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Real Women's Work Podcast

Oct 4, 2023

What if dieting actually makes you gain weight? Not because you lack discipline or self control but because it's the basic mechanics of your body? 

What if you could eat anything you wanted -literally anything- and enjoy it guilt free?

What if you never, ever had to think about calories or carbs or had to check your watch to see if it was a time of day when you are "allowed" to eat?

What if you could stop obsessing about food? Whether it's ogling the ice cream instead of eating it, berating yourself for bingeing on cookies, or promising yourself that tomorrow you will go the whole 16 hours without eating- what if you never, ever had to think about those things again? Not just pretending or masking it, but eating whatever you want whenever you want it?

What if food were just a normal part of your life? Just like driving to get the kids, reading a book, or watching your favorite show?

Do you believe that's possible?

It is.

Would you like to know how?

First, we have to understand Diet Culture. You might think it sounds like a goofy philosophy that doesn't apply to you but I promise it does. How do I know?

It permeates every part of our culture. It tells us we are only worthy if our bodies are a certain size and if we look a certain size.

It keeps us focused on what we look like instead of moving forward.

It causes us to miss out on important medical care.

It makes us believe that if we eat certain things -or at certain times- our bodies will look a certain way and our health will improve.

This is a lie.

It's not a miscommuncation.

it's not a misunderstanding.

It is a lie. And the more of us who understand it, the less Diet Culture is able to keep us down.

If you've ever tried Noom, Atkins, WW, Intermittent Fasting, or any other "program" the promises a particular body shape by restricting/regimenting food with the promise of any kind of weight loss, "shape shifting", or anything else body altering, this episode is for you.

If you've ever refused to buy the size clothes that fit you because you are ashamed, this episode is for you.

If you've ever skipped going to the doctor because you know they are going to prescribe weight loss, this episode is for you.

If you have ever gone to the gym to burn off the dessert you had last night, this episode is for you.

Give it a chance. I know it's hard to believe.

But if you open yourself up to understanding, your whole life might change.

And it's all thank to people like Debbie Lesko who puts on her cape of bravery every single day to spread this message and empower women in droves. Debbie has found recovery from over sixty years with an eating disorder. Now she devotes much of her life to educating others about Diet Culture so they can find joy, happiness and freedom.

You can find Debbies Facebook page, Diets Don't Work, by clicking here. 

You can access the book Debbie references, by clicking here.