Frequently Asked Questions
The founder of MassAnon, Lenn van Niekerk Venter, started a club for the very obese in 1976. After gaining weight he tried many diets, often consulted with dieticians and also had injections administered by a doctor in Durban. His was the typical yo-yo experience, loosing and gaining weight, every time gaining more weight than what was lost.
Reaching a massive 386kg in bodyweight, he decided to communicate with people that was, as he was, morbidly obese. The club was very exclusive and admission as member was conditional. Firstly, in order to qualify as member of the club one had to weigh at least twice the accepted medical weight, based on gender, age and length. The second condition was that every member had to share his or her experience and experiments in their efforts to loose weight. Diets, the effects of diets, the successes and the effect of dietary preparations taken had to be shared.
Results were received and circulated among members and soon a data base, however primitive, but based on actual experiences started taking shape. Very early on it became evident that there was no umbrella diet that worked for everybody. So-called “accepted” diets that worked for one person simply did not have the same success when tried by somebody else. In fact, many times no success were attained at all, but resulted in dismal failure and weight was actually gained.
Many of the members had surgery – Lenn had an intestinal bypass (entero-entorostomy) operation in 1974 that had to be reversed ten years later because of major life threatening after effects. He actually picked up weight after an initial loss. He then had a stomach reduction or gastro-enterostomy, and lost weight – actually came down to 191 kg. Then started picking up weight again.
He was also the founder of Club Curamis, where the not so hefty was helped on the same basis as the first club. He then started MassAnon as a full time facility for anyone needing to lose weight.
What diet is prescribed by MassAnon?
MassAnon does not prescribe “a diet” and also does not make use of any one particular diet. There is no specific diet that works for everybody.
Rather a weekly eating program consisting of one of more plans are compiled and altered to meet each client's specific needs.
Why would the same diet or program not be suitable for all clients?
People differ very much as far as eating habits, type and grade of obesity and a great deal of health factors are concerned. Besides preferred foods, possible allergies to certain foods should also be established. Factors also to be considered are possible health risks, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or the onset of diabetes, blood clotting, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, liver disorders, particular instructions from a doctor, and many more.
Does MassAnon provide or prescribe any slimming medication such as diet pills, injections or appetite suppressants?
There is simply no magic wand to make fat disappear.
Diet pills and or syrups and even injections ARE ALWAYS accompanied with a VERY STRICT diet, and to protect whoever supplies the “medication” or “supplements”, comes with the admonition that the product will only be successful if used with a weight reducing diet.
Many of the “medication” especially appetite suppressants contains dangerous habit forming drugs, and very low calorie diets can cause irreversible damage such as multiple sclerosis, Please read the article "Doodsvonnis van 'n dieet" in Finesse of November 2006.
At MassAnon we have people suffering from MS after having had injections and been on a very strict diet.
MassAnon believes that altering or correcting the eating behavior is to be addressed and that a lifestyle eating pattern is to be learned in order to loose weight and not gain the weight lost whilst being on the slimming program.
Is MassAnon against the use of medication and should prescribed medicine be stopped while following the MassAnon slimming program?
No to both questions.
Prescribed medicine can only be stopped on the advice of a doctor, preferably the doctor that prescribed the medication in the first place. When ill, it is best to see your doctor and follow his or her advice and prescriptions. MassAnon needs to know, however, what medication you take because it may have a critical bearing what you eat. To use but one example: if you take Warfarin, you need to limit your intake of vitamin K. A slimming plan must then be developed avoiding foods that have a high vitamin K content.