Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

dumb2dumber2dumberer

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This trainer’s ridiculous self-promotion plan has really gotten under my skin. The premise of what he’s doing is to gain about 60 pounds over six months and then show people how easy it is to lose weight by losing all the extra weight over the next six months. As far as self-promotion goes, it’s a grand idea, he’s gotten publicity all over the world. As a responsible health professional it’s a terrible proposition. This man is just perpetuating the (false) notion that being overweight or obese is the result of a lack of self-control and that it’s an individual problem, easily solved by following his exercise and nutrition plan for a mere half-year. And voila, you’re “cured.” Obesity is an incredibly complex condition and is much more a result of the environment than of “personal failing.” I think that his simplistic view of weight loss is offensive to people who have struggled with obesity for years.

I also take issue with the advertisements on his blog. How can someone purporting to promote healthy weight loss permit ads for rapid weight loss products and programs to be plastered all over his webpage?

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

5 thoughts on “dumb2dumber2dumberer

  1. Good call on this guy Di!.
    In addition to all the faults with this concept, isn’t recently added fat lot easier to lose than old fat?

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    • Thanks Dan.
      To answer your question as simply as possible, yes. Not that it’s ever easy to lose excess weight. Our bodies are programmed to want to keep those extra pounds and once you have those fat cells they are there for good. You can shrink them but they really want to be full. Also, the longer that you’re at any weight the more likely that your body is going to accept it as it’s “set-point” and make every effort to keep you there.

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  2. Does the adult body create more fat cells, or just expand the ones that are already there?

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  3. It was commonly believed that adults cannot increase the number of fat cells in the body. However, some research has shown that it is possible to both increase the size and number of fat cells in the adult body. Here’s a link to an article if you’re so inclined: http://www.pnas.org/content/107/42/18226

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