Posts from 2015-01-06

Tv programmes!!

I've just finished watching the Katie Hopkins "documentary" where she was being filmed putting on weight to show just how easy it is to lose it. Anyone not familiar with Katie, you need to be aware she's a very outspoken person and very much disliked by many. She hates fat people!! (her words not mine). 

It was clear from the offset that Katie has a very good metabolism. Increasing her calorific intake to over 4000 calories a day, she struggled to put on weight.....that would be a dream to many. In the end she was eating over 6000 to gain the weight for the experiment. I know for me if I ate that much that I would achieve that weight gain in a month let alone the 3 months she was aiming for. She then gave herself a further 3 months to lose it all again.

Unsurprisingly she found the extra weight a burden when she started to run again. She unscientifical showed by using some volunteers to join her on the journey that by eating less and moving more it is indeed possible to lose weight. However, on one of her health checks the Doctor advised her that she was losing muscle mass. Now this is the last thing we want to do when losing weight and often (but not solely) means the calories are too low, the macronutrients proportions are not corect (low carb diets for example) or we are over exercising. Losing muscle mass reduces your metabolic rate.

Katie had a good reason to lose this weight, she had a lot of motivation, she had a lot to prove. However, it's not that simple for everyone else. I feel she didn't touch on the psychological side enough. She certainly didn't cover anything about nutrition (not that she's qualified for it but surely they could have brought in an "expert") nor did she even discuss anything about exercise. It was a blunt point she was trying to prove, yes she did but she still left lots of gaping holes that doesn't really help those struggling.

One thing the programme got me wondering about was that regarding those who opt for surgery and the cost to the NHS. I think many go into surgery "blind" and don't realise they will have lots of loose hanging skin once they drop the fat. One lady on the show was quite happy about hers but I've known some be pretty emotional and wish they'd never lost the weight. Sadly after the surgery, you're on your own....no cosmetic surgery to lift up that tummy or remove the flaps under your arms. I wonder how many people would be more enthused to take on their own weight loss challenge if the incentive for cosmetic surgery was offered rather than the bariatric option? Would that work??

Are you starting on yet another new diet?

New Year. New start? How many times have you started a new diet? How many times do you go through the festive season thinking you’ll lose all the weight gained once the New Year starts? How many times have you given up pretty soon only to go through the same old cycle again and again and that’s after having a few more new starts during the year itself! Do you ever ask why do we do this to ourselves? Wouldn’t it be good if we learned a way to control our eating and yet still enjoy the foods we like without piling on the pounds?

 

I have seen so many comments on social media sites of people who are starting juice diets, getting ready to join a gym or even starting at the slimming club (for the third or fourth time in some cases!!). Far too many comments about people wanting “quick fixes”. The following is a quote from one lady which I think sums up pretty much how many people feel.

 

“I am not one of these people who want to come home from work and start peeling potatoes and chopping onions and putting in a pinch of this or a pinch of that. I want to come home, open oven, slam something in and 20 minutes later it is ready for eating.”

 

In general we don’t seem to care about ourselves enough anymore to invest a little time in our health and we want the results NOW! The problem with these quick fixes is they don’t lead to long term results and if anything they can make our weight gain much worse by slowing down our metabolism and we simply pile on more weight once we start to eat “normal” again.

 

If you have a weight issue you need to realise it’s not an illness that can simply be fixed but a chronic condition that needs long term attention and in most cases a life time solution. 

 

Don't look for a "diet" aim to eat healthy wthin your own personal limitations that you are able to sustain for the rest of your life. This doesn't mean never having chocolate or a glass of wine again or depriving yourself for that long that you end up gorging. Be sensible, don't be fooled. If those tablets really did work we wouldn't still be looking at the levels of obesity we have in the world!

Happy New Year

Gosh, it's been a long time since I updated this!!

I have lots to say so rather than waffle it all out in one post, I'll separate some issues that have been plaguing me!

In the meantime, my show is obviously over and we had a wonderful holiday in San Fransciso after the show.

I didn't place in the competition but I loved every single minute of it. The girls in the line up were pretty huge to say the least and made me feel pretty small. Also not helped by the fact that they put me between the two tallest ladies in the class!

So now it's back in the gym to grow and decide whether to step on stage later this year, leave it until next year or am I ready to hang up my bikini? Not sure....watch this space.

Have a wonderful 2015, I hope it's filled with joy for you all.

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