Are people like us fat because they are lazy? Paul Connolly of this week’s episode of Channel 4’s Who Knows Best Series seems to think so. Except in Paul’s fruity style, he is rather less polite!
Emma and Sharrema are both over 20 stone. Paul, a personal fitness trainer is allocated to Emma and Sharrema is allocated to an “alternative therapist” Janet Thomson, to try to shift some pounds.
On the face of it Paul works on the body and Janet works on the mind. Indeed Paul aggressively charactures Janet’s methods as “voodoo” and “it’s not all about your childhood”.
Janet maintains that weight loss has to start in the head, whereas Paul wants us to believe that kicking people up the proverbial is the only way.
Paul wins. His Emma loses 20 pounds in 6 weeks, Sharrema only a meagre 6 pounds. Paul gloats.
So is physical exercise and hard graft, according to Paul, the only way? And what relevance does this have to running a business?
Well, the greatest obstacle to our progress is often us ourselves. Paul actually does really well to “get inside the heads” of his clients. Watch him. He starts with a row but ends with mutual respect.
He works alongside and doesn’t give up. His charge, Emma, admits she is very stubborn. But Paul works his magic on her head, and the rest is easy. Well, diet and hard exercise not withstanding! But head comes before body.
The hapless Janet simply is less successful in getting through to Sharrema. At one point it looks like Sharrema picks up on Janet’s disappointment on her lack of progress. It feels as if Sharrema is being blamed almost.
Influencing people for change can be really difficult. People are complicated and delicate. Trust is needed, regardless of technique.
It’s great to see Emma glowing with pride and confidence at her achievement.
Thanks to all of them for allowing us to scrutinise their progress.
p.s. I prefer a protein diet, but don’t quote me