‘Aiming high and getting support is key to success’

Clare, who has lost five stone at Slimming World in Alnwick.
Clare, who has lost five stone at Slimming World in Alnwick.

People are being urged 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 a year.

Rachael Bewley, a Slimming World consultant for the Monday night group in Alnwick, is preparing for a busy February as many people vow to ensure their New Year’s resolutions become the year that they achieve their dream weight.

She says the latest research conducted by Slimming World shows that people in Alnwick 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 (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 Northumberland, around 26 per cent of people are overweight and, nationwide, millions of people are expected to set themselves the target of losing weight this year.

Rachael 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.

Clare Stirling has lost five stone to be within reach of her personal achievement target since joining in 2015, after joining the Monday night Alnwick Slimming World group.

“When I walked through the doors at Slimming World, I really didn’t think that my weight-loss dreams could come true,” she said.

“When Rachael 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 great weight loss.”

To join Rachael’s group, which is held every Monday at 7pm in Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre, either pop along or give Rachael a call on 07793 000169 .