When it comes to pursuing our health goals, often we want the success without doing the work. We want to lose weight, have a normal BMI and an A1c under 5.6, but we also want the chocolate cake. These competing desires regularly cause us to look for workarounds – a way around the rule. For example, we may use artificial sweeteners in an attempt to avoid sugar. The problem is, this workaround is still causing us to crave the sweet taste. Or, perhaps we overeat chicken, almonds or fruit in an attempt to avoid eating desert. Ultimately, workarounds are a way to avoid doing the hard work of critically evaluating our thoughts and understanding why we are overeating. During this podcast, I discuss common workarounds and build a case for why doing the hard work of understanding our thoughts is so important to sustained success.