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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.
Here’s the silliest thing I heard today. Scientists are experimenting with a new “healthy” chocolate where fat is replaced with even more sugar. Great news, right?
What kind of chocolate (if any) do you eat?
Here’s another bizarre tool for losing weight: The Diet Glasses. Yes. Glasses for losing weight.
How do they work do you think? Continue Reading →
Here’s the stupidest weight loss product I’ve seen this year. It looks like infomercial junk from the fat phobic 80′s. Instead it was recently shown on the popular American health show Dr Oz – which says a lot about the quality of the advice there.
The Fat Magnet works by you first freezing your food into a block of ice (I’m not joking) after which it can remove some of the fat from the top of the ice/food. Of course some of the flavor and fat soluble vitamins disappears as well. And the food will be less satisfying, so you’ll probably eat more. Perhaps you’ll end up gaining weight.
Beside all the other reasons why this is stupid it’s also bad for the environment to throw away good food.
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