Local weight loss expert shares secrets to slim!

By Linden Jones in Health

CORNISH consultant Julie Ferris is embarking on a new career with Slimming World!

Julie, who runs two Slimming World groups in the Mid/North Cornwall team has been successfully helping her own members in the group shed the pounds and she now feels ready to share her knowledge and train new consultants to do the same alongside supporting her own members. Julie is currently a team member working with Team Developer Elaine Minear who will be assisting her in this extra role.

Elaine says, “Julie is so dedicated to helping people that I know this is naturally the next step for her to take. I am really looking forward to working alongside her in this role, supporting her all the way and reaching out to even more people that so desperately need our help. I know that she is keen to share her knowledge and has let you in on some of her top tips to be a successful slimmer.”

Julie adds, “Lots of people make resolutions to lose weight and improve their health but successful weight loss isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about keeping it off too. Making temporary changes and going on a ‘diet’ that’s unsustainable in the long-term will only ever be a quick fix, meaning you’ll sadly be bound to regain any weight you lose - and maybe more - as soon as you go back to your normal eating habits. If you really want to live happy for the long term, the key is to make healthy, realistic changes to your lifestyle that you can keep up for the rest of your life.

“Here are my top tips! And you’ll find even more slimming support, advice and inspiration at one of our local groups!

N Never go hungry

Most people who embark on diets fail within days or weeks because they follow plans that are too restrictive and leave them feeling hungry or deprived so they’re absolutely impossible to keep up. In contrast, Slimming World’s fabulous Food Optimising programme is flexible and generous, with members able to satisfy their appetite on hundreds of healthy, everyday foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, poultry, fish, fat-free dairy, eggs and more without weighing, counting or measuring!

Keep your appetite satisfied with wholesome, healthy meals the whole family can enjoy – think spag bol, roast dinners, curries, stir-fries, cottage pie, chilli, and many more…even homemade chips! Visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk for tons of recipe inspiration!

E Easy changes to make

Believe it or not, if you’re looking to slim you can still cook and enjoy all of your favourite meals, just by tweaking them slightly.

Try switching to lean or extra-lean meat, trim off all visible fat and remove skin from poultry. Swap cooking oil for low calorie sprays, whole milk for skimmed or semi-skimmed, sugar for sweetener and calorie-laden salad dressings for fat-free vinaigrettes. These substitutions may seem small but put together they will really boost your weight loss.

W Write a weekly plan

Spending some time at the weekend planning your week’s menu can really pay off; you’ll feel fully in control with your healthy eating and know exactly what to get at the supermarket, saving pennies at the checkout and bags of time.

Thinking ahead about any potential pitfalls such as a social event will also help you to plan how to stay on track.

Y You choose

At home, keep your fridge stocked with filling, natural foods you can snack on such as fresh fruit, vegetable crudités and lean meat. When you’re feeling peckish in between meals you’ll be able to dive right in, rather than eating that extra chunk of cheese or a packet of crisps while dinner’s cooking.

At Slimming World we know that you don’t have to cut out treats completely to lose weight, and in fact having a little bit of what you fancy can do you a world of good. No food is banned at Slimming World – we recommend a wonderful mix of flexibility in your diet along with just enough structure. Choose one or two treats per day, a glass of wine or a chocolate bar for example and you’ll feel beautifully in control.

O Out there

Be more active, being active doesn’t have to mean joining the gym or enduring a rigorous exercise regime. It’s important to start off slow and find something you enjoy. Increasing your activity levels could be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift or pledging to park the car further away from work or the shops.

Increasing your activity levels helps to boost your weight loss (and your mood and sense of wellbeing) and research shows that those who make a habit of being active are more likely to maintain their weight loss in the long term.

U Umbrella of support

Changing long-term habits can be challenging and research shows that getting regular, effective support is a vital component in losing weight and keeping it off. Slimming World members attend weekly group sessions, led by a consultant who has lost weight with Slimming World themselves. Consultants are trained to support members with understanding and empathy, as well as empowering them to learn how to make healthy choices they can keep up for life. It helps you to stick to your promise when you make a commitment at group each week too.

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