I’ve been watching The Biggest Loser UK. It is inspiring watching these severely overweight men and women, who, as one of the contestants put it, had been ‘self harming’ by overeating. They came onto the show with no confidence whatsoever and in only two weeks a massive change has taken place.
However, I have issues.
Not with the programme but for the advert in between, which is associated with the programme. The Biggest Loser meal replacement shakes. Just the words meal and replacement together makes me shudder.
For the last week I’ve concentrated on eating proper food. It’s cold, wet and January so I’ve been eating stews, curries and bolognaises. Anything which can be made in one pot. The flavours are fantastic, I have left overs the next day for lunch and I don’t feel hungry (except coming towards meal times). They are full of fruit and vegetables (fruit? Oh yes I put apple in one of my curry recipes!) and I even *gasp* use olive oil. Because I feel satisfied I have no need to pick in between my meals. The end result? A 2 kilogram loss. Just over 4lbs. Plus my skin looks clearer.
If all this comes across as smug I apologise. I know there is nothing worse than someone who has lost weight and goes on to say a) it’s easy and b) you should do it my way. It’s just this diet industry, feeding on the insecurities of overweight men and women when the big message should be to eat normal meals, makes me so CROSS. Meal replacements, extra low fat cheese, low fat spreads (ugh).
Right, I’ve had my rant. I’m now off to make a Lancashire Hotpot.