I am a huge fan of HBO’s True Blood so a recent article featuring one of its stars Kristin Bauer (who plays vampire Pam) caught my attention. In the interview Kristin says the cast (who are often scantily clad) is constantly dieting. Because the camera adds 10 pounds she tries to stay under the weight she wants to look like on TV. Kristin says, “I’ll always be hungry as long as I’m an actress.”
As a frequent TV guest (that's me in the pic) I know first hand that the camera really does add 10 pounds. After meeting me in person I’ve had several people say to me, “You’re so much smaller than you look on TV,” (kind of an awkward thing to hear) but I feel the same way when I see various people in “real life.” For example “curvy” Kim Kardashian and Carmen Elektra both look very tiny in person.
I’m not on TV every day and I’m always pretty covered up, so I can’t truly relate to the pressure Kristin feels, but I wish the scrutiny would stop. There are entire web sites devoted to which stars have gained or lost weight, which were spotted with cellulite, and who might be sporting a baby bump. I think it’s sad that anyone would feel compelled to starve in order to look “normal” or “healthy” (in my book starvation and healthy don’t go hand in hand). But as a nutritionist who has counseled people for nearly two decades I know that celebs aren’t the only ones who struggle.
Eating healthfully and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight shouldn’t feel like being at war with your body. Eating when hungry, stopping when full and eating meals and snacks made from healthy, energizing foods (more about this in next week’s posts) is key. But not eating when you ARE hungry or eating when you’re NOT hungry are two tell tale signs that your diet is out of whack, which can lead to major weight fluctuations and ultimately keep you stuck in an unhealthy yo-yo diet cycle (and prevent you from losing weight).
Do you struggle with striking a balance – cutting back enough to lose or maintain your weight but eating enough to not feel perpetually hungry? If so please comment – I’d like to help you find a healthy middle ground!