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On this week’s podcast, I discuss what medical school didn’t teach about weight loss.

As physicians, we feel we should know how to manage weight – we’ve been through medical school and learned how to keep the human body healthy. However, medical school actually taught us the opposite, with a schedule and workload that ingrain the necessity of quick fixes as a way to cope and manage stress.

All through my education, I learned the way to manage weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Calorie theory is the predominant method taught for weight loss. From experience, I knew this approach didn’t work, and that’s what led me to obesity medicine and life coaching.

A big factor often overlooked in medical school is emotional eating, how it affects us, and how to break the cycle. You need to be able to process your food cravings, because guilt only contributes to the cycle. My biggest breakthrough came when I realized what I eat changes how I experience hunger. Food cravings have nothing to do with you. Cravings are your brain’s way of solving a problem. Do the thought work to figure out the problem and address it.

Being healthy goes beyond just what you eat. It requires a whole wellness approach of stress management, self-care, and changing how you view exercise. Most importantly, it takes compassion for yourself.

Key Takeaways:
  • Why calorie theory is not the best weight loss approach.
  • Emotional eating and its affects.
  • Understanding how what you eat affects your experience of hunger.
  • The importance of self-care and stress management.

 

As a physician, you may feel like you know what to do but find that it is so hard to stick to an eating plan when you are busy and stressed. By the end of the day, you can’t seem to stop snacking. With Stress Eating SOS you will learn to change your relationship with food to eat food that fuels your body and makes you feel amazing.

Find out more and join the Stress Eating SOS program at: https://weightsolutionsforphysicians.ca/sos