Each pound goes through the mouth. That stuck conviction is in all of us. And do you want to lose weight? Then you have to sweat in the gym, dieting and starving. Stop! The figures show that nearly one hundred out of a hundred attempts to lose weight fail. Doctor William Cortvriendt even calls it a medical mistake. How about it?
Slimming is a medical failure
Losing weight is a verb. So losing weight is the same as ‘work at the store’ for many people: you have to eat less, exercise more and you have to stick to it. But is that so? Is the method ‘less-eat-more-exercise-just-persevere’ a successful formula to that thin version of yourself? No! Doctor and author William Cortvriendt even calls it a medical mistake that more and more people get a weight loss advice.
‘Diet gurus and sellers of dietetic products have been telling us for decades about the causes of obesity and how we can lose weight. Even official health authorities, doctors and dietitians are guilty of this. Their advice ‘more exercise and less eating ‘ fails in almost one hundred percent of the cases. It is the biggest medical mistake ever ‘, says physician William Cortvriendt in his book’ Lighter ‘.
A diet is always a failure
The method ‘less-eat-more-exercise-just-persevere’ has a success rate of not much more than zero percent, says Cortvriendt. “From meta-research, which consists of eighty individual studies with a total of 26,500 participants, it appears that two years more exercise gives you an average weight loss of one percent. So you go from 100 to 99 kilos. So despite the fact that more exercise is incredibly healthy, this does not work to get a normal weight back. “And eating less (because every pound goes through the mouth …), does not work either. “Eating less for four years, ultimately yields only three percent of weight loss. In addition, only ten percent of people who try to lose weight due to less food, that lasts for one year. ”
Finally, Cortvriendt shares the final blow: research shows that eating less in the long term always leads to yo-yos. “Your weight comes back quickly and rises above your starting weight. In other words: from eating less, you always go yo-yo and eventually you get fatter! ”
More than half of the Dutch population is overweight
As a doctor, he draws the emergency bell rightly. Being overweight is alarming from a health perspective. More than half of adult Dutch people are overweight. Their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer is therefore greater. This is also the case in the NHG standard, the manual that every GP uses to treat patients. ‘Adults with obesity have a reduced life expectancy and an increased risk of illness’, it says. The preferred treatment is: ‘adaptation of the diet, physical activity and psychological support’. Finally, there is something shocking: ‘A normal weight as the final goal is not feasible in most adults.’ Curt friend:
Should doctors play a different role in this slim issue? Because now it is mainly the Weight Watchers and the Fit plaza’s that spinning our slim desire. Cortvriendt: “I do my best. But indeed, all sorts of quacks now earn good money from people who are too fat.