Medical Misinformation

I recently had a phone call from one of our excellent weight loss consultants Cynthia.  She was absolutely flabbergasted and needed to share her story with me.  A client of hers – who has lost 11kg to date – had recently visited her Doctor.  Of course, the topic of her weight loss came up during the appointment BUT this is where the story gets interesting.

The doctor asked her what she had been doing to lose weight:  she answered that she was doing The Natural Way weight loss programme and then explained a little about how the programme worked.  Of course, as soon as the doctor found out that her patient was taking The Natural Way formulations, designed to balance the body during the weight loss process, she immediately dismissed them as being totally ‘unnecessary’ for weight loss.    

Then patient was asked what she was eating:  the patient replied that she was following a Low GI eating plan.  The doctor replied, ‘What is this Low GI?’ (really!).  Of course, her patient then explained the principles of Low GI and again, was immediately chastised for eating ‘too much protein’.  The Doctor then proceeded to give her ‘professional’ advice in regard to the best diet for weight loss.  It went something along these lines:

  • Breakfast:  Toast (unlimited amounts) and jam.  Any kind of bread is fine, even WHITE
  • Lunch:  Sandwich
  • Dinner:  Rice or pasta with vegetables. 

She suggested that she should only eat 120g of protein per week – seriously!

This high-carbohydrate, low fat type of eating for weight loss belongs back in the dark ages.  Research has proven that a diet like this triggers huge insulin releases into the bloodstream, which accelerates the ‘fat storage’ process and leads to metabolic syndrome.

On the other hand, Low GI eating has been recognized as one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off:

Of course, I am not saying that all Doctors’ would offer the same advice when discussing weight loss, however, I was told that in the 7 years’ a person spends at University studying to become a Doctor, only 3 hours is devoted to nutrition.  We have been helping people lose weight for over 30 years – so who do you think you would trust to give you the best advice about weight loss?

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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3 Responses to Medical Misinformation

  1. Anne P says:

    So glad I do not visit that Doctor. Really, how could you function on that type of diet.

  2. Tama says:

    So typical I’m afraid. They veto everything that can help but Doctor’s are quite happy to hand out pills to mask symptoms and problems. Very few tell their clients to lose weight and applaud them for their results.

  3. Di says:

    I see evidence of this type of ignorance quite a lot when completing a first consultation with a prospective new client. Usually the doctors have expressed very strong concern in relation to their patient’s obesity only to prescribe a ‘chemical’ weight loss pill, causing both terribly embarrassing to quite serious side-effects. There’s no consideration of properly educating said patients – it’s pure negligence and the patient suffers as a result. Doctors, of all people, should be educated in all aspects of nutrition and be supportive of what we represent, particularly as the obesity epidemic in Australia is only set to worsen.

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