Jon shar­ing his slim­ming se­crets to help oth­ers

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A SLIM­MER who trans­formed his life by los­ing weight is us­ing his suc­cess to shape a whole new ca­reer help­ing other peo­ple change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.

Jon Shim­min joined his lo­cal Slim­ming World group in Cardiff three years ago and hav­ing lost weight Jon has now trained as a con­sul­tant for Slim­ming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight-loss or­gan­i­sa­tion, at its na­tional train­ing acad­emy in Der­byshire. Now he has opened his own group in Cardiff at the YMCA Cardiff at The Walk.

Jon said: “Obe­sity is be­com­ing such a huge is­sue across the UK. When I first joined Slim­ming World as a mem­ber, I never dreamed that I would end up help­ing other peo­ple to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started.

“Sup­port is the most im­por­tant thing. It all starts with feel­ing that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost weight with­out the weekly help, en­cour­age­ment and un­der­stand­ing of my own con­sul­tant and group. As some­one who has lost weight I know the chal­lenges peo­ple can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to sup­port every mem­ber all the way to their cho­sen tar­get weight.

“Like a lot of slim­mers, I had tried to lose weight many times be­fore by fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous di­ets but they were never sus­tain­able be­cause I’d al­ways get tired of re­strict­ing what I ate. I thought I was des­tined to strug­gle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I tried Slim­ming World it was dif­fer­ent. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eat­ing plan en­cour­ages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, pota­toes and lean meat and fish. You are never hun­gry and no foods are banned so there’s no de­pri­va­tion. I couldn’t be­lieve I’d found a way to lose weight with­out starv­ing my­self.

“Slim­ming World isn’t just about chang­ing what you eat – be­com­ing more ac­tive is im­por­tant too. Our Body Magic pro­gramme takes the threat out of ac­tiv­ity by show­ing peo­ple, many of whom have un­pleas­ant mem­o­ries of be­ing forced to take part in ac­tiv­ity at school, how they can build ac­tiv­ity into their daily rou­tine with­out hav­ing to take up tra­di­tional forms of ex­er­cise like go­ing to the gym or run­ning. Ev­ery­thing counts from walk­ing to gar­den­ing to wash­ing the car. As a con­sul­tant it’s my role to cre­ate that warm, sup­port­ive at­mos­phere to get peo­ple shar­ing their ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences to help oth­ers.”

Lisa Marie Mar­shall, dis­trict man­ager for south-east Wales, said: “Slim­ming World con­sul­tants are cho­sen for their pos­i­tive out­look and be­cause they gen­uinely care about the health and hap­pi­ness of oth­ers. With Jon’s ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a suc­cess­ful Slim­ming World mem­ber and his kind and warm per­son­al­ity and great sense of hu­mour I just know that he’ll be an amaz­ing sup­port to mem­bers, cheer­ing them all the way to their tar­get weight.”

Jon’s Slim­ming World is held on Tues­day’s at the YMCA Cardiff on The Walk at 7.30pm. Pop along or call him on 07773 844439.

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