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2Sep

Today has been a little fraught – with late international transfers and bounced mortgage direct debits…don’t ask! Needless to say, I have not been in the best of moods. Although I did have a lovely conversation with a lady who is now coming with me to the full on day of Jessie Pavelka on Saturday – exciting!

The day got even more fraught when this was put through the letterbox!

20130902-180329.jpgWhat made me really angry was the new ‘plan’, LighterLife Fast…aimed at people with a healthy BMI based on the criteria given. Why on earth would anyone want to follow this plan if they were within a healthy weight range? I understand the desperation and desire to lose weight, I really do, but I just cannot get to grips with this.

I couldn’t resist taking a look on the website, only to read the following, “LighterLife Fast is a brilliant way to balance your weight AND maintain full nutrition. Just fast for any two days, and eat and drink normally on the other days. That’s it! 5:2 intermittent fasting made easy. Of course, by ‘fasting’ we don’t actually mean you eat nothing at all. Replace your usual intake with four LighterLife Foodpacks on each ‘fast’ day (500-600 kcal a day), which equates to 25% of your normal intake. And know that you are getting 100% nutrition – you can’t do that with food. Why not get started today?”

Now there are so many things wrong with that bumpf – or shite as I prefer to call it! Firstly, the word ‘fast’ makes me shudder…there are no quick fixes…in the world of weight loss, fast = temporary. Secondly, the word ‘balance’…there is nothing balanced about a shake-based plan. Thirdly, the combination of ‘fast’ and ‘eat and drink normally’ makes me want to scream…does this normal mean the normal that saw you put a few pounds on in the first-place and feel desperate enough to drink incredibly expensive shakes? And whilst there are other issues that I could pick apart, I will finish on the ‘you can’t do that with food’…you are highly unlikely to be able to nourish your body 100% with an intake of 500 kcals per day; I concur…however does this not bring on a massive lightbulb moment that indicates therefore that you should be eating more than 500 kcals per day…and not just surviving on a shake?

It makes me so mad. Not only do companies like these target the super morbidly obese like me – a representative of whom told me that losing my hair would be a small price to pay for losing weight – but they are now not content with this…they are going after healthy people and jumping on the fasting bandwagon. FECK OFF!

I know that there are readers who follow this plan, and each to their own…but if anybody asked my opinion or advice as to the way forward, this method would be so far down the list that you would strain your neck trying to see it! :-)

We all want to reach our target…and I really do understand the need to try out these plans that promise quick results. Yet I have seen person after person after person try and fail. Actually, let me correct that…they try, succeed, and then pile the weight back on plus more…leading to plummeting self-esteem and a drop in confidence.

I would beg and plead with people to try and find a healthy eating plan that actually allows you to eat food! As for the, ‘I prefer life without food’ argument, and the ‘it’s easier without food’ argument…it doesn’t wash with me. By our very design we are meant to eat! Yes, we can develop issues with food – I have experienced most of them…binging, purging, starving, taking laxatives – but we still need the stuff and we have to find a way of dealing with it. Get help from a counsellor or psychologist…it might take a bit longer, but it is likely to be far more successful in the long run.

Anyway, that’s my rant over. I admire anyone trying to make a difference, I really do…but I just cannot support companies and eating plans – well, drinking plans – that rarely lead to success and happiness.

Today has been fairly sedate. I have just been finishing the arrangements for tomorrow’s second Jessie P event…I am really excited about it. It’s going to be a long day as I am then driving him up to Stockport for the event tomorrow evening and having dinner with him and the HOOP crew afterwards…so there might not be a ‘proper’ blog tomorrow due to a severe lack of time! We went to see the horses – my little monster had put himself in a stable and wouldn’t go outside…so I will have to see how he is doing tomorrow; I am sure that there is nothing to worry about though. We then popped to Asda and headed home after this. I am now onto season 6 of 24 and will watch a couple of episodes tonight before heading off for an early night. I have to fit a trip to the scales in tomorrow morning too – it will be a bit strange, as it will be the first time in over a year that I haven’t stayed to group I think! I would love to get my 15.5st award…but that means a loss of 4lbs, and with last weeks unexpected 1.5lb gain, I have no idea what to expect really.

Breakfast: Grapes, strawberries and a banana.

20130902-170048.jpgLunch: Chicken and beetroot salad with cheese and wholemeal rolls (2 x HEA and 2 x HEB).

20130902-170147.jpgDinner: Beef salad.

20130902-173743.jpgSnacks: Snack a Jacks (4.5 syns) and a Nakd bar (8 syns).

20130902-173912.jpgAnother good food day! I have been in a colourful mood today and wanted lots of bright stuff on my plate…so that started with brekkie! Lunch was a lovely chicken salad and dinner was another salad…with beef this time. My snacks were lovely today – the Nakd bars are becoming a bit of an addiction I think. :-)

Exercise: Nothing!

Thank you for reading…and spare a diet prayer for me if you can :-)

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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