I don’t know one women who doesn’t struggle with their weight and dabbles with dieting in a desperate bid to achieve their goal weight aka the holy grail. I recently attended a panel debate hosted by XLS Medical about why diets don’t work and it got me thinking about the vast amount of information we are bombarded with on a daily basis and how it should be conveyed in order to achieve a positive impact.
As I listened to the panel discuss about how we should be eating and the life choices we should be making I quickly realised how far removed I am from the ideal diet. I’m going to hold my hands up and say I’m not a foodie and I’m a horrible cook. My sweet tooth dictates I need, yes need, an abnormal amount of chocolate and my penchant for time saving means I live on M&S readymade meals. My terrible diet isn’t something I’m very proud of but sadly I often find a lot of information out there, especially from authoritative figures such nutritionists, dieticians and exercise gurus very unapproachable.
We talk about body shaming a lot and I absolutely agree this has a monumental part to play in our body image insecurities. However, what about the flip side? Those obsessive fitness fiends and health experts who bombard us and preach with their inflated superiority complexes about how we should be living our lives. While their bodies might be healthy, their mentalities to condemn and shame us about our life/food choices makes me recoil. If even those who do have a positive message aren’t able to convey it in a less intimidating and nauseating manner then it’s hardly surprising we choose quick fixes, such as crash diets, instead of sustained healthy life choices.
What I found most interesting about the XLS Medical debate was one of the panel members was a life coach and the manner in which she advocated a healthy lifestyle was the most refreshing I’ve heard. It wasn’t the usual “eat more vegetables” or “do more exercise”, instead she focused on the idea of emotional eating. We need to get in touch with our mind and try to understand if we’re eating for any other reason than being hungry, why are we doing this? For example is it to fill an emotional void?
The second interesting point she made was if we understand our emotions more when it comes to eating then we can learn to forgive of ourselves, rather than being guilt ridden which in turn can lead to purging, crash diets and complicated relationships with food. If you love yourself, you’ll instinctively want to look after your body but also you won’t beat yourself up for treating yourself every now and again.
Finally the other really refreshing aspect of the debate was the hosts XLS Medical opened up the floor to questions where they got a bit of a grilling about their slimming aids. I’ve never been an advocate of taking weight loss supplements but I was really impressed by how they spoke about their product, particularly given that they were asked some quite tricky questions. If I ever got to a stage where I felt my weight had spiralled I would certainly consider taking these. I applaud any company that opens itself up for debate and allows people to ask the tough questions as it proves the strength of their product and that they really have nothing to hide. Read more about XLS Medical HERE.