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Episode 29: The Joy of Eating

Weight Loss for Food-Lovers with Molly Zemek


In this episode, Molly talks about finding joy in eating while pursuing your weight loss goal. She begins by discussing the two parts of the brain that affect decision making, the primitive part and prefrontal cortex. While many of us base our decisions on pleasure, our ability to plan and reason sets us apart.

Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with enjoying food. It’s when we consume concentrated products that our brains are rewired to receive a stronger dopamine hit. This creates an imbalance and causes us to need more to get a similar response.

Mainstream diets don’t work because they promote starvation, not change. Instead, you must adjust your mindset and train your brain in a way that actually reduces desire. The two biggest components to success are eating in moderation and following a healthy food plan.

One of the benefits of this method is the incorporation of a ‘joy eat’ at least once a week. By planning to indulge in something special, you can anticipate and enjoy the moment without guilt. True weight loss isn’t about depriving yourself, it’s about finding a balance and regaining control.

Topics Covered

- How pleasure from food is normal

- Why shifting your perspective is empowering

- The importance of practice for success

- When less actually becomes more

- Reducing guilt through careful planning

Key Quotes

“You can lose weight, sustain it and still enjoy food. And really, I believe, enjoy it more.”

“You starve yourself with the solitary purpose of going back to overeating so you can get that huge pleasure from food so that you can eat all of the foods that you love. But that yo-yo approach is not sustainable.”

“It’s that mindset shift that really is the solution, not only to weight loss, but to how to be in control around the foods that you love.”

“The desire is so much higher when we react to an urge than it is when we decide ahead of time.”

“Friends, this is joy eating in its purest form. I promise you that the more you practice this process, the more amazed you will be at your ability to experience and appreciate food in a new way.”

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