At a time when many of us are resolving to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight, Jason Lillis, Ph.D. offers a fresh and evidence-based perspective on what has been a lifelong struggle for many. In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. Lillis on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for weight management. Dr. Lillis discusses his own values-based reasons for studying obesity, why the “weight loss agenda” may be an ineffective trap, and how values can support long-term commitment to health behaviors. Dr. Lillis also shares two experiential exercises that you can do at home to increase body appreciation and values-directed behaviors.
Jason Lillis is an assistant professor at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at Brown Medical School and the Miriam Hospital. He is a leading ACT researcher who is currently running NIH grants aimed at developing and testing ACT methods for health behavior change, with a specific focus on weight control and physical activity. He is the author of 3 books: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, The Diet Trap, and Mindfulness and Acceptance for Treating Eating Disorders and Weight Concerns, and is an editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.