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Dec 23

‘Emotional eater’ explains how she finally managed to shed weight – Liverpool Echo

January is a time when most of us want to lose a few pounds after overindulging over Christmas.

There's something many people find motivating about the new year and having a fresh start.

To help people who are looking to lose weight, get fitter and gain confidence in 2022, Slimming World has revealed its seven secrets of success.

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These top tips aim to help you to stay on track with your weight loss and live a healthier lifestyle in the long term.

To lose weight people often think you need to eat less, but what you're eating is much more important than how much.

Swapping high calorie, unsatisfying foods for foods that are lower in calories and more bulky, so they fill you up for longer, is key to losing weight in a way thats easy to live with.

Claire Marsh, from Netherton, said calorie counting left her feeling lethargic, dehydrated and bored because she wasn't eating proper meals.

But since joining Slimming World, Claire said "I never feel hungry or deprived as there are so many different foods that you're able to enjoy."

Claire has lost two stone and credits her weight loss to the flexibility of food optimising, which has helped her to "make informed choices about what I eat."

Slimming World District Manager Sarah Stringfellow said: "Some quick and easy changes include using less fat when you cook, so you boil or dry fry instead of frying in oil, swapping full fat dairy products for low fat or fat free, ditching sugary drinks in favour of low calorie drinks and adding more fruit and veg to your daily meals.

"My members find that by making simple changes to their shopping and cooking, which we talk about in our group every week, they lose weight without feeling hungry."

If its your goal to get fitter, remember you dont have to become a professional athlete to get active - just making a commitment to moving more all adds up.

Many people make the mistake of joining a gym, overdoing it in week one and quickly giving up, thinking exercise isnt for me.

Finding an enjoyable, achievable, and sustainable way of building new active habits into your routine is key.

We all start January with great intentions, but its all too easy to go off track.

Its what you do next that matters most and the most important thing is not to beat yourself up about it.

A Slimming World survey of 1,700 slimmers showed that when they did have a slip up, being self critical was more likely to lead to comfort eating and giving up completely, whereas when they were kinder to be kind to themselves, they more quickly got back to healthy eating, lost weight and they kept it off.

Claire said she used to be an "emotional eater" with an "all of nothing approach to food."

Claire said: "Now, I think about food in a less emotional way and I suppose I see it as fuel for my body to function.

"I am taking more notice of how particular foods make me feel and that in turn is allowing me to know what I need at certain times.

"My treats are no longer food related, but are much more about self-care now."

When you're thinking about your losing weight, it's important to set a goal and not be afraid to be ambitious.

Research from Slimming World shows that slimmers who set ambitious targets lose twice as much weight as those who try to be realistic.

Slimming World District Manager Sarah Stringfellow said: "Shoot for the moon you never know where you might land!

"As well as setting an overall weight loss target, all my members set a mini goal every week whether its to lose weight, to get more active, to plan ahead or to try something new making that commitment to a goal definitely helps them achieve more."

Dawn Mcshane said she had tried a number of "fad diets" over the years in the hope of losing weight quickly, but she would end up "feeling deprived and then binge eat the wrong foods."

Since joining her local Slimming World group, Dawn, from Bootle, has lost two stone and hasn't looked back.

To avoid becoming trapped in a yo-yo diet cycle, Slimming World experts say its important to approach weight loss as a permanent change to your lifestyle.

This means focusing on developing new healthy habits that are sustainable for life, as well as getting support to make those changes.

An all-or-nothing approach is rarely effective when it comes to weight loss.

Restricting yourself when it comes to food and drink might work in the short-term, but pretty soon youll be fed up, hungry and giving up completely.

Instead, taking a flexible approach and having a balanced mindset is key.

The principles of losing weight are quite simple, yet if it was that easy wed all be doing it!

Dawn Mcshane has found seeking support from her Slimming World consultant and group members has helped to encourage her to keep going with her weight loss.

Dr Jacquie Lavin said: "The power of the group and the peer support members give one another is what sets Slimming World apart. Our members become part of a community, something special, which helps them to realise that they are not alone in the challenges they face.

"Thats combined with our personalised approach called IMAGE Therapy which helps every member discover more about themselves as a slimmer, identify their own pitfalls and danger zones, and create practical plans to overcome them.

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