How to lose weight and keep it off

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

IT is the new year and many peo­ple’s thoughts are turn­ing to los­ing a lit­tle bit of weight so it is timely that a lo­cal weight­loss ex­pert lays ready to help even more peo­ple lose weight and keep it off for life thanks to a new ini­tia­tive to sup­port slim­mer’s who have reached their tar­get weight.

As part of a cam­paign to build in ad­di­tional sup­port for mem­bers who reach their per­sonal tar­get weight, Slimming World con­ducted a sur­vey of 4,774 suc­cess­ful slim­mer’s.

The na­tional sur­vey that found slim­mer’s are more than twice as likely to de­scribe los­ing weight as ‘easy’ com­pared to main­tain­ing weight.

Sinead Wyer, who runs the Flem­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tres Slimming World groups, says peo­ple who find main­tain­ing weight loss chal­leng­ing are not alone.

The suc­cess­ful slim­mers sur­veyed, who have all reached their tar­get weight with Slimming World, found that while more than half of re­spon­dents (59%) de­scribed los­ing weight as ‘very easy’ or ‘easy’, fewer than one in four (23%) said main­tain­ing their new slim weight was ‘very easy’ or ‘easy’.

Lack­ing con­fi­dence in what to eat to main­tain their weight (49%), miss­ing see­ing re­sults on the scales each week (40%), and no longer re­ceiv­ing re­wards or recog­ni­tion for their weight loss (34%) were the most com­mon rea­sons given for find­ing weight-loss main­te­nance chal­leng­ing.

Slimming World’s new ini­tia­tive for tar­get mem­bers ad­dresses all of these chal­lenges and aims to help make weight loss main­te­nance eas­ier.

It in­cludes a new Slim for Life plan to help tar­get mem­bers to adapt their diet to main­tain weight rather than con­tinue to lose. The plan, which is de­signed to be per­son­alised by slim­mer’s, gives mem­bers the op­tion of three routes depend­ing on their rate of weight loss and in­tro­duces mem­bers to the con­cept of Savvy Syns – Syns are food and drink that are not counted as ‘free’ on the Slimming World plan.savvy Syns con­sti­tute a health­ier or safer choice than other high-calo­rie and high-fat op­tions be­cause they pro­vide ben­e­fi­cial nu- tri­ents, are more sat­is­fy­ing or are less likely to cat­a­pult peo­ple back into the habits that caused them to gain weight in the fu­ture than other foods. Mem­bers are en­cour­aged and sup­ported to make their own per­sonal choices and adopt a more flex­i­ble ap­proach once they’ve achieved their per­sonal tar­get weight, which they set them­selves.

The new Slim for Life plan, which was de­vel­oped in re­sponse to re­quests for in­creased sup­port from tar­get mem­bers, fo­cuses on the first 12 weeks af­ter mem­bers achieve their tar­get weight. It guides them through a spe­cially-tai­lored jour­ney to main­tain their new weight and help build the skills to stay there for life.

Sinead, who sup­ports peo­ple to lose weight each week, says: ‘When mem­bers start their weight-loss jour­ney, it can be dif­fi­cult for them to think too far ahead. They’re so fo­cused on los­ing the weight that they find it dif­fi­cult to even think about how they’re go­ing to keep it off. This new guid­ance will re­ally help our mem­bers to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of hav­ing the right mind set and be­hav­iours from the very be­gin­ning of their jour­ney.’

Slimming World at Flem­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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