Mr Miller is busy censoring his facebook page. His latest outpouring of vitriol was against slimming clubs. Apparently he was invited to do a talk at one (why anyone would ask him is, in itself, quite a miracle) and he refused because apparently seal clapping and cheering a 1 pound loss isn’t his thing
What is the Weight Loss Masters chosen strategy?
Oh yes. There it is. Attack.
And of course first it was the Size Acceptance, and Fat Acceptance folk that he attacked. Not with the desire to have a grown up discussion. Not with the aim to learn or educate. But to name call, to slur, to misrepresent what both size acceptance and fat acceptance mean to different people, and to accuse every single supporter of size acceptance as harbingers of death and doom.
He doesn’t want to discuss. He doesn’t want to engage in discussion on what he has to offer. He has blocked me from commenting or enquiring on his facebook page, and he has blocked me from following or viewing him on twitter, though somehow I can see all he posts, so not sure how that works.
Anyway, onto today’s issue. Attacking those who attend slimming clubs.
Now I have heard from multiple places and numerous books, that maintaining a weight loss is largely impossible. And slimming clubs indicate this in the regular returning of members to some club or other. Having lost a stone, or two, or ten, they go back to their “normal lifestyle” and the weight comes back on. Sometimes a few pounds, sometimes all the weight, sometimes a little bit extra on top. And thousands upon thousands of us are on, or have been on, a perpetual cycle. Losing, gaining, losing, gaining.
It doesn’t look good for slimming clubs, or any type of diet, on the whole.
But I want to defend those clubs. Because at points in my life they have helped, and I am not going to knock that. I have maintained a 2 and a half stone loss over the last couple of years, and that loss was down to a combination of Weight Watchers and Slimming World. Find a great motivating class leader, and a large chunk of the effort and stress is reduced. Find a class with engaged participants, and you can feel like you are part of a big family who want to see you succeed. They celebrate the mini victories as well as the large. They support each other through illness, and grief, and stress, and hurt. They applaud that one pound loss that seems to have taken weeks and weeks, even though you have been following the plan one hundred percent. Even though your body is confusing you and you just don’t know what to do. There are many, many positive reasons for people returning to a slimming club.
Of course the downsides can also be plenty. For me and my compulsive and anxious character, weighing regularly on scales started to have a very negative impact, and I became well and truly stuck, still am, but things are moving again, and I’m relaxed. For me, the weighing and measuring became a massive ball ache. Fat free yogurt? Give me a break. Artificial sweetener by the tonne? No thank you. But there are things I keep in mind, and I have changed my eating habits over time. More veg, less pasta and rice, more protein. That sort of thing. Nothing overly prescriptive any more. But slimming clubs have been a support to me in the past, and I can see why they continue to be. For someone who finds it a real struggle to get out of the house and meeting other people, getting to a slimming club may be their only social activity in a week. For someone feeling unsupported by their family, an alternative family with a similar goal might be what helps them keep on when all the odds seem against them. And for people who have grown up with no clue how to cook, weight loss clubs can offer invaluable advice on creating healthy and filling meals for morning noon and night.
So why is Steve so against all that seal clapping? I mean, he wasn’t against a little seal clapping when his Fat Friends clients on the telly!
It seems a big issue Steve has is the small weight losses celebrated. Because apparently, a fat person can lose at least 3lbs a week for at least the first four weeks. (read through the conversation beneath his status).
WAIT JUST ONE COTTON PICKING MINUTE
I will have to assume Steve is a nutrition, exercise, and general human biology expert as well as a hypnotherapist. I mean, surely he must know this shit for real, right? I realised I needed to go and check this chap’s credentials. Because he is hoping thousands of people will put their lives in his hands to get that fat off.
Look at what he is offering, a bargain, no? No wonder he wants people off slimming clubs and signing up for his courses. Why pay £5 with a consultant when you can £40 to hear him tell you what a lardy arse you are?
But back to those nutrition and exercise linked qualifications. What are those? Well, it seems I can’t find any. And I have looked. I have googled. And all that comes up is this. So what right has this man to be determining a 3lb weight loss? What right has this man to be criticising and ridiculing a 1lb loss?
Now I’m not saying every person who is offering weight loss hypnosis needs to be qualified in health and nutrition, though that would be an ideal. But what I do think is that putting your health and well being in the hands of a man who enjoys ridicule and spite, in order for you to lose weight, is a dangerous thing. And a slightly bigger issue is that so far he has not offered statistics for his successes long term.
What percentage of his clients have maintained a weight loss 2, 3, 5, 10 years after initial contact with Steve Miller? And who’s fault is it if or when the weight has gone back on? Is it the failure of his clients? Is it the failure of a product that in maybe can not offer any more than the slimming clubs?
I’ve paid £250 for weight loss hypnosis. I did lose a stone in the first month. And then it went back on over time, when I had a major mental health blip. Because sometimes my mental health affects my choices.
I’ve paid hundreds and hundreds of pounds to slimming clubs over the years. I am not a magazine type success, but I have had both positive and negative experiences, and while at the moment I am committing to not dieting or joining a club at the moment, I know people who do feel the benefit of support.
I’ve paid £150 for Beyond Chocolate. While I haven’t lost significant amounts of weight it has helped substantially to my approach to and relationship with food, and in knowing that my failed attempts at dieting aren’t all my fault and the reason I should live with a blanket over my head forever more.
I’ve paid £50 for two pods from Thinking Slimmer, and while, again, weight loss isn’t magnificent, I feel relaxed and chilled, and am impressed by how gently my thought patterns have changed, and how I can leave food without worry.
I have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt of many a weight loss programme or plan. And I guess that is in part, why I get so bloody furious at the vitriol spouted by Steve Miller. But I also find it incredibly telling that rather than engage with his questioners he attempts to silence them and shut them down.
So here’s there question. For a man who doesn’t want to prove his product with long term results. What really does he have to offer? Other than your empty pockets and a big dose of fat shaming?
Oh yes, and one more thing, isn’t 80/20 a diet? Pretty sure it is….