I am done feeling like a bad person because the number on the scale is higher than it was a year ago.
The only weight young girls need to lose is the weight of a capitalist agenda that preys on the insecurity we teach them to have.
If you’ve ever been body shamed, read this.
It’s been nearly five years since I last weighed myself.
She’s creating her body image based on the things you say.
I’m starting to see the ones I’ve broken have been ones I’m happy I didn’t stick to.
The path to self-love was fraught with second guessing.
Do I look like a Kardashian yet?
“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream” – Julia Child
It’s never been more obvious that with age comes wisdom…
The star existed on 500 calories a day in prep for his latest flick.
The television show that helps people change their lives and better themselves is back. That’s a pretty vague description, I know – it could be used for virtually any reality show out there. Would it narrow it down if I said it’s the one that pushes contestants to their absolute limits to help them lose weight? Now you know what I’m talking about; The Biggest Loser is back on Australian televisions with families competing to lose the most weight and gain that big cash prize.
I’ve always been skeptical about The Biggest Loser. It dramatically changes lives through gruelling exercise and an intense diet to lose the weight that has been impacting on their health and quality of life, but is it really done in the right way?
Yes, it’s amazing to see the transformations and to see what these people can become, but it doesn’t exactly promote sustained weight loss with contestants shedding large amounts of weight per week – much more than the recommended 0.5-1kg for healthy weight loss.
The Biggest Loser in America was slammed by former contestants recently, saying that the way they were treated was dreadful and that the show caused them health problems. Long, intense workouts, baby food diets and constant fat-shaming from trainers caused their mental health levels to drop.
Former contestants also allege that many others that have been on the show have gained back the weight they lost during the season. While this is not a surprise, it backs up the point that the show’s way of weight loss is unsustainable, and is merely for entertainment and shock value.
So, what do we really need to think about when we watch The Biggest Loser this season? We need to evaluate whether it’s worth watching overweight contestants sweat out all of their fluids for days on end to gain a money prize. We need to evaluate what their health is worth. And we need to evaluate what our health is worth and how we see ourselves.
If there’s anything that we can get out of The Biggest Loser, it should be that we need to take action now. If the kilograms are starting to creep on, it’s best to sustainably get yourself back to a better quality of life, with a healthy diet and safe exercise. We have health professionals who are willing to help and the best cure is actually prevention.
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If someone had of told me ten years ago that if I were to quit sugar and write about it I’d be a millionaire, I probably would have laughed in their face. Magazine editor Sarah Wilson did it, however, and now she’s laughing all the way to the bank.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Wilson’s I Quit Sugar empire is on track to make at least $4 million this year, after turning over $534, 000 in its first year alone. In case you’re not already familiar with her story, the journalist was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease back in 2008 that forced her to eliminate sugar from her diet. She then began blogging about her sugar-free lifestyle, before co-founding I Quit Sugar.com with former colleague Zoe Eaton.
So, what’s been the secret to her success? The health mogul attributes it to a gap in the market – at the time there wasn’t much out there about quitting sugar and she soon discovered via her blog that people were hungry for more information. “It just went mental and everyone wanted to know more,” she told Smart Company last year. “So I went off and researched. I interviewed experts and cardiologists, and tried to get to the bottom of the problem of sugar.”
This then led to the digital I Quit Sugar Cookbook, which was so successful it was picked up by book publishers and distributed across 43 countries. It even made the New York Times bestseller list. “I went from being a journalist, to making ebooks, and then the traditional book publishers approached me about print books. Usually it happens the other way around,” she told the magazine.
Now, with ten ebooks, a one million strong social media following and over 3 million visits to the website each month, I Quit Sugar is one of most successful self-funded health companies in Australia. What’s more, the website also runs three eight-week diet programs every year in which participants pay $150 to get access to dieticians, specialists and recipes.
Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, Wilson’s business partner Zoe Eaton admitted: “Our primary revenue is from the program… [and] the advertising revenue, while we don’t rely on it, is also a very important channel to have and produces really beautiful integrated sponsored content, which is quite often our most read content every month.
“We are in a nice place with that side of our business; we can pick and choose who we want to work with at the moment.”
So, why can’t people get enough of I Quit Sugar? Eaton pointed out to the paper that besides Michelle Bridges and Kayla Itsines, “there is no-one else really doing what we do.”
Are you just starting out on your weight loss journey; or have you been trying without much success? Rhian Allen, founder of health and fitness website for mums healthymummy.com, gives her eight tips on what you can do to help start seeing results sooner – all based around healthy eating and exercise:
Switch to wholegrain everything
At first, this might seem difficult and you might meet with some resistance from family members but you and they will get used to it. That means no more white flour, white bread, white pasta, white rice, all of these are available in wholemeal or wholegrain options. You could also try switching out things like pasta and rice for other options like cous cous or quinoa (you can even get wholemeal cous cous).
Reduce your added sugar intake
Added sugar is a sneaky one and you will find that it’s in so many foods. Instead of trying to cut it out completely it’s a good idea just to reduce it as much as possible. For example, you could switch a low fat strawberry yoghurt for some natural or Greek yoghurt with fresh berries added. Also, avoid keeping sugary foods in your house or make healthy alternatives with The Healthy Mummy’s low fat baking recipes.
Watch out for bad fats
While it’s important to consume good fats from sources such as fish, olive oil, avocado and nuts, it’s also key to reduce or avoid bad fats. Bad fats found in deep fried foods, commercial cakes, chips, chocolate bars, donuts, pastries etc. These are the fats that can hinder your weight loss, make you feel lethargic, and make it hard to keep your skin looking fresh.
Get moving everyday
If you really want to crank up your results, add some exercise along with your good nutrition – you will see a big difference in your body and fitness levels. You could try a daily walk, a couple of segments from The Healthy Mummy Exercise DVD, a regular swimming session or fitness class, cycling, yoga or pilates. Basically anything that gets your heart pumping and helps you break a sweat is a good thing.
Reduce your alcohol consumption
Alcohol gives you additional calories in your day with no nutritional benefit whatsoever, so it’s an easy one to reduce your consumption to quickly reduce your total calorie intake. Keep alcohol for the weekends or special occasions.
Don’t skip meals and snacks
Your metabolism is responsible for helping you to lose weight, and it’s important that it’s fired up and kept busy throughout the day with healthy meals and snacks at regular intervals. We recommend 3 main meals and 2-3 healthy snacks per day in order to lose weight.
Cut down on bread
If you find that you are having two slices of toast at breakfast and a sandwich for lunch, you could end up eating almost 30 slices of bread per week. While we don’t suggest cutting bread out entirely, it’s a good idea to reduce your consumption if you are trying to lose pregnancy weight. Or replace traditional bread with wholegrain!
Keep healthy convenient foods on hand
Make life easy by keeping healthy convenient foods on hand so that you can easily pull a meal together. For instance eggs, tinned tomatoes, cous cous, bags of salad leaves, tinned chickpeas or kidney beans, tinned tuna, portions of frozen cooked brown rice that you can defrost in the microwave.
The Healthy Mummy’s next online 28 Day Winter Weight Loss Program starts soon, with sign up on June 1.