Real people. Real breakthroughs. For more than three decades, Marc David has helped millions discover the true causes of their unwanted eating habits like overeating, binge eating, emotional eating and the inability to lose weight. In this unscripted show, Marc coaches real clients using his unique blend of psychology and nutrition. Whether you want to transform your relationship with food or learn how you can help others, there’s no better place than The Psychology of Eating Podcast, and there’s no better way than hearing the stories of real people.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, eating psychology expert Marc David speaks with 60-year-old Kathy who’s afraid of losing control with food. She has been in a binge-restrict cycle since she was 15 years old, and recently suffered a heart attack - for which she knows she needs to change her unwanted eating habits. In the three years since her heart attack, she’s lost 84 pounds, but still finds herself in fear that she’ll sabotage herself with food. Looking to create a more balanced relationship with eating, Kathy turns to Marc David for help.
In this episode, we meet Jenny, 42, who is ready for a serious relationship after many years of monogamy. But she feels very self-conscious about her body, so much so that it feels almost impossible to open up to new love. Jenny’s last relationship ended in her late 20s, and ever since, she’s thrown herself into work and tried to ignore both the deep desire for a romantic relationship, and the poor body image that has prevented her from finding it.
In her eating psychology coaching session, Jenny works with founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Marc David. As Jenny shares, she’s avoided dating out of fear that she’ll be rejected, telling herself that she’ll be better able to date once she’s happier with her body.
As Marc reflects, so many of us assume that others hold the same judgments of ourselves and our bodies that we do. But very rarely is this actually the case.
Others usually observe what’s good about us: the beauty in our curves, the special way we smile, or the twinkle in our eyes. As well as what makes us attractive on the inside … our kindness, caring, sense of humor, generosity, quirkiness, and so much more.
For all of us learning to love and accept ourselves (and hey, that’s most of us!), this episode is for you.
In this episode, Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, speaks with 38-year-old Juliana who has faced challenges around body weight and image since she was mocked for being a “chubby” kid. Originally from Brazil, Juliana now lives in Bonn Germany, where she finds the cultural attitudes on weight and body image are significantly different.
Despite there being a decidedly less stringent idea of beauty in Germany, Juliana is finding it hard to let go of beauty concepts she grew up with in Brazil. She often worries about food and whether she’s getting the whole experience of eating “right” - whether that’s eating the “right” foods or eating the “right” amount of calories each day.
Marc coaches Juliana and the rest of us trying to lose weight to see that, while weight loss is a fine goal for many, it becomes problematic when it becomes paramount to everything else in our life. When weight loss is more important than almost anything else, it’s very likely we hold the toxic nutritional belief that we’ll be happier when we’re thinner.
In their conversation, Marc speaks to this rampant belief, why it causes so many of us to suffer unnecessarily, and how to begin to forge a new path.
Alison is almost 50, and has been trying to lose weight – without success – for 20 years. A mother of four, Alison has tried various diets and got expert help but nothing has worked for her. Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Alison get a new perspective about her weight loss journey and empowers her to be in her body. Don’t miss this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast.
Alison has been trying to lose weight but only starvation diets seem to work for her. After a time the weight always comes back. She wants to not be consumed by weight loss, but is uncertain what to do at this point.
Alison suffered a miscarriage in her 20s and later lost a teenage child to cancer. Marc explores the role of bereavement in her weight gain.
In the past, Alison has experimented with letting go of food restriction just to see if eating like the rest of her family might give her the chance to re-regulate her body’s metabolism. After gaining weight, Alison considered this experiment a failure and returned to her starvation diets.
Marc explains the rubber band effect that causes a body to gain weight suddenly after a long period of restricted eating. The fact that Alison gained weight is no surprise, nor does it make her experiment a failure.
Marc suggests that the key to Alison creating vibrant health is by tuning into her body’s unique needs - what many think of as ‘intuitive eating’ and, at least for a time, give up weighing herself and dieting. For many, dieting can be a never-ending cycle of self-punishment that doesn’t ultimately lead to what we’re truly looking for: being healthy, feeling good about ourselves, and living a fulfilling life. It’s time to try a different approach.