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Why is weight loss so hard?

I'll be brief this week because I'm FINALLY putting the final touches on the self-paced course so many of you have been asking for!

The course will be an accessible antidote to restrictive "wellness" plans—a clear, personalized roadmap to a peaceful, easy relationship with food and exercise.

It's coming soon! Keep an eye out for info on that in the next week or so. I can't wait to share it with you!


Speaking of taking care of ourselves (without driving ourselves nuts), a few weeks ago at Forbes Health, I answered a question about How to Lose Weight without Dieting. We talked about:

  • one of my clients who achieved slow, steady weight loss,

  • the fact that NO ONE has the right to judge anyone else's weight or their desire to gain or lose it,

  • the difference between "diet" and "dieting" and

  • how to build sustainable lifestyle changes—rooted in food and activities you enjoy—that can support a lower body weight.

I got a thoughtful follow up question on that. A reader wanted to know more specifically, Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight?

So many reasons.

I decided to answer this, not to discourage, but to help anyone who is frustrated with weight loss to understand the factors at play, as well as which ones may or may not be within our power.

"Genetics, environmental factors, sleep, metabolic changes, social circumstances, mental health, emotional eating, distorted messaging from the diet and fitness industries, gut health, chronic stress and medical conditions can all affect body weight and a person’s ability to influence it."

But research shows at least 30% of our tendency toward obesity can be attributed to lifestyle, which leaves significant wiggle room to establish a body weight that works for you.

In this article, we look at six common reasons why weight loss can be difficult, along with a few key ways to make weight reduction and maintenance more accessible.

If you're interested in a peaceful relationship with food or learning how to crave new, healthy responses to stress, stay tuned for info on the course!

It will be in your inbox soon.

I hope you're treating yourself well in the cold and holiday mayhem!

Much love,



Movie Night, Anyone?

'Tis the season for curling up on the couch with a good movie!

Thankfully, Nice News put together a list of feel-good films to keep us warm this holiday season:

I forgot about quite a few on that list and found several I've never seen!

I don't know about you, but snuggling up with a blanket, my pups, and a good movie sounds pretty perfect right about now.


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