10 Signs That Your Slimming Club Won’t Work For You

18 May

If you’re a member of a slimming club, chances are that you won’t achieve your weight loss goals.

Here are 10 signs that your slimming club won’t work for you:

  1. The group leader is overweight – for some reason, overweight people are happier taking weight loss advice from fellow overweight people… and yet this makes no sense.  The thinking is that slim people don’t understand their situation so can’t advise them.  This thinking is flawed.  Overweight slimming club leaders can’t possibly help you lose weight – what they understand is how it feels to be overweight, which is something you surely already understand or you wouldn’t be at the group.  So if your class is being led by an overweight person, even if they’re currently trying to lose weight, run for the hills.
  2. You’re encouraged to calorie count – calorie counting doesn’t work.  There, I said it.  Calorie counting usually leads to skipping meals (and yes, ‘slim shakes’ count as skipping meals – your body can’t be fooled with a shake!), which puts your body in starvation mode… meaning your body clings desperately to your existing body fat, and you reach a weight loss plateau.
  3. You’re encouraged to tell sob stories – some slimming clubs are just amateur counselling and therapy sessions for overweight people, and unless your group leader has a therapy qualification she won’t be able to help you.  If you genuinely feel that your weight is due to overeating or food addiction, get some genuine help (my eBook Think & Grow Thin discusses overcoming the emotional aspect of weight gain)
  4. The diet doesn’t make sense – if you’re allowed endless pork scratchings, but only one apple a day, your common sense should be telling you that something is very wrong.
  5. You dread the weigh ins – some people love the social aspect of dieting with a slimming club, and others hate it.  If you genuinely dread the day of the week when you need to weigh in in front of the other members, slimming clubs may be too public a way of losing weight for you.  That’s nothing to be ashamed of, lots of people avoid slimming clubs for this exact reason.
  6. You feel hungry – if your slimming club diet has you starving by mid-morning, it’s not going to be a long-term, maintainable diet.  Get out now.
  7. Your leader can’t answer your questions – if your slimming club leader is just an ex-member with a nice smile and a flair for public speaking, but immediately looks lost when you ask her a food question that isn’t answered in the company guidebook, she won’t be able to fully support your weight loss.
  8. You are called names – believe it or not, some slimming clubs still use humiliation and name calling as a way of supposedly ‘motivating’ people to lose weight.  If your club behaves like this towards people who haven’t lost each week, you seriously need to get out of that toxic atmosphere.  The only thing such behaviour will motivate you to do is go home and eat crisps.
  9. You are encouraged to stay in the club after reaching your goal weight – very often, slimming clubs create an atmosphere of dependence, where members are subtly told that they cannot hope to maintain a healthy weight without the club.  This is, I’m afraid, a way of making clubs more profitable.  Any decent weight loss coach would pride themselves on giving you the tools to ensure that your weight remains healthy under any circumstances, without constant support and reassurance.
  10. The other members are old members and are overweight – this may sound a strange thing to say, as of course slimming club members should be imagined to be overweight… but actually, if a slimming club is working, the members should be recent additions (less than a year of attending) and should be various weights and sizes.  If your group consists of extremely obese people who have been attending the group for several years, they are proof that something is not working.  (Of course there may be 1 or 2 members who fit this description, as not everyone has the determination to follow the diet, but if you are the newbie amongst all long-standing members… maybe your club is more social than slimming.)

3 Responses to “10 Signs That Your Slimming Club Won’t Work For You”

  1. emilycolman May 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    I can really relate to your post, what a great insight. I have posted my own views after deciding to leave my slimming club http://stuffingcushions.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/why-im-fed-up-with-slimming-clubs/

  2. emilycolman May 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    and I will be reading your ebook! Please let me know what you think of my blog post.

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