New mum shares before and after photos of her amazing weight loss
A new mum has spoken out to inspire others after shifting her pregnancy weight – during which she said she gained two stone.
Sophie May, who attends a group at Indian Queens, has promised other slimmers that they can still enjoy their favourite foods while losing weight.
She added: “I joined Slimming World three months after having my beautiful daughter.
“During my pregnancy I had gained two stone and knew that I wasn’t eating healthily.
“I love pasta and finding out that I could eat it and other free foods in unlimited amounts just made my day.”
She continued: “I have completely changed the way I look at food.
“I am currently six pounds away from my target, having lost the two stone I put on.”
Sarah Payne is also looking to inspire others with her slimming story.
She said: “For several years I have played in a band but would always avoid being photographed as I hated the way I looked and had no confidence.
“I dreaded getting on the scales when I joined, but I needn’t have worried, everyone was so supportive and I left feeling motivated.
“Coming to group and sharing success is the highlight of my week. Losing weight has made my hectic life so much easier. I don’t get out of breath as easily and I am no-longer tired all the time.
“Most of all though, I no-longer dread my photo being taken, and that has made performing so much more fun.”
If you’re looking to kick-start your 2020 by making a lasting change, local expert and Slimming World consultant Louise Tickner, has shared her top tips to make your new year weight-loss resolutions a reality.
Louise, who runs groups in Indian Queens and St Columb, said: “With the rise of trendy fad diets, people are often seduced by the promise of fast weight losses and take quick-fix routes to lose weight.
“However, these methods of weight loss aren’t sustainable – after all, who wants to feel hungry all the time or give up their favourite foods indefinitely? Especially when that so often means that by February New Year’s resolutions are a distant memory.
“The fact is, there’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss and the best weight-loss plan is the one you can stick to.
“Our members lose weight by making small changes to the way they shop, cook and eat and filling up on free food – foods that are low in calories but satisfying like pasta, lean meat, fruit, veg, potatoes and more – so they don’t have to go hungry or give up their favourite meals.
“We encourage members to gradually become more active and we provide great support along the way.
“Members develop healthy habits that they can keep up for life, so they can not only reach their target weight but stay there forever.”
Here are Louise’s top tips:
1. Make small and simple swaps
It is a huge misconception to think that you have to make dramatic changes and survive on lettuce leaves and carrot sticks in order to lose weight.
Members are encouraged to make small and simple swaps like switching from oil to low-calorie cooking spray and full-fat butter to low-fat spread, and swapping white bread for wholemeal bread.
2. Plan, plan, plan
Losing weight is much easier when you get in the habit of planning your meals for the week.
Pick meals that you know you’ll enjoy, try new dishes to keep things interesting and make a shopping list – it’s hard to enjoy healthy meals if you don’t have the foods you need to make them in your kitchen.
3. Get support
When you’re losing weight, the importance of having a strong support system around you is absolutely vital. Our groups are fun and informative, and members never feel alone on their journey.
Everyone is in the same boat – your fellow members will have lots of tips, recipes and ideas to share; they will celebrate with you when you’re doing well and pick you up if you ever have a difficult week.
4. Get active
But there’s no need to run before you can walk. If the thought of exercise makes you sweat, don’t let your fears steer you away from getting active – after all, exercise isn’t just about Lycra and aerobic classes.
We encourage our members to make simple swaps – from taking the lift and using the car for short journeys to taking the stairs and walking to the shops.
Increase your activity levels gradually until you reach the recommended level of 30 minutes five times a week.
5. Track your progress
Having a visual reminder of your long-term goal is a great way to help you stay on track with your weight-loss journey.
Not only is it a great way to see the amazing progress you’re making, it’s a good way to keep yourself inspired and committed. Members often recommend using measurement charts and progress pictures to keep motivated – not only will they remind you why you’re losing weight, they’re fun too.