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Don’t Call Yourself Chubby – Adriaan Liebenberg Shares His Weight-loss Tips (Podcast)

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetAdriaan Liebenberg, neurosurgeon and author of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet, recently spoke to Yolanda Maartens on the Mommy Matters show on OFM about losing weight and keeping in off for good.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet and provides a personal and sometimes painful account of Liebenberg’s weight-loss struggle.

Liebenberg says that the photo on the cover of his book doesn’t do him justice – he gained another 30 kilograms after it was taken. “My weight was destroying my whole life,” he says.

At this point Liebenberg decided to make a change. He says that the first step is to acknowledge that you are fat – don’t use euphemisms like chubby or pretend like you’re okay with being obese.

Listen to the podcast for more tips and guidelines on losing weight:

In the second part of the podcast the doctor explains why fad diets are so popular: “The problem is that fat people are easy targets and it’s very easy to make money out of them because they’re desperate.” He says that “as a former fat person” he takes exception to this behaviour and argues that people need to protect each other.

Liebenberg also explains the coping mechanisms employed by people who are overweight, for example making fun of themselves or pretending to be happy – acting like a clown or a politician.

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