Why Isn’t My Diet Working – Video with Emily Rosen

Have you ever stuck with a weight-loss diet, following its guidelines rigorously, even though you didn’t seem to be actually losing any weight? Maybe you stayed with it because your doctor prescribed it, or because it had worked for all your friends, or because the last time you tried it you lost 20 pounds. But no diet in existence works for everybody, all the time. Each of us is a unique individual with unique nutritional needs, and these needs can change dramatically over the course of our lives. Is it time for you to let go of a diet that’s not taking you where you want to go – or do you just need to make a few tweaks to get it working for you? In this fascinating new video from #IPEtv, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, clarifies the many reasons why your diet may not be working – and what you can do to get it going again.

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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:

Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today we’re going to answer the question – Why isn’t my diet working?

It seems almost paradoxical. We’re told that losing weight is just a matter of striking the right ratio of calories in to calories out. So we go on a diet. We strictly follow its rules. We limit our calorie intake. We exercise. But we don’t lose weight. Why isn’t your diet working? Here are some answers:

#1 Your body thinks it’s starving

When your daily calorie intake is too low, the body switches into starvation mode and metabolism slows down because your body “thinks” it needs to conserve energy and use the fuel you give it more slowly.

#2 A lack of essential fat slows down weight loss

Without enough healthy fat in the diet, there is a decrease in the production of hormones, prostaglandins, eicosanoids, and many of the chemicals that help produce energy in the body. The result is a sluggish metabolism.

#3 A lack of protein can slow down calorie burning

Protein is the building block of muscle tissue, which is the number one fat burning tissue in the body. So the less muscle we have, the slower will be our calorie burning capacity.

#4 -Too much exercise

Regular exercise is important, but OVER exercising is very problematic. Those who exercise too hard or too often and without enough recovery time put the body into a stress response. This leads to excess insulin and cortisol production, which can result in the inability to lose weight. Too much of a good thing is not so good.

#5 Dieting is stressful

Constantly worrying about what you’re eating, counting calories, and simply missing out on the pleasure of eating can stress out your body as well. Once again, the subsequent stress chemistry release can de-regulate appetite and cause us to overeat as well as create the physiologic conditions for weight gain or inability to lose weight.

So what is the alternative to dieting? Learning to love and accept yourself as you are. Eat in a nourishing and sustainable way. Enjoying high quality and naturally grown and produced food. And love your body more. It might seem contradictory, but often, allowing ourselves to stop stressing about our weight is the very thing that helps us shed the pounds.

I hope this was helpful.

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This is Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Thanks so much for your time and interest!

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  • David

    Very VERY interesting.

    I did enjoy this and found it very helpful/being a rabid student of “the craft”.

    I will come back to this again to comprehend it more fully.

    Wanted to extend my appreciation for your having put this together for us.

    Reminds me, to some extent, ala Mindfulness which is SO important and far often neglected, by me and most everyone else, based on my observatoins; Brian Tracy suggests asking, “Is this the best use of my time right now?” While we shouldn’t obsess over eating, it is our most important interface with the outside world. And nourishment, in its many forms, IS essential.

    We should ask, before inserting anything into our bodies (the wonderful vessel HE has entrusted to us), “Is this the nourishment I most need at this point in time?” EVERY bite does count.

    We need about 1600/2000 calories/day; we should make it among our very best investments of time and energy. Sure it takes work. Most everything does. And most of of us have some idea of what we SHOULD eat. The discipline of doing what we KNOW to be right is what makes so many things in life F U N!!!!! It is the RULES of golf that make it a “game”; It it the rules of FOOTBALL that make it interesting to millions of people. There are punishments meted out for those who do not follow the rules.

    As indicated, eating should be fun and enjoyable. We have a choice to make it so. This is reflected in the ideal of Bright Line Eating/ala my good friend and assocaite, Susan Piierce-Thompson. Her blog/info/is in line/and complementary to this one. She is a professor of The Psychology of Eating/Phd as well.

    Best wishes to one and all for the most enjoyable and healhiest of New Years/2016. Progression and not Perfection. Amen

    • David thank you so much for reaching out and offering your insights! So glad you enjoyed this video! Sounds like you have some beautiful awareness of your own relationship with nourishment and how important it can be to nourish our bodies for our emotional and physical well being. Thanks for sharing here!

About The Author
Emily Rosen

Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations in addition to her role as Senior Teacher. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role at the Institute. She has also been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality. Emily is also co -founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.