BeeBee's 365 Challenge

for the little things that make me happy

Day 12: How Much Is Too Much?

on January 12, 2012

I was listening to Radio 1’s Chris Moyles Breakfast Show earlier and they were discussing weight loss. Producer Aled, who also presents Sunday Surgery, snapped that someone who had lost 6lb in a week had lost too much weight and it was unsustainable.

Chris countered, what if they had gained over Christmas so cut calories and upped their exercise and rid his excess weight then surely that’s alright.

While being stunned I sent this tweet by Aled:

Who’s listening to @ChrisMoylesShow just felt like I’ve been personally slated by @ahj for losing 12lb in 2 weeks. #target2012

To which I got this reply:

@BeeBeeCavendish I promise you I haven’t!! That’s amazing- just slower makes it easier to maintain xxxx hug xxxx

Looking back from a more awake state, he didn’t mean it with malice. He did say that weight loss should be slow and steady and a change of lifestyle and diet. Also he quoted what GPs who have been on the Surgery have said.

It is well known that GPs are radically under resourced and often not trained in aspects for diet and nutrition. In a country where obesity is growing the medical profession are now faced with larger numbers of illnesses linked to massive weight gain.

These are illnesses that can be halted if the nation’s weight dropped it would free up the budget for other things.

This is why groups like Slimming World and Weight Watchers are so important. They specialise in diet and well being and concentrate on the latest understanding on what foods are most beneficial.

I understand that not everyone needs the structure of a group to help them lose weight and that the act of consuming less calories than you burn will result in weight loss. It is also true that many people benefit. The way that Slimming World structures their meetings it often becomes a place filled with love and compassion.

Members who have had good weeks can celebrate without being seen to be showing off and fellow Food Optimisers who may be having a rough time get a sense of that group hug mentality that may be missing at home.

A sense of belonging and camaraderie comes from knowing that you are not alone. The person who has 7lb to lose up to the person who has 7 stone.

Not everyone is able to lose large amounts. My personal view is as long as you are following a sensible eating plan and exercise whenever possible the number on the weight lost should be irrelevant.

Unfortunately, we now live in a world where delayed gratification isn’t priority. We want to see results and we want to see them yesterday. People don’t expect to have to work for the best results.

Weight loss isn’t easy, whether you have 10 stone or 20+ stone. If you are on a this journey unwavering acceptance and support is what you need. Not judgment or needless demoralising speeches.

There is no quick fix.

Today’s activity: watched Big Bang Theory – big chuckles Soft kitty, warm kitty…

BeeBee x

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