Many people find themselves constantly trying to diet and yet somehow not losing any weight. Perhaps you’re one of these people, and are endlessly frustrated by the way in which your training plan and apparently adjusted eating habits just never seem to yield the results you’re looking for.
It can be depressing and exhausting to be in this position, damaging self-esteem and leaving you feeling hopeless. But what could possibly be going wrong?
In this TED talk, leading neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt tries to help you understand why so many diets fail so catastrophically. Drawing on meaningful experiences from her own struggles, Aamodt lucidly explains the hard science behind difficulties with diets.
As it turns out, neuroscientific studies can actually solve the mystery of consistent failure to effectively diet. While 8 out of 10 American girls have tried dieting by the time they’re just 10 years old, the truth is that the typical approach to dieting simply doesn’t work.
What’s more, it can be outright harmful to diet, causing more damage to your mind and body than you’ve ever realized.
After watching, Aamodt’s talk, you’ll be better placed to live a happier, healthier life—one that promotes a body you love, but takes you away from that all-consuming obsession with the diet.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t ever felt the need to diet, this video will enhance your empathy for those who have, helping you to provide more meaningful support for friends and family.