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What is Momenta?

Momenta is a short course written by experts to help you lose weight – whether you want to break a cycle of “yo-yo” dieting or understand how to take control of your gradually expanding waistline and make a lasting shift to a healthier lifestyle.

Most weight loss programmes put you on a diet. At the end you heave a huge sigh of relief and, more often than not, quickly put the weight back on.

Momenta does not ask you to diet. Instead it take you on a journey to help you understand that how, when and why you eat is as important as what you eat. It puts you in charge of your weight.

Suitable for both men and women, Momenta offers a fun, supportive and engaging opportunity to learn the 12 most important things you need to know about losing weight and keeping it off for good.

We reveal the many myths that surround the world of weight management and support you in developing knowledge, skills and behaviours that are proven to help you lose weight in a sustainable way.

“With help from the coaches I was able to digest what was being taught each week and incorporate positive changes (no matter how small) into my lifestyle. I loved setting targets each week - the whole thing felt progressive and tailored to MY lifestyle. Over time, the sum of all those changes made me feel better inside and out – and lose weight.”
Sean, 43, Cotswolds:: Lost 2 stone / 11.9% of his body weight after 6 months.

What’s in the course?

The science behind weight management is complicated – there are literally hundreds of things that can jeopardise your weight loss efforts. And, if you’ve tried to lose weight before, you’ll know that keeping it off isn’t that easy either.

To help you make sense of it all, we have distilled a wealth of information into 12 key behaviours around what, when, where and how we eat.

    Course overview
  • Momenta is a 12 week course, made up of weekly one hour sessions
  • Each week we explore and discuss a variety of topics, covering nutrition, psychology (mind) and activity – including the 12 key Momenta behaviours
  • All sessions are facilitated by a trained Momenta Coach
  • All courses are group-based and taught in a “classroom” environment
  • Over the course you will be able to put what you learn in the classroom into practice.
    Support
  • Before the 12 week course starts you will go to a “Getting started” session. Here, your coach will tell you more about what to expect on the course and give you your personal comprehensive Momenta Handbook and Lifestyle logbook
  • At each session your coach will facilitate the activities in your Momenta Handbook so you learn about and truly understand the world of weight management and how it impacts you in your day to day life
  • You will also receive a code to access the Members’ section of the Momenta website. Here, you will be able to record and monitor your progress throughout the course – and for up to a year after it has finished.
    On completion
  • After 12 weeks, if you’d like to continue learning more or have the opportunity to refresh your knowledge, you can also attend Momenta Monthly Sessions. These last for an hour
  • Many people find these helpful as they offer continued support – but they are completely optional. There are simply there so you don’t have to do this alone if you don’t want to.

“‘Momenta puts you in control, which is much more sustainable than being given a system to follow and then stop. It uses real-life techniques like portion sizes and exercise to help lose weight and keep it off.”
John, 48, Fylde Coast: Lost 2 stone / 9% of his body weight

What makes Momenta different?

Momenta looks at the world of weight management in a very particular way. It provides you with the knowledge and understanding to let you choose how to make a lasting shift towards a healthier lifestyle and supports you in developing the skills and techniques that you need to do so.

To succeed, it’s important to both understand and put into practise three key components:

Mind
Can’t resist a biscuit with your cup of tea? Drawn towards the smell of bacon sandwiches or can’t say no to cake in the office? Find yourself eating chocolate when you’re tired and stressed or struggling to leave that packet of crisps in the cupboard?

Losing weight is as much a battle of the mind as anything else. Your thoughts, motivations, feelings, relationships and everyday habits have a huge impact on your weight - and therefore your health.
Momenta gives you the tools and support you need to make changes, even if you’ve become a bit stuck in your ways.

“My daughter and I joined Momenta and it has changed our lives. We got so much support from Ed and Claire and we learned that the only way to lose weight is through making small changes and not by a quick fix.”
Louise, 44, Hexham: Lost 1 stone 11 lbs / 10.1% of her body weight

Nutrition
Confused about whether it should be no carbs after 6pm, brown bread or no bread, red meat or no meat, breakfast or not? Should you count calories, eliminate certain foods completely,fast regularly,detox or live on beans, salad and soup?

Most diets are overly restrictive and focus on what you can’t have or can’t do and, frankly they’re not a whole lot of fun

Momenta examines the evidence, debunks the myths and focuses on what you can do. It is absolutely possible to live a normal life, enjoy time with your friends and family and, at the same time, manage your weight in a healthy and sustainable way.

“I do not have to try that hard as it has become part of my daily routine. I enjoy going out with friends and family and never feel I can’t eat or drink anything.”
Sam, 24, Carlisle: Lost 2 stone 4 lbs / 17.2% of her body weight after 12 months.

Activity
Do you need to run a marathon or go to a boot camp? Should you be jogging miles, lifting weights or joining your local aerobics class? Or can you just go for a walk? Losing weight is a balance of energy in and energy out – and being active is important.

Momenta clarifies the role that different kinds of exercise play, so you can invest your active time wisely.

“I cannot say enough good things about Momenta. Lynn was brilliant and made every session fun and encouraged me to join more exercise classes which I love.”
Lisa, 38, Penrith: Lost 10 lbs / 6.2% of her body weight

Frequently asked questions

Q. Who is Momenta for?
Anyone who’s 18 or over and has a BMI of 25 to 40 (check yours here). We welcome anyone who wants to take control of their weight and get healthy – including men, women, young people, older people, busy people, students and couples who want to make changes together.

Q. Where is my nearest programme?
Our coaches run Momenta across the UK –click here to find your nearest location and get more details.

Q. How much does it cost?
Costs vary depending on your location and course package. Some local leisure centres and health clubs subsidise Momenta as part of their membership. Contact your local provider to find out more.

Q. What should I wear?
Whatever you like – some people come straight from work, others dress casually. The course is classroom based so dress however you feel comfortable.

Q. What do I need to bring?
Nothing – just bring yourself to the Getting Started session and, ideally, an open mind. You’ll be given your Momenta Handbook, Lifestyle logbook and other tools that you’ll need to bring to other sessions.

Q. What will the rest of the group be like?
Momenta groups are often a mix of all different types of people who want to lose weight and keep it off. We find that many people learn from each other, motivate each other and share experiences along the way.

Q.What will the Momenta coach be like?
Coaches are chosen for their passion, motivation and empathy. They understand that making changes can be challenging but are fully qualified and trained to support you to make it happen.

Q. Do I have to do ‘homework’ in between sessions?
Some sessions include short ‘take-home activities’ but they shouldn’t take long. Your main task between sessions will be filling in your Lifestyle logbook and working towards your weekly goals.

Q. Do I need any special skills?
No – only basic reading and writing skills. Although you will be given access to the Members’ section of the website you are not required to use it.

Q. Will I be weighed?
Your Momenta coach will take your height, weight and sometimes waist measurement (all in private) in the first session and the last session. You’ll also have the option to be weighed every week – but only if you want to be.

Q. Will I get any support after the programme?
After the 12-week course ends, you’ll have all the tools, skills and knowledge that you need to keep working on your new healthier habits. This includes your own personalised members’ section of this website to help you track your progress for up to a year. Your coach will also hold Monthly Sessions which you can attend if you’d like to keep learning or think you’d benefit from a bit more support but this is completely up to you.

“I met new friends and we were able to share stories, ideas and tips.”
Amie 31, Cotswolds: Lost 1 stone, 9 lbs / 12.3% of her body weight after 6 months

The story and experts behind Momenta

Momenta’s story
Over 10 years ago a team of experts working at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London's Institute of Child Health came together to write a programme to help families negotiate their way through the day to day challenges getting in the way of living a healthy life. Drawing together their expertise with those of others across the fields of psychology, dietetics and physiology, they developed a weight management programme for children and their families called MEND.

These programmes achieved excellent results. The team soon became interested in developing a programme using a similar approach and philosophy, but aimed specifically at helping adults.

Momenta is the result. It is now available in the heart of communities across the UK. We offer adults from all walks of life who are striving to lose weight and keep it off an effective, supportive and non-judgemental way to do so.

Dr Paul Chadwick
Paul is a leading clinical and health psychologist and specialist in obesity at University College London. He was the author of the very first adult weight management programme to be adopted at scale by NHS services over 10 years ago. He provides regular training to healthcare professionals in the fields of obesity and behaviour change.

In developing Momenta Paul has harnessed the very latest thinking about how we change and adopt new behaviours in all walks of life. He has led a team of dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise specialists to apply these to adult weight management. Finally, he has worked alongside operational specialists to ensure the programme can be delivered at scale to help as many people as possible – and do so at an affordable price.

Our team are dedicating their lives to helping more people to be happier, healthier and more active. We hope that we can help support you in doing so.

Find your nearest programme

Click on a link below to find information about your nearest Momenta programme.

New programmes are starting all the time but if you can’t find a location near enough please contact us and let us know the details of your nearest leisure centre.
Our battle to be a healthy weight

The world that we live in is encouraging us to eat more and move less at every turn.

High-fat and high-sugar foods are cheap and plentiful.Our jobs and leisure activities involve less physical activity than ever before. We also face numerous temptations every day to over-indulge.

Our bodies are designed to store fat for times of famine and yet we are living in the land of plenty. It’s little wonder that we find it easy to put on weight.It really doesn’t take much for our balance of energy in and out to go out of kilter by just a hundred calories a day leading to pounds and then stones of weight gain over just a few years. And the bad news is that most of us find it incredibly hard to then lose that weight and then keep it off

The big weight-loss myth

Every day a new diet comes on the market telling us that losing weight is ‘easy’ with its quick-fix solution. Count calories, cut carbs, don’t eat dairy, take supplements,fast every other day, only consume liquids... the list goes on.

But many of us have tried time and time again to lose weight and keep it off without success. So why, despite the claims of this billion-pound diet industry, are more than 60% of us overweight? Momenta sets the record straight on why most diets don’t work and can even make things worse.

Why diets aren’t working
    Any weight management expert will tell you that losing weight and keeping it off is tough.Our world makes it very easy for us to put on weight and very hard to lose it – here are just a few of the many reasons why:
  • Transport – we get around by car or bus instead of walking or cycling
  • Work – more of us sit at a desk all day and don’t have active jobs
  • Food – unhealthy snacks and fast food can seem most convenient
  • Hobbies – we spend too much time sitting in front of screens
  • Marketing – just because a product suggests it’s healthy, it may not be
  • Media – it’s hard to know which health messages to be believe

If you have actually managed to lose weight on a diet plan, you’ll know that the results are almost impossible to maintain once you come off it. There’s now new evidence showing why people who’ve yo-yo dieted in the past find it even harder to keep weight off when they lose it.

What’s the answer?

Evidence tells us that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t mean we have to give up certain foods, be hungry or spend our lives running marathons. It requires healthy eating habits and an active daily lifestyle.

This might sound simple but with so many daily temptations and confusing ‘health’ messages, a promise to eat healthily and move more may last a week or two if we’re lucky.

In order to actually make it happen you need to know not only what to change, but learn how to make changes that will last. That’s why Momenta focuses on both these things.

Find out more about what makes Momenta different

Why our weight matters

What many of us often overlook is that being overweight can have a serious impact on our health. Excess body weight, poor diet or lack of exercise increases our risk of many serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers. Not to mention trouble sleeping, joint pain, incontinence, depression and migraines.

Check your BMI to see if your weight could be affecting your health

Common weight myths

It’s my own fault I’m overweight – I’ve got no self-control
Lots of people think staying at a healthy weight is easy. They’re wrong. In fact, we know that our world makes putting on weight very easy. At Momenta we understand the many complex causes of weight gain and create a supportive environment where no-one is judged or blamed.

“It was unintimidating, non-judgmental and non-competitive. I felt totally at ease.” Patrick, 39, Cotswolds: Lost 20 lbs / 6.9% of his body weight after 6 months

I do everything right but I’m still overweight
Lots of people feel like this, and it’s understandable because there are many confusing messages out there about what’s healthy and what’s not. At Momenta, we’ll help you sort the myths from the reality and look at your lifestyle to identify where you could make changes to start losing weight.

Being overweight runs in my family
While our genes can play a part in how easily we gain weight, weight problems purely due to genetic make-up are rare. Which is good news – it means that with the right support we can all become a healthier weight.

I like how I look so my weight doesn’t matter
At Momenta we concentrate on your health, instead of focusing on losing weight to look good. So while it’s fantastic to have confidence and feel attractive, your weight still has an impact on your health.

It’s easy to see who’s overweight
Sixty per cent of us are now overweight, but when the media runs a story about weight, they often use images of very obese people to illustrate it. This is misleading – your weight can still be affecting your health even if you’re less overweight. The best way to see if your weight might be affecting your health is to check your BMI.

We shouldn’t talk about weight as it’s hurtful
We understand that weight is a very personal and sensitive subject to discuss – even with friends and family. Some doctors even avoid mentioning weight as they’re worried about offending people.

But talking openly about weight can actually help us start to make healthy changes. So we make sure Momenta is a supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing weight without feeling judged.

whatisbmi

You can’t always tell if someone’s overweight just by looking at them. So weight management experts the world over use BMI (or body mass index) to find out if someone is a healthy weight or not.

What’s your BMI?
Move the sliders on the graph to match your height and weight. Then look underneath the graph to see if you are classed as underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

Is your BMI between 25 and 40?
Find your nearest Momenta programme today

Measuring your middle
There are occasions when BMI isn’t totally accurate. Sometimes muscly people have a high BMI when they’re actually perfectly healthy – but we can easily check if this is the case by taking a waist measurement too.

Imperial Metric
Use the sliders above to calculate your BMI   Your BMI is , this is in the range.

Here’s what some of our recent participants have to say about Momenta...

Sam, 24, Carlisle

As a busy nurse in Carlisle, Sam Wiles found her hectic lifestyle and shift-work was causing her to reach for calorie-laden snacks and quick fat-filled meals. Sam lost 11 lbs over the 3 month Momenta program – and gained a lot in self-confidence. She continued to lose more weight – dropping a further 1 stone 7 lbs and 3 dress sizes in a year.

After 12 months: “I do not have to try that hard as it has become part of my daily routine. I enjoy going out with friends and family and never feel that I can’t eat or drink anything. Thanks to everything I’ve learnt I now make meals in advance so I have more time to exercise and feel so much healthier. I find I have more energy and feel more awake. I still want to lose another stone for my holiday in September but I am now doing it the sensible way. Momenta has really changed my life.”

Sam lost 2 stone 4 lbs / 17.2% of her body weight after 12 months.

Sean, 43, Cotswolds

“The whole Momenta experience has been beneficial, not just about losing weight, but I found the weekly sessions very helpful. With help from the coaches I was able to digest what was being taught each week and incorporate some positive changes (no matter how small) into my lifestyle.”

“I loved the fact that I could set targets each week; the whole thing felt progressive and tailor made to MY lifestyle. Over time the sum of all those changes made me feel better inside and out - and lose weight! Thanks Momenta!”

Sean lost 2 stone / 11.9% of his body weight after 6 months.

Lisa, 38, Penrith

“I cannot say enough good things about Momenta. Lynn was brilliant and made every session fun and encouraged me to join more exercise classes which I love.”

Lisa lost 9.9lbs / 6.2% of her body weight after 3 months.

Karen, 42, Fylde Coast

“Learning a little bit each week and then adding to the knowledge every week has really made a difference to having success on this programme.

I look at the labels much more when I am shopping and I am pleased that going on Momenta hasn’t restricted me eating anything different than my family.

Fran and the team were excellent and the support that I received was fantastic. My next aim is to increase my activity levels and re-join the gym.”

Karen lost 1 stone 7 lbs / 7.2% of her body weight after 3 months.

Patrick, 39, Cotswolds

“I enjoyed the Momenta course because, compared to other weight management courses I have attended, it was unintimidating, non-judgmental and non-competitive. I felt totally at ease and comfortable in the course the environment.

The main benefits of attending Momenta were not only losing weight, but also learning how to make informed choices about what to eat and when to eat. I now have more energy and I am exercising more regularly. I am starting to take control of my weight and my health.”

Patrick lost over 1 stone 6 lbs / 6.9% of his body weight after 6 months.

Louise, 44, Hexham

“My daughter and I joined Momenta and it has changed our lives. We got so much support from Ed and Claire and we learned that the only way to lose weight is through making small changes and not by a quick fix.”

Louise lost 1 stone 11 lbs / 10.1% of her body weight after 3 months.

John, 48, Fylde Coast

“Momenta puts you in control which is much more sustainable than being given a system to follow and then stop. It uses real-life techniques like portion sizes and exercise to help lose weight and keep it off.

I am working at this 7 days a week – all l for just going for 1 hour a week.

The team were totally committed and I received a fantastic service and I continue to do so after the programme has finished as I regularly see the team in the gym.”

John lost 2 stone / 9% of his body weight after 3 months.

Tracey, 46, Carlisle

“Momenta got me into the right mindset to lose weight. There were no hard and fast rules, but more a balanced lifestyle approach. The 12-week course has given me enough knowledge and understanding to put everything I have learnt into practice and hopefully maintain a healthier weight in the future.”

Tracey lost 1 stone 6 lbs / 9.1% of her body weight after 3 months.

Mike, 35, Carlisle

“Momenta was an absolutely amazing course. I have tried many diets in the past but this is the first group weight management programme I have tried. I really enjoyed being part of a group and felt very relaxed in an environment where everyone faced similar issues about their weight.”

Mike lost 1 stone 6 lbs / 15.1% of his body weight after 3 months.

Liz, 51, Alnwick

“I wasn’t a member of Willowburn before, but after seeing it advertised, I decided to give it a go and have been attending regularly since. I am now eating smaller portions and have recommended the course to my colleagues who can’t believe how well I have done.”

Liz lost 1 stone 9 lbs / 11.7% of her body weight after 3 months.

operators

Why run Momenta?
Momenta provides a new and affordable way for people to lose weight and keep it off using the most up to date methods that are scientifically proven to get results. It can help your existing members struggling to take control of their weight and attract new customers concerned about their weight but not yet ready to join a gym.

Developed specifically for delivery from the leisure, health & fitness sector, it is a comprehensive solution that provides everything you need to run a world class weight management programme from your facilities using your fitness staff.

Momenta has harnessed the very latest thinking about how we change and adopt new behaviours in all walks of life. Our team of experts in the fields of nutrition, psychology and physiology, have then applied this thinking to adult weight management.

Working alongside leading operators and fitness professionals, Momenta has been developed and extensively trialled in the UK over the past 3 years. It is cost effective, can be delivered at scale and achieves clinically significant results

    How can Momenta help your organisation?
  • Attract new customers, improve retention or obtain funding: Momenta can help you achieve all three. The initial 12 week course has excellent retention and is suitable for men and women from all walks of life who want to lose weight and make a permanent shift to a healthier lifestyle
  • Complete weight management solution: We provide you with everything you need to set up, run and market the programme, from participant resources to marketing resources, classroom teaching aids to operations manuals, and even scales
  • Designed for impact at scale:Momenta enables you to run a successful weight management programme from your facilities whether you have one or one hundred sites
  • Data analysis: We provide tools to record your participants’ progress, measuring a number of health outcomes from weight loss to self-esteem, anxiety, depression and stress
  • Staff training and support:Designed to be run by your current fitness professionals, Momenta focuses on up-skilling your staff in coaching and facilitation skills and understanding behaviour change and nutrition. They are trained and supported by our team of experts and receive comprehensive course manuals with clearly structured lesson plans for each of the 12 sessions
  • Funding: We analyse data and provide you with reports that can be used to both attract funding and inform your marketing campaigns. A number of operators are using their validated data to attract funding.
    Making a difference together?
  • Your facilities offer people a trusted and positive environment where they can participate in Momenta to learn the key skills that they need to manage their weight whilst encouraging them to become more active
  • Improving health: With our data and support you can confidently demonstrate the difference you are making to the health of your local community
  • Continuous improvement: We gather feedback from coaches and customers and draw on the latest research and government guidelines ensuring that Momenta is kept up to date with both specific programme learnings and the latest worldwide evidence
  • Impacting the health agenda: As leading voices in the field of overweight and obesity, we harness the data and learnings to influence the health agenda
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference: We believe that the leisure, health and fitness sector has the potential to help significantly reduce the weight of the nation – far beyond the benefits that exercise alone can bring.
We designed Momenta not just to produce clinically significant results, but also to be operationally viable and commercially successful. It’s a complete weight management solution that’s ready to roll out in your organisation now.

Interested?
Email us at sales@discovermomenta.com to find out more about running the programme and information on programme costs.

coaches

Becoming a Momenta coach
Momenta is an evidence based, outcome driven adult weight management programme designed to help people lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. It is written by experts in the fields of psychology, physiology and nutrition.

We’re actively looking for fitness professionals who are inspired and motivated to help others lose weight in this way – and really care

To be eligible for training you must be on the Register of Exercise Professionals or hold a recognised personal training, fitness or exercise to music qualification. We work with coaches who are employed by a leisure, health or fitness operator as well as independent personal trainers.

Training to become an accredited coach
Momenta training is delivered by some of the best trainers in the country in the fields of psychology, physiology and nutrition. Skills learned and developed in behaviour change and group facilitation will not only help you become an excellent Momenta coach but will also play an important part in other areas of your work.
    We will support you to become an accredited momenta coach with the following:
  • Pre-course reading
  • 3 day classroom based training
  • Comprehensive programme manuals with lesson plans & background reading
  • Assessment to become an accredited coach
  • On-going annual continued professional development
  • Advice and guidance from Momenta weight management experts
  • Access to a secure resources website.
Training is taking place now across the UK. In training you will learn and develop skills in behaviour change and group facilitation. These will not only help you become an excellent Momenta coach, but will also play an important part in other areas of your work.

Additionally, coaches being trained now will have the best opportunity to become one of our top 100 coaches, a Momenta Ambassador and, in time, a Master Trainer

Interested?
Email us today to find out more: info@discovermomenta.com

Contact Us

Want to attend a Momenta course?
If you are interested in attending a Momenta course please contact the facility or organisation nearest to you to find out more and book your place directly with them. Click here for details of all venues currently running Momenta.

Want to run Momenta or be a Momenta coach?
If you are interested in running Momenta in your facility or community or in becoming a Momenta coach please either email us on info@discovermomenta.com or call us on 0845 257 7110.

Have another query?
If you have any other queries then please email us on info@discovermomenta.com or call us on 0845 257 7110.

We look forward to hearing from you.