Produced by Michal Siewierski, the movie has been billed as ‘the film the weight loss industry doesn’t want you to see’ – and is a disruptive project about diet and weight loss.
The movie, which was part crowdfunded, follows Siewierski on his journey into the controversial world of weight loss and diet, as he uncovers shocking facts and confronts common misconceptions.
The Yoyo Effect aims to present its audience with science-based information from world class experts on nutrition such as Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard.
Talking to Plant Based News, Siewierski said he wants to raise awareness of America’s biggest pandemic – obesity.
He says: “I felt it was time to make a film that focused exclusively on weight loss, to help bring information to the public that can help them achieve their goals in a healthy long term sustainable way.
“And I wanted to do all that in a film that has great entertainment value and is fun to watch. At the same time, the film also tackles the food and weight loss industries, and exposes several shocking facts that most of the general public is not aware of.”
He adds: “It also shows several new disruptive ideas from scientists and health experts from around the world, who are revolutionizing the way we think about weight loss.”
Siewierski goes on to mention that The Yoyo Effect will be distinguishing itself from other health movies by not focusing on single reductionist approaches to weight loss.
The highly acclaimed filmmaker also stresses that our current society is plagued with misconceptions when it comes to dieting.
“The misinformation and confusion in the weight loss world is pervasive,” Siewierski says.
“A huge 70 percent of the US population is either overweight or obese, and a big chunk of that population is desperately trying to lose weight.”
He says: “It saddens me to see so many people trying all these yoyo diets and programs, that are ineffective at best in the long run, and can be potentially dangerous.
“People are buying into fad diets, such as ketogenic and paleo approaches, doing insane things such as putting butter in their coffee to lose weight or eating copious amounts of fat, drinking bone broth protein shakes, consuming insect butt protein powders – I mean it’s borderline ridiculous.”
Although the documentary will advocate a plant-based diet, Siewierski mentioned that his new project will also explore the downsides of vegan junk food.
“I believe that a whole food plant-based diet is at the core of what is needed to achieve healthy sustainable weight loss and improved health,” he emphasizes.
“But the film goes a step further and also tackles several misconceptions that are often seen in the plant-based world. With the increase of processed vegan food options, we are seeing a growing number of vegans having a hard time losing weight.
“I believe we should strive to align our ethical and environmental goals with our health goals, only then we can really yield and enjoy all the benefits of this wonderful lifestyle and help inspire others along the way.”
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