Rank #1: Why Are We Changing Our Bodies For A Wedding?
Aleen and Sami are back to talk about getting your body ready for an upcoming wedding. They begin by discussing the biggest mistake Aleen made pre-wedding and the problems with extreme dieting. Plus, she tells us how her routine has changed since getting married. At 25:30 Sami tells us what she has done so far to prepare for her wedding, and admits to being conflicted over changing your body just to fit in a dress. At 53:00 they answer the DST listeners’ most pressing questions about weight and weddings. They tell us what you should and shouldn’t do in the weeks leading up to the big day. At 1:00:40 they share their favorite non-invasive procedures, then close out the show with a wedding-themed Would You Rather game and a listener Non Scale Win.
Oct 27 2019
Rank #2: Weight And Health Are Not The Same Thing Ft. Lisa Hayim
Sami and Aleen are joined by registered dietician Lisa Hayim aka @TheWellNecessities to talk about how to listen to your body and rethink the way weight and health are tied together. They start the show with a conversation about the gray area of disordered eating, including how Lisa overcame her own food struggles. They share tools to listen to your body and explain the difference between inner noise and outer noise. Next, they discuss the best way to spot a diet in disguise and discuss the potential pitfalls of relying on a one-size-fits-all solution. Plus, they explore the concept of “thin privilege” and how common it is to fail to recognize the weight struggles of others. A listener writes in to ask about portion control when you’re recovering from an eating disorder. Finally, they finish the show with The Weirdest Thing I Do and a listener Non Scale Win.
Jan 26 2020
Rank #3: You Can Decide To Have Confidence Ft. Claudia Oshry
Sami and Aleen are back. They open the show with a tip of the hat to world mental health day, a day in which celebrities took social media to confess their struggles with mental health and raise awareness. They try to match the celebrity with their anonymous mental health related post. At 22:00 they discuss how big of an impact social media has on women’s anxiety to be perfect. Sami thinks we’ll never actually know for sure how bad the psychological damage is because “big social media” will never allow us to know. At 30:00 they’re joined by Claudia Oshry who informs them that diet is now a trigger word. At 34:30 Claudia explains that she was sent to weight loss camp when she was a child. At 43:20 Claudia explains how she became the girl with no job. At 52:30 Claudia explains how she deals with Instagram trolls and haters. At 58:15 Claudia explains where she gets her confidence from.
Oct 21 2018
Rank #4: Stop Putting The Pizza on The Pedestal Ft. Katie Sturino
Aleen and Sami generally discuss how they feel about their own bodies. Get excited as they read and refute an extremely negative review that accuses them of being suckers for the diet industry. After, they take a letter from a listener who visited Italy, and post-facial receives a negative comment about her body she can’t seem to shake off. They move onto a general discussion about obsessing over food and one’s body. Are you doing yourself any favors by still talking and thinking about it? Maybe stop putting the pizza on the pedestal. At 27:09, they are joined by Katie Sturino, founder of Megababe Beauty and The 12ish Style. They talk about body acceptance, body shaming, and how people of all sizes deal with these issues.
May 06 2018
Rank #5: The Scale Doesn’t Have The Answers You’re Looking For Ft. Jordan Syatt
Sami and Aleen are joined by celebrity trainer Jordan Syatt to talk about the right and wrong ways to approach weight loss. They start with an exciting announcement about Jordan and the DST Live Show, then launch into a conversation about how not every workout is going to be a great one and why. They talk about Jordan’s 10,000 calorie challenge and how the scale doesn’t reflect weight loss as accurately as people think in the short term. At 16:00 they explain the importance of understanding what calories are. What’s the difference between health and weight? At 44:00 they revisit the “smash the wellness industry” conversation from last week’s episode. Why does bad advice seem to get more likes on social media than good advice? They finish the show with a conversation about different body types and why we need to stop comparing ourselves to one another. And don’t miss out, Sami & Aleen are hosting their first ever Diet Starts Tomorrow LIVE Show! Purchase your tickets to the NYC show now by going to: betches.co/dstlive
Jun 23 2019
Rank #6: How Do You Really Burn Fat? Ft. Matt Sauerhoff
Aleen is joined by Matt Sauerhoff, CEO and founder of The LIV Method, and Aleen’s personal trainer. They start off with a conversation about this method of training and reveal why it’s Aleen’s favorite way to work out. At 4:13 they discuss the benefits of cardio vs weight training and explain how the LIV Method helps each client reach their #goals. Then they bust the myth that lifting makes you bigger (hint: it can actually make you leaner). At 16:30 Matt tells us exactly how to lose weight in a healthy way and shares the way to design a program for each client. At 30:41 Matt explains the different types of cardio, including the right and wrong way to do it effectively. They finish the show with a series of listener questions, including one about how he started the LIV Method.
Jun 05 2019
Rank #7: How Do I Control My Late Night Cravings? Ft. Dr. Robert Pampin
Sami and Aleen return despite having a jam packed week of apartment moving and meetings. They start by talking about late night eating and how they both scratch their late night itch as a way to soothe themselves. At 25:35 they talk about intermittent fasting and whether or not it’s the right approach to dieting for them. At 28:40 they talk about Jay-z and Beyonce’s effort to convert their fans to veganism by giving away free concert tickets for life. At 30:50 a listener writes in wondering if she should stand up to her boss after being told she must participate in an office weight loss challenge. At 36:10 they reveal their non scale win of the week. At 49:50 they’re joined by Dr. Robert Pampin to talk about intermittent fasting, healthy lifestyle changes, and more.
Feb 03 2019
Rank #8: Is Celery Juice the Fyre Festival of Wellness?
Aleen and Sami are joined once again by DST’s resident dietician and friend of the show, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. At 5:45 they discuss how this viral celery juice trend got started. What the f*ck is a “medical medium” and why tf is he telling us to drink celery? At 20:30 they explain what orthorexia is and why it’s a huge problem. They talk about the Weight Watchers freestyle diet and Aleen shares her fear of unlimited portions. At 40:30 it’s time for “Non-Scale Wins of the Week,” a chance to brag about anything and everything that has absolutely nothing to do with numbers on a scale. At 48:45 they respond to listener questions, explaining hunger hormones and why sometimes you just can’t seem to get full. At 57:30 they conclude with a conversation about the relationship between diet, brain function and your period.
Jan 27 2019
Rank #9: Wait, I Don’t Have To Be Killing Myself At The Gym? Ft. Anne Mahlum
Aleen and Sami are back together this week and are joined by Anne Mahlum, founder and CEO of Solidcore. They start with a conversation about what makes for a good workout class, exercising in the dark, and Sami’s love for Solidcore. Then Anne shares her own story, including challenges from her childhood, turning to running as a coping mechanism, and struggling with disordered eating. Plus, she tells us how she expanded her business and overcame a difficult breakup in the process. Then they talk about Anne’s amazing marathon-running achievement, getting sidetracked by a devastating injury, and how she’s getting back to reaching her goals. Finally, they close out the show with a listener Non Scale Win and some wins of their own.
Mar 01 2020
Rank #10: How to Stop Yourself From Eating The Fridge Ft. Rumble's Noah Neiman
Sami and Aleen talk about cravings and how they're not ultimately an "all-powerful" being. They move onto whims in general and how to approach the mind-body connection to start your diet and make your habitual changes stick. One major thing to accept: there is pain on either journey, diet or none. Is there anything worse than the pain of when you know you've eaten too much? After they take letters from listeners asking how to keep themselves from eating the whole fridge AKA "savage mode" and another asking how to cut back on sugar. At 42:42, they are joined by Noah Neiman, co-founder of Rumble Boxing. He gets real and explains how to sync up your mindset, habits, and physical activity.
May 20 2018
Rank #11: Am I Eating The Wrong Foods For My Period? Ft. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman
Aleen is back with DST’s resident dietician Tracy Lockwood Beckerman to talk about her new book The Better Period Food Solution. They discuss menstrual equality, nutrition on your period, and the ways in which food choices affect our reproductive health. At 8:40 they discuss The Pink Tax and the injustice it represents. At 21:25 they talk about how little some of us know about our own bodies, hormonal imbalances, and the delicate nature of our cycle. Then at 35:45 they walk us through each phase of menstruation and describe how food cycling can change the way your body functions. Should we all be rethinking how diet affects our period? At 1:03:50 they close out the show with a conversation about getting in touch with our bodies and how we’re feeling.
Oct 20 2019
Rank #12: Do I Have A Food Addiction Or A Diet Addiction? Ft. Caroline Dooner
Sami and Aleen are joined by Caroline Dooner, author of the F*ck It Diet. They start out with a conversation about the difference between food addiction and diet addiction. Is it fair to compare food to drugs, or is our obsession with food something different? At 21:10 she tells the story of how she started doing paleo, finally quit dieting and began writing her book. They talk about the bizarre history of food companies and their goal to suppress sex. At 34:05 they discuss the origin of the F*ck It Diet and the importance of breaking your own food cycle. They also discuss the connection between suppressing emotions and the anxiety that drives us to eat. At 54:40 they talk about how to stop blaming your binges and break from the “diet starts tomorrow” pattern. They finish out the show with Caroline’s daily eating routine and her number one tip for improving your relationship with food.
Aug 18 2019
Rank #13: Should I Be Eating More Fiber? Ft. Tanya Zuckerbrot
Aleen is joined by Tanya Zuckerbrot, registered dietitian and founder of F-Factor to talk about the value of a fiber-rich diet, changing our approach to dieting, and how to maintain weight loss. They start with the origin story of F-Factor and how Tanya discovered the secret of fiber in nutrition. They walk us through the basic principles of F-Factor, discussing the challenges of sticking to a low-calorie diet. Plus, Tanya explains how you can maintain your lifestyle while on F-Factor, including drinking cocktails with dinner like everyone else. They also talk about the correct definition of the word “diet” and how that plays into restrictive food culture overall. Tanya explains the “three bite rule” to be able to indulge in just about anything, as well as misconceptions about the role of carbs in nutrition and weight loss. Next, they respond to a series of listener questions, leading to a conversation about creating a calorie deficit through addition rather than omission. Then they close out the show with some Non Scale Wins for the week.
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Jan 19 2020
Rank #14: Whole 30, But What About Day 31 Ft. Tracy Beckerman
Sami and Aleen sit down with Tracy Beckerman (@TheHappiestNutritionist) to discuss a variety of health issues and dispel dieting myths. They start talking about the terms nutritionist and dietitian and how you shouldn't just trust any random "health coach." They move on to a discussion of ketosis. Bad news: a lot of people are ruining their keto diets with one crazy night out a week. Carrots make you look tanner, but what’s more interesting is that Aleen once tried to tan under a heat lamp. They move onto exercise’s role in weight loss- as necessary as it is, it can lead to some problems on the diet side. Next up: Whole 30. But what about day 31? Sustainability and good habits are the key.
May 13 2018
Rank #15: Why Is Adulting So Challenging? Ft. Professor Scott Barry Kaufman
Aleen and Sami are back and chatting about maintaining resolution momentum after the new year begins. At 8:15 they discuss the recent viral Buzzfeed article on burnout, adulting, and the challenge of doing simple tasks. Is there anything worse than setting out to do something and then you can’t remember your password? At 26:00 a listener writes in to ask about trying to start the keto diet with her boyfriend when he refuses to actually change his eating habits. At 33:00 they start a new segment called “Non-Scale Win of the Week” followed by a Would You Rather? At 47:45 they are joined by Professor Scott Barry Kaufman of Barnard College who is an expert in the science of well-being, creativity, and self-actualization.
Jan 13 2019
Rank #16: Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Skincare Ft. Dr. Shari Marchbein
Aleen and Sami are joined by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein to talk about adult female acne, proper skincare techniques, and choosing which treatments are right for you. They start with a conversation about just how common adult female acne really is. Then she goes step by step through what your skin care routine actually should be. They each share The Weirdest Thing I Do, then talk about the ideal skin cleansing practices, including some product suggestions. Next, they talk about the value of various anti-aging products like retinoids, vitamin C serums, and hyaluronic acid. Which ones are worth splurging on and which should you buy over-the-counter? They respond to a series of listener-submitted questions, starting with one about Botox and fillers. Another listener asks how to deal with acne scars and hyperpigmentation. They also offer some tips for dealing with pimples and what to avoid when it comes to makeup. Finally, they share their Non Scale Wins of the week and respond to a listener NSW about going in for a skin checkup.
Feb 09 2020
Rank #17: These Are A Few Of Aleen And Sami's Favorite Things: Part One
Sami and Aleen are back this week for PART ONE of the favorite things episode. They start the show by telling us what it means to be “all caked out”. Is it possible to kick a dessert addiction? Then they dive into a list of audience-submitted questions about Sami and Aleen's favorite things, starting with the one thing you should splurge on for your home, and we learn how Sami made a questionable purchase of a kit of scent samples in a quest to find the "right scent" for her home. Blame it on quarantine. Next, they share the books that changed their lives, their go-to recipes, and they try and fail to get through a conversation about what they're watching without going deeper on the Sopranos than anyone asked them to. Next, they talk about what the future will be like with everyone wearing masks, what masks they're buying, and describe how they’re approaching quarantine safety precautions. Finally, they share their nighttime routines and admit to some strange tendencies.
Apr 26 2020
Rank #18: How Do I Get My Ass To The Gym? Ft. Gina DiNapoli
Sami and Aleen return for their Weds. guest episode joined by Gina DiNapoli of Jabs By Gina. Gina talks about the origin of Jabs which was inspired as a response to the overpriced gym classes in NYC. At 11:55 she explains how she got motivated to get into a healthy fitness lifestyle and why the gym, not food comes first for her. At 22:10 Gina explains the advantages of working out in the morning as opposed to waiting until the end of the day and eventually making an excuse to blow it off. At 38:40 they talk about indulging while on vacation without going overboard.
Mar 13 2019
Rank #19: If You’re Going To Get McDonalds, Walk There. Ft Jordan Syatt
Sami and Aleen return with DST fan favorite, personal trainer, and YouTuber Jordan Syatt, who just recently finished his month-long Big Mac Challenge in which he ate 1 Big Mac a day for an entire month. They talk about his decisions involving the challenge, the importance of walking as cardio, and calorie deficits. At 25:24, Jordan reveals the three big things he learned from the challenge, including the value of big-ass salads. At 39:00, they discuss the science of scale fluctuations. At 47:28, Jordan explains his theories of whooshes and spikes when it comes to your relationship with the scale.
Oct 13 2019
Rank #20: My Food Fears Are Flaring Up In Quarantine
Sami and Aleen are back to talk about all the complex emotions that have begun to flare up during quarantine, including food fears of the present and trauma from the past. They start with The Weirdest Thing I Do and a revelation about frosting. Next, they discuss the way this crisis will impact people now and in the future. Is this a turning point for the culture, or will we just go back to our old ways? Then they dive into a series of listener-submitted questions, including whether or not we should feel guilty about focusing on eating healthy and looking good when there are bigger problems in the world right now. Sami’s mom calls in with some words of encouragement, and we get an update on Sami’s derailed wedding plans. Finally, they tell us how they’re keeping busy during the lockdown (hint: it involves playing Mario Kart) and share some Non Scale Wins of the week.
Mar 29 2020