A psychologist is now serving to different individuals to shed weight and really feel more healthy after shedding 4 stone.
Cathy Cooper, from Congleton, was decided to get more healthy after placing weight on throughout being pregnant.
After shedding the kilos with Slimming World, the 58-year-old is now a advisor, alongside her day job as an academic psychologist, which she has been doing for practically 30 years.
Cathy’s weight reduction journey started greater than a decade in the past, when she discovered herself gaining weight when she was pregnant along with her first little one on the age of 38.
She gained between 4 and 5 stone, which she struggled to lose earlier than changing into pregnant along with her second little one 4 years later.
Determined to be more healthy, the Oxford graduate took the plunge and joined her native Slimming World group to shed the infant weight.
After shedding 4st, she’s now a advisor for her personal group in Biddulph, and helps different individuals with their very own weight reduction journeys.
Cathy says she usually displays on her personal weight reduction journey when she is making an attempt to assist others.
She added: “One of the problems near my coronary heart is weight acquire throughout being pregnant. Throughout being pregnant, I had no concept eat or what was a ‘regular’ weight acquire – I craved rice pudding and ate continuously.
“And all through my being pregnant, I used to be repeatedly requested ‘are you certain you’re not having twins?’ I keep in mind evaluating myself to different moms at antenatal lessons who had not gained a lot weight.
“I remained obese once I had my second son on the age of 42, and I hadn’t misplaced the entire 4 to 5 stone that I had gained throughout my first being pregnant.”
Cathy made numerous wholesome swaps when she joined Slimming World and says she by no means feels disadvantaged of the odd candy deal with.
She mentioned: “Slimming World has taught me eat healthily with a purpose to fully fulfill my urge for food and to by no means really feel hungry or responsible about what I eat.
“Slimming World is in its 52nd yr as a result of it really works. No one ever must really feel like they’re ‘on a food plan’.
“We eat lots of limitless wholesome meals which entails no want for calorie counting and minimal weighing and measuring – simply a component of management of the excessive fats and excessive sugar meals which brought about our weight acquire within the first place.
“Nothing is banned or off limits. It has change into a lifestyle for me.”
In her earlier Slimming World days, Cathy left as soon as she reached her goal, which led to her placing a lot of her weight again on.
As a advisor, she says the key to long-term weight reduction success is carrying on with classes when you attain your goal.
“I left as soon as I had reached my goal weight, resumed previous habits, ate an excessive amount of fats and sugar and regained weight,” she mentioned.
“The essential factor is to proceed to eat within the wholesome manner promoted by Slimming World in order to keep up your weight reduction.
“I’m now what we name a diamond member, which signifies that I’ve maintained my goal weight for over a yr as a result of I meals optimise as a lifestyle.
“I don’t ever really feel disadvantaged or that I’m ‘weight-reduction plan’ – I will probably be 60 subsequent yr, however appear and feel younger.”
Cathy additionally had each bodily and psychological well being issues earlier than shedding weight, corresponding to knee issues and postnatal despair, which have all been eased due to her weight reduction.
She mentioned: “I appear and feel youthful, really feel more healthy and have a lot extra power.
“I had knee hassle once I was obese and haven’t had that for a while.
“I plan, store, prepare dinner and eat in a manner that maintains my weight reduction and ensures that I eat properly, by no means go hungry and totally take pleasure in my meals and feed my household properly.”
Cathy runs her personal award-winning Slimming World teams at Biddulph High School each Wednesday night and Saturday morning. For extra data and to seek out your nearest group you’ll be able to head to the Slimming World website.