As I’ve blogged before, I also love a weight loss TV programme. I watch them all. Fat Families, Secret Eaters, My 600lbs life, Fat the Fight of My Life. And so on…
As is the way with a lot of reality TV, the most extreme examples are usually featured. No one wants to watch normal people doing the washing up, feeding the kids, going to work. We want to watch the richest, poorest, drunkest, dumbest… and of course, the fattest.
The fattest possible people eating the biggest possible portions. It’s easy to watch one of these programmes, to see someone who is super morbidly obese, and to wonder how they got there. How they allowed themselves to get quite that fat, immobile, unhappy, ill.
I know the answer to that question.
One mouthful of food at a time.
You’ve probably heard the tale of the boiling frog. In case you haven’t, apparently if you put a frog in a pan of boiling water it will jump out. Somewhat unsurprisingly perhaps. However, if you were so minded to put a frog in a pan of cold water and then slowly heat it up, the frog is unable to perceive the changes in temperature and will simply sit there until they are cooked all the way through. And hence, very dead. Trust, me this is a real theory. Honest. Look it up on Wikipedia. It is used to illustrate how people just often aren’t aware of gradual creeping changes because of how slowly they occur.
That is weight gain right there. Because it’s just one biscuit, right? And one takeaway won’t hurt. There are only 200 calories in the whole packet. Those leftovers in the fridge need eating up.
The thing with weight gain is how slowly it takes place. You only really notice when you go up a size in clothes, or you are suddenly no longer able to do something.
Here’s the thing. If you put on ten stone overnight and tomorrow morning found yourself unable to tie your own shoe laces, get out of a chair without help, or climb the stairs without pausing for breath, you would be horrified. If in the space of a week you went from a size 8 in Top Shop to the plus size store, you would very quickly do something about it. You’d be on a diet and down the gym.
But it doesn’t happen like that. The water slowly heats up and you don’t even notice until it is too late. One day you look in the mirror and wonder when and how and why it happened.
And the answers are simple.
One mouthful at a time.