Football Fans in Training is a hugely successful lifestyle programme aimed at getting males a little healthier and was designed by the SPFL Trust.
The original criteria for those attending would be that participants had to be over 35 years old with a waist greater than 38 inches.
The Foundation were approached by the SPFL Trust to find out if we would like to run a new programme in collaboration with NHS Lothian.
Our course was open to men over 18 who had a BMI in excess of 30.
FFIT is a 12-week physical activity and healthy eating programme designed to help men get fitter and lose weight, and to maintain these changes in the long term. Each week involves some physical activity training at Livingston FC’s home ground. A ‘classroom’ session gives fans advice about how to eat more healthily and easy steps they can take to get fitter.
During a research study that evaluated the programme, men who participated in FFIT lost more than 9 times as much weight as men who had not.
As well as losing weight, nearly 40% of men who participated in the evaluation programme maintained a weight loss of at least 5% of their original body weight a full 12 months later.
This outcome is associated with lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and other health problems.
The study also found that FFIT had other benefits. It helped men reduce their waist size, body fat and blood pressure, increase their physical activity levels, and improve their diets and mental wellbeing.
Our course was no different with the participants collectively managing to lose 120KG which is the same weight as a baby elephant and take 119.2cm off of their waistlines.
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