Be honest. Is it just me?

I can’t help but wonder if the people that put out these ‘quick and easy’ weight loss plans actually think about the people they are supposedly trying to help; if something is so ‘quick and easy’ how does it make the people feel who don’t shrink down to a size 10 in a couple of months? Like failures I would imagine – how is that helping?

Warning: this post contains profanities because the article that prompted it pissed me off (opps, sorry!)

Is it just me or does it seem as though there’s new ‘weight loss’ advice published every single bloody day? If you’re struggling to lose weight do you find that you’re running around like a headless chicken trying to keep track of what everyone is telling you? Does it make you feel as though, whatever you try, you never get it quite right? I can’t help but wonder if the people that put out these ‘quick and easy’ weight loss plans actually think about the people they are supposedly trying to help; if something is so ‘quick and easy’ how does it make the people feel who don’t shrink down to a size 10 in a couple of months? Like failures I would imagine – how is that helping?Diet frustration

The latest ‘gem’ to be published follows on from yet another study on the best way to tackle obesity. We’ve had – low fat, low carbs, Mediterranean diets, keto diets, the Atkins diet, the raw food diet etc etc bloody etc – the list just goes on and endlessly on…but now, we’ve come full circle and gone back to the ‘crash’ diet which was all the rage when I was young!

So what is a crash diet?

Tiny foodBasically you eat bugger all. Oh sorry, were you waiting for a more detailed explanation or something sciency? Can’t help there I’m afraid, the ‘plan’ really is that simple – you cut your calorie intake down to 800 a day and…..well that’s it. If you want an idea of what you could eat on 800 calories a day have a look: https://www.eatthismuch.com/diet-plan/800-calorie/ – trust me, it’s not a lot!

Mind you, you won’t have to worry too much about meal planning as they are all ‘replaced’ with shakes, soups and nutrition bars which are all designed to make you feel full. Apparently a former Government ‘obesity Tsar’ (God give me strength!) said:

‘By referring people to this programme, they lose 7kg more than they would have lost under what we usually offer them. [The advice to cut calories and eat more healthily] It’s phenomenal – extraordinary – and like nothing we’ve seen in primary care before.’

Its-not-rocket-9lkofsNo it isn’t!!!! It’s not fucking extraordinary at all – it’s simple bloody logic!!! And you have seen it before – meal replacement diets have been around for donkeys years! I do apologise for that small outburst but this kind of mindless nonsense really gets on my pip!

If you eat 4000 calories a day and you change your habits so you eat 3000 a day, you will lose weight

If you usually eat 4000 calories a day and you then eat 2000 you will lose more weight

If the norm for you is 4000 calories a day and you just eat meal supplements which give you 800 calories a day you will lose shit loads of weight – absolutely no question at all…..

The problem is (and this is always the problem), if you lose all this weight and then go back to the 4000 calories a day, you will put the weight back on again. According to this particular report, apparently that doesn’t really matter as you will have seen health benefits in the ‘short-term’. So you had type 2 diabetes….you lost the weight and then you didn’t…..you put the weight back on and the type 2 diabetes comes back…..and you’re back where you started!

This plan, which costs around £700, has been proposed to the NHS to help with the obesity crisis. I have a much simpler and considerably cheaper solution – just print this, in great big red letters, on a piece of A4 paper, hand it to people who want to lose weight and then leave it up to them:

HAVE A LONG HARD THINK ABOUT WHY OVER EAT AND ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM THEN MEMORISE THIS:

CALORIES PUT ON WEIGHT. THE MORE CALORIES YOU INGEST THE MORE WEIGHT YOU WILL GAIN.

EAT LESS CALORIES AND BURN SOME OFF THROUGH EXERCISE AND YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT

EAT NATURAL HEALTHY FOOD AND NOT JUNK FOOD AND PROCESSED CRAP AND YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT

WHEN YOU ARE AT YOUR DESIRED WEIGHT – DO NOT REVERT TO OLD HABITS AND YOU WILL NOT GAIN WEIGHT

What do you reckon? Think it will catch on?

I’m really sorry if any of this sounds harsh but I am really sick and tired of all these ‘diets’ that promise miracle results to, sometimes, desperate people. There is no quick and easy solution, losing weight is a case of balancing what you eat and what you do; the only effective way to shed those pounds and keep them off is to change your eating and exercise patterns – not for a few weeks or months but for the rest of your life………….

Lisa x

 

 

Author: All About Life

Middle-aged 20 something

18 thoughts on “Be honest. Is it just me?”

  1. No doubt. Nutrition has to be one of the most disinformation filled industries around. The average person knows nothing about it. The other day, someone tried telling me that broccoli was a sufficient protein replacement for steak.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and yes you’re absolutely right in what you say. There is protein in broccoli i believe but you’d have to eat a lot of it raw to get the same amounts as you would from a filet steak. At least these 2 foods are natural and unmucked about with; my issue is with the processed and junk foods and the lack of understanding of the negative effects they have on our health. Thanks again for your comment 😊

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  2. Brilliant blog……i go mental when shopping……everything is LOW FAT……Fuk the fat people who need to loose weight…DO NOT punish the people who need those extra calories etc, I have a problem with heamaglobin levels and dehydration, not to mention a so called ‘low BMI’, due to previous health problems, and I NEED to UP MY FAT INTAKE ON A DAILY BASIS…BUT…trying to find anything healthy (for my situation), in supermarkets today…is a chore on its own, Because of over weight people. Just try and find a full fat yoghurt in a supermarket…..they dont seem to exist anymore.
    Its as if we are being forced to EAT AND DRINK THINGS WE DO NOT WANT OR NEED………because we are not fat or obese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    People who need a ‘fat’ boost and higher calorie intake are being punished aswell!!!!!!!!!??????,

    Just stop binge eating and eating shyt and there wont be a problem.

    Start cooking your family ‘FRESH FOODS’ instead of going to a take away or ready meal everyday….
    Women use to COOK DAILY…FRESH VEG AND MEAT…….but thats not equality anymore ——-women have sunk so low in this age because they are trying to be someone they are not ……A MAN…

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      1. The storms are ridiculous.. Getting pretty fed up of getting soaked. Now keep a storage box in the van with extra clothes in..:)

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      2. Oh blimey! I’d seen on the news that things were pretty bad but that sucks :O( Sorry you’re having a rotten time of it and I hope that they pass soon……….please don’t send them here though ;O) xx

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      3. I wishing it to parts of the world that need it more. We will be swimming to work if it doesn’t stop…lol…you have a brilliant sunny weekend. We have a mixed forecast for our weekend. x

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      4. So it’s waders rather than wellies then! Nice sentiment – we often moan about the rain when there are people praying for it! Hope you get some sunshine and enjoy your weekend whatever you do xx

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  3. Well….the met office got it wrong today…. We were suppose to have storms all day…. Ha…nothing but sunshine and 27degree cel… Brilliant.. Now home under a brolly with a well deserved drink…the clouds are only gathering now..happy days..

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