A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 7 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping people in Greenwich change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.
Amy Smith, 29, joined Slimming World group in Essex seven years ago before moving back to London and joining a local group in Bethnal Green. Initially weighing in at 18 stone, she dropped from 14st 10 ½lbs to 10st 10 ½ lbs to reach her initial target of 100lbs, after already having lost over 3 stone.
Now, the Surrey Quays local who trains at Fitness Space, has trained as a consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at Slimming World’s Greenwich group are getting ready to welcome Amy as their new Consultant when she takes over on Monday 31 December.
The latest government figures reveal that around one in four adults are obese and it is estimated that, by 2034, this will increase to one in three. 58.9 percent of Greenwich’s population is now overweight or obese, and Amy says her new role has never been more important.
“Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK,” she said. “When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started. After losing 3stone and completing my training, it’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.”
“Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost that 4 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own consultant and group. As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.
“Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight so many times before by following numerous diets but they were never sustainable because I’d always get tired of restricting what I ate. I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish. You are never hungry and no foods are banned so there’s no deprivation. I couldn’t believe I’d found a way to lose weight without starving myself.”
“Slimming World isn’t just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car. I love Spinning and weightlifting in the gym to get my Body Magic!”
Like Amy, Slimming World Consultants are all former members who have lost weight at their local group themselves and groups are set up as micro businesses in the heart of local communities. There are currently around 4,000 Slimming World Consultants across the UK and Ireland running 15,000 groups.
Amy’s Slimming World group will be held at James Wolfe Royal Hill Campus every Monday at 7:30pm from 7 January 2019. For more information or to join Amy’s group either pop along on 7 January or call her on 07429580415.
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