The Malory Band
My wife recently asked me if I had ever heard of the Malory Band.
I did have a vague recollection of the product because I’d remembered receiving a few emails earlier this year from a company spokesperson touting it.
On closer inspection this week, methinks it’s an interesting concept. Albeit a simple one. It involves a little psychology. And as anyone who knows me knows: I’m a sucker for psychology.
The Malory Band is a “narrow, adjustable cord that is worn around the waist,” as described on www.maloryband.com.
“It feels tighter as you eat, keeping you conscious of the quantity of food that you consume. It acts as a psychological alarm bell to your conscious mind, warning you not to over-eat.”
Apparently this Pavlovian-like idea is inspired by a “centuries-old technique.”
I subscribe to a similar technique: if my jeans start to feel too tight, then I know I had better get my butt in gear at the gym and also ease up in the kitchen.
But I suppose the Malory Band is a more precise gauge of an expanding waistline.
And, at the very least, it is refreshing that the Malory Band doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is: a psychological tool for weight loss.
“The band will not MAKE you slim,” reads the website. “As we all know, a healthy diet and regular exercise are the only ways to achieve lasting weight loss. However, when you have made the psychological decision to lose weight, the Malory Band will act as a great support, reminding you to cut back on what and how much you are eating.”
It’s certainly not for everyone. But if it helps people take control of their eating — and ultimately their lives — then more power to them.
Here’s one woman’s success story (emailed to me several months ago) …
Tina Oliver before (at 260 pounds) and after (at 150 pounds).
Tina Oliver, 45 from Harrogate, works as a hairdresser in a busy salon. Tina’s interests were centred on her customers, her many sugary cups of tea throughout the day and her reward for a productive day: an enormous takeaway in the evening, in front of the television. Tina weighed 260 lbs, took a UK dress size 26 and had a morbidly obese BMI of 43.
In September 2012, Tina visited the dentist for work to correct her rotting teeth and was told by her doctor that she was borderline diabetic. The same week, she saw a picture taken by a friend, of herself in front of a pile of cakes. Frightened by her recent news, Tina took a life-changing decision. She would join the gym, follow a slimming plan and try out a prototype weight loss product, recommended by a close friend.
The product was a narrow cord, called a Malory Band, that Tina wore around her waist, on a 24/7 basis. It provided her with a constant awareness of her body and her food intake, as the cord would feel tighter as she ate. Such a simple concept, but one that Tina realised worked very quickly.
The weight began to drop off and Tina’s gym sessions became more productive. With a supportive family, close network of friends and the knowledge that she was saving her own life, Tina ate sensibly, worked with her trainer at the gym and continued to listen to her body, via the Malory Band. The fully adjustable band offered an immediate gauge of her size, so that as she lost weight and moved the button to make a smaller band, Tina was instantly aware if she over-indulged. Never wanting to regain the weight she had worked so hard to lose, Tina started to train for a local half-marathon, something she wouldn’t have been able to contemplate even a few months earlier.
“When I joined the gym and had my induction, I almost passed out. I could barely walk, never mind run. My trainer was great and worked with me to establish a fat-burning programme that didn’t put too much pressure on my already stressed joints and that was fun. I began to enjoy myself and started to understand how people become addicted to exercise.”
In August 2013, Tina had hit her target weight of 150lbs, a full 100 lbs lighter than she had been.
“Losing the weight was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but now wish that I’d done it 10 years ago. I look younger, my skin is fresh and bright and I feel like a different person. I know that I have extended my life expectancy and it’s that realisation that will never let me go back to how I was. My eating and exercise regimes are fully in place, as is my Malory Band. I’ll never take that band off, for as long as I shall live. It keeps me aware and that’s what I never had before.”
Wearing a Malory Band, there’s no calorie counting, omission of food groups or faddy diets. It can be worn 24/7 as its fabric is washable, durable and can even be worn in the shower. The band has a unique button-hole system, allowing it to be made smaller as you lose the inches. You can stop the inches creeping back on by continuing to wear the band — so your weight loss product turns into your weight maintenance program.