Episode 127. Engaged to be Divorced
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Scott compares repeated diet failures common with fad dieting to the cycle of unhealthy romantic relationships.
Remember: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.”
People who don’t learn from their history are destined to repeat it.
- Unhealthy relationship cycle: Meet, courtship, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, facing that the relationship won’t work, divorce, learning nothing, then repeating the same cycle later thinking it will be different this time.
- This cycle is often repeated because the process of meeting and courtship is glorified. This is true of vogue diet trends.
- Deprivation and denial diets are back, alive and well. A few of the current vogue diet trends:
- Seven-day metabolic reset
- Intermittent fasting
- Keto diet with intermittent or true fasting
- One meal per day
- Cutting carbs is a form of fasting.
- Thinking a diet will work doesn’t change how the mind and body will respond to it.
- Diets that call for deprivation and denial run counter to the hardwiring of the brain, and are therefore doomed to fail in the long term.
- Falling in love with a diet blinds the dieter to internal signals from the body that the diet isn’t healthy, sustainable, or abusive to the body.
- “Keto flu” is the body’s way of signaling that something’s wrong.
- Deprivation diets are repeated when hope wins out over experience.
- Metabolic compensation system operates in the immediate, residual and cumulative realms of time.
- Fad diets operate in the short term, immediate time frame.
- People don’t talk about their diet failures. All that’s publicized in social media are the short-term results.
- Consequences of unhealthy diets can be experienced long after the diet is abandoned.
- The longest, most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself.
- Since when does a survival diet have anything to do with robust health?
We are the only mammal on the planet that fears its food.
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