Between fake news and the cult of thinness, it’s difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with food… Charles Brumauld, dietician-nutritionist, approaches this social problem in a fun and practical way and tries to provide original solutions.
At a time when calories are at the heart of concerns, eating disorders (EDB) continue to increase, particularly among young people. Charles Brumauld, a former nutrition journalist who became a dietitian, favors a fun approach to tackling problems related to food. In his book “The After-Sales Service of Food”, he presents an after-sales service to respond to his patients’ problems.
A lifestyle that encourages “eating poorly”
According to Charles Brumauld, our modern lifestyle makes it difficult to manage a stable weight. A sedentary lifestyle, stress and lack of sleep then have a direct impact on our physiology and thus on our weight and our satiety. In a daily life punctuated by numerous emergencies, we do not give enough time and importance to eating properly. How many eat between two meetings or while working at lunchtime in front of their computer?
And for those who would like to invest more, the proliferation of contradictory or fragmentary information can confuse the most motivated.“Nowadays, we are in a Diet Culture. It is the reign of calories and contradictory injunctions. Everyone puts their two cents in and gives their advice for maintaining good health and losing weight. Some reveal the time ideal at which we should eat, others denounce the foods to ban from our plate. Yet, few of us really seek to understand the real causes of our eating disorders” considers the dietician.
Beware of Fake news on social networks!
A collection of all the contradictions and numerous fake news, social networks are singled out by our expert: “We find content that is not very nuanced and sometimes completely false. By highlighting capsules, slimming teas or “flat stomach effect” sheaths., “some influencers convey bad information, without really understanding the harmful consequences on their community.”
Particularly exposed to social networks, more and more children and adolescents are suffering from eating disorders (TCA). “Since the Covid years, we have observed an increase in hospitalizations linked to TCA of 30 to 50% compared to previous years.” underlines Chalres Brumauld who reminds us how imperative it is not to trivialize these disorders.
Moving from theory to practical advice
But then how to lose weight without compromising your health? “You have to be in a calorie deficit“, most sports coaches and dietitians will answer. While this seems logical, putting it into practice is not easy. Between company dinners, parties and regular French traditions, staying in a calorie deficit can be difficult and restrictive on a daily basis. .
“Food is a complex subject. It is a question of education, feelings and tradition”, confides dietician Charles Brumauld. Aware that weight problems require both a psychological and practical approach, he developed food after-sales service. This psychological approach aims to understand the mechanisms at the origin of these disorders, while being respectful of each person’s needs.
In his book, Charles Brumauld mentions multiple problems such as the simple fact of eating quickly. If a person eats compulsively and very quickly, it may be because they are faced with a demanding professional activity and an organization that is difficult to manage. “Absorbed by this rhythm, this person will tend to eat quickly and release pressure while eating. Hence the fact that she doesn’t want to eat quinoa during her moment of pleasure ” he adds. By staging specific cases like this, the dietician highlights the priorities for action. In the case illustrated, the person will first have to allow themselves more time to eat more slowly and take the time to appreciate it. It will then be easier for her to intervene on her weight.
NO to diets, YES to WW!
Put an end to miracle diets!
Charles Brumauld discusses other issues such as the mental burden of organizing meals, eating according to one’s emotions, the difficulty in breaking out of diets… and a host of other subjects. “It is important to review the fundamentals of nutrition. Some people suffering from TCA tell themselves that their desire to eat is necessarily emotional. This is too simplistic, let’s remember that it is normal to be hungry, it is about ‘a physiological need’ explains the expert.
Charles Brumauld has the ambition to change people’s mentalities: “People like to read content like: how to lose weight in 4 steps. But before trying to lose weight, they should find the reason for their weight gain.. To really provide a solution to their weight problems, the dietitian believes that we should first learn the basics of a healthy and varied diet rather than offering them miracle solutions to lose weight in record time.