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Most people who want to lose weight think they have to avoid chocolate temptations but slimmers at the Claregalway and Renmore Slimming World group know there is no need to turn the Easter bunny away.

In fact, Slimming World Consultant Mary Hughes, says members are encouraged to enjoy a little of what they fancy as part of the club’s healthy eating plan.

“So often people think that losing weight means going hungry and giving up your favourite foods—but in reality it is possible to still enjoy your favourite Easter treats as part of a healthy balanced diet. Members who join Slimming World groups soon discover it’s not about dieting and deprivation! What we help each other to do is make healthy changes to the way we shop, cook and eat and learn to make healthy choices.”

Slimming World’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan allows slimmers to satisfy their appetite on filling, low-energy-dense foods like pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, lean meat, poultry and fish. At Slimming World these foods are called Free Foods because members can enjoy them freely to satisfy their appetite without having to weigh, count or measure. The plan also encourages members to enjoy a little bit of what that fancy, meaning they don’t have to give up any of their favourite treats to lose weight.

Self-confessed chocoholic Mary joined Slimming World in November 2013 and has now lost 21lbs. She says: “I used to think my love of chocolate would be the undoing of me, but since joining Slimming World I can’t believe how much my life has changed. I can wear what I want whenever I want and yes I still regularly enjoy chocolate! The Food Optimising healthy eating plan is so generous that I never feel hungry or like I have to miss out on anything.

Mary says: “I’m also so excited to be relaunching my second group in Renmore on April 6th and I’d love to show more people that losing weight doesn’t have to be about deprivation, hunger and calorie counting and that you can eat chocolate and lose weight! Everyone’s welcome to the Renmore group every Monday at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Connacht Hotel.

For more information, recipes or to find your nearest group visit or call Mary on 087 2255951.