Episode #21: Exploring the Dark Side of Weight Loss  

Sexy By NatureMost women struggle with body image issues. At one time or another, we’ve been on the quest for achieving that ideal, perfect body to the point of rejecting the very skin we’re in. It’s as if we always want to look sexier, prettier and better, even if that means risking our health and well-being, making unnecessary sacrifices and hurting ourselves in the process.

Seeking the elusive and often unrealistic image of a picture-perfect body can lead you to the dark side of weight loss. You can get caught up in a negative mental cycle that can impact your quality of life. But the good news is you can turn things around and find a way that will help you achieve a fitter, radiantly healthier body that you deserve.

Our guest, Stefani Ruper, shares the story of how her misinformed mindset and body-image issues in the past led to some of the worst effects of too much weight loss and eating restrictions. By having the willpower to take a leap of faith and make radical changes on how she views her body and the culture we live in, she was able to overcome these issues and is now helping others do the same.

Stefani Ruper is a successful Ivy League chemist, an international go-go dancer and a popular eating disorder counselor. Author of the book Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Lifelong Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence and the inspiring woman behind Paleo for Women blog and podcast Live. Love. Eat, Stefani is reaching out to men and women and helping them become healthier and, of course, sexier by nature. She graduated from Dartmouth College and Boston University is now taking up a Ph.D. in philosophy.

Let’s get to know more about Stefani and her fitness success story:

  • The dark side of weight loss and what it’s like to be there
  • Why you need to know your real fitness needs
  • Learning about health problems that can come with weight loss
  • Viewing food as the enemy? You can’t if you want to live.
  • The scary side effects of using pharmaceutical solutions for a lifestyle or mindset problem
  • Realizing that there is no outside solution to your problem
  • How to bring permanent changes instead of looking for the fast, easy fix
  • Deconstruct where all your behaviors come from. Why are you doing this?
  • Breaking the ridiculous one-standard beauty ideal
  • The key to valuing yourself: overcome your fear of other people
  • Caught up in the endless cycle of being a permanent weight-loss industry customer
  • How to stop overeating: stop restricting first.
  • Do not beat yourself up for your food choices
  • What you really need (hint: not the perfect body)

Tweetables:

Stay away from the dark side of weight loss. [Click to tweet]
Food is not your enemy. [Click to tweet]
Don’t get distracted from reality. [Click to tweet]
Stop overeating when you stop restricting. [Click to tweet]
Health is a means to an end. [Click to tweet]

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