Episode 23: Why Diets Don’t Work Even When You Do

June 20, 2018

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Episode Overview

It’s been said before that diets don’t work. Jen, Annie and Lauren get together and break down the cycle of the diet and why they don’t work. They discuss diet industry marketing, weight loss motivation and why willpower is never going to be enough. Find out why 95% of diets don’t work and what you can do instead.

What you’ll hear on this episode

  • The 5 steps of a Diet
  • Common diet triggers
  • The search for “The Secret”
  • Deprivation and how it impacts quality of life
  • Diet culture and how it shapes perception of choices when we are dissatisfied
  • Post-deprivation: what typically happens next
  • The Pink Polar Bear effect and how it relates to restriction
  • How the body self-corrects after deprivation
  • The relationship between willpower and diets
  • Wolves in sheep’s clothing – Marketing and the diet industry
  • Why meal and exercise plans fail
  • Genetic predisposition, body type and perceived expertise
  • Finding sustainability through enjoyment and why that looks different for everyone
  • Owning our results and priorities
  • Coasting and why it’s okay
  • All or nothing thinking as part of why diets don’t work
  • Learning to live in the grey zone
  • The social and emotional costs of “wellness”
  • The glorification of “more” at the expense of sleep
  • The lies the diet industry tells us about self-love and when it can happen
  • Prioritizing self-care and why that doesn’t always mean you need to exercise more



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


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