No dream is out of reach
A local slimming expert is urging people starting a weight loss programme this January to have faith in aiming for their ideal weight – after a study found that people who set ambitious targets lose almost twice as much weight in 12 months.
Haylee Hibbert, a Slimming World Consultant for the Fauldhouse group, is preparing for a busy January as many people vow to turn to their New Year’s resolutions to make this the year that they achieve their dream weight.
And she says the latest research conducted by Slimming World shows that people in Fauldhouse shouldn’t feel limited by past weight loss attempts and should instead aim high for the weight they would love to be, and get the support they need to achieve it.
The national study of 24,457 people with a BMI in the obese category looked at the impact of target setting, and found that the more ambitious the target, the more weight people lose – regardless of their starting weight.
Figures taken from the NHS Lothian website state that more than 65 per cent of adults are classified as overweight and, nationwide, millions of people are expected to set themselves the target of losing weight this January.
Haylee says her Slimming World group is the best place to get motivational support along with care and camaraderie to learn to make simple, healthy changes to lose weight and keep it off.
She said: “No dream is out of reach at Slimming World. Whether it’s to lose 10 pounds or 10 stone, fit into a size 12 dress or a suit you’ve grown out of, run around with the kids or run a 10k race – together, me and the members of the Fauldhouse Slimming World group can help to get you there!
“We never tell members what they should weigh so all new members chose their own target weight when they join.
“However much you’d love to lose, we know how much more motivating it is when you’re aiming for a weight you dream to be rather than a weight you’re told you should be or think is easily achievable – and now we have the research to prove it!
“I know what it’s like to struggle with your weight and, having lost 3st as a Slimming World member myself, I also understand what a huge difference understanding how slimmers feel and offering the right kind of support can make to your chances of achieving your weight loss goals.
“It’s my dream to see my members achieve their dreams.
“In my group, members set targets, share recipes, challenges and solutions and celebrate success together, which is so important to a successful journey.
“It’s all about support, care, encouragement and fun and I firmly believe that’s why we regularly see members achieve their weight loss dreams too.
“In group they learn that slimming down doesn’t have to mean giving up any of their favourite foods. In fact, they can fill up on healthy, hearty, delicious meals just by making small changes to the way they are cooked and prepared.
“Many also find they have so much more energy, and become much more active by starting small and finding something fun – whether it’s walking the kids to school, a dance class or washing the car – it all absolutely counts!”
Claire Leonard, from Shotts, has lost 4st 3.5lbs in just 24 weeks, after joining the Fauldhouse Slimming World group.
She said: “When I walked through the doors at Slimming World I really didn’t think that my weight loss dreams could come true. When Haylee asked me what I’d love to lose, I never imagined it would be possible.
“Then, after learning that I would able to lose weight enjoying normal everyday foods like fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes, fish and lean meat, and I could eat as much as I wanted to fill up – without having to give up any of my favourite foods – I didn’t look back!
“Especially after I came back after my first week following the plan with a 4lbs weight loss. My favourite meal to cook is Mexican chicken from Slimming Worlds Take 5 recipe book.
“Since losing weight I have lots more energy, meaning I’m so much more active too. I enjoy walking and I am not out of breath as much after losing 10% of my body weight in just 13 weeks – reducing my risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and reducing the risk of some cancers. I have less pressure on my joints and I now enjoy exercise and how it makes me feel.
“I used to think getting fit was just about spending hours in the gym or running marathons – but thanks to Slimming World I know that’s not how it has to be. Just moving a little more than usual all counts!
“If anyone is thinking of joining Slimming World this January I’d just say ‘go for it’.
“Whatever you dream to lose, with Slimming World you can absolutely do it.
“I was nervous walking through those doors and had been worried I’d be the biggest person there. However, the warm welcome I got from the Consultant and the group and the belief they showed in me was amazing.
“I instantly knew there was no need to be scared and that the people in the group really understood and cared.
“I have changed my habits for life and know that I will never need to go back to being the same unhappy size I was.
“I feel confident with how I look now, before I was embarrassed of going out.”
To join Haylee’s Slimming World Fauldhouse groups, which are held every Monday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Main Street and Saturdays at 9am at Eastfield Training Centre on Eastfield Road, either pop along or give Haylee a call on 07949224078.
Before Claire ahead of her amazing 4st weight loss