No Quick Fix
May 8, 2015
I have been horrified at the news that Interpol have now had put out an international warning about the dangers of internet-bought diet pills because they are deadly. It’s shocking … but it shows just how desperate people can become when it comes to size and shape and weight loss.
Obesity is on the increase; “fast food”, “junk food”, sweet treats and snacks and “convenience foods” are all around us and offer a quick and effortless solution… but come at a price… expanding waistlines, ever-increasing numbers on the scales and poor nutritional habits…
Add to that the fact that we are constantly being exposed to pressure to “be thin”… to “look beautiful”… size zero models on the catwalk; a perception that anything over size 12 is somehow unacceptable in terms of “the body beautiful”… magazines and the media bombard us with images of the rich and famous… with praise being heaped on the washboard stomachs and “bikini bodies” and caustic comments and disapproval directed at those who (heaven forbid) may have a little excess flesh on their frame.
And now, we have to question what our eyes tell us… all these pictures of lithe lovelies with seemingly perfect figures… is it really the result of “natural metabolism”, or a regime of diet and exercise? Could it be instead the result of “Photoshop” or surgical intervention; or some dangerous diet “aid”… the fact is it’s difficult to know anymore.
The one thing I do know is that the pressure on all of us is huge… busy lives, economic constraints, medical matters, pressure to conform to a body image that is often utterly unrealistic… it’s no wonder that when a product arrives which appears to be a quick and easy answer to our struggle, it is seized on in the hope that will enable us to look in the mirror and be happy with what looks back at us.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m not condemning all diet aids - there are reputable products out there; well tried weight loss methods and programmes available which will provide relatively quick results without the potential for death… but there are also so many other options that promise the world but deliver nothing but danger.
That’s why I’m such a fan of WLR… and of the members who take the time to post on all the various forums. This journey can sometimes be difficult. It can be frustrating and demoralising and I absolutely understand why people are so tempted by “the quick fix” options. Shedding the pounds can take time and patience.. and we, as a species, don’t generally do very well when it comes to patience… But WLR has taught me that not to expect “a quick fix”… to expect a journey that is challenging and changeable but which, with the right tools and advice and support and strategies is a journey that can equally be enjoyable and deeply satisfying. I signed up expecting to change my shape; I didn’t expect to make friends; learn new skills (in the kitchen) and educate myself about nutrition and diet and really learn to understand what my body needs.
WLR is fabulous for providing sound, safe information but it is more than that. It’s not just about the eating and exercise… it’s about the support and the shared knowledge… it’s about being able to ask questions and get honest answers.
It’s about all those people who have tried other methods of weight loss and can share their experiences (good or bad); it’s about having a bad day and being able to say “I really need some help”… knowing that you will be shown love and support…from people who understand where you’re coming from, where you’re headed to and just how much of a challenge the journey can be.
The Interpol story this week was shocking… and it made me realise how lucky we are to have such a great network at our fingertips. So to each and every one of you … thank you… this journey isn’t always easy… but just sharing it with you makes it not quite so hard.
With a huge hug