Achieving and maintaining weight goals can be a common source of anxiety for women (and men), especially after the age of 50 when it is often said that losing weight becomes more difficult. In this interview with scientist Ruben Meerman, Deborah poses the question – “Is it more challenging for women to lose weight?”
While Ruben cannot speak to anyone else’s appetite or life circumstances, he approaches the answer from a scientific standpoint of “energy in and energy out”.
Ruben believes that while it might be difficult to change patterns of behaviour, he cannot find a scientific reason why weight loss would be different for men and women.
“I’m not a weight loss guru and I’m not trying to be,” said Ruben. “I can just tell you how the atoms get in and out of your body,” he said.
“(It’s) learning to say no, and keeping treats as treats,” said Ruben.
Ruben Meerman is a physicist known to a generation of Aussie kids as the ABC’s “surfing scientist”. Ruben launched the “surfing scientist” school program on the Gold Coast in 1997 with support from Griffith University’s School of Environmental Science where he enrolled for a Ph.D. He has been visiting schools as the “surfing scientist” ever since. He has also presented on Catalyst, Rollercoaster and Sleek Greeks with Dr Karl Kruszelniki and Adam Spencer and became the first ever resident scientist on Play School.
Ruben’s curiosity turned to the science of weight loss in 2013 after losing a few kilogrammes of his own. His findings and novel calculations revealing the precise fate of fat were published in The British Medical Journal in December 2014. His new mission in life is to rid the world of diet myths and weight loss nonsense.