How to stick to your diet [Podcast]

In this episode of Metflix & Chill, Rachel Gregory interviewed me on the psychology of diet adherence. We go into lots of practical advice and useful theoretical frameworks to know to help you stick to your diet.



  • [3:30] The Science of Self Control
  • [6:00] Question: How can “empty rewards” help us stick to our diet?
  • [9:30] Question: Can you speak to the research out there on artificial sweeteners? Are they bad for you? Do they cause gut issues, etc.?
  • [16:00] Are artificial sweeteners bad for your gut bacteria? Is Aspartame safe?
  • [17:00] Question: Question: Can you talk about taking work breaks across the day for diet adherence?
  • [20:00] Question: Can you talk about the difference between rigid diet control versus flexible diet control?
  • [23:00] “Dieting is a skill that you need to learn. Everyone needs a lot of experience doing it, especially when it comes to traveling, social eating events, peer pressure. Just having a good diet at home is one thing, but it takes a lot of skill to master it as a whole lifestyle.” 
  • [25:00] Protein Sparing Modified Fasts (PSMF) | Robert Sikes & Rachel Gregory
  • [26:00] Question: Can you explain what the forbidden fruit effect is?
  • [45:30] Question: What is your opinion/perspective on low carb vs. low-fat diets?
  • [51:30] Question: In terms of fat intake, what would your general guideline be for the minimum amount of fat that you recommend for clients?


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If you liked this podcast, you’ll probably like my book: The Science of Self-control: 53 tips to stick to your diet, be more productive and excel in life. It’s available as an audiobook as well.


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About the author

Menno Henselmans

Formerly a business consultant, I've traded my company car to follow my passion in strength training. I'm now an online physique coach, scientist and international public speaker with the mission to help serious trainees master their physique.

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