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Self-kindness is the key to weight loss says local champion

Weight loss champion, May O’Neill, a member of the Slimming World Shettleston group, says that if people want to lose weight for good they need to learn to be kinder to themselves when things go wrong.

May achieved her four stone weight loss award at group last week and reached the new target she had set herself.

May, before losing weight
May, before losing weight

Ann Marie Nairn, Consultant for the group, revealed that a new Slimming World survey of 1,722 slimmers found that almost everyone (98%) who had tried to lose weight in the past had experienced a slip-up where they went off-track in a way that they worried would affect their weight loss journey. After they lapsed, 84% of slimmers automatically criticised themselves, calling themselves ‘weak’, ‘stupid’ or ‘a failure’ – words they would never have used to describe someone else in their position.

May says being a member of a Slimming World group has taught her how to reduce how critical she was of herself when things went wrong. She has instead become more self-reassuring as a result of recognising that she is only human and applauding her self-determination. 

Ann Marie says May is such an inspiration and a key member in the group at supporting other members with great advice and easy recipes.

May, after losing four stones
May, after losing four stones

Ann Marie, who manages a team of 15 Consultants who run Slimming World groups in east Glasgow, said: “For more than 50 years, Slimming World has been helping people like May to change their mindset and form new habits around eating and becoming more active and learn to stay slim for life. The real key to success is found in the weekly group where trained Consultants motivate and inspire members to achieve their weight loss dreams. For anyone who has ever struggled with their weight, finding understanding care and support to help you stay committed and reach your target is invaluable. Plus, members learn about Slimming World’s incredible Food Optimising eating plan – no hunger, no deprivation, no counting. As we come out of lockdown, many of us are looking for friendly support not just to lose weight but to reconnect with our community.

For more information contact Ann Marie on 07799 472489 or visit

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