Bypassing the Band: Natalie is set to share her slimming secrets!
Posted on January 16, 2020
A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 3.5 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.
Natalie Zevka joined her local Slimming World group in Crawley on 14th January 2019 months after she was placed on statins for high cholesterol by her GP due to her excess weight….they even suggested she consider a gastric band. Natalie decided to tackle her weight through Slimming World as a last chance to avoid a costly surgery. She loved the warm, friendly welcome she received at her local group and with her consultant’s support lost 3.5 stone and has since come off statins!
Now, she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at the lucky and newly opened Broadbridge Heath group at Shelley Primary School are getting ready to welcome Natalie as their new Consultant when she takes over on 20 January 2020.
The latest government figures reveal that around one in four adults are obese and it is estimated that, by 2034, this will increase to one in three. 60.3% of the Horsham’s population is now overweight, and Natalie says her new role has never been more important: “Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight, but now I just can’t wait to get started. After losing 3.5st and completing my training, it’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.
“Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost 3.5 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group. As someone who has lost weight myself, I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.
“Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight so many times before by following numerous diets, but they were never sustainable because I’d always get tired of restricting what I ate. I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish, you are never hungry and no foods are banned so there’s no deprivation. I couldn’t believe I’d found a way to lose weight without starving myself.
“Slimming World isn’t just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car. I love feeling better in myself and so am much healthier! As a Consultant it’s my role to create that warm, supportive atmosphere to get people sharing their ideas and experiences to help others – it’s going to be great fun!”
Like Natalie, Slimming World Consultants are all former members who have lost weight at their local group themselves and groups are set up as micro businesses in the heart of local communities. There are currently around 4,000 Slimming World Consultants across the UK and Ireland running 15,000 groups. Consultants receive training in Slimming World’s healthy eating and physical activity programmes and learn how to use the power of group support to empower members to take control of their own weight loss journey. As self-employed micro-entrepreneurs, Consultants also learn how to build a successful community-based business. Natalie says she can’t wait for the new challenges running her own business will bring. “For me becoming a self-employed franchisee was a great option. I wanted a job that was well paid, flexible and could fit around my busy life/ I wanted to avoid a regular ‘nine-to-five’ routine, so launching my own Slimming World group was an ideal option – I feel like I’ve got a brand new career and I can’t wait for my new groups to run now!
Amanda Wyman, who runs Slimming World’s Billingshurst group and manages The South Downs Team as a Team Developer, explained: “Slimming World Consultants are chosen for their positive outlook and because they genuinely care about the health and happiness of others. With Natalie’s experience of being a successful Slimming World member and her kind and warm personality and great sense of humour, I just know that she’ll be an amazing support to members, cheering them all the way to their target weight.”
Natalie’s Slimming World group will be held at Shelley Primary School, Broadbridge Heath every Monday at 5:30pm from 20 January 2020. For more information or to join Natalie’s group either pop along on 20 January 2020 or call her on 07507 286044.