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December 17 · Issue #117 · View online
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A crazy-good interview with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
As a species, we want very simple solutions to very complex problems. We want magic diets.
Every once and awhile I run across something so clear and true it sends tingles down my spine. This interview is that.
Dr. Freedhoff is a physician certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has no remedy to peddle, no physician “solution”, no specialized diet, and no endorsements to promote. What he has is a lifetime of work and research to tell us about.
No surprise, his take overlaps with my own experience, frustrations, and much of what informs my approach.
Below are some of my favorite quotes. I suggest reading the whole thing. It’s an illuminating take on a subject mostly filled with bullshit.
On the endless parade of diets that pretend to be solutions:
As the saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Are experts that peddle a single, universal fix being predatory? Without hesitation, yes.
On a world that can’t stop trying to feed us garbage:
I gave a talk yesterday for an employee benefits organization. As I do many times, I took a picture of the food at the conference to put into my slide deck. At 9:30 in the morning, they were being offered Cinnabons and soda pop. We’ve got this world that pushes junk food on us constantly.
On the vicious cycle of dieting and what that does to a person psychologically:
The person who’s suffering this much emotionally from regain might be more likely to want to take on another magical approach, or another extreme approach, because they are blaming themselves, and not their diets.
On culture’s detrimental impact:
The Biggest Loser is the modern-day Roman gladiators. We watch people suffer for our own entertainment. There is no show, I think, that’s done more damage to society’s understanding and approach to weight management.
And finally, one from me as you consider another slick diet that will fail you in the long run:
If you want to engage in real self-improvement for 2020, don’t diet. I’m unequivocal about this. I think diets hurt our bodies and confidence, two things you need for a happy life.

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