In the wake of any reality television finale, it’s not unusual to see contestants leverage their new-found fame to promote a new business venture.
But this week, there’s one venture in particular that’s been raising eyebrows, with some critics arguing that it’s peddling “dangerous” health advice.
The company currently operates via an Instagram account, and describes itself as: “One doctor. Two health coaches. Offering one-on-one coaching sessions. Weight loss. Healthy eating. Movement. Mindfulness. Well-being.”
In posts on the account, The Weight Loss Trilogy offers advice to that effect. Including one tip that’s been broadly slammed by followers and criticised by a number of professionals in the nutrition and mental health industries.
Alongside a cartoon that reads, “The perfect snack does not exist”, the company has penned a caption in which it “highly” discourages people from snacking between meals.
“The body needs to devote a certain amount of time to repair and maintenance. Critically, this cannot take place whilst you are also digesting food,” the post reads.
“Snacking also prevents ketosis (i.e., fat burning).”
The company advises followers to instead “have a glass of water/cup of herbal tea”, “go for a walk, phone a friend, read a book”, or simply “Surf the ‘hunger wave’… it will pass”.
Another post suggests not drinking coffee between meals, unless it’s black coffee, or at least reducing the amount of milk you add.
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One of the most common questions we’ve been asked… Alas, there is no such thing as the perfect snack ???? We highly discourage snacking as it is very important to allow your body to rest and repair itself in-between meal times. The body needs to devote a certain amount of time to repair and maintenance. Critically, this cannot take place whilst you are also digesting food. It’s like expecting a mechanic to repair your car whilst you are still driving it. The first thing the body needs to do is clear out old and damaged cells – only then can it get on with building new cells. All of this only takes place several hours after you stop eating. Snacking also prevents ketosis (i.e., fat burning). Instead of snacking, why not: ???? Have a glass of water/cup of herbal tea – hunger is often confused for thirst ???? Go for a walk, phone a friend, read a book – hunger is often confused for boredom ???? Surf the “hunger wave” and understand that it is absolutely okay (and healthy) to be hungry and that it will pass We do realise that this might not be what you want to hear, but it truly is one of the best pieces of advice that we can give you. Keep messaging us with your burning questions ???? incredibly excited about the amount of messages we’ve received ???? ***As we’ve mentioned, please note that we do realise that this is not a “one size fits all” approach – what works for some doesn’t necessarily work for others. And if you do have any health issues, we recommend that your local medical professional be your first point of call ????***