Episode 82: The Offset Fallacy



On this episode of the Weight Loss for Food-Lovers podcast, Molly introduces us to the idea of the offset fallacy. Even if you’ve never heard of the offset fallacy before, you’ve probably believed it at one time or another in your life. Molly describes the offset fallacy as the idea that we can “offset” or justify overeating or overdrinking by exercising more or depriving ourselves of food. Ultimately this idea is not true and simply allows our brain to thrive on justifications and excuses for habits of overeating.


The key to recognizing and combating the offset fallacy in your own life when it comes to food is to start recognizing if you actual believe it, consciously or unconsciously. Is that practice working for you, or are you simply continuing a pattern of disordered eating? Molly believes you can lose weight and not feel overly hungry or deprived, but it’s not about exercising more or finding some magic bullet that will allow us to eat everything we want and still lose weight.


The heart of sustainable weight loss that still allows you to eat and enjoy good food is eating just enough to be satisfied. It’s through eating enough to be satisfied that you’ll be able to lose weight and lose it sustainably. When you learn the mindset of not overeating it’s like riding a bike—there’s no way to unlearn it, and you don’t have to worry about “failing” or gaining the weight back. The offset fallacy is an idea we need to erase from our weight loss journey, instead eating for weight loss is all about that relationship with ourselves and knowing we can follow through on the commitments we make to achieve our goals.