4 Netflix Documentaries to Watch When You Fail at Your Diet

It’s June 3rd and I’ve already failed at my “diet”.
(Happy National Donut Day…)

I told myself that June was the month to do my second round of “Whole 30” and really focus on a diet of clean eating, health, and fitness.

Then I “accidentally” ate a blueberry muffin and ice cream for breakfast and it was all downhill from there.

I hate the word “diet” because it says that one is only eating well for a period of time. I really do want to make a lifestyle change for myself and to be a positive role model for my baby girl. The first step in doing so is to alter my diet or my eating habits. I already eat pretty decent but I know that I can make better choices. I did my first round of the Whole 30 in February 2016. It was extremely difficult (so many birthdays and Valentine’s Day) but it was extremely rewarding in the end. I felt amazing, physically and mentally. I also felt incredibly strong willed for being able to say “no” to so many temptations. There are aspects of the Whole 30 that really inspired a change in my eating habits but there are also parts that I don’t necessarily agree with for a long term lifestyle change. Regardless, consuming whole foods for 30 consecutive days is a fantastic way to reconfigure your body’s response to foods.

In the middle of my February Whole 30, I watched a few documentaries on Netflix which completely motivated me to stay the course. I felt like giving up a number of times but these movies reminded me of why I needed to change my ways.

1. Supersize Me (2004)

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This one is a no-brainer. I feel like it’s one of the first health docs that got people thinking about their eating habits. Unfortunately, it put McDonald’s in a negative light when in actuality, most fast food places are sort of grimy. One incredible outcome is that McDonald’s and other fast food places seemed to become more mindful of their foods and created “healthier” options. They also started to display the caloric content or their meals. Lastly, Morgan Spurlock is BAE. I will watch anything starring this man- I have all the heart eyes for him.

The main focus/takeaway from this film: learn to understand portion control and self control with foods.

2. Food, Inc. (2009)

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This film is more about ethical eating decisions. It’s sort of intense (to me at least). I was a vegetarian for about 10 years and recently stopped. This movie made me think a lot about where my food comes from and the conditions that the food is in before it hits my plate. Although it is more about the ethics in the food industry, it really made me think about the choices that I make in grocery stores.

The main focus/takeaway of this film: be more mindful of the food industry and what they’re doing to your food.

3. Fed Up (2014)

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This film made me think of my sugar addiction. I didn’t realize that I was actually addicted to sugar until I watched it and realized that on day 3 of February Whole 30, I was basically going through a withdrawal. Sugar is apparently more addictive than cocaine and is in almost everything we eat starting from infancy (formula). Holy moly… If this doesn’t motivate you to change, then I don’t know what will. The film also addresses childhood obesity which is definitely declining at the moment but it is still a very important issue in America.

The main focus/takeaway from this film: eat less sugar and know that it is addicting!

4. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)

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I don’t necessarily think juicing is a legit means of dieting but I can understand the idea behind it. This guy wants to get the fruits and veggies in and by juicing, he’s getting so many in one portion! He has tons of health issues in the beginning. Doctors tell him that he needs to control these issues by taking a cornucopia of prescription medication. Spoiler alert: he learns that a change in his diet also gives him a positive change in his health. After re-watching this, I’ve actually decided to try a juice cleanse pretty soon to see what it does for me!

The main focus/takeaway from this film: eat more greens!


I hope that these movies motivate you like they’ve motivated me! The more that you understand about the science of your food and the processes of the food industry, the more educated you are about your eating choices! I totally get indulging on sweet and savory treats every now and then. Donuts and muffins are one of my favorite reasons to wake up! At the end of the day, nothing tastes at good as being healthy feels. The absence of bloating, headaches, lethargy and fatigue is an incredible feeling!

Health Related Netflix Documentaries

 What motivates you when you feel like you’re failing at dieting or changing your eating habits? Comment below!

  • I have not watch any of this movies, but they sound pretty interesting, so i will need to check xoxo

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  • Divya Budhraja

    I should probably watch some of these documentaries. I think I need to be scared into eating correctly!

  • Robin Rue

    I am doing ok on my diet at the moment, but I want to check these out. I need to stay on track.

  • I’ve watched Fed Up, but haven’t seen the others. Thanks for the recommendations!

    P.S. I’m on my fourth round of Whole 30. I literally just posted today with my meal plan for week one. Check it out if you need some inspiration to start round two. It’s so hard to start again!

    • Your 4th whole 30?! That’s incredible! Leave me your link, I would love to check it out. I’ve actually been thinking about doing a 2nd one even though I’m pregnant. I loved the way I felt afterwards.

  • The only one I’ve heard of is Super Size Me, but I’ve never watched it. It’s too bad that eating crap is cheaper than eating healthy. We eat well at home and order out once a week, we call it our fun food Friday. 🙂

  • Anya Perry

    4 of my favorites!! As a nutrition coach I recommend them to all of my students!! Thank you for sharing – spreading knowledge about real food is so important!

  • I love supersize me. I watched it when it first came out and still remember the feeling of disgust lol

  • Theresa

    I would like to eat healthy in the New Year too. Thanks for the reminder of how important it is!

  • Katriza Luna

    I’ve watched supersize me and food inc before but haven’t checked out the other two. I will need to save this so my husband and I can check them out!

  • I liked Fed Up and Food Inc. They were both eye-opening and had lots of useful information. I will check out the others!

  • OMG! This post is meant for me! Haha! Just when I thought I would do well on my diet plans, the holidays kicked in and now I’m back to square one! I definitely need to watch one of those videos!

  • Debra Schroeder

    I loved Supersize Me. We stopped eating fast food for about a year after watching that documentary. I haven’t seen the other documentations but will add them to my list.

  • Leslie Nichole

    I have heard of some of these shows on Netflix. I haven’t seen these but I can only imagine what my food went through before being served to me. This is why I try to eat at home. Haha.

  • I saw Super Size Me when it first came out.. well.. part of it. It was a tough one to watch, lol.

  • Alexis Schroeder

    I went vegan a year ago and a huge reason of that was realizing the truth about factory farming and the harmful effects meat and dairy has on the body. Cancer also runs through the family (dad ate a lot of red meat and pretty much had steak daily) and ended up passing away at around 50 years old. I think people should really take a step back and think about what they’re putting in their mouths.

  • Jasmine Anderson

    I’ll need these in a few months when I’m trying to lose a ton of baby weight. Looks like theres some good ones in mix.

  • happy organized home

    That is a great way to approach diet failure. I watched supersize me once and pretty much cut out fast food all together because it grossed me out so bad

  • This is such a good idea! Diets are really hard but once you watch these movies you can a change on perspective!

  • My sister was watching My 600 Lb Life the other day and it motivated her to get up and go to the gym. I need more motivation myself. There is so much to get done in the day and I almost always put exercise not the back burner. :/

  • I haven’t watched 3 or 4 yet, I hadn’t even heard of them! I’m going to give them a watch.

  • Brandi Puga

    These are all great documentaries, though I feel that sticking to an extreme diet is so difficult that most people will fall off the wagon… lifestyle changes and small diet changes made at a time are often easier to manage and succeed at.

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I love Food INC! Its my favorite food documentary! I will have to check out the others.
    Jenn
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  • I haven’t seen any of these at all. I’m not big into these sorts of documentaries.

  • I think it is so important for us all to watch films like this. We consume so much everyday and never really know where our food comes from our what it does to us. Thanks for sharing these I’ll be putting them on my watchlist right away!

  • Neely

    I have seen supersize me but not the others. May check them out 🙂

  • Rachel @ Kitchen Cents

    I’ve watched all but Fed Up… maybe that’s not a good thing. lol I will definitely be checking out Fed Up though.

  • Carolyn

    I love your summarys about each film. I haven’t watch any of these but am tempted as I am sugar addict.

  • I love all of these! I also like Hungry for Change. It is amazing and scary to see how we eat in America.

  • Lauren

    I have Fed Up on my “to watch” list. This is a great post! I only got halfway through my second whole30. Watching a documentary through it is a great motivation.

  • Ashley Stephenson

    When an interesting post! I have seen supersize me and yep it made me really evaluate my diet path haha

  • The first two I’ve heard of and have been on my list for EVER – I finally need to take the plunge and watch. Especially since I’ve had pizza the last four days…womp. haha!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Jalisa Marie

    I’ve be seen supersize me but none of the others. Something I will say I’ve been looking at watching for a while.

  • Jennifer Anderson Marx

    Oh my… I should totally watch these. I’ll bet it’ll help me stick to my healthy diet! I think I have seen Super-Size Me, but it’s been a while.

  • Food Inc has been a documentary I’ve wanted to watch for a long time now. Everyone has said that it is a hard or intense documentary to watch which kind of scares me.

  • Rachel Catherine

    While I don’t think a lot of sugar or processed foods are good for you, I think these are exaggerated circumstances. While points in them can be taken as fact you can’t forget they are doing these to draw your attention to something and they are also supersizing some elements.

  • I haven’t seen any of these but they are all on my list!

  • I hate the word diet too, but I love the idea of making real lifestyle changes in my eating habits. I really want to watch the one about sugar, but I know it’s going to make me never want to eat sugar and that’s scary! Haha, I love chocolate! But I’m going to watch it this weekend so I can continue to make healthy lifestyle changes!

  • These are great choices. I never put myself on a strict diet and eat everything on a moderation. I always try to avoid sugar (when possible) and processed food. I’ll check these out next time I’m watching Netflix. Maybe they’ll motivate me as well!

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Ah, I’ve watched all of these and they definitely do help to put things back into perspective, especially when you’re not really watching what you eat. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is one of our favorites! I bought a juicer right after watching that documentary, lol!

  • Working Mom Facts

    Good idea to watch movies for health inspiration. I’ve seen Super Sized but not the others. Not sure I could get through the Food Inc one.

  • These are why we don’t eat refined sugar or corn syrup. They are so eye opening!

  • Tabitha Shakespeare

    These are all great documentaries. Definitely motivational to make a change in your eating habits!

  • Tamara Goyette

    I have only watched one of these. Time to check out the others.

  • I hate the word diet too because I feel like it sets you up for failure. It needs to be referred to as more of a lifestyle change.

  • When my clothes no longer fit right is what motivates me to start eating better. I have never seen any of these movies. Maybe I will add them to my watch list. Thanks for sharing.