ETR 218: What the Research Says About Weight Loss with Alexis Conason

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Podcast Interview on What the Research Says About Weight Loss with Alexis Conason
What the Research Says About Weight Loss with Alexis Conason

In this episode of Eat the Rules, I’m interviewing Alexis Conason, clinical psychologist, eating disorder specialist, and author of The Diet-Free Revolution, unpacking everything that the research says about weight loss.

We’re exploring is weight loss possible in the long-term? What do you need to do to achieve that? Plus, how learning to eat more mindfully (in a non-diet way) can help you to become a more intuitive eater.

In This Episode, We Talk About

  • Alexis’ relationship to food growing up and how it led her to the work she does now,
  • What the Look Ahead study is and what Alexis discovered in her research on it,
  • That long term weight loss and maintenance is extremely rare, and the industry knows it,
  • The research done by the National Weight Control Registry and its relationship to eating disorders,
  • How researchers have used examples of people with eating disorders as lessons for weight loss,
  • That in the rare instances when people sustain weight loss long term, it’s often not in a healthy way,
  • Why weight loss should be a flag for medical professionals to assess for eating disorders,
  • How set point theory works and what happens when weight is pulled below our set point,
  • A study on contestants from The Biggest Loser, and why we never see a follow-up episode of this show,
  • That often the things that we fear about quitting dieting are already happening while dieting,
  • That health is not determined by weight and that most of what impacts health is out of our control,
  • How mindfulness can shift the way we see ourselves and how we interact with the world,
  • Plus so much more!

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