the art of emotional eating

The Art & Science of Emotional Eating with Josh Hillis

Coach & Author Josh Hillis helps people overcome emotional eating and finally lose weight.

Update – Josh’s new book is out!

Yes, we teased it in the episode, and now it’s OUT and ready to read.

Lean & Strong is available in print and ebook, and with the digital downloads included with the book, you can start immediately even if you choose the print version!

Order Lean & Strong through OTP – Support Josh and On Target Publications by buying direct.

Also available on Amazon and other retailers as it become available


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About Josh Hillis

Josh Hillis Colorado Health Coach Weight Loss

Josh Hillis is a nutrition coach who specializes in habits-based, positive changes. Lose Stubborn Fat, his popular fat-loss blog, has tens of thousands of readers, and his fat-loss and kettlebell-training books have helped people reach their personal goals for more than 10 years.

Josh helps people overcome emotional eating and finally lose weight.

Using a skill-based (not diet based) approach allows people to create a new relationship with their bodies and with food, and get results that have previously never been possible.

Josh is the author of Fat Loss Happens on Monday (2013) and the upcoming Lean and Strong (2019) and a yet-untitled emotional eating book (2020), for OnTarget Publications.

Josh has been writing his blog,, since 2004, he’s written Strength Matters Magazine, and he’s been quoted or featured in Experience Life! Magazine, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

He currently attends MSU Denver, where he is doing his thesis on contextual behavioral science and emotional eating.

Topics Discussed

Habit & Skill-Based Weight Loss

Josh, please tell us how you developed your habit-based and skill-based approach to weight loss?

Was it a personal or professional evolution or both?

Tell us a bit about the diet and nutrition environment of your childhood and how you grew up.

Blind spots

In your experience when people set off on a weight loss journey, what are some of the factors they don’t take into account or have a blind spot about?

What do you see are the main obstacles to sustained and sustainable weight loss?

How do you talk to your clients about motivation? 

People in recovery have often been so conditioned by objectification that most of their motivation comes from a place of self-rejection, trying to fix themselves, hoping they will get to a place where they look at themselves and start to deserve self-acceptance and self-love, while in the process their own motivation is flawed and leads to a dead end. Shifting this is an intricate process. How do you do that?


What, in your experience, is the environment (intrinsic and extrinsic, personal and cultural) in which emotional eating starts to occur? What are the influences? And of course, what do you find is the way through?

Health at every size

How can we model a health-at-every-size-like attitude to our children and young people who are easily influenced by media?

What metrics, other than weight, tangible and intangible, do you track with your clients?


How do you celebrate milestones? How do you meet obstacles?

The future of emotional eating

Tell us about your research in emotional eating? What are some surprises that you stumbled upon?

What inspires you now for the thesis you are working on?

Where can people find more about you?

Links and Resources

Josh’s Book – Fatloss Happens on Monday 

Fatloss Happens on Monday – Facebook Group

Josh Hillis’s site –

Roland & Galina’s free 5-Days To Feeling Lighter – Free 5-Days To Feeling Lighter

Galina’s Peace with Food – Emotional Eating 101

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3 thoughts on “The Art & Science of Emotional Eating with Josh Hillis

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  2. Julie T Pepper

    Hi Roland and Galina! Some feedback and a hopeful request: I just re-listened to this podcast and really wanted to get the “5 days to feeling lighter” program you mentioned. But, it was very hard to find on your site (not listed on the programs page) and your Home page doesn’t appear to have “Search the Site” function. So I searched blog posts. But when I did find it, the post says registration ended May 31st. 🙁 But this podcast posting is from June 28th, at least that’s what iTunes says…

    But the registration links still worked, so I went ahead and signed up anyway, and the email says it starts on Monday (no date). So WILL it start on Monday, August 12th? And if not, can I get your info anyway? Pretty please?

    Thanks so much! (I found you through Katy Bowman’s work, btw)


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