It’s that time of year when my blood starts to boil and I get incredibly angry with the weight loss industry.
All of the ‘New Year, New You’ bullshit is fine…January is a great time to start that new you…it’s as good as February, March, April, May…how about right this minute?!
I genuinely don’t mind the ‘New Year, New You’ stuff…what I very much do mind however is the rubbish faddy diets that get pushed towards vulnerable people, desperate people…people who really do want a ‘New You’. At my lowest – which ironically was when I was at my heaviest – I would have tried anything. £75 a week for shakes…bring it on. £45 for weight loss perfume…I’ll give it a go. Incredibly invasive and life-threatening surgery…go on then, as you’ve told me it’s my only chance of a life Mr Surgeon!
If I hear one more story about people planning to undertake a fasting diet, I will scream. Would you try and drive your car on a quarter of a tank of petrol when you know that it needs a full tank to get you to your destination? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet you are quite happy to eat 500 calories when the average female needs 2000 calories, and the average male needs 2500 calories!
If you really want to lose weight, then eating more helps – or at least taking into account your basal metabolic rate when contemplating a fad diet. If you eat less than your BMR then your body will start shutting down and will hold onto whatever you give it…so tiny portions often lead to little or no weight loss. And then when you start eating something that resembles a normal healthy diet, you will gain weight as your body will hold on to that too in order to create reserves for when you next decide to deprive it of the fuel it needs. Which means you then think that you need to eat less…and so the cycle continues.
Why people try and push us into 1200 calories a day, I will never know. It just doesn’t work! I think about these weight loss shows on TV and – as much I would absolutely genuinely love my arse kicked around a gym by Jillian and / or Bob…the sense of satisfaction would be amazing – the TV shows want sensationalism. To show you that you can eat really well and not have to exercise like a demon in order to lose weight just does not make a good TV show. A TV show all about changing your relationship with food would be like watching paint dry…as it takes time, and there are no miracle cures, and no shouting, and not much sweat either!
I read yesterday about a new drink that apparently helps people lose weight. Trials showed that you could lose upto a stone in six weeks. Well, that’s me sold then! A stone in six weeks…hold on a for just a second though, I know plenty of people who follow a healthy eating plan and lose this in four weeks…without exercise and without depriving themselves (it’s called Slimming World…but it’s also called healthy eating if you follow the advice they give! And before you ask, no I am not sponsored by Slimming World…and if you really wanted to, I guess Weight Watchers could help too!) And this doesn’t cost you £28.95 for 21 sachets…which is one weeks supply if you stick to three meals a day. So not only do you have to pay for the drinks, but you have to pay for the food too! The only thing you will lose is money…and fecking lots of it. And you won’t get additional support either…just a sodding expensive drink. And I doubt that drinking a sachet of expensiveness before munching your way through two McDonalds meals will produce the desired results either. I am sure that there would be a caveat something along the lines of, ‘Works in conjunction with a healthy diet’.
The thing is, weight loss is quite hard. It takes time. It takes effort. You did not put on overnight however many excess stones you are carrying around with you today. So quite why you – and I – think that you can shift it in a matter of months is laughable…it’s stupid. It’s almost as stupid as the weight loss marketeers think you are…know you are when you buy the shite they are promoting.
Just do yourself a favour this New Year…think about creating a new you – a new you that doesn’t believe in bullshit, a new you that knows that it takes more than a drink to create that weight loss you are longing for. And I know that you are longing for it…because I did – and still do. I get tempted at times when I see these adverts, but then my rational mind kicks in and I know that I have to stay true to myself and what I know works. And this is healthy eating, exercise, and focusing on changing the way my mind deals with food. This doesn’t happen overnight…but had I taken a faddy option, I know that I would have been putting on weight rather than losing it slowly but surely. Look at the past couple of months – seven gym sessions a week and healthy eating and my weight losses stalled…if that wasn’t enough to send me over to the dark and faddy side, then I don’t know what is. What I know now though is that these faddy things don’t work…I tried them…lots of people I know tried them…and I, and they, got fatter before realising that the fads don’t do it for us!
That’s it then…I will get off my high horse now. But please, please, please do yourself a favour and just be sensible. Go and find a registered dietitian if you really are struggling…they will tell you the same!
It’s that time now when I bore you with some holiday snaps…
We have gone from incredibly snowy vistas in the Cairngorms…
It really is a stunning place! We took a scenic drive to a place called Pollach – which is quite a drive with steep twisty turny hills. Well worth the drive though. We went for a nice walk – I am still working on enjoying my walking…Mr WLB tried to film me and I nearly rammed the iPad sideways up where the sun doesn’t shine…I am not a good exercise companion as I just like to be left alone to sweat and cry silently! We then found a gorgeous viewpoint which involved a bit of a scramble up some slippery rock steps…but this was worth the effort too – there was even a picnic bench up there so we are planning a scenic picnic at some point if weather permits. It was then time to head home for a nice relaxed afternoon and a lovely catch up with the owners of the cottage.
Breakfast: Leftover chicken pasta.
A lovely food day! There must be something in the air up here…as soon as I arrived I felt hungry! I had my leftover pasta for brekkie, and had what I was supposed to have for brekkie for lunch – wilted spinach with cherry tomatoes, toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Dinner was a peri peri spice mix with chicken, and some veggies – red onion, mushrooms, orange and red pepper, chopped tinned and fresh tomatoes, spinach, and garlic – with some rice…leftovers for tomorrow too!
Exercise: A good 45 minutes of hill walking and then a small scramble to a viewing point.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx