Kate Winslet Wins UK Poll for Best Celebrity Body
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, who has publicly shunned the practice of strict dieting to fit a certain Hollywood image, has topped a British poll for having the most admired celebrity body. The poll of about 2,000 was conducted by Slimming World, the largest UK weight loss program.
The star of “Titanic” and “Revolutionary Road”, age 34, has been praised for promoting a more realistic body shape. “Kate Winslet has always spoken out about the importance of accepting your body. After all, healthy women come in all sizes”, says Slimming World Woman of the Year Rebecca Wheatley. “It’s definitely as step forward that rather than persuading women to set their sights on becoming super thin...more celebrities are encouraging inner confidence and a positive body image and showing women how they can be happy with their shape.”
The poll also revealed that 85% of women have at least one negative thought about their body. Kate Winslet has spoken of her weight struggles over the years, and has encouraged women to work toward a healthier relationship with their body and accept and appreciate themselves for who they are. A healthy lifestyle is more than just fitting into a certain dress size or an “ideal” number on a scale. It is about the overall practice of respecting your body and treating it well with good health practices.
For setting realistic weight goals, Registered Dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Dawn Jackson Blatner teaches women to look back at their adult weight history and identify a point where they were most comfortable with their body and at a weight that was able to be maintained naturally and fairly easily – a point she calls “your happy weight”. While this may be a few pounds heavier than the weight you were in high school or on your wedding day, it is important to find your own set point.
Dr. George Blackburn, in his book Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep It Off, explains the set point theory. Just as your body temperature is programmed to stay around 98.6 degrees, your body weight is naturally regulated to stay within a range of 10-20%. Over time, overeating and lack of exercise, and the resultant increase in body fat cells, a hormonal response causes the body to shift that set point higher, making it more difficult to lose weight.
He suggests setting an initial goal of losing 10% of body weight (20 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds) and maintaining that for a period of six months before attempting further weight loss. This resets the body to a lower set point, making the weight easier to maintain. “When patients lose 10%, it may not be the pant size they want, but they start to realize how a little weight loss impacts their health in very positive ways,” says Blatner.
To achieve this weight loss, she suggests setting behavioral goals such as eating breakfast every day (research shows that breakfast eaters are more successful in weight loss and maintenance), eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods, and getting in at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Stick with these healthy behaviors and not only will the results be obvious on the outside, but they become a part of your regular routines and habits, unlike strict dieting which is often a short-term solution.