Dr Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World’s Head of Nutrition and Research led the study. She says: “In these testing times, worries about your health and the health of those you love, coupled with a ‘new normal’ means people may be feeling more stressed or anxious than usual. They may also feel less inclined to keep up with healthy eating and activity and more inclined to slip into old, less healthy habits.
“Getting support so you don’t feel alone is incredibly important right now. During lockdown our members are loving the fact they can still attend our virtual groups, where they get the practical tips and expert guidance from our trained Consultants, along with the friendship and community spirit they’ve come to rely on from their usual weekly group. In these uncertain times, our virtual groups are giving our members a chance to focus on their goals, to regain control, and to feel a sense of togetherness with their fellow members. They’re celebrating wins, like having more time to cook, discussing challenges and sharing strategies for success. Along a weight-loss journey there are always going to be bumps in the road, so having a great support network and learning how to stay on track whatever life throws at you is vital to staying fit and well in the long-term.”
Commenting on the study, Psychologist, Author and Broadcaster Dr Linda Papadopoulos says: “Staying motivated on a weight loss journey can be tough at the moment, which is perfectly understandable given that all of our lives have been turned upside down. While focusing on your own motivation is crucial, it can be all too easy to lose sight of your weight loss goals when you’re feeling anxious about things and getting the support of others is invaluable in staying committed. By sharing challenges and hearing how others are staying on track as well as getting emotional support we’re much more likely to succeed. Empowering yourself to think about where you want to be at the end of this period and setting realistic weight loss goals to get there could give you a much-needed sense of control. So, while you might think this isn’t a good time to make changes, it could actually be a great time to think about your future self.”