Recipe to losing weight | Anna Verhulst | TEDxMaastricht

  • Published on Oct 20, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Anna Verhulst (23) is a fifth year medical student at Maastricht University, doing her internship in Eindhoven. She has a particular interest in the fields of oncology and sports medicine, but isn’t quite sure yet what kind of doctor she wants to become when she graduates in 2016.
    Anna is a keen writer, sharing her experiences as a junior intern through columns, essays and opinion pieces. A selection of her publications can be found at In between her internships, she is also involved in a research project that explores the possibilities of exercise rehabilitation in cancer survivors.

    On stage at TEDx Maastricht 2014, Anna will share a story that she has purposely kept silent for a long time. It is a story that has nothing to do with her work as a medical student, researcher or writer. It is her personal story, for which she has finally worked up the courage to share it with the public.

    About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 593

  • peter ryder
    peter ryder Day ago

    The real problem with losing weight AND keeping it off, just like giving up any long standing way of being, is the shock that sets in when you realise just how deeply you see it as part of you. I found it bizarre and deeply unsettling as I didn't see that coming. It's almost like a grieving process.... that letting go of the old image of yourself.

  • Isabella
    Isabella 4 days ago

    Recipe ??????

  • Huseyin Dama
    Huseyin Dama 5 days ago

    The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: One third for his food, one third for his liquids, and one third for his breath

  • Eley Rome
    Eley Rome 15 days ago

    I’m thinking a bit deeper into just finding the best recipe for you as a person. I think we all need that one thing that motivates us. It’s like an upcoming event like your wedding, or summer vacation with a bunch of friends, and basically anything involving you surrounded by a bunch of people, especially the few you haven’t seen in forever. All this might push us to want to look good. There are other things that might push us to workout and live healthier but point is, everyone has different things that motivate them, but I’m sure we’re all motivated by something. In this case, she is pushed to continue her weight loss mission because she cannot let her audience down. And it’s one of the latest weight loss and fitness trends too. For example, beach body promotes their shakes and fitness lifestyle but the coach is usually an everyday person, sometimes overweight herself. But the concept is, “let’s do this together.” So basically, the coach now feels committed to losing that weight. It’s fun and while you help yourself, you’re also helping an entire community of people counting on you. 👍🥰

  • felice fiore
    felice fiore 17 days ago


  • scott williams
    scott williams 18 days ago

    Courage is what it's all about I guess. May God bless those who struggle.

  • sandra sangam torne

    It’s true so much tips available for becoming thin ,it’s ridiculous you allow speeches . Then you say they are famous if all want to become famous then their is lot of competition .individual metabolism is different , each single human being is different . Actually it’s creating lot of divide and rule of India , it’s also creating fear , sorry to say you people are wrong , I left teaching because only select few are given opportunity . I could have been a clever teacher . People understand simple things. Not examples .

  • Vikalp Gupta
    Vikalp Gupta Month ago

    9 long minutes of moral boost.

  • R g
    R g 2 months ago

    Title: recipe to lose weight
    Actual video: a car riding on a roomba

  • ikeeshealthybits
    ikeeshealthybits 2 months ago

    I need more videos like this 😍

  • Jadric Daos
    Jadric Daos 3 months ago

    This shouldn't really be in a Tedx talk

  • anna clara
    anna clara 3 months ago

    the only thing that bothered me is that she forgot the speech about how we should not be ashamed of our bodies at all. u shouldn't be thinking you are not enough because you are not thin (which is hard in our society). people don't need to lose weight to be in a ted talk, they need to be inspiring about self love and how to inovate your mind and the world aroud u. i missed that

  • Sai Chaitanya
    Sai Chaitanya 3 months ago +1

    I am Crying 😭😭

  • alejava
    alejava 3 months ago +1

    TEDx = a bunch of people with nothing to say and very desperate for an opportunity to express that

  • Numba Juan
    Numba Juan 3 months ago

    She needs about 1000 more hours of practice. Hate listening to people that sound like they are reading a prompter with a kindergarten reading level.

  • Darlene DeVegan
    Darlene DeVegan 3 months ago

    Eat real foods, don't eat animal flesh and stay away from dairy and sugar and fried foods

  • Karan Singh
    Karan Singh 4 months ago +1

    Summary: "People think losing weight is a simple problem (one of following a recipe and gaining success) but it is actually a complex problem (finding your own way, because not only is your body different, but so if your life)"

  • Due Decimal
    Due Decimal 5 months ago

    still waiting for the recipe

  • Mari Turos
    Mari Turos 5 months ago

    A fantastic speech about weight and your body.

  • David Crandall
    David Crandall 5 months ago

    Stop eating the Standard American Diet. Eat only the right stuff. Oh and intermittent fasting too. Eat in the window.

  • T Bone
    T Bone 5 months ago

    The 15 year old girl probably went on to committed suicide after the humiliation experienced when her 100KG weight got pointed out to 1.5M viewers via Tedx Talks.

  • Luis Navarro
    Luis Navarro 5 months ago

    I’m glad the lady lost weight and found confidence in her new appearance but I think most people will be annoyed that there really isn’t any advice about losing weight, it’s just a story about overcoming her fear of speaking about this as far as I can tell.

  • Jeroen SWart
    Jeroen SWart 5 months ago

    many women in the audience look like they are in pain

  • Samdol Lhamo
    Samdol Lhamo 6 months ago

    At the moment Im really trying to lose weight, I've struggled with it for the last 4 years and it hasn't worked at all, Ive been constantly gaining weight and all around me my friends and family members are losing weight and succeeding at it. I pretend to be confident and all but people don't know how one tiny comment on my weight pulls me down just like that! But I feel that I've started accepting myself and the method that worked with me isnt going on weird diets or exercising like crazy, just eat as much as you need and be an active person genuinely..go on walks,choose steps over the elevator..simple things like that. Im not promising fast results or anything but I can guarantee this if we leave the work to our body , our body will sort out things, we just have to give it the right conditions.
    Oh and Im starting a RU-clip channel next year so please check the it out if you want to hear more from me or you can contact me directly on Instagram, my username is samdollhamo
    ☁️Love ya'll and I want you to know you're not alone..just like im not, it may seem like we are but we aren't

  • Shannon Bass
    Shannon Bass 6 months ago

    and the recipe was....

  • Gabriela Bankier
    Gabriela Bankier 6 months ago

    Actually boring and not helpful

  • liam rees
    liam rees 6 months ago

    so no 'recipe'... just a 10mins ego masturbation

  • Angela Hytry
    Angela Hytry 7 months ago

    I feel baited 🤣

  • Von Musklaus
    Von Musklaus 7 months ago

    I think most everyone in the audience is as bored as I am....I want my money back. what a waste, don't watch it, your wasting your time

  • Patience Noelia
    Patience Noelia 7 months ago

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  • flower love
    flower love 7 months ago

    This is the second time I watched your video. I think you can lose your fear and enjoy happiness. You brought tears to my eyes. Always be on the lookout for things that will keep you motivated. As time passes your healthy look will sink into your brain, and the previous image of yourself will begin to disappear. You're smart, brave, beautiful inside and out, really. Your accent is delightful. I'm so glad I watched you speak, I know it will help me. PS: ignore negative comments:)

  • Ben Smith
    Ben Smith 7 months ago

    I vote for nuclear war

  • Schpankme Verimuch
    Schpankme Verimuch 7 months ago

    Come on everybody, lets all do the Standard American Diet (SAD) Cheer, and test those years of Programming.
    Give me an *[F]*
    Give me an *[A]*
    Give me an *[T]*
    What does that Spell? *[CARBS]*

  • Chuck Beickel
    Chuck Beickel 7 months ago

    weight loss, strength, endurance, @t

    EL GRINGO LOCO ! 7 months ago

    "We" were never "cavemen". Darwinism is false. Selection from existing genes does happen, but what she is referencing is a fairytale.

  • Andy_playz2003
    Andy_playz2003 8 months ago

    What a waste of my time

  • xoanwahn
    xoanwahn 8 months ago

    What she's saying is true and important, BUT the title of the video is completely (and perhaps purposely) misleading. There is wisdom here but absolutely no information. There is no recipe.

  • Ricardo Antunes
    Ricardo Antunes 9 months ago

    I loved this TedX. Really good, i feel exactly the same as the speaker, but someday that will change, i hope so. XD

  • Thresia Pather
    Thresia Pather 9 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly inspiring!

  • Roger Escalante
    Roger Escalante 9 months ago +1

    I think she made great progress. I feel for her, but honestly, there was nothing informative about this video. I was hoping for some facts.

    • Ashley Clarke
      Ashley Clarke 4 months ago

      She expressed the irony of simple weight loss being a complex problem; maybe you were expecting to see something else?

  • Murtaza Malak
    Murtaza Malak 9 months ago +1

    The answer to weight loss is , was and always will drum rolls please : FASTING and EXERCISE.
    This is what we need to do ,this is what our ancestors had to do ( they didnt have a choice you see ) , Hunt for food hence exercise and wait for the next hunt hence fasting.
    Search the yooutube for the word intermittent fasting and its benefits you will see how it has changed thousands of lives and we need not search for exercise to know that it works .
    The moment when these two ingredients meet the recipe is complete.
    Thanks for reading guys....

  • Garrison
    Garrison 9 months ago

    They talk talk talk but do not tell you much.

  • robert hingston
    robert hingston 10 months ago

    Please not in kilometres

  • Sam Sam
    Sam Sam 10 months ago +6

    This is what happens when an inexperienced over ambitious young person gives a TED talk! What a waste of time no real contents, just a platform for her to tell her own personal story ! 😂😂😂

    • Susan Murphy
      Susan Murphy 2 days ago

      Isn't that what every TED talk is? Telling their personal story? Possibly you couldn't relate to her story. Doesn't mean that it was a waste of time or useless. Just move on to another talk.

  • Zeynep Emeksiz
    Zeynep Emeksiz 10 months ago

    recipe to losing 10 minutes

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 10 months ago

    God bless u sweetheart .... welcome

  • Tereza Mazziero
    Tereza Mazziero 10 months ago

    Thank u!

  • God's own biker - Subin
    God's own biker - Subin 10 months ago

    I got a McDonald's ad for this video.. Irony of the century!!!

  • Tricia Fat and Sassy
    Tricia Fat and Sassy 10 months ago

    Thank you

  • Aisha Zee
    Aisha Zee 11 months ago

    I missed the part where she talks about how to lose weight

  • Marie-Josée Bouliane
    Marie-Josée Bouliane 11 months ago

    Bravo ! I would just like to add that you don't have a new body ; it is still the same but it as simply changed, transformed its appearance and let go of unnecessary weight to carry and to hide behind...

    • Ashley Clarke
      Ashley Clarke 4 months ago

      In seven years all of her Cells have replaced themselves anyway.

  • Joe Kelly
    Joe Kelly 11 months ago

    Won't you be my Frau?

  • Joe Kelly
    Joe Kelly 11 months ago

    Smart as a whip & cute as a button.

  • Natia vrb
    Natia vrb 11 months ago

    This is a bunch of nothingness. Really was click bait and a waste of time.

  • Jemima Lorenz
    Jemima Lorenz 11 months ago

    The Titel doesn't match the content

  • chhipzahoy
    chhipzahoy 11 months ago

    I was hoping she'd elaborate on the personal journey to discovering how what worked for her, worked. Rather, this talk was more of a personal milestone toward alleviating her insecurity, with the audience as her tool. It was a disappointing TED talk because of this.
    And that's coming from someone who has lost over 100lbs.

  • Simon Maher
    Simon Maher 11 months ago

    Who’s pool did you rent moit?

  • june pascoe
    june pascoe 11 months ago


  • Emma Chapman
    Emma Chapman 11 months ago

    very moving and brave talk

  • P.G Bhi
    P.G Bhi 11 months ago

    I didnt really get what the video was about....?

  • Zoey Coen
    Zoey Coen 11 months ago


  • John
    John 11 months ago +2

    I didn't loose weight but I slept like a baby while watching this.

  • Mark Thornton
    Mark Thornton Year ago

    I lost 60 pounds a 15 years back and still have to work on the intake of food, I quit drinking 40 years ago, had a problem with that as well, kinda like eating. Quit tobacco 18 months ago after 45 years of use and still crave it, kinda like food, point is in all of these things it takes willpower to accomplish anything in life that is worth doing, just keep trying in the end you will work it out. The woman in the speech should be proud of what she has done, overcoming fear is real and takes that willpower thing I was speaking of, keep going girl!!

  • Hanami
    Hanami Year ago

    Watch this anak. Taba niya pala dati

  • Hanami
    Hanami Year ago

    Marion Benedicto

  • Hanami
    Hanami Year ago

    Marion Benedicto

  • Theron Sturgess
    Theron Sturgess Year ago

    It's a good talk but a frustrating video because of the title.
    A better title might be, how to make peace with your body image. The current title makes it seem like we would get information on how to lose weight.

  • Kevin Baker
    Kevin Baker Year ago

    I now have the recipe for weight loss! All other sources were vague but not this one . . .

  • Khaila J. Potts
    Khaila J. Potts Year ago

    So what's the recipe for losing weight?

  • Leggo My Ego
    Leggo My Ego Year ago

    Talking for 9 minutes and saying nothing.

  • Matthew
    Matthew Year ago

    There was no useful information to take away in this video

  • William Bunting
    William Bunting Year ago

    The intro made me so uncomfortable that went to the basement, I dusted off the seat of the exercycle, swept the cob webs off the peddles and wheezed away 40 calories watching to the end. The pulse shot up but the heart survived, and I’m feel pretty good. Now the hard part,....keeping up the effort.

  • Marie Simmons
    Marie Simmons Year ago

    Eat when you hungry, eat exactly what you feel like eating, stop the instant you feel full, wait to feel actual hunger again, and repeatYou won't have a weight problem or a food problem. It sounds simple I know. Because it is.

  • keepdancingmaria
    keepdancingmaria Year ago

    Some of the people commenting here would be happier not watching TED Talks... ever...

  • Ed Evans
    Ed Evans Year ago

    7 billion and counting , weight loss is coming weather you want it or not!!

  • Onkar Bhilare
    Onkar Bhilare Year ago +1

    Cant believe that you were that 15 yr old girl....Amazing !!!!!!!!!!

  • K Mal
    K Mal Year ago

    "Recipe to losing weight" is the title, NOT "How to feel good about yourself after you lose the weight.

  • Dmitriy Obidin
    Dmitriy Obidin Year ago

    Loosing weight is a simple problem. Recipe: 1) Eat less. 2) Move more.

  • Mohammad Madankar

    Every move or decision we make is about three thing: motivation, motivation and motivation, if you are motivated enough nothing can stop you.

  • Tim Terrell
    Tim Terrell Year ago

    Title should be, “Overcoming Body Image.” Nothing was stated about how she lost so much weight in a year. Perhaps she put the fries down and picked up an apple. All we can do is guess. Came here to listen about the recipe for weight loss not about body image.

  • Bunni Hugger
    Bunni Hugger Year ago

    Whole food plant based diet is what we all need

  • Let's Boil
    Let's Boil Year ago

    Check out Nexty coin.. its gonna be huge!

  • Nisarg Jain
    Nisarg Jain Year ago

    how i'm supposed to feel the final dish when she didn't even tell us the recipe!!!!!!

  • Althea McNabb
    Althea McNabb Year ago

    Very misleading title. Really Ted. Thank you for using up 10 minutes of my life.

  • marco brenni
    marco brenni Year ago

    Interesting, but the problem remains: how loosing weight for ever !

  • WMA
    WMA Year ago

    Even on a small screen, it was obvious who the first picture was!! I find it hard to believe others couldn’t see it!

  • Diana Schmitt
    Diana Schmitt Year ago

    So sweet and sincere. Loved it.

  • Tyler Kelly
    Tyler Kelly Year ago

    Body type is a big issue for some people. Look at a french fry and gain weight. It's not fair but it's true. It's not just about calories.





  • Alexey Winner
    Alexey Winner Year ago

    and...? where's the recipe?

  • Omar
    Omar Year ago

    Where's the recipe?

  • withramya
    withramya Year ago

    I could see that it was you from the first picture.

  • y9700cc
    y9700cc Year ago +1

    She had a great pair!

  • Margaret Barrass
    Margaret Barrass Year ago

    Want to put w put weight on

  • colpugno7
    colpugno7 Year ago +4

    TED talks is always about inspirational speech, and she just did that.

  • u 3016230
    u 3016230 Year ago

    I hope her BBD resolves soon so she can see the truth; she's brilliant and beautiful. Facing fears of ridicule to encourage others is amazing and I'm thankful for the insightful talk

  • Wisdom Seeker
    Wisdom Seeker Year ago +1

    THANK YOU, Anna! Beautiful presentation with a very unexpected ending! Very inspirational and encouraging to me!

  • JDP
    JDP Year ago

    I think the video title is misleading.

  • Irene Quidachay
    Irene Quidachay Year ago