salad and you will be skinny and hungry and miserable. Eat too much chocolate and beer and you will be fat, sluggish and miserable. Just relax and enjoy things here and there.

  16. I have lost a,whole person 2 years now my.mind has started. cravings starvation feelings. it is a daily issue for me and quite tiring.

  17. This wouldn't have ur set weight as overweight tho would it? Genuine question 😕 How would u recommend learning to eat mindfully?

  18. This was one of the best videos I have watched! Eat what you want and stop when your full. Having suffered with eating disorders and overexercising, dieting etc. Now I eat what I want, which is actually quite balanced. I don't compulsively exercise anymore, except walk to college, work etc. Somedays i want to eat a lot of chocolate, why not? Other days I find I eat more fruit and vegetables, the body knows what it needs and we need to start trusting it. I am naturally a "normal" weight, but if I was naturally overweight, I wouldn't care. It is about self-acceptance and realizing just because you may be overweight, it does not mean that you are unhealthy. Most obese people I know have/ or are seriously dieting. And the celebrities we see in the media, their weights are always yo-yoing, example Britney Spears, will be overweight, thin, normal weight etc. When perhaps she would naturally be a normal weight if she ate what she wanted and didn't obsess about her weight.

  19. eating disorders arise from body image issues. Personally, i think rather than tell them to eat healthy because it makes them the best "thin" they can be, instead, just celebrate their natural body weight and tell them that healthy eating leads to a longer, happier life. I say this because with the media being the way it is, even if they are the most "healthy thin" they can be, they might not achieve happiness because they are not as thin as the media says they should be. For example, I can look at the mirror all day and know im healthy but still feel like I'm too fat because of the media. (And trying to be content with the realization that this is the "best I can be" is NOT possible because that implies that there are people who are naturally thinner and inherently BETTER in that area because they fit the ideal in the media.) Media starts first. (And of course, a HUGE one which she said was changing the environment we have filled with fast food and such. That also starts first.)

  20. I haven't watched this video yet but my feeling about diets is this: Diets are made to help sell diet products and pharmaceuticals AND make you feel like a failure. The SAME companies that make make you fat with over processed high fat and sugar foods are key players in the diet craze. Create the illness and then fool you into buying the snake oil "cure" the FDA knows that game only too well. The fact is that since the invention of television, food companies have been pushing unhealthy snacks and sugary CEREAL on us since we were kids by using cartoons and brainwashing. Those companies KNOW that fat and especially isolated processed white SUGAR is highly addictive. Most foods and drinks on the shelves have some form of processed sugar or isolated, hydrogenated fats in them. We have become a people who love fast and convenient and so we eat what is easy…and unhealthy instead of cooking whole organic foods at home. And just like when you take a multivitamin and later pee out yellow because our body can only absorb so much we do the same when we eat these high fat and sugary foods. Our body knows what it normally needs to fuel our walk to the car and then short walk through the parking lot into work and then back EACH DAY. The rest of the fat and sugar is either removed as waste in our daily poo/pee OR better yet it HOARDS it into fat storage just in case we have famine in the future because our ancestors had to deal with weeks and months of little food and our genes still remember that. When I eat a whole foods diet that is mostly made up of fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, and ORGANIC grains I eat less and feel fuller due to the fiber and water content, and I eat WAY less calories. Better yet IF I over eat, I don't feel disgusting and the feeling goes away quickly. I FEEL satiated eating whole foods and I feel full longer. When I eat high fat foods, I can end up eating the whole bag of potato chips in place of a meal. Each bag contains approximately 14 servings at 150 calories PER serving, which means I eat 2,100 calories at one sitting and STILL DO NOT FEEL FULL…I just feel sick. That same bag of potato chips made from GMO potatoes and GMO corn and canola oil (as a #2 ingredient) and table salt (bad for you too) failed to satiate me so I end up eating another "meal" 1 hour later. This pattern needs to stop. If you want chips, find a healthier brand, learn what the serving size is and calorie of that ONE serving size and mix that with the REAL meal of whole and healthy foods. Dieting is a program used to punish us for something that wasn't our fault. Eat mindfully and eat to live! Don't eat to hate yourself, or punish yourself, or get sick, or die young. Just remember if you had to take a medication (these are poisons btw) you would read the directions and even find out the allergies and warnings before taking them but the SAME group that allows these poisons on the market, (the FDA) is also the SAME group that oversees your food. Food that you blindly eat without reading the label of. They count on you ignoring that label that says that ONE serving is only ONE ounce of chips. ONE ounce of potato chips is roughly what will fill the palm of your hand. Now I find healthier snacks, stick to portion control, and keep in mind how many isolated oils and sugars things have because it's obvious that overweight people are addicted to each of these things, I also do not drink calories or drinks with ANY sugar. Lastly I want to say to anyone reading this, LOVE yourself no matter what weight you are at. NO ONE judges you like you judge yourself. Love yourself but don't love yourself to death with food.

  21. am i the only one who doesn't like any of the ted videos?? i feel very bored and not getting anything good out of the box

  22. Omg, these comments. It's like half the people who watched the video weren't paying attention to what she said.

  23. so what about all the people who do lose the weight they want? oh yea, they didn't give a speech making excuses on why they can't lose weight.

  24. If evolution is true, then how come we haven't evolved to loose weight with the diet we have now? And don't give me that, it takes millions of years, that's a cop out.

  25. I gave up HFCS. And a lot of sugary things.

    Magically, my fat pummeled, I have so much energy, and love yo weight lifting, baby! And the weight? It's off. Like, I eat a lot, and my body is very happy. Whee.

    I started the gym after the magic fat loss. Screw you, fructose.

    And the speaker is annoyingly munching all the time! I can'y listen to that enraging munching.

    Edit: Typoeios

  26. "Doctors don't know of any approach that makes significant weight loss in a lot of people." Yes they do, it's called a calorie deficit. I've never heard such nonsense in all my life. I can see the message she's trying to convey about peoples attitudes to diets generally not being great but saying diets aren't a solution to weight loss is asinine. I think a huge issue with dieting is the enormous amount of conflicting information available and how ignorant people are in regards to nutrition. The real solution would be teaching nutrition in schools rather than telling people to stop thinking about food and dieting.

  27. Lmao this is completely wrong. Look up Dr. Layne Norton's videos if you wanna see what the science is actually saying.

  28. It pretty obvious the problem is sugar. You wont find a fat person that doesn't eat sugar and starch. It just the nature of things we were not designed to eat as much starches and sugars as we do.

  29. Great talk, Sandra… I talk to so many people who think they have a diet and exercise problem. When really they have a hidden thinking/feeling problem. We need more people to hear this message.

  30. Why did she not take the time to say anything about eating the right food? Lean meats, if any at all, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Eat real food, not too much, mostly plant-based. If it has an ingredient list on it, it’s not real food, it’s a food product.

  31. Interesting video.I applay the Pareto principle to my diet..what is the 20% of the causes that gives the 80% of the results..sugar and in general products made with highly refined flour…very easy

  32. #EngineeredAggression – Weight Control #LifeHack, Hunger Is Fake News

    There are a million books, videos, programs, etc on how to lose weight after the fact at the gym, how to lose weight after the fact by dieting and powering through the hunger, etc.

    In this video I talk about my life hack on training our brains to realize the simple electrical signals from our stomachs do not have to be interpreted as ''hunger''. We can #ConquerHunger by shooting the messenger down as fake, uninformed news, freeing ourselves to eat what and when we want and so much more.

    Let me know your experiences with conquering hunger in the comments!

    https://youtu.be/DCI29Y2T264

  33. I am gobsmacked by how some of the comments in here reflect the terrible comprehension skills of the population.

  34. Islam has taught me these things already:
    1) Your stomach should be 1/3rd food, 1/rd water and 1/3rd air.
    2) When the question arises: "Should I continue eating or stop?", you should stop.

  35. It's true, dieting does not work but intermittent fasting changes everything allowing the body to lower insulin and tap into its fat stores. Read books and look at videos by Jason Fung to understand how this works. There may be a set point, but it can be permanently lowered and anyone can lose weight and reduce their waist size to half or less of their height.

  36. ok good ted talk but everytime she says something her microphone picks up the sound of her saliva and it drives me NUTS

  37. I hope you guys take this a step further. And portionate your food mindfully. If you can't portionate. Save it for later. Because way too much food is wasted. Don't use this fact as an excuse to finish your plate. Use it to eat with awareness. Get to know your portions. Save for later. Share a big portion with a friend. You can always add a couple of nuts or something if the portion is too small when shared. Also eating more vegetarian / vegan food is a great way to make losing weight easier, while also being environmentally and animal friendly. (Not all vegan food is healthier, just generally)

  38. What is the best product or brand to lost a ton of weight? I read lots of superb opinions on the internet about how exactly Fenoboci Diet Plan can help you lost crazy amounts of fat. Has anyone tested out this popular weight loss methods?

  39. Man, I knew people were idiots before, but this comment section is almost completely ridiculous. can't even extract the messages she's trying to get across properly.

  40. Most overweight people will tell you they are eating mindfully.. but she as a point because this set point is a powerful thing …
    it’s hard to live your whole life on a diet when really food is just a function nothing more ..

  41. I would give anything to never hear another human speak those words, "the weight". It's so objectifying. It's so horrible and disgusting. I wish I could stop obsessing over it but no matter where I go or what I do I can't escape it.

  42. Willpower is usually not enough to gain control over your weight. You need to know some main rules about nutrition and what a caloric deficit is. Here is a useful article that I have posted recently, it might be useful to you if you think losing weight is too much right now https://bit.ly/2NxROZm

  43. Humans gain weight whenever they are consuming a calorie surplus. Even before you go on a fitness journey, you notice how your clothes get tighter every other month. Diets aren't harmful if you use the word to mean what it means in science- a BALANCED diet. Don't expect to maintain a healthy weight range if you suddenly stop exercising and start grabbing pizzas every week.

  44. Dr. Aamodt’s case for “set-point” theory offers interesting insight into concerns with weight. I appreciate her notion that increased mindfulness and self-awareness will help solve weight problems. While it’s a step in the right direction, I (a Registered Dietitian and medical student) believe that the weight epidemic our society is currently facing is very complex and can’t solely be “cured” by increasing one’s mindfulness. I agree that increased mindfulness will, in part, help us to achieve healthier lifestyles; however, I think Dr. Aamodt’s set point theory may be breaking one of the key ethical principles of healthcare – beneficence. In following this ethical principle, healthcare providers have a moral duty to act for the benefit of their patients. Obesity and lifestyle contribute to many of the leading causes of death in the United States – heart disease being the number one. To fight chronic diseases and, in turn, the obesity epidemic, it is just simply not enough to say, “dieting is a waste of time and energy because your brain has its own sense about how much you should weigh.” Doing so would be to abstain from acting in the best interest of the patient, as we know that being overweight is a risk factor for many chronic diseases.

    In actuality, living in a state of caloric restriction can be very beneficial for us. Studies have shown that caloric restriction may be correlated with increased lifespan by decreasing the generation of free radicals and therefore reducing oxidative stress on the body. This is advantageous because reducing oxidative stress lessens injury to our DNA and proteins. By recommending caloric restriction to overweight individuals, doctors and healthcare providers are acting in the best interest of the patient, and thus are acting in accordance with the ethical principle of beneficence.

    Despite my reservations, I would like to emphasize my admiration for Dr. Aamodt’s argument for self-acceptance, especially in a society that encourages obsession with perfection and self-image. Her history with dieting and weight obsession is not unlike mine (and I’m sure many others); self-love and acceptance is such an important step towards happiness and improved quality of life. Although the path to self-love and long-term maintenance of reduced weight may be incredibly challenging, I don’t think it would be morally acceptable for physicians to concede that a patient’s weight “is what it is,” especially if it puts them at risk for health complications.

  45. It's amazing how many people posting comments here bragging about their weight never bothered to watch the video. So stupid and ignorant.

  46. The problem is once someone already has fat, how to get all that fat off. This is not exactly the same as not gaining weight in the first place. She said a whole bunch of nothing as fas as I'm concerned.

  47. Work out. Put some effort in. Going to the gym and burning a good amount of calories feels rewarding and you’ll look better as a result. Most people that eat soso won’t even have to change their current nutrition, just start WORKING OUT. And yes I understand not everyone has the time to do this but try something.

  48. I watched this last year, tired of dieting and the energy that it entails. I've always exercised lots and it stopped working after having my son, so diet was the only thing that worked. I googled this sort of thing about intuitive eating to find a solution, but in reality, I was looking for another diet. I got Sandra's book from the library, read other stuff, even went to a nutritionist and therapist specializing in intuitive eating. The problem? I gained weight and was not happy. Sandra DID NOT gain weight, and by introducing her talk with "I stopped dieting and lost 10 pounds", it could easily be implied that by eating intuitively, you can lose weight. Of course, she does not say this, but she DOES open with "I lost weight", it grabs your attention and plants the seed that it is possible. Well, it may be if you were binging or were eating very badly, but not if you already eat healthily and exercise a lot. This is the issue that I have with this talk, it is misleading. Now, I don't have a problem with the fact that once you start to diet, even if not overweight, you will make yourself fat, but this is an issue of the environment we are immersed in and how hard it is to eat healthy for a lot of people. Once you put the weight on, your body wants you to remain there or put on more, this is why it's so hard and I have no arguments against this, if you were never overweight, don't diet, it'll mess things up, but what choice do overweight children or adults have? Intuitive eating is not magical.
    I had to diet in the end, and yes, it does require effort on my part, yes, I have to use restrain and can't eat all the things I want all of the time, but I can eat them some of the time. Yes, sometimes it's much harder than others too, but I was 7kgs heavier and I simply didn't like it.
    I dislike it when people try to convince you that it's OK to let yourself go IF YOU DON'T WANT TO, and there's a lot of that in this HAES movement. I ditched the HAES therapist and nutritionist, they had an agenda and could not see that my choice, for whatever reason, was to be slimmer.

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  51. I have been dieting all my life. I've taken pills, strange substances, etc. I did lose weight, which I gained over and over again. Now, I am focused on eating healthily.

  52. I lost all my excess weight,3 and a half stone or 23 kilos of it,in a little over 3 years since the tail end of 2015. I did it mostly through excercise and keeping active,burning off stored body fat,and a bit of healthish eating but I've never gone on a diet. And yet I STILL get the odd know-it-all telling me I should stop running,walking long distances,etc. and go on some stupid diet instead. Largely rather overweight know-it-alls for the most part,too.

  53. I also wish someone told me that. Im a month into anorexia recovery and im weight restored, but starving 24/7

  54. I've gone from 81 to 62kg and I'm in no way going to gain this back because it was the hardest thing I've ever done

  55. I’m glad I’ve done every diet in the book because now I know for sure they don’t work long term

  56. I totally agree with you, but you didn"t adress the aspects of emotional eating which people who are coming off diets need to relearn. They need to learn how to eat to fuel their body, yes but they also need to learn to sit with their feelings instead of eating over them, just saying!!!

  57. I've heard all of this before. I'm 51 and I've been overweight since I was 18. Now morbidly obese. This makes 'mindfulness' sound like a magic cure – the problem is, I am ALWAYS hungry. If I ate only when I was hungry, I would be eating all day and night. I've done yoga and meditation. I've tried every diet. I've sat in support groups and listened to people who lost 3 pounds that week cry about how much they missed the 2-liters of coke they drank twice a day while I haven't touched the stuff since high school. This stuff may work for people with normal metabolisms but don't make it sound like the cure for the country's obesity problem.

  58. Although I agree with the premise, she states the body doesn't know you "need" to lose (or presumably to gain?) and acts only as a thermostat to stabilize, yet goes on to explain that if you aren't eating enough your body will make you hungrier and won't let you get back down past a certain weight range*. Okay, so does it know or doesn't it? She also admonishes us that we shouldn't expect to lose weight…after starting out right at the beginnig saying "I've lost 10 lbs!" This is what's so maddening about such "coaches" or speakers. They talk about their success then shame-shame us for considering to hope the same results, even loosely. ****Why state them then?** **Something is still missing from the equation!Somebody IS losing weight on these programs…namely, MOST of the speakers.** There's something more to this that we're not understanding yet. It isn't this simple.

  59. Dude her lip smacking is pissing me off. This HHS 231 Class is pissing me off. Seriously she needs to control her lip smacking. DAMN

  60. for me it has worked, i lost 20 kilos (~45 pounds) in a 2 month diet 8 to 6 months ago! (first real diet in my life, as opposed pretending to do a diet for the satisfaction of others for a week). but i might have had a mindless eating problem it was not a binge eating problem in the sense of eating now cuz i can't later, and i was already enjoying healthy and satiating foods for just the taste before my diet (that i had no clue about nutrition). and sinse then lost 3 -4 kilos more but it was from not exercising, muscle loss 🙁 Also i am not starving now, i just don't eat more than i need to become satiated from a range of healthy foods that generally have a good satiation to calories ratio (like a salad lunch every day including healthy calorific things sure, but much more satiating than if you removed the veggies ).

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