Hey boys and girls =)
So as life goes, and as I mentioned to you in yesterdays post on Motivation, I get inspiration and ideas from you, my 1.5 readers, and as mentioned, I love the fact that through my journey I’m able to motivate and hopefully inspire others to make lifestyle changes.
Yesterday, it presented me with a perfect opportunity for a new post.
But first, this disclaimer on how this inspiration occurred.
I’m gonna have to reveal I was in a store, in pursuit of a dress, I had seen the day before and I was back after it.
Like a hunter pursuing it’s prey.
You see when I’m not in full blown athletic mode, I delight in being totally feminine and have a weakness for cute dresses 😉
Hubby will now know I have a new dress 😉 Oh well…. I’m confident he will like it too haha 😉
Now….on with the show…..
After I had apprehended the dress and was ready to legally wed it, I wandered to the counter to make the transaction that would make us a permanent couple. The sales lady was one who has waited on me often and she is around my age.
She has often asked me what I “do” to look like I look. I’ve freely shared with her… and when I led a fitness challenge last Fall with 4 people she kept up with my stories I wrote in a little local magazine that tracked everyone’s progress.
I haven’t honestly seen her in awhile… till today… and I noticed she was remarkably thinner.
Of course I commented and told her I hadn’t seen her in awhile and noticed that she had really lost some weight.
She told me…. “when I talked to you during the time you were leading that fitness challenge it made me really think about things. I saw everything you had been doing and what you were doing with those people and I decided one morning that today was the day. I was going to do it!”
I commended her and said she looked good… and she responded “well I’ve lost more than…. a little weight… I’ve lost 42 pounds in 15 weeks.”
Ok… so at that point…. I kinda paused a bit……
That’s a good bit of weight to drop in such a short time…
One red flag showed up in my lil head.
She proceeded to tell me her doctor ( one locally in town) had this “diet” through her spa clinic and she had decided to follow that .
I listened as she rattled off things like no fruits, only certain veggies, “high” protein (8 oz. meat a day) using “their” products, no natural or refined sugars, ( limited artificial sweeteners??) no breads, no carbs etc…
( red flag 2 is going up in my head)
Till I finally blurted out…. “What do you eat??”
She pulls a small bag of chopped cucumber out of her drawer.
“well, I snack on things like this” (like….there are almost zero calories in that)
Ok I’m all for veggie snacks…. but I wanna eat whatever the heck kind of veggies I want….not only certain ones.
She tells me she has “their” oatmeal for breakfast, one of their protein bars for lunch (eek that’s it ??) and some chicken and veggies for dinner… “and then there’s some supplements…..those….help. It’s amazing how little food you need.” ( I feel my breathing getting shallow….)
Now…. that third red flag is up.
Hey, I get that. I’ve learned it doesn’t take tons of food to deal with your hunger and satisfy your bodies needs. But then there is a point where you’ve crossed that line of not enough food.
Then she deals the final blow……
“Well, they really discourage exercise for awhile”
I am pretty sure at this point……. my eyes…..were bugging…..out. In fact, I know they were.
All the bells and whistles were now going off in me. I wondered how many more warning flags were gonna fly before my head exploded. I was kinda chewing on my tongue at this point….
I guess I was looking a bit blankly at her and she said….. almost whispering…. “well, the calories are so low, they want you to conserve your energy”
Seriously. The times I deserve an Oscar. Or an Emmy .Or some kinda statue for keeping control of my face… or the things that threaten to fly outta my mouth.
I hear myself ask…. “How many calories a day are you eating?”
To which she responds…… “I was afraid to count them in the beginning…. I’m not sure it was even 1,000.”
I felt my head getting light just imagining it…. I said…. ” How did you manage to work? or do anything?”
She admitted in the beginning it was difficult… I cannot even imagine.
I couldn’t help it…. I told her to be careful dipping her calories that low it didn’t mess with her metabolism.
She looked kinda blankly at me…. maybe it was the lack of carbs to supply energy to her brain…. and I knew she didn’t get it.
She said she wanted to get to exercising but that she hadn’t had the energy to do so.
With calories that low I’m surprised she could work and think all day long. Actually she probably couldn’t. Your brain can get very foggy with a serious lack of carbs.
She did look good. She probably doesn’t need to lose anymore weight. I hope when she comes off their “program” she keeps it off.
Can I say this ?
First, I’m surprised a doctor would honestly put someone on such a restricted, low calorie diet. This lady was not horribly over weight, or into the “obese” range where they sometimes do drastic things for quick loss. I think of this as hocus pocus weight loss… now you see it… now you don’t.
Please hear me that I’m not shooting down her efforts. I applaud her for wanting to make changes. But if you’ve learned anything about me at this point it’s how much I hate this stuff.
Things that cost people money…a lot of it. Losing weight shouldn’t cost you a lot of money. Go buy honest food.
She also paid for the privilege to starve and buy their “supplements” and “food”.
I do hope when she’s off the program she will be able to keep her weight off eating normally again. This is the BIGGEST problem with these types of “diets”. Once you start adding real food back in, your body responds accordingly, especially when it’s been deprived.
This ( to me) falls into the category of those weight loss hype things. You pay big money, for their stuff, and yeah she lost weight, but she could’ve done it safer, and been more comfortable doing it ( not starving and dealing with all the consequences that come with drastic food deprivation) even if it took her a little longer to reach that goal.
Along with this program, they’ve not taught her about sane nutrition or allowing exercise to be a part of her fitness regime. I’m assuming as she is allowed more calories, she will have the energy to exercise.
Please….please tell me… I’m not the only one horrified that you aren’t taking enough food in during your day that you can’t even workout???
Hocus Pocus weight loss programs abound right now in this country. Most are simply after your money. Lots are sold by your next door neighbor….who knows nothing of nutrition or weight loss….or what’s in the products she/he is selling you. In this case, a doctors office offered up this great program….yikes.
Anyway, I’ll save my rant on Multi Level Marketing trends for another post.
Weight loss….slow….steady…sane….eat real food….toss in some physical activity… the only way to make it a permanent lifestyle change.
Have you ever participated in a rapid weight loss program? What were your results? Did they last ?