A couple who attend a Knowle West slimming group have been the latest success story reaching the national finals for losing the most combined weight.
Clare and Barry Clark joined the Slimming World group at Filwood Community Centre together in November 2016 and have never looked back – with Barry losing 10 stone and Clare over five.
As a result of their efforts they reached the national finals of Slimming World Couple of the Year – and report they have continued to make changes at home to keep the weight off.
Clare says when she first joined the group she was sceptical as “it sounded too good to be true.”
She says: “…Now I’m slimmer I feel so much more happy and confident – and I’ve got so much more energy too!
“I’ve stopped counting, weighing and measuring everything and I’ve made small changes – like using lean meat, low-calorie cooking spray and adding penty of fresh vegetables to fill my plate.
“Another huge difference for me has been the group support. I’ve made a whole new bunch of friends and I look forward to sharing my success with them each week, as well as talking through challenges on the more difficult weeks…”
This national acclaim came before a new study which has found filling up on low energy dense foods – such as fruit, vegetables, rice and pasta – is more likely to lead to weight loss success than counting calories and cutting portion sizes.
The Solutions for Weight through Psychology, Satiation and Satiety study*, led by the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Nutrition, compared women following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, to another group of women following the NHS Choices programme, which is centred around calorie counting.
Kim James-Coggins who supports over 250 members at two Filwood groups a week says the research comes as no surprise to her.
She says: “My members know they don’t have to weigh, count or measure everything they eat to lose weight. They don’t have to give anything up and they don’t have to ever go hungry…. It’s a lifestyle not a quick fix, and something that can be kept up forever…”
Knowle Filwood Slimming World group runs on Mondays at 9.30 and11.30am and 5.30 and 7.30pm and on Fridays at 9.30am. For more information contact Kim on 07920 0123170, pop along or find out more on Facebook.