Dieting is a HUGE industry, and yet, 95% of diets don’t work. That’s because the diets pushed on us are often rooted in fear, guilt, and shame, masking themselves as a healthy lifestyle change that doesn’t hold up in the long term. Today’s guest Alisha Carlson found this out the hard way and set out to do better, helping women find balance while still reaching their goals. This week, episode 202 of the Positively Living Podcast is about 7 reasons diets fail and what to do instead!

Alisha Carlson is a non-diet lifestyle coach for women. She uses a holistic approach to help her clients create food and time freedom, fitness, and overall lifestyle transformation without feeling deprived or restricted around food. She teaches women how to radically love themselves, their bodies, and their lives before they ever lose a pound by healing their relationship to food, exercise, their bodies, and themselves. 

In this episode of the Positively Living Podcast, Alisha Carlson shares how even with a background in exercise science and extensive knowledge of nutrition, she fell into the appeal of diet culture herself and she gives you actionable steps to take right now to approach dieting in a healthy, sustainable way.

Alisha and I cover the following topics:

  • Defining the word ‘diet’ (how it can be used as a noun and a verb, with different implications for each).
  • 7 reasons why diets often fail. 
  • Why it’s essential to reflect on your honest intentions around dieting.
  • Steps you can take to approach diet in a realistic, healthy, and sustainable way.

For productivity and dieting alike, understanding your why will drive you forward to find the right habits and the right way to do things for YOU.

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