The desire to lose weight unites so many people around the world. And while it may be a common global phenomenon … what’s not frequently recognized is how unique all of our weight loss journeys turn out to be.
The truth is, if we want to lose weight and keep it off, we need to intimately understand our life story and how it affects our journey with weight.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, you’ll meet Wendy, 57. She’s been on a strugglesome journey to lose weight. And one thing that particularly stands out in Wendy’s life story is the prominent role a particular archetype has been playing all these years:
Her Inner Child.
Each and every one of us has an “inner child” – which you can think of as an archetype – or “voice” or “personality” that shows up in different parts of our life. Here are some descriptions of the child within us:
Our Inner Child wants immediate gratification.
It loves pleasure and fun.
It’s a part of us that’s very innocent and naive.
Notably, the Inner Child doesn’t care about the consequence of its actions.
This personality often takes over our decision making process when it comes to food and diet.
So what does this have to do with weight loss?
Well, when the Inner Child is sitting at the head of the table and making our food choices, it will go against our better judgment. It will make decisions that run counter to our goals of health and weight.
As you’ll hear in this episode, Marc David, master eating psychology expert, works with Wendy to explore her Inner Child and help her demystify her weight loss journey. For a long time, Wendy’s Inner Child has been at the head of the table, making nutritional decisions with little regard to the negative consequences.
Marc ultimately helps Wendy see that the best way for her to work with weight is to take charge of the different personalities inside of her, to accept her Inner Child’s desire for pleasurable food, and to let the voice of her Inner Adult run the show when it comes to her eating choices.
Along the way, they also cover some fascinating topics such as:
✅ Weight loss during Covid times
✅ Grieving and weight
✅ The impact of our primary relationship on weight
✅ The dynamics of the “good girl” and “bad girl” archetypes with food
✅ And much more…
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