"Lose weight to improve your health" just doesn't make sense

I'm happy to announce that our April seminar was featured in a magazine in Japan today!

Read the full article on their website here.
(Note: It's in Japanese!)

I had a great time holding a discussion with Japan's well-known dietitian, Mr Hideo Makuuchi, about Australia's "obesity epidemic".

When someone (even a doctor) tells you to "lose weight to improve your health" it just doesn't make sense.

Weight-loss seeking diets will deprive you both physically and psychologically as you restrict food intake, variety and pleasure. 

You may also engage in obsessive exercise regime in order to "burn" the calories consumed. 

Your thoughts will be occupied by what you eat; what you don't eat; how much you eat; how much you don't eat; the grams of weight you lose; the grams of weight you gain; the hours of exercise you do; the hours of exercise you don't do...

There will come a time where you can't handle it anymore and "give in" to the "bad" foods.

You will feel defeated, worthless, and useless as you "don't have enough will power to sustain a weight loss diet".

Since you've broken the diet rule, you may think "I might as well eat badly for the rest of the day/week and start all over again after".

This has a name.

The Diet Cycle.

The Diet Cycle leads to weight cycling (commonly known as yo-yo-ing) which is known to have negative impact on physical and psychological health.

We don't need more weight shaming.

What we need is weight inclusivity and size acceptance.

Health can be achieved at various shapes and sizes; not just at a BMI of 18-25.

Next time you think of health, maybe you can really think about HEALTH instead of weight attached to the side.

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