Lucia Hawley explains what the anti-diet is and how to use it for weight loss

105- Weight Loss and the Anti-Diet Culture with Lucia Hawley

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

April 16, 2020

Did you know it is estimated that the average person will try over 100 diets in their lifetime? With so many attempts at dieting, you would think we'd have our nutrition figured out.

So why is it that we don't figure it out? Obviously people recognize that diet is important if they keep trying to change, but the diets just aren't sticking.

This is because what typically isn't changed is the habits around food in general, and our recognition of how our body feels.

What Is Anti-Diet Culture?

With so many people trying (and failing) on diets, at some point we had to take a look at what else could be impacting results with food.

This is where the anti-diet culture was born. It isn't a culture that is against dieting in general, it instead focuses on behavior changes to go along with food changes.

So what does that look like? For instance, if you notice that after work you eat a ton of food on the drive home, then you can look at the reasons leading to the binging of food. It could be stress related, or maybe you have made it too easy to access food in your car.

You take the factors leading to the choices of eating, and you look at how to optimize and change it to benefit your goals!

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How does our diets influence our mental health
  • The problems with all these 30 day diet challenges
  • Ways to use anti-diet culture to focus on behavioral changes
  • Common habits preventing people from losing weight


  • [2:00] Lucia Hawley has a focus on nutrition and clinical mental health
  • [5:00] 2 weeks after going gluten-free, her panic attacks had stopped
  • [6:15] Lucia had lost 80lbs as a teenager, who made the decision to go on a diet
  • [8:15] When trying to lose weight, is the number on the scale the most important
  • [12:00] So many diet challenges are usually for a short duration, which is creating a foundation in our brain that diets are for a short term
  • [14:00] Most people get trapped in a cycle of yo-yo dieting
  • [15:45] What are anti-diet and pro-diet cultures
  • [21:00] We always want to be different than what we currently are
  • [22:00] What are some of the common habits stopping people from losing weight
  • [25:45] How can you tell stress is too much for you
  • [28:00] What are some steps to change habits around food starting today
  • [30:30] Lucia provides a map on how to reach your goals through habit changes
  • [33:15] One of the points is to teach people about themselves so they can be comfortable in their own body

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

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Lucia Hawley explains what the anti-diet is and how to use it for weight loss

Lucia Hawley explains what the anti-diet is and how to use it for weight loss

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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