A Crawley slimming consultant 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.
Kimberley Thompson, a Slimming World consultant for the Pound Hill group, is preparing for a busy January as many people vow to turn their New Year’s resolutions to make this the year that they achieve their dream weight.
She says the latest research conducted by Slimming World shows that people in Crawley shouldn’t feel limited by past weight loss attempts and should instead aim high for 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 (body mass index) 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.
In Crawley around 66 per cent of people are overweight and, nationwide, millions of people are expected to set themselves the target of losing weight this January.
Kimberley 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.
“No dream is out of reach at Slimming World. Whether it’s to lose ten pounds or ten 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 Pound Hill Slimming World group can help to get you there.
“We never tell members what they should weigh, and 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 6st as a Slimming World member myself after joining in 2014, 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, and 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.”
Nicola Savage from Pound Hill, has lost 3st 7lbs to reach her Personal Achievement Target, after joining Kimberley’s group in March 2016. The decision came after seeing photographs of herself from her work’s Christmas Party. Now one year on, having gone from a size 20 to a size 12/14, the photos from this year’s party and the confidence she felt couldn’t be more different. 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 Kimberley 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 4lb weight loss.
“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, 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. Now I’m a target member I attend group each week for free. I love to go along to get top tips, motivation and support – and of course to catch up with all my Slimming World buddies!
To join Kimberley’s Slimming World Pound Hill groups, which are held every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Pound Hill Infant Academy, Crawley Lane, RH10 7EB, either pop along or give Kimberley a call on 07962 033494.