Masterchef is Making Us Fat

The media is sending us the message loud and clear – Australians rising obesity rates are continuing to grow despite the increasing public awareness about the risks associated with being overweight.  Why are Australians turning their backs on their health?  One reason could be due to our obsession with cooking television shows such as Masterchef.

Well-known American personal trainer, Jackie Warner, recently visited Australia and was appalled that Australians seemed so ‘uneducated’ on basic nutritional principles.  Furthermore, she blamed top-rating TV series, like Masterchef and The Biggest Loser, for promoting “unrealistic” ideas about food and fitness. 

Jackie describes Masterchef as a show about ‘irresponsible’ cooking and her point is quite valid:  most dishes prepared on Masterchef are not without fat, butter, sauces and / or sugar.  Of course, this means viewers of the popular program will be copying the recipes from the show and consuming a LOT of additional calories.

As I did not watch the Masterchef, I thought I would google some of the recipes and –OH WOW – were there some ‘heart attacks waiting to happen’.  Have a look at the ingredients in this flourless chocolate cake recipe – can you believe there is 195g butter, 300g dark chocolate and 5 eggs ALL in this one cake?  Just those three ingredients alone total 3434 calories AND 314g fat!  (my cholesterol has gone through the roof just working that out!) :  http://www.masterchef.com.au/flourless-chocolate-cake-with-morello-sour-cherries-grand-marnier-creme-fraiche-pomegranate-molasses.htm

 As for The Biggest Loser, Jackie points out while it is great to see overweight people lose weight (and it may inspire others to do so), the problem is that there is a large ratio of contestants who go on that show that regain weight after the cameras stop filming.   Jackie says this is simply because the way they achieve their amazing weight loss results are simply ‘unrealistic’.  The Biggest Loser, Jackie says, should be about showing the average person how to make lifestyle changes (without having to exercise 6-8 hours a day!) that will lead to slow, steady and sustainable weight loss.

So turn off the TV and come and see The Natural Way.  We can tell you how to lose weight, sensibly, and – watch out Masterchef – our weight loss recipes are just as tasty AND good for you!  To find out more about our weight loss program, call 1300 SLIMMER (754663) today and make a FREE appointment to find out how we can help you get back the body you want.  With summer only 12 weeks away, now is the time to get your beach body ready!

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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2 Responses to Masterchef is Making Us Fat

  1. Do true, Sue. Matt Preston is not exactly a picture of good health, and last year he was ‘banned’ from losing weight with Jenny Craig – pity, in a way, because he would have just become another of their celebrity weight loss failures, like Magda Subanski, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of pork?) and Oprah Winfrey. They all showed us so well that quick fixes and pre-packaged food don’t work long term. Healthy eating, correct food, and the help of your consultant at The Natural Way will not only enable you to lose weight, but also keep it off long term, just like Wendy Baker (Slimmer of The Year 2009): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I8B34DEYgI

  2. Tama says:

    Absolutely so correct. Inspiring people to cook rather than rely on fast foods is good; however it defeats the purpose if what you are cooking is still full of calories, fats and sugars.
    Learning to cook the healthy delicious meals would be better and having the calorie laden foods on the odd occasion keeps a good balance. Good in the majority; not so good in the minority.

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