I was going to end the post title with “what makes us fat” but the series is already so un-PC I’m trying to brace the reading audience. The series which is hosted by holistic nutritionist Gillian McKeith takes a look at the habits and motivations of everyday people who need a wake up call to change their lives. At least by the time McKeith approaches them they’ve been primed, screened and ready to begin her regime.
The series typically peeks into the lives of an individual and their relationships. They then do a weekly breakdown of what the person normally eats (sometimes spreading it all on the table for added effect) and Gillian gives them a new food plan (also spread out so they can sample it) and exercise regime which they are to follow without substitution.
The subjects also get a complete medical screening to find out exactly where their health stands. There is always some form of crying and knashing of teeth but at the end of the episode the preliminary results are in and if they follow the new plan for a lifestyle change they will have successful results.
In this episode I chose a woman who’s getting married and has a child. Lisa Apston has a good home life and many of us would mistakenly attribute the “exception” rule to her in comparison to how black women need to take better care of themselves. That’s just not going to fly here though. At 28, she is already having libido problems which I’m certain were indicative of a host of other things going on that would negatively impact her relationship. By the way 1 stone = 14 pounds so Lisa is 112 lbs overweight. Note at the end of the episode when Lisa quips she might go shopping for a new man! Knowing your worth is priceless.
This was one of the milder episodes! You can check out a few more of the episodes on Youtube. As always a medical professional must be consulted and as a side note many people are soy intolerant but the point is to be make better life-affirming choices as quickly and definitively as possible.
There’s also the “Clean Eating” movement which encourages us to eat as little unprocessd food as possible with plenty of veggies, whole grains, fruits and water. Clean Eating Magazine has been a valuable resource.