No dream is out of reach

West Lothian Courier - - News -

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

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