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Weight loss expert reveals why your diet is failing — and his one key to success

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 2020-01-17 Eva Wall
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A weight loss or bariatric surgeon has revealed why people may find their diets to be unsuccessful, and outlined one guaranteed method to keep the pounds off.

Dr Andrew Jenkinson has explained that weight loss diets can fail because they do not take individual ‘weight anchors’ into account. ‘Weight anchors’ refer to the weight an individual human body naturally tends to hover around or revert to, and this figure varies from person to person.

Dr Jenkinson went on to say that calorie counting is not strictly necessary for weight loss, but that cutting down on sugar is absolutely key.

a man standing in front of a table: Dr Andrew Jenkinson, a weight loss or bariatric surgeon, has revealed why people may find their diet to be unsuccessful, and outlined one guaranteed method to keep the pounds off. Pic: ITV © Provided by Extra.ie Dr Andrew Jenkinson, a weight loss or bariatric surgeon, has revealed why people may find their diet to be unsuccessful, and outlined one guaranteed method to keep the pounds off. Pic: ITV

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Dr Jenkinson, a bariatric surgeon at University College London, asserted that people can lose weight and maintain their weight loss through an awareness of their own individual weight anchor.

The weight loss theory devised by Dr Jenkinson involves lowering the body’s insulin levels by cutting intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates. The surgeon also said those trying to lose weight should eat healthy meals twice or three times a day and avoid snacking and conventional ‘dieting’.

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Dr Jenkinson came up with his weight loss method after talking to patients who were struggling to make progress or keep the pounds off.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, he said: ‘There is emerging evidence that everyone has their own individual weight setting, so this is your own natural weight and it acts like a weight anchor so you can drift up and down a little bit.

‘You tend to be anchored to that weight, which is okay if it’s in the normal weight range, but if you’re in the overweight range, it can be a problem. The further you try to diet yourself away from that weight anchor, the more difficult it gets.’

a group of items on a table: Dr Andrew Jenkinson has explained that weight loss diets can fail because they do not take individual ‘weight anchors’ into account. ‘Weight anchors’ refer to the weight an individual human body naturally tends to hover around or revert to, and this figure varies from person to person. © Provided by Extra.ie Dr Andrew Jenkinson has explained that weight loss diets can fail because they do not take individual ‘weight anchors’ into account. ‘Weight anchors’ refer to the weight an individual human body naturally tends to hover around or revert to, and this figure varies from person to person.

He continued: ‘It’s a little bit like if you could imagine being tied by an elasticated rope to a weight anchor – the further you get away, the stronger the pull back and our metabolism and the way our body works pulls us back to this particular weight’.

Outlining his wight loss method, which he describes as being more of a lifestyle change than a diet as such, Dr Jenkinson added: ‘Your weight setting is determined by your genetics which you can’t change but it’s also determined by your internal hormones – insulin and cortisol and various other things.

Eamonn Holmes et al. standing in front of a window: Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Dr Jenkinson said: ‘There is emerging evidence that everyone has their own individual weight setting, so this is your own natural weight and it acts like a weight anchor so you can drift up and down a little bit.’ Pic: ITV © Provided by Extra.ie Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Dr Jenkinson said: ‘There is emerging evidence that everyone has their own individual weight setting, so this is your own natural weight and it acts like a weight anchor so you can drift up and down a little bit.’ Pic: ITV

These are triggered by the sort of foods we eat. It has the same effect as a drug so if I treated you both with insulin or steroids, your weight setting would go even higher. If I took those steroids away, the weight setting would go down. The environment has the same effect. It almost acts like a proxy drug causing increase in insulin.’

Saying that diets are fine so long as they implement long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term calorie deficits, Dr Jenkinson added: ‘It’s not about calories. it’s about the type of food and the stress environment.

Saying that diets are fine so long as they implement long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term calorie deficits, Dr Jenkinson added: ‘It’s not about calories. it’s about the type of food and the stress environment. ‘ © Provided by Extra.ie Saying that diets are fine so long as they implement long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term calorie deficits, Dr Jenkinson added: ‘It’s not about calories. it’s about the type of food and the stress environment. ‘

‘In the long term, your body is in control. Your body’s metabolism – the energy it burns – it preserves a lot of energy to get you back up to your weight setting and that weight anchor.

‘So in order to change your weight anchor, as far as the food you eat, decrease your insulin level by decreasing sugar and refined carbohydrates, eating really good food, two or three meals

a day and not snacking.’

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