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Do you want an “easy” way to lose weight? A new device has been approved in the US. It’s a kind of pacemaker with electrodes to the upper part of the stomach. It will signal that the stomach is full… and people will lose weight:
In the company’s studies subjects with the implant lost slightly more than others. Side effects may include…. nausea, vomiting, heartburn and difficulty swallowing.
Admittedly it’s great with less extreme surgical procedures against obesity than cutting away healthy organs (regular bariatric surgery). But you have to wonder if this isn’t just another desperate emergency measure, that doesn’t address the real cause of the obesity epidemic. It’s of course not caused by a lack of electrodes in our stomachs.
As an almost too good irony the CBC News video clip starts with an ad. The two I’ve seen were for “cholesterol-lowering” wheat-based cereal and over-sized McDonald’s meals.
If I ate like that perhaps I too would need stomach electrodes to maintain my weight. Perhaps one could get a pair with a future Happy Meal?
How can you recommend a sugar-laden cake to people who want to LOSE weight?
The cake is made with plenty of sugar and wheat flour.
What overweight people “treat themselves” to by following Weight Watcher’s advice is hunger and failure. I don’t think they’re worth it.
Yet another desperate weight-loss method with side effects and a questionable long-term effect: insert a balloon into the stomach.
- MailOnline: Lose weight with the…balloon diet!
- The Telegraph: New gastric weight loss balloon comes in pill form
Here’s a photo from a symposium for dietitians. It is not a joke.
This is why you can’t trust weight loss advice from a dietitian. He or she may have been trained by The Coca Cola Company. The largest professional association of dietitians in America have sold out to the junk food industry, as previously reported.
If you ask a dietitian for weight loss advice you’ll probably just be told to eat less calories. You can keep eating junk food once in a while and even drink soda, as long as you count the calories. This is exactly what the Coca Cola Company wants you to believe.
The truth is that this advice only suits masochists who enjoy being hungry forever. If you want to lose weight without hunger there is a better way to do it.
PS: There are of course plenty of smart dietitians too. The photo above is from the Facebook page of Dietitians for Professional Integrity. If you’re a dietitian and want to feel proud of your profession I recommend you support them.
Weight Watchers recently suffered a true PR diaster in Sweden. They’ve run a lot of TV commercials this year with its new spokesperson in Sweden, pop singer Shirley Clamp. This under the slogan “Weight Watchers – because it works”.
A Swedish paper revealed the truth behind the commercials. Shirley Clamp did not lose weight with Weight Watchers. Instead, from June to August 2012, she went to the exclusive private Bülow Clinic (price tag around $3200), which provides a very different method, including hormone supplements. A few weeks after her significant weight loss at the Bülow Clinic she signed a lucrative contract to become the public face of Weight Watchers.
Expressen (Swedish paper): Weight Watchers knew that Ms. Clamp had already lost weight (Google translated from Swedish)
So what does this mean? Can Weight Watchers really continue to use Ms. Clamp as its face to the public and its slogan “Because it works” when Ms. Clamp has lost weight in a very different way? It would be more than unethical.
And that’s not all. Continue Reading →
Is calorie counting an eating disorder? I think so. When I wrote it quite a few people got upset, including a reader by the name of Brittany. But she gave it some thought – and then she really got the point. In fact, she expresses it more eloquently than I ever could.
Here’s her mail: Continue Reading →
How about electricity for losing inches? Could this work even temporarily as they claim (“a few days”) or is it just a scam?
I’m unsure. What do you think?
A whole bunch of obesity experts have just published an article in The New England Journal of Medicine about myths, presumptions and facts about obesity. Surprise: I agree on all points!
Some common dietitian or Weight Watcher claims are found among the myths, i.e. things that have been proven wrong. For example myths #1-3:
- Myth #1: Small changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large, long-term weight changes. WRONG. Small changes in lifestyle will only produce small effects on weight.
- Myth #2: Setting realistic goals is important. WRONG. Setting ambitious goals will produce at least equally good results.
- Myth#3: An initial rapid weight loss is associated with poorer long-term results. WRONG. Rapid weight loss will produce at least equally good results.
They also debunk various presumptions that are often put forward as facts, but are lacking support, for example the following:
- Unproven presumption #1: Regularly eating breakfast is protective against obesity.
- Unproven presumption #3: Eating more fruits and vegetables will result in weight loss.
Let’s hope the myths will die out soon, especially myth #1. Advice to just choose a smaller cookie or to take the stairs instead of the elevator will not make anyone thin. Period. This has been proven wrong.
Advice on “just minor changes” will not only lead to disappointment, but will also contribute to the prejudice against people with weight problems, as the advice incorrectly makes it sound like overweight people would be thin if only they had the slightest willpower.
A lot of “experts” need to stop spreading this common prejudice-creating myth in the media.
All the myths can be read here:
- Weighty Matters: The New England Journal’s Obesity Mythbusting
- The New England Journal of Medicine: Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity
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This may be the sickest dieting device ever. Eat all you want (ice cream for example) and then empty the stomach contents into the toilet via a surgically implanted tube:
Sounds familiar? This way of making calories “disappear” is very much possible without surgery. Just put two fingers in the back of your throat and throw up. It works. It’s a severe eating disorder called bulimia. However, doctors usually try to help people with eating disorders, instead of encouraging them.
As an eating disorder this bulimia machine is obviously much worse than simple calorie counting. This is truly sick.
What do you think?
Have you seen the reports on the new “Pepsi Special”, about to go on sale in Japan? It’s marketed as a “fat blocker” and according to the TV-commercials you can now eat all the junk food you want – as long as you drink the Pepsi.
Pepsi apparently believes that Japanese consumers are gullible.
The new additive in this Pepsi is dextrin, a soluble fiber. Added fiber in soda can in the best case scenario result in marginally increased satiety (if you trust the processed food-industry’s investigations), increase bloating and slow absorption of nutrients somewhat. It’s like putting filters on cigarettes.
A fiber-Pepsi hardly protects you from obeity at McDonalds better than sprinkling some sawdust over your french fries. The difference is marginal (if it’s even noticable). Filters on cigarettes didn’t stop them from giving people lung cancer either.
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