Breaking The Diet Cycle with Eating Skills with Josh Hillis and Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro


In this episode, Shannon is joined by Dr Gabrielle Fundaro and Josh Hillis, creator of the GMB Fitness Eating Skills Program and author of "Lean and Strong, Eating Skills, Psychology and Workouts." Josh talks about his background as a personal trainer and soon-to-be psychologist influenced his shift from meal plans to habit-focused approaches. The three explore the concept of "skills" as a powerful alternative to tracking food choices and learn how values play a crucial role in behaviour change, sustainable eating habits and a healthier relationship with food. This episode offers practical strategies, including unhooking skills, overcoming personalisation tendencies, and obstacle planning, to help you live a fulfilling life aligned with your values. Uncover the continuum of motivation, explore reframing progress as a skill, and gain insights into Josh's future plans, such as writing on emotional eating and intuitive eating studies. Together, they challenge traditional fitness approaches and emphasise the importance of holistic well-being.

About The Guests

Josh helps people learn eating skills, beat emotional eating and get the body composition they want. He regularly features in magazines and articles such as Strength Matters and Experience Life. He is currently writing his thesis on the relationship between emotional eating and psychological flexibility. He is the creator and head coach at GMB Fitness’ Eating Skills program and is the author of Lean and Strong; Eating Skills, Psychology and Workouts


Dr. Gabbrielle Fundaro is  a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and holds a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech as well as a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. She is an ACE-certified Health Coach with both Monash Low-FODMAP and ISSN Sport Nutritionist certifications. As a board member of both the Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind (NCGM) and the Sports Nutrition Association (SNA), She collaborates with a selection of colleagues to guide discussions and change toward best practices in the online nutrition coaching industry.

This Episode Is A Must Listen For:

  • Individuals who are seeking a sustainable approach to nutrition and a healthier relationship with food.
  • Fitness enthusiasts, health coaches, and anyone interested in understanding the power of values-driven behaviour change. 
  • Those who have experienced multiple diet failures and are looking for alternative solutions.
  • Anyone interested in exploring the holistic aspects of well-being and shifting away from external measures of success

Key takeaways:

  • Moving away from rigid meal plans and diets and focus on developing sustainable habits and skills for long-term behaviour change.
  • Aligning eating behaviours and skills with personal values is crucial for meaningful and purposeful behaviour change.
  • Practising unhooking skills can help navigate obstacles that divert from values, fostering self-compassion and learning from mistakes.
  • View progress as a skill that requires practice and learning from mistakes, promoting self-compassion and realistic expectations.
  • Emphasise holistic well-being, encompassing physical, psychological, and social aspects, and consider marketing shifts to reach individuals seeking alternative, values-based solutions.

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