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Bachelor Helena Sauzier’s health brand apologises for diet advice

Our apology:  

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all of the people that we have offended or misled with our posts – in particular the one about snacking. We were wrong to post this, as we did not explain the context of this comment, nor how we approach the weight loss journey – in turn, the post has come across completely the wrong way.

We have been helping people on their weight loss journeys for more than 10 years. One thing we encounter commonly is that many of our clients are not eating too much as well as exercising regularly, but they cannot achieve, nor maintain weight loss. 

One thing we find that they have in common is snacking throughout the day. At work and at home. We promote no particular diet, but we do encourage three healthy and nutritionally balanced meals each day. This does not apply to children. We do work with mothers who plan their children’s lunchboxes and our approach is different. 

We do not manage clients with eating disorders unless they are referred by their treating practitioners. 

Many of our clients are now eating more than before, but they lose weight and have more energy. Their pathology results also improve dramatically. We assist them on this journey to making lasting changes in their lives. 

The route is unique to each individual and obstacles can be met along the way. We include many aspects of health and wellness, not just diet. 

We are passionate about the results our clients achieve and the positive impact it has on them. 

We were hoping that by using this platform we would have been able to reach out and help others too, but we now realise that the outcome is very different to what we anticipated. 

We accept that we have made errors with our choice of wording very early on and apologise for this once again. We will remove this post and take some time to reconsider our position.

This delayed apology was due to completely unforeseen circumstances. Please respect that we are utterly heartbroken and distraught by how this has turned out and need some time to process it all.

The evidence behind our approach:

We have been criticised heavily for not supplying references, and we can accept this, but we do not believe that this is a practical approach for Instagram – one short post could require pages of references to be attached. 

We also didn’t expect this kind of backlash with regards to evidence, as the science of fasting is something that is internationally renowned.

There is an enormous amount of evidence for fasting, and the evidence is also clear for short-term fasting (as we advocate to our clients) – which is allowing 4-6 hours of fasting in-between meals and trying to eat all meals within a 12-hour period. 

For those who are interested, please see the following references (and please note that this is just a snippet of the science that’s out there which supports our approach):

Dr Michael Mosley: numerous easy to read books that are well-referenced – EG: The Fast 800 and The Blood Sugar Diet.

Professor Satchin Panda: Time-Restricted Eating for Modern Disease Mitigation – this is very recent research where Professor Panda discusses the power of time-restricted feeding.

Dr Nasha Winters: The Metabolic Approach to Cancer – this book is very recent and well-referenced, with numerous articles on fasting.

Please also read articles on the Migrating Motor Complex – these are the waves of electrical activity that sweep through the intestine every 45-180 minutes in-between meals. It cannot function during the feeding phase. This is incredibly important for the gut to function in a healthy manner. It can be read on Wikipedia.

Over the past 10 years, we have attended numerous conferences and seminars on obesity, diabetes, mental health and other topics related to improving general health. These have been national and international events with renowned experts from all over the world and are attended by medical practitioners (general practitioners and specialists, nutritionists, diabetes educators, physiotherapists – to name a few).

We live in a world where we have so many options, especially when it comes to weight loss. We also don’t agree with a lot of other people’s approaches, but we accept that this is their opinion and, invariably, that there is some evidence to back it.

As we mentioned earlier, the weight loss journey is unique to each individual and that is why we love the health coaching approach, as it enables people to work with us and create their own journey. We learn about the science and impart this knowledge to our clients, and then we work with them to see how they can incorporate it into their unique lives.

We hope that this helps clarify our approach. We’d also like to take this time to thank those of you who supported us through this incredibly challenging time – it means so much to us.


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