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Weight Watchers Must Be Joking?

I decided to try out Weight Watchers online program and signed up today. I don’t really have any weight to lose – just wanted to see what I could learn and what their online program looks like.

I was astonished when I saw their “recipe of the day”, it’s Chocolate Cherry Cupcake Bites. Biggest ingredient? “Chocolate cake mix”. I googled that and not surprisingly the two main ingredients tend to be sugar and wheat flour.

Recipe of the day? It’s not still April 1, is it?

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Shocking New Implantable Weight-Loss Device

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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:

CBS News: FDA approves new kind of device to treat obesity

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.

mcDAs 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?

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More Disinformation from Weight Watchers

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How can you recommend a sugar-laden cake to people who want to LOSE weight?

A reader sent me a picture similar to the one above to my Swedish blog, Kostdoktorn.se. Weight Watchers is encouraging you to eat chocolate cake when you 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.

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Why You Can’t Trust the Weight Loss Advice of a Dietitian

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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.

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Is Your Dietitian Educated by The Coca Cola Company?

How American Dietitians Sold Out to Coca Cola and Pepsi

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.

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Weight Watchers Suffers PR Disaster in Sweden

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.

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Seven Myths About Obesity

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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.

Dangerous Myths

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.

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All the myths can be read here:

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More Insane Dieting: The Bulimia Machine

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:

ABC News: Stomach-Pumping Machine Makes Calories Disappear

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.

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