Interview with Jean-Philippe Zermati – Psychotherapist and Nutritionist – Co-founder of G.R.O.S by Rémy Dybowski Douat (LSD – France Culture)
All the studies affirm that the diets do not allow to lose weight durably; we notice losses over 2 – 3 years with, then, weight gain, and with, in 40% of cases a weight rebound. We have known all this for 60 years! So, there can no longer be any discussion of diets effectiveness in the medium and long term.
The rule in a diet is to eat less by establishing mental control; No one can hold this out over time (it’s physiologically almost impossible). How to eat less without instituting this type of control ? Fighting the urge to eat deteriorates all the brain systems that regulate the urge to eat. The more you struggle, the more the urge increases. The solution: focus on the person. What prevents to experience a pleasure able to remove this desire. Generally, it is that she is not allowed to eat what she really likes; either she was not attentive, or she could not eat it with serene pleasure (fear, guilt …). As if pleasure does not work. We can also talk about the problem of screens and distractors in our brain, the stories we can tell about the meal (Kcal, can I, is it fatty, too sweet for me …?). It captures attention in a very powerful way and prevents you from going back on eating sensations. There is a feeling of satiation only if attention is focused on eating sensations.