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For much of human history, we’ve turned to diets to lose weight and improve our health. But it’s mostly been in vain. No matter how much the number on the scale drops begins to go down, chances are that the weight will come back. That’s just what the science says. But when it comes to weight, the facts just don’t seem to matter. Losing It, a new series from Bloomberg’s Prognosis, looks at how we got weight loss so wrong — and whether there’s a better way forward.

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For much of human history, we’ve turned to diets to lose weight and improve our health. But it’s mostly been in vain. No matter how much the number on the scale drops begins to go down, chances are that the weight will come back. That’s just what the science says. But when it comes to weight, the facts just don’t seem to matter. Losing It, a new series from Bloomberg’s Prognosis, looks at how we got weight loss so wrong — and whether there’s a better way forward.

    Episode Seven: Gut Instinct

    Episode Seven: Gut Instinct

    If you’re like many people, there’s a good chance that your weight and calorie considerations play a big role in food decisions. Intuitive eating, an Internet-famous movement all about healing people’s relationships with food, says it shouldn’t be that way. The final episode of “Losing It” explores what it means to eat intuitively, and asks the question: Does it work? 
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    • 56 min
    Episode Six: The Truth About Health and Weight

    Episode Six: The Truth About Health and Weight

    What if the dangers of being heavy have been overstated, or misrepresented? This new episode of the podcast series “Losing It” explores the relationship between health and weight, and the argument that we focus on the scale too much and not enough on healthy behaviors.
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    • 53 min
    Episode Five: Just Don’t Call it A Diet

    Episode Five: Just Don’t Call it A Diet

    Companies like WW, formerly Weight Watchers, and Noom, which makes a popular weight-loss app, have a new pitch for would-be members: that they can lose weight with a holistic lifestyle approach instead of dieting. This new episode of podcast series “Losing It” explores why the backlash against dieting is happening, how companies are getting in on the action, and whether we're actually over dieting and losing weight. 
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    • 47 min
    Episode Four: A Weight-Loss Mecca’s Secrets

    Episode Four: A Weight-Loss Mecca’s Secrets

    We all think we know the basics of weight loss. It is all about consuming fewer calories than you burn. Eat less, move more. Calories in, calories out. But there’s much more to it than these simple equations, as a trip to the enormous Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - a hub of such research - shows. In this episode, we break down the science of why it’s so hard to lose weight, and look at what the kinds of stories heralded as a weight-loss success really look like in practice. 
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    • 53 min
    Episode Three: How to Launch a Diet Empire

    Episode Three: How to Launch a Diet Empire

    The South Beach Diet became an incredible success in the early 2000s, blowing past booksellers’ expectations, dominating the cultural moment and becoming a huge business. In the third episode of Losing It, we fly down to glamorous Miami to tell the story of the South Beach Diet and break down the formula for a hit diet. 
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    • 43 min
    Episode Two: Once Upon a Diet

    Episode Two: Once Upon a Diet

    When it comes to dieting, what’s old is new again. In the second episode of Losing we take a trip back in time through diet history — and explore why we keep falling for these absurd-sounding regimens decade after decade.  
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
783 Ratings

783 Ratings

lahCM ,

Interesting attempt at nuance

This is one of the best and most comprehensive looks at why weight loss must be individualized and nuanced. It’s also a warning call that diets that proclaim to “work for everyone” are inherently bunk. My only qualm is that when looking back at the history of society’s expectation for weight, there was a brief narrative sentence that gave me pause about flappers coming into style when women were working during WWII which was also around the time women go the right to vote. It’s the second time I’ve heard a podcast conflate the period between 1919 - 1945 as being sort of one moment in history, and it made me wonder about the veracity of the history in the entire episode. It’s possible it was simply the way it was worded, and I’ve no doubt that the history of beauty standards could likely be its own in-depth podcast, but it did plant a little red flag of doubt in my brain about how some of the science may have been summarized and presented, which is unfortunate because I think it’s likely presented very well!

Robinson862 ,

Nuanced and deeply thoughtful

The reporter did an excellent job looking at the data and letting it guide her. I thought the last episode would be anti diet and intuitive eating is the solution. But no she took a much more balanced, nuanced and frankly honest and real approach. I applaud her for not proclaiming one solution and instead giving a full picture. So. Well. Done.

FitFrequentFlyer ,

The… host…. Omg

I was excited to start this pod but I couldn’t make it more than 5 mins. The host’s loooong pauses and odd emphasis on words is unlistenable.

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