Managing Weight

Managing Weight

Losing weight can be hard. We take a refreshing approach to traditional diet clubs.

We believe that all foods have a place in a balanced diet and promote practical and realistic changes to achieve a healthy weight.

With the support of our friendly and qualified advisors, we will encourage and advise you on the steps needed to achieve a healthier weight.

For most, maintaining change is the toughest part, therefore we help you to set achievable weekly goals which are sustainable.

Tailored for you

Our realistic approach to weight management ensures no strict diets or exercise routines. We will support you to make positive, practical, and realistic changes to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

How We Support

Our weight management team offers 12 weeks of free nutritional and physical activity support.

During the face-to-face group programme, we will consider all aspects of weight management including behavioural and psychological barriers, as well as life circumstances which are linked to weight gain.

All programmes share a flexible approach to weight loss that considers the client’s individual needs.

This includes realistic goal setting, physical activity tailored to different levels of ability, analysis of food diaries and additional support outside of the group.

Embracing Diversity

We have also developed several programmes to cater for people in high-risk groups who are less likely to engage with health improvement services.

We offer a variety of programmes including classes for older adults, men’s and women’s only, adults with learning disabilities and ethnic minority groups.

We also have a programme to support pregnant women to improve their diet during pregnancy and beyond.

By creating relevant, responsive and bespoke programmes, we hope to reduce health inequalities.

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Healthier & Happier for Longer

Mark’s Proven Weight-Loss Journey: How He Transformed His Life

Marks starting weight was around 37 stone and he had been diagnosed with diabetes. Since then, he’s lost over half his body weight and is now volunteering with ABL Health as a peer supporter to help others lead a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s Mark’s story:

“I had been overweight all my life and last year found out I’d had diabetes for up to four years and had no idea. I decided not to take insulin but instead to manage the condition with a diet instead. I lost nearly six stone by cutting my sugar intake down to 40 grams a day and was weighing everything before I ate it.

“Then, I joined ABL's scheme. The programme was exactly right. The advice was great – it’s not about dieting, it’s about what you eat. Now, I love raw food and don’t eat anything processed. I think my taste has completely changed. If I eat scampi now, the batter just tastes like slime!

“When I was 13 I was hit by a double-decker bus and spent three years in hospital. I injured my whole right leg and lower back in the accident and it is painful for me to walk. Choose to Change taught me that you can do exercise with virtually no mobility, and now I cycle and do weights.

“It was the perfect way for me to go and now I’m 17 stone and at 6ft 2 inches that’s not too bad! Before I was falling asleep all the time and now it’s like I have woken up. Everything has changed – I feel like a teenager with too much energy – and my blood sugar levels are really healthy as well.

“Some people will use anything as an excuse not to lose weight but the only excuse is yourself. There is no magical cure, you’ve got to listen to the advice even if you only take in part of it. The support I’ve had has been invaluable. I got so much from the course and it’s time to give something back so I’ve become a peer supporter to offer inspiration to others wanting to improve their lives.”