All Club mentors and consultants are health professionals registered with a government recognised regulator. They are required by their professional bodies to be safe, ethical and to put our members’ interests before financial gain.
The Club does not recommend or favour any one particular programme, diet or method for reducing body fat – but supports each member so that they can make an informed choice that suits their body and their lifestyle.
Although we discuss food, exercise and drink at our meetings, mentoring sessions and consultations, the emphasis is on the way each member uses food, exercise and drink in their lives.
The Club aims for permanent, sustainable, enjoyable change. Members can, and do, become smaller and lighter quite quickly – and sometimes this is necessary if, for example, a member needs to be ready for an occasion – or is having an operation. But permanence is the key for our members.
There is no judgement, failure or guilt in our programmes. Our groups are kind, respectful, supportive and interested in one another.
No-one is excluded, whatever their history with trying to be smaller – and whatever their size is now.
We don’t weigh or measure at meetings and members’ can have as much confidentiality as they wish.
The Club, and its central programme, called “The Mindful Journey” is designed specifically for these people:
Not at all. If you have access to the internet you can join our club. We meet online, and can provide support over the phone.
However, if you think you would like to be able to attend meetings in your area please get in touch – let us know who you are and where you are and we may be able to help. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if you would like to work with us, and set up a club in your local area, please email email@example.com
We have two nervous systems which can act independently, but also work together to make sure we eat and drink enough.
When we eat less for a prolonged period, like we do to become smaller, the central and enteric nervous systems increase our feelings of hunger and make us feel full-up more slowly. They are guarding exactly the same size and weight that we are trying to lower! Which isn’t very helpful!
So when we try to become smaller, our own bodies fight against us. We call the size and weight each member’s body is defending their Personal Defended Size & Weight.
Everyone is different, but it’s the way we have evolved over millions of years. If the quantity of food we eat goes down, our bodies tend to act as if there’s a shortage of food – some sort of famine.
For most of us, our bodies firstly make us hungrier than we’re used to – that’s a throwback to pre-historic times when we’d need the incentive of hunger to leave a nice safe cave and go off to hunt and gather. Then, when we find food, our bodies are slower than normal to feel full-up so we eat for longer and increase our fat reserves.
This worked really well when we needed to hunt and gather for hours to find enough food. But today, you and I just need to go to the fridge! So a once successful survival system is now actually fighting our attempts to be smaller.
Firstly, there’s a big difference between our bodies doing something we are unaware of, and our bodies doing something that we are expecting them to. So we have lots of ways that support and advice our members. Podcasts, videos, online get-togethers, one-to-one mentoring to answer questions, fun surveys and really friendly online and face-to-face groups.
There’s a weekly instalment of The Mindful Journey handbook and informal online discussion about the best way each member can utilise what’s in them.
We also use mindfulness – a version that is heavily researched, and approved by the government watchdog NICE for use in the National Health Service. Mindfulness is a huge help in making us aware of the difference between what we feel and what is actually real. You can come along to one of our meetings and talk to our members about this.
We use trance therapy too, on request, when members are having considerable difficulty changing habits regarding food, exercise and drink.
Research shows that if someone maintains, with support, a size and weight loss for around a year, the body accepts this new situation and stops fighting us.
We measure a number of hormones, using saliva. A number of different hormones work to tell us that we feel hungry – and that we are full. Each of us react slightly differently to different combinations of these hormones. People who are overweight produce proportionately less amounts of the hormones that make us feel full, than average. As we reduce our food and drink intake, these levels drop even further. And the hunger-feeling creating hormones increase.
Then our bodies accept a new Personal Defended Size & Weight and reverse these hormone levels.
Yes. Some people like to have more – to check levels more often – but that is a choice for each member on The Mindful Journey.
No. We will support you however long it takes. The only extra cost to you will be any extra services you choose to have – for example consultancies or saliva assays.
Yes. We will create a strategy that suits your personality and your lifestyle.
It certainly isn’t a small amount. But you are getting personal attention and a guarantee.
If you chose a traditional diet programme, and then saw a coach or mentor every other week, you’d pay quite a lot more. And, with The Mindful Journey, you get a lot more than coaching, mentoring and a guarantee:
a weekly The Mindful Journey Handbook instalment
one-to-one mentoring to answer questions,
the availability of professional consultants to help if life issues are making your progress more difficult
fun surveys and
really friendly online and face-to-face groups.
And the whole point of joining The E-SaW Club and undertaking The Mindful Journey is that it is guaranteed – and will keep going for as long as it takes for you to achieve your new Personal Defended Size and Weight.
The details are in our brochure, which we urge you to read through. You can download a copy of our brochure here.
So far, every member of the Club has taken The Mindful Journey. But you are not in any way required to do so. When you join The E-SaW Club, you are not signing up to The Journey unless you specifically choose to do so.
First of all, of course all tests are voluntary. We use them initially to look at an overall picture of the changes in your hormones over a 24 hour period. For the Club’s biomedical scientists, this process is a bit like a treasure hunt – what they look for next depends on what they found on a previous test. A tiny amount of saliva, collected on a swab like the ones at the dentist, can be tested many times for different things.
Research shows that sleep is a very important factor in our ability to change our size and weight. Our initial saliva tests will look at a member’s hormone levels for information if they report sleep difficulties.
There is an online ‘Send a message’ service on this website. Please feel free to use it. If you would like us to contact you, then do leave your details. All enquiries are treated with total confidentiality.
If you can get to London, you can come along to our free “Chelsea Chats” over tea and coffee. There are normally a few people together asking questions – but we can talk to you privately should you so wish.
If you can’t get to London, then you can find out more at our short webinars – which have question sessions at the end. We can always arrange to talk to you online privately too.
To see dates of our free chats or webinars, please visit our events page.