The addition of another coach and increasing numbers bode well for the future of the Gore and Districts Weight Watchers Group.
Long-standing coach Claire Wards knows the value of joining the Weight Watchers programme.
The Gore woman lost more than 20kg using it.
Louise Heslip, from Balfour, is the group’s new coach.
Mrs Heslip has lost 30kg.
“We’ve done our weight-loss journey together in Invercargill,” Mrs Wards said.
“It’s all about portion control.”
The group holds two sessions in Gore: one at lunchtime on Tuesdays, from 12.15pm, and another at night, from 5.30pm.
The lunchtime meeting attracted about 25 participants while the evening meeting drew about 18, Mrs Wards said.
There was also a Balclutha meeting on Thursdays at 6.30pm in the St John rooms.
The coach for the Balclutha sessions is Bridget Sutton.
The two women are delighted with the numbers attending the one-hour sessions in Gore but said there was room for more.
They wanted to encourage men to give Weight Watchers a go.
The groups included four men last year but with job changes that number had dwindled, Mrs Wards said.
There could be a perception that Weight Watchers was a “women’s thing”, she said.
The two women encouraged men who were keen to lose weight to come and have a look.
“There’s a lot of men out there that cook. It’s a good time to sign up,” Mrs Wards said. It was not long until Christmas.
It was possible to lose a substantial amount of weight before the festive season, she said.
There were great recipes available for members and an app they could download on to cellphones.
There was also a Facebook page available only to members, she said.
Mrs Heslip said the meetings provided a time where people received support and felt they were not alone in their quest to lose weight.
She described the group as being like another family, which supported each other.
Participants were encouraged to keep a food diary so they could identify eating patterns.
Mrs Heslip found an app that allowed people to scan food at the supermarket particularly valuable.