Two months into Katie Hopkin’s weight loss plan she has lost 27 of her previously gained 43 pounds but she has 16 pounds yet to lose. When she is weighed in, the doctor comments that he doesn’t think that she can lose that much in a month. At this juncture, Hopkins seems to become frantic and increases her walking to 20,000 steps a day. This move seems counter Hopkin’s goal of making her “move more, eat less” weight loss plan accessible to anyone. Walking 20,000 steps takes at least three hours of consistent walking. For those of us who have jobs, three hours can be hard to find during a busy life. Between 8 hours of work, time commuting, household chores, and eating, there is barely enough time to walk for three hours, even if you have nothing else in life to do!
Secondly, Hopkins starts to make comments that her friends and family say that she looks better with more weight on her. Her face does look better to me because it is less harsh with its fullness, but she claimed her prejudice against overweight people was all about health, not appearances (which is obviously why she didn’t believe her doctor when he told her she was underweight and had to get a second opinion from a rugby team). Suddenly, she is talking about keeping a “bit of fat on” so that she looks better, even though her original goal, stated over and over, was to lose ALL the weight she gained.
Meanwhile, I have lost a total of 5 pounds over two full months. Compared to the 1 to 2 lbs per week that is considered healthy amount to lose, 5 lbs over 9 weeks is somewhat pathetic. I am nowhere near the “healthy weight” that Hopkin’s promised if we would all just follow her plan. I have done the same thing as she has done for two months now, but compared to Hopkin’s 27 lb weight loss, my 5 pounds is miniscule. One would almost think we had different metabolisms or something. 🙂
This next month will be quite challenging since I will be trying to get in 20,000 steps per day. I may be blogging somewhat less since it is hard to sit in front of a computer and walk at the same time, but I am hopeful as these months wrap up, to share some correlations between Hopkin’s faulty thinking and the way we think about others.