A top Ipswich slimming expert has welcomed a new report into the serious health risks of obsessive calorie counting which she says “Highlights the dangers of modern faddy diets”.
Liz Torrie, Slimming World Consultant for the Pinewood and Silent Street groups, which helps people to lose weight through healthy eating, group support and increased activity, was speaking after a report by the Future Foundation think-tank revealed that millions of Britons are at risk of conditions like heart disease and cancer because their obsessive diets are causing them to miss out on essential vitamins and minerals.
Liz, who lost weight herself with Slimming World, says that she hopes that the report will increase awareness of the risks of quick fix diets that rely on starvation or cutting out nutrient-rich foods or even whole food groups.
Liz says “With more celebrity endorsements, more diet articles in magazines and more people using the internet to find ways to lose weight, it’s no surprise that there’s been an increase in the number of people trying faddy diets as a quick fix way to lose weight.
“Traditionally thinking has always been that to lose weight you need to count calories. But this skews our way of thinking of food and often leads to an unhealthy diet because we count the calorie value of food rather than its nutritional value. That’s why at Slimming World we encourage slimmers to eat unlimited amounts of foods that are low in energy density and fill you up. Members choose from a huge list of Free Foods, including fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, lean meat and fish, without ever having to count, weigh or measure. There’s no need to take drastic steps like living on tiny portions or liquid foods, or cutting out certain foods or food groups to lose weight.
“The slimmers in my group know you don’t ever need to feel hungry or deprived in order to lose weight. Our Food Optimising eating plan is in line with all healthy eating recommendations as it encourages people to eat food from all the major food groups – with a third of their intake fruit or vegetables – so that they get all the vitamins and minerals they need for a healthy body and successful weight loss.
“With the support of likeminded slimmers in group members shares ideas, experiences and motivation on a weekly basis, building confidence and self esteem, developing coping strategies and staying on track with weekly weigh-ins until gradually behaviors like becoming more active as well as healthy eating become the habit of a lifetime.”
Children aged 11 to 16 also can come to Slimming World with their parent or guardian for free and also get help and support to give them the confidence they sometimes need.
To find out more about Liz Slimming World contact on 01473 728380 or details below