Isn't it funny how even the most well-meaning of people can say daft things about weight loss?
I'm not talking about the salesman in Selfridges who didn't have my husband's size in shirts but produced one that was two sizes too big and said, "It will shrink when you wash it, then it will fit you really well!"
No, I'm talking about diet club leaders who are well intentioned but get carried away in general ignorance. At a slimming club a couple of years ago, the leader pointed out that I hadn't lost weight for some time.. In front of the group, I willingly explained that taking medicinal steroids for my illness could hold up weight loss. "Well," she replied, "I really can't see how that happens. How can such a tiny tablet make anyone put on weight? She saw my astonished/horrified face and quickly moved away to another part of the room to ask someone else a question. I was completely blocked from replying and never went back to that club.
I joined another well-known club last week and explained that my weight loss may be slow due to Prednisolone: that some of the symptoms include a ravenous appetite. Her reply? "Well, it's really quite simple. Everything you are experiencing can all be in the mind and easily controlled." I didn't want to ask her if it was her belief that the pain and medical symptoms of PMR are all in the mind. I've decided to stick with the club and to very slowly get back to my proper weight without paying too much attention to the wise sayings of chairman slimming club. But it does make you think, doesn't it?