Our culture is quick to praise dramatic weight loss. But it rarely acknowledges the heaviness that so often lingers afterward – the fear of gaining it all back.
When we’re afraid of being overweight, it’s easy to see food as the enemy. We’ll often try to skip meals and deny our appetite.
And it seems to make sense … After all, it’s food that makes us gain weight, right?
The challenge is, when we fear or blame food – or try to repress our biological need for nourishment, we can develop other unwanted eating habits like “sneak eating” or binge eating. Which often leads us to spiraling into even more fear about our weight.
That’s what we explore in this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, where Marc David finds our guest coaching client Tamara at a critical crossroads.
Tamara’s journey with weight began at age 10, when she was bullied for being heavy as a child. Through a series of lifestyle changes, Tamara, 48, has lost nearly 270 pounds – and yet, Tamara is still haunted by her weight.
With 10 more pounds she’d like to lose, Tamara lives in fear that her “addiction” to food and late-night eating will prevent her from further weight loss – and may well cause her to gain weight again.
So many of us can relate to Tamara’s fear of gaining weight. In fact, fear of weight gain is one of the most common food and body fears out there.
But as this episode demonstrates, being afraid of weight gain can take a huge toll on us. It undermines our mental and emotional well-being, and it can keep us in survival mode.
As Marc explores, one of the keys to healing our relationship with weight is learning to trust life, and seeing the beauty in our personal journey.
“Until you embrace the beauty of your journey, and the success of your journey,” Marc says, “all the little tricks and tools – they're not going to work.”
Follow along as Marc offers essential insights for understanding the toll our fears can have on us, and why learning to trust our journey is an essential ingredient in repairing our relationship with food and body.
You’ll also learn:
✅ Key tools for working with fear of weight gain
✅ Why the concept of “food addiction” can do more harm than good
✅ How food is the solution and not the enemy
✅ How to move from food fear to food freedom…
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