Is It Ok To Put Your Baby On A Diet?


I just read this article about mothers putting their babies on diets because they’re afraid their babies are going to be overweight. I am sickened by this and think it’s disgusting! Most of the mothers admit to doing it because they’re fearful that their children are going to grow up to be overweight just like them, but come on, scooping out a bagel for a 1-year-old is insanity! A mother and father even put laxatives in their baby’s bottle because they were afraid she would be overweight just like her father.

Hello! Unlike adults who yo-yo diet and can’t tell when they’re hungry or full, babies have an internal mechanism that tells them. That is, unless you screw with it. The only thing these parents are going to give these children are a massive dose of self-esteem issues.

It’s not the babies who need to be put on a diet, it’s the parents who need to deal with their own problems. Children learn by watching and if they see you overeat then they will overeat too. And if they see you checking yourself in the mirror 95 times a day then they will learn to do the same.

What do you think about this?

Wow, I’m Shocked To Admit This…

But, I saw the season finale of Thintervention, with Jackie Warner and I have to say that despite all my bashing of weight loss shows on TV and my response to a reader’s questions last week about the show I actually think it’s not all that bad. In fact, I actually learned a thing or two about being a trainer and helping my clients lose weight.

Jackie seems really heartfelt and honest about wanting to help her clients succeed and she manages to help without any crazy yelling or fear tactics. She knows when to push and when to back away, which is really an art. Do I think she should put some clothes on? Yes. People struggling to lose weight don’t have to constantly be reminded that they don’t have her body. Still though, she does an awesome job and I envy it.

At the last weigh-in her clients looked like they had huge transformations, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they still looked healthy, rather than some fitness model ideal. All of them, including the very resistant Nikki did the hard work necessary to get to where they are and I love how Jackie reminded them that if they want it they can have it. It’s all in their power to achieve what they want.

Oh, and did you see Bryan’s transformation? He had to get over so many emotional hurdles, control his bingeing and hiding of food, and learn to have more confidence in himself. To say that he worked is an understatement, he radically changed his lifestyle. There is no mountain that is too high if you want to reach the top badly enough and he reached the top and then climbed another one!

I don’t think that they needed to get up on that scale for a last weigh-in in front of an audience, but unfortunately I guess it’s in the contract. Every single client was majorly successful, but what was most important was to see the emotional achievements they had by facing what was keeping them from losing weight in the first place. It wasn’t necessarily about the specific amount they lost, but it was about what that meant to them in terms of changing their life around and achieving what they thought was impossible.

I am majorly impressed with Jackie Warner and Thintervention and felt that it deserves me admitting that not all weight loss shows are the same. I still say, “don’t try this at home, kids”, it’s still television, but if you need some inspiration and want to see the dedication, drive, and work that it takes to succeed then definitely tune in. If they can do it you can do it too!

Weigh-in here: Did you watch the show? What do you think?

Wow, I'm Shocked To Admit This…

But, I saw the season finale of Thintervention, with Jackie Warner and I have to say that despite all my bashing of weight loss shows on TV and my response to a reader’s questions last week about the show I actually think it’s not all that bad. In fact, I actually learned a thing or two about being a trainer and helping my clients lose weight.

Jackie seems really heartfelt and honest about wanting to help her clients succeed and she manages to help without any crazy yelling or fear tactics. She knows when to push and when to back away, which is really an art. Do I think she should put some clothes on? Yes. People struggling to lose weight don’t have to constantly be reminded that they don’t have her body. Still though, she does an awesome job and I envy it.

At the last weigh-in her clients looked like they had huge transformations, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they still looked healthy, rather than some fitness model ideal. All of them, including the very resistant Nikki did the hard work necessary to get to where they are and I love how Jackie reminded them that if they want it they can have it. It’s all in their power to achieve what they want.

Oh, and did you see Bryan’s transformation? He had to get over so many emotional hurdles, control his bingeing and hiding of food, and learn to have more confidence in himself. To say that he worked is an understatement, he radically changed his lifestyle. There is no mountain that is too high if you want to reach the top badly enough and he reached the top and then climbed another one!

I don’t think that they needed to get up on that scale for a last weigh-in in front of an audience, but unfortunately I guess it’s in the contract. Every single client was majorly successful, but what was most important was to see the emotional achievements they had by facing what was keeping them from losing weight in the first place. It wasn’t necessarily about the specific amount they lost, but it was about what that meant to them in terms of changing their life around and achieving what they thought was impossible.

I am majorly impressed with Jackie Warner and Thintervention and felt that it deserves me admitting that not all weight loss shows are the same. I still say, “don’t try this at home, kids”, it’s still television, but if you need some inspiration and want to see the dedication, drive, and work that it takes to succeed then definitely tune in. If they can do it you can do it too!

Weigh-in here: Did you watch the show? What do you think?

The Main Thing

A friend emailed me this quote yesterday by Mary Manin Morrissey and I’d like to share it with you guys.

“It s said that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
So what is the main thing for you?
You could call it your purpose. You could call it your mission. You could call it the main thing.

Today you could pause for a moment and ask yourself, When it s all said and done what is the main thing for me?
Once you know that main thing, it becomes the compass by which you guide your day. So today the main thing is to make sure we know the main thing.”

The main thing for you is the reason that you’re trying to live a healthier and more positive lifestyle. Maybe it’s because you don’t have control over food anymore, you’re depressed, you’re stressed, you’re sick of staring at yourself in the mirror pointing out the imperfections, you’ve been overweight for as long as you can remember and don’t know what to do about it, or that you lack confidence and would like to put yourself out there, because you know that if you conquered these things you would be a much happier and fulfilled person.

When you feel stuck just remember why you want to be better. If what you’re doing doesn’t go along with your mission, then don’t do it. Take away most of the variables and making smarter choices isn’t that hard after all.

Plus Sized? I think Not

If you’ve ever seen the show Mad Men you know Joan (Christina Hendricks). Even I’m attracted to her. She’s feisty, complicated, a little bit icy, but a little bit delicate too, and she makes heads turn wherever she goes. Her character is complex and fascinating, yet the thing most people notice are her curves. With good reason too. She has a fabulously gorgeous and real body, but I think the real reason we notice it is because it’s so rare that we see this version of the female body in entertainment.

I just read an article on this in New York Magazine http://nymag.com/fashion/10/spring/63808/ and wanted to know your thoughts on it.

The media keeps telling us that “curves are back”, but I wonder what their definition of curves are. Christina Hendricks definitely has a fabulous figure, but most of the time when you read articles about this they go to the other extreme and profile a very overweight celebrity. Now, I’m not saying that being overweight isn’t ok, but why do they have to be so drastic? It’s almost like they’re trying to apologize for profiling so many skinny celebrities and models by going to the opposite extreme. There’s something to be said about being healthy and looking healthy, and not being too skinny or too overweight.

A few months ago Glamour magazine profiled a “plus size model”. Here she is: http://www.glamour.com
/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/08/on-the-cl-the-picture-you-cant.html

If this is plus size than most women in America are in trouble. I find it almost offensive that they call this plus size. It just seems so insincere. So many women applauded Glamour for this photo, because it’s not the norm, but I think women are doing themselves a disservice by accepting that this is plus size. We’ve become accustomed to twig like arms that we think any body that isn’t see-through is plus sized.

You know what, now that I think about it, why does the media have to profile only one body type? Why can’t it be a plethora of figures? That way we won’t hold any specific one to a standard.

Christina Hendricks says that she’s bored by talk of her body and I think we have to follow her on this one. We can’t deny that looks matter, they do, but so does confidence. I don’t think we notice Christina Hendricks on Mad Men solely for her body, it’s her assertiveness and poise that really makes her and her body stand out.