Read This: An Open Apology from a Weight-Loss Consultant


I know quite a few health coaches and dieticians who will find this open apology from a former weight-loss consultant rather interesting. It’s a mea culpa, posted earlier this week, from a blogger/health coach/cookbook author named Iris Higgins, who once worked as a weight-loss consultant at an unnamed weight loss company, something like a Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, but she doesn’t specify.

The letter is aimed at Higgins’s former clients: “It’s a letter to each and every woman that I unknowingly wronged,” she writes. “My heart is beating a little bit faster as I write this, and so I know this needs to be said. … Sometimes it just takes time for me to get up the courage to say the right thing.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m sorry because I put you on a 1200 calorie diet and told you that was healthy. I’m sorry because when you were running 5x a week, I encouraged you to switch from a 1200 calorie diet to a 1500 calorie diet, instead of telling you that you should be eating a hell of a lot more than that. I’m sorry because you were breastfeeding and there’s no way eating those 1700 calories a day could have been enough for both you and your baby.

… I’m sorry because it’s only years later that I realize just how unhealthy a 1200 calorie diet was. I stayed on a 1200-1500 calorie diet for years, so I have the proof in myself. Thyroid issues, mood swings, depression, headaches…oh and gluten intolerance that seemed to “kick in” after about a month of eating the pre-packaged food. Was it a coincidence? Maybe.

… I’m sorry because every time you ate something you “shouldn’t” or ate more than you “should,” I talked about “getting back on the bandwagon.” I cringe now every time someone uses that phrase. When did the way we eat become a bandwagon? When did everyone stop eating and become professional dieters? I’m sorry because I get it now.

Read the full letter here.

Photo: Shutterstock

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • Silvia

    Personally I think people should try and achieve their weight loss goals without the use of medicine, I thought I had no choice but to try a lengthy program, popping pills etc but found out there are better options out there that help you lose weight and guide you to a healthier life style.

    The Weight Loss Formula was where I started and made me achieve my goal in the first few months (monkey back gurantee went out the window fast haha I hit the goal easy)

    Honestly people should give it a shot before going to pills / medicine. Can’t find a review anywhere on it but here http://www.moltenreviews.com

    It’s a decent book and should really be looked into