Boots Feel Good Forum: body confidence – listen and tell us what you think – voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Mar-13 09:31:16

The Boots Feel Good Forum about body confidence is on air tonight (Sunday) - 7pm on Real Radio and 8pm on Smooth Radio.

Experts personal trainer Matt Roberts and Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos will be answering MNers questions about diet, exercise and feeling body confident see what Qs MNers have posted below.

Please listen to the show and tell us what you think on this thread everyone who posts will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Boots voucher.

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A question about dieting: Do you agree that if you eat too few calories your body goes into 'starvation mode' and you stop losing weight? Does this happen to most/all people?

MissRee Mon 11-Mar-13 10:26:13

There is so much conflicting advice out there about the best way to lose weight. I've been advised by a fitness instructor at my local gym that seriously low-carbing is the way to go but then I've read a lot online saying it can be dangerous to have a seriously high protein diet (which this effectively is). What's your advice?

I have a good understanding of health and fitness, prior to having my last 2 children i had a very good regime as it's all about balance, however since having my 2 girls i can't seem to get my motivation back, i never had this problem after having my son, how do i motivate myself when i am so busy all the time and when i am not busy with the kids/work/house i am too tired .. any advice appreciated x thanks x

CMOTDibbler Mon 11-Mar-13 12:25:52

I've lost 3 stone since September, and am now coming to my goal weight (wheeee).

I'm moving to doing the 5:2 regime, which is going well, but do you have any advice on staying at your goal weight?

I do have a bit of body confidence issue, but thats down to my mostly non functional arm and the scarring. I find doing sport things very difficult as people do look oddy at me

I take a number of medications, all of which have the side effects of increased appetite, weight gain and water retention. What's the best way/s to combat this? I also have a mostly non functioning arm so sports/gym can prove difficult for me, what can I do at home to help improve my fitness levels/weight loss?

jaynemum5 Mon 11-Mar-13 13:41:24

i have a lot to lose and have lost weight by following a good health eating plan i just slipped in to bad habits eating and drinking to much back in control now lost 8.5 lb in last 3 weeks , but due to some big mobility isues EDS I find exercising hard and am worrying about excess skin. can this be toned or is surgery the only way do any of the tonning creams work or the slender tone equipments work

Matt - Help! I HATE my thighs!

I'm 5'4" and weigh 9st 5lbs (Bit of Winter padding there. In the Spring/Summer I normally drop to under 9st) but my thighs are like those of a rugby player. They're very muscular at the front so if I wear a figure hugging dress they protrude further than my stomach. I look awful in profile. Losing weight doesn't seem to help as at 8st 7lbs I still have thighs that belong on a playing field.

I have six dogs and I don't drive so I walk for hours and hours a day. My DP has helpfully suggested that I walk differently so as to work other muscle groups. He suggests I walk backwards for three months to see if it makes a difference. It probably would - I'd have an accident, end up in hospital with multiple broken bones and all the bed rest would probably cause the muscles in my thighs to relax but it's a bit drastic so I shall only consider that as a last resort.

What do you suggest?

Thank you in advance for any sensible advice you can give me.

Do you think the Boots marketing team's fondness for portraying women as either vapid and shallow or put-upon martyrs and men as feckless man-children is appropriate or helpful to society?

Natara Mon 11-Mar-13 14:49:04

I know that everyone is different, but typically how long after having a baby is it healthy to be back at your start weight? I know that breast feeding burns a lot of calories, but I'm keen to start dieting and exercising as soon as baby is out but I continually get told it'll be "bad" for my body!! I've maintained a balanced diet and light exercise throughout pregnancy... Surely eating well and exercising sensibly can never be bad for you??

themonstersmum Mon 11-Mar-13 14:53:40

I need to know what to do about my thighs as they have horrendous cellulite. I am slim and fit and exercise 3 x per week cardio, but I seem to be building muscle in my thighs yet the cellulite has not changed. I have tried body brushing, neoprene shorts that make you sweat, an array of creams and massage techniques, and have been focusing on squats etc but to no avail. My thighs are still lumpy. Is it my diet? Should I be weight training rather than cardio? Help, shorts season approaches.... Can anything be done?

I suffer from PCOS and the weight gain that goes with, I'm currently dieting plus swimming for an hour a week plus a 3 hour jive class a week and still weigh exactly the same. Is there anything my GP can prescribe which will help?

ivanapoo Mon 11-Mar-13 15:17:51

12 weeks after giving birth my stomach is still sticking out. Is this down to excess fat (I'm around 7 lbs heavier than my pre-preg weight), muscle tone, posture or something else?

And what can I do to reduce it? All my clothes fit on the arms, legs, bum etc but are far too tight on the waist.

MahnaMahna Mon 11-Mar-13 15:21:17

I'm 5'7 and I weigh 47kgs. I know that I am underweight for my height and have tried to gain weight. I think I neglect myself a bit because I'm always running around after my daughter who is 9 months old, looking after the house and also working.

Lately I have started to get chest pains and I feel quite short of breath sometimes. Could this be a result of being underweight? How underweight do you have to be for it to start having a negative effect on your body and what would these symptoms be?

katiewalters Mon 11-Mar-13 15:23:23

Is there a good exercise to do which can reduce the size of your thighs. They ate the one part of my body I'm least comfortable with and I never wear shorts or skirts or dresses above the kne. I'm a size 10-12 but always felt like my thighs are bigger than they should be. When I lose weight it doesn't come off my thighs. I exercise, but I don't want to bulk my thighs up more with muscle

JennyEatwell Mon 11-Mar-13 15:25:28

Before I had my son (14 yrs ago) I was seriously sensitive to onions - to the extent that I couldn't eat them at all, raw or cooked. Once I had become pregnant, this sensitivity disappeared! I am now returning back to being onion-sensitive in that I can't cope with raw spring onion at all and raw red or white onion only when my tummy is particularly settled, but cooked onions are fine. Can you tell me, is there any rhyme or reason for this?

ClaraOswinOswald Mon 11-Mar-13 15:26:35

My daughter is just beginning puberty and is bombarded by media images of orange skinned skinny women with big hair and lots of make-up.

Any tips on helping her to realise that she is beautiful as she is and doesn't need all that stuff?

Recommendations for an affordable and good skin care routine to help prevent spots on teen skin would also be appreciated.

weenwee Mon 11-Mar-13 16:01:29

Talk to your doctor. Find out what is your healthy weight. Work on a plan with your GP to achieve it. Ignore everyone who tries to give you advice wrapped up in a sales pitch. And finally...

Know that your waistline and weight does not define your worth as a human being.

Jins Mon 11-Mar-13 16:14:28

It would seem to me that it is not in the best business interests of large companies to promote a sustainable weight loss and maintenance regime as there is a significant amount of money to be made from returners

Would you agree that people who are trying to peddle books, exercise plans or low calorie meals have a vested interest and may not actually provide the most impartial advice.

Finally how is it that since nutritional guidance switched to low fat, low calorie high carb diets the level of obesity has climbed?

Please don't put me in a prize draw - I wouldn't wipe my arse on a Boots voucher

BollyGood Mon 11-Mar-13 16:41:06

A question for Matt: I walk around 6 hours a week in 20/30 minute bursts for the school run and I walk very fast. This has enabled me to lose the extra weight I put on after having my third baby last April. I feel fitter generally and my arms and legs are quite toned from walking and pushing the buggy. It's my tummy which I can't seem to tone or find exercises comfortable enough to do. ( Had a c section and have healed perfectly but the muscles still feel fragile) I do not have very much time and am exhausted by 9pm. Is there anything I can do whilst walking to help the tum? Its not too flabby but needs a bit of oomph if you know what I mean! Thanks grin

whattodoo Mon 11-Mar-13 16:44:31

I'm very overweight, unfit and menopausal. I struggle with motivation as it seems like such a huge and impossible challenge!
I've read great things about Couch to 5K and 5:2. Would you recommend following both programmed simultaneously?

borninastorm Mon 11-Mar-13 17:20:35

I've recently been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and a low thyroid (but not low enough to be treated yet).

I'm 3 stone overweight and have been eating low GI for the past month and have lost some weight but not as much as I'd like.

My big problem is that I'm so tired I don't have the energy to exercise despite getting a small energy boost from eating low GI. I know that the low thyroid makes me tired but I also know that exercise is one of the most important things I need to do to get healthy. I just don't have the energy to do it.

What would you advise?

CheeseStrawWars Mon 11-Mar-13 17:26:59

Our society values what women look over every other attribute they may have - look at women newsreaders as an example, managed out once they hit a certain age. So a lack of body confidence is a valid response to a society which will respond to you primarily based on your looks. But making yourself feel better, or more confident, by making yourself look better seems to be treating the symptoms not the cause.

I don't think it's helpful, especially when you have books like Felicity Wishes' Beauty Magic, a book aimed at 5-7 year olds in which "Felicity Wishes, the fairy for the twenty-first century, shows you how to look beautiful with glittering results. With top tips on looking after your hair, face, and body, and how to make your own face masks and moisturiser." Meanwhile Lego Friends Beauty Shop is manufacturer recommended for 6+. And at the same time they're learning to read, the can dress themselves in a range of slogan t-shirts telling the world how pretty they are... Let's not forget a major retailer only pulled a t-shirt which said "I'm Too Pretty To Do My Homework", in sizes ages 7-16, after protest. Why did it even make it onto the shelves?

Fairymitzi Mon 11-Mar-13 18:04:57

would you say it is better for your health to stick to a calorie controlled, or low fat diet? xx

kayleigh39 Mon 11-Mar-13 19:27:23

Having lost nearly 6 stone I am finding it a struggle to shift the final few pounds. What should I do?

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