Slimming World

slimming world

I’ve had people telling me for a the longest time that I should try Slimming World, I’ve tried calorie counting (with success) but wasn’t really interested in any actual diets. Last week I was talking on twitter about losing weight and Emma (check out her instagram here) offered to send me her old starter pack, having taken the weekend to learn a little about the programme I decided to start today. I’m not going to be too hard on myself, it will take a little time to pick up all the rules and restrictions but so far there really don’t seem to be too many. The main thing that stands out to me is that you have never eaten all you are allowed to. Unlike calorie counting where you get to a point in the day where you’ve used your allowance up and anything more takes you over your goal you can have a hunger pang at bedtime and have a whole extra meal so long as it falls within your free/super free foods. Madness!

My first impressions are positive, there’s definitely an element of deprivation because you can’t just go and eat an entire packet of biscuits but really.. that’s not a great idea diet or not, is it? You do have to be aware of what you’re eating but so long as I work fruit/vegetables to my meals I can eat as much pasta as I like, as much meat (with some notable exceptions) and even cheese and bread can be added in as free bonus options without even looking at ‘syns’. For those interested I will talk more about it in another post if I feel like it’s working for me but everyone told me it was the easiest plan to follow and I think it just might be. If you’re a chocolate addict you’re going to have to cut back the same as with any other diet but if (like me) you just hate to feel hungry then this could be for you. When I was using the My Fitness Pal app to track my food I was losing weight but there were definitely days when I wished I could have had a bigger portion or a second helping and with Slimming World I can. The general idea seems to be promoting a balanced diet and making better choices rather than eating less – it also encourages COOKING rather than picking up low cal ready meals/snacks (definitely guilty of THAT in the past) – so I may even learn a thing or two worth sharing.

So.. That’s my ‘Summer Body’ update for now, I have been ill for days so exercise went out of the window entirely however once I’m well again I intend to do the 30 day squat challenge that’s been floating around instagram (I started last week but was sadly struck down in the prime of lime with this horrendous ear/nose/throat thing) and work in daily sit ups rather than intense cardio a la 30 Day Shred. I love that workout but seriously, My knees hurt after 2 days.. I just don’t think they can cut it.

Have any of you tried Slimming World? I’d love to hear any tips you might have.

Miss BB

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  1. 21 April, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    I haven’t tried Slimming world but I am currently using that Fitness Tracker app! I’d be interested to hear more about Slimming world though as it’s something I’ve been thinking about trying

    http://jenni-flower.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Nicola
    21 April, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    I have been on the Slimming World extra easy plan for nearly 18 months and have lost 3.5 stone – I am half a stone away from my target weight and I couldn’t be happier. It is the first “diet” I’ve ever tried, although I have never really felt like I’m on a diet since starting. Sure, there are times and occasions where you eat more syns than you should but that’s the beauty of slimming world – there’s a lot of freedom! I hope you enjoy it and that it works for you. P.S. I do not work for SW, although it might sound like I do!

  3. Toni McCann
    21 April, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    “in the prime of lime” – Friends reference made me laugh out loud!

    I love SW, lost 4 stone in 9 months in 2012 and once you do it for a long time, even when you’re not officially following it it kind of sticks with you so you end up making better choices than you would have previously anyway. You can basically make SW versions of anything with just a few omissions or tweaks to original recipes. I love stews, casseroles, curries, pasta, chips (on a “diet”!)… the list is endless.

    A couple of my favourite recipes are this Chicken Parmigiana and Tuna, Pesto and Sweet Potato Burgers and both of those websites are full of loads of amazing SW friendly recipes!

    When I started SW I was extremely fussy but I tried lots of different vegetables, encouraged by the SW plan and now I’ll eat almost anything!

    I could talk about SW all day… but I won’t bore you any more! Good luck with it xxx

  4. coops
    21 April, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Me and my hubby have been following the slimming world recipes for around 6 weeks.We are still having the odd treat and already my hubby has lost over a stone and i have lost nearly 3/4 stone.We both have more energy and no more heartburn either.My mum and stepdad started to use the recipes last week and now they are converted too.I just love the recipes, so tasty and filling too πŸ˜€
    good luck with your diet ;D

    xx coops xx

  5. Catherine kay
    21 April, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Iv lost 3st on slimming worls its a great lifestyle change also there are so many fab recipes you have to try the pulled pork an SW CHIPS! Yes chips xx gud luck xx

  6. Lisa
    21 April, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    Tortilla pizza was my Saturday night fake away every week with Cajun potato wedges…. xx

  7. 21 April, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    I joined a SW group a couple weeks ago having done it from home last year and lost 2 stone, I couldn’t recommend it enough. I’ve tried quite a few diets and this one is definitely the least restrictive and easiest to stick to.. Really it’s just cutting out all the crap and eating healthily. You’re supposed to have 1/3 of your plate superfree (most fruit/veg) then 2/3 free foods.. Or if you want to fast track your weight loss you can do 2/3 superfree and 1/3 free then any syns have to be counted at whichever (extra easy/red/green) gives the highest figure.
    You can have as much fruit, veg, pasta, eggs, rice, potatoes, (most) fish and seafood, (most) meat/poultry as long as any visible fat is removed (like bacon) and mince as long as it’s extra lean. Things like sausages have a syn value but there are a lot of low syn options that taste pretty good and burgers can be syn free if you make your own. Then you have your HEXA for calcium and HEXB for fiber.
    I have such a sweet tooth so I try to have syn free or low syn days then I can have a treat in the evenings. http://www.minimins.com/ has quite a lot of information, tips, recipes etc. If you ever wanna ask anything, feel free to tweet me @tiffany_leighx πŸ™‚ xx

  8. 22 April, 2014 / 6:23 am

    I lost loads of weight on Slimming World but I’ve put about half of it back on. Now I’m trying to lose it again!

    The key with Slimming World is to plan. Once you start doing that, and following your plan of course, then you’ll be fine πŸ™‚

    Jaq @ http://www.lazydaysbeauty.com

  9. 22 April, 2014 / 7:04 am

    I would do the 30 day squat challenge with you! xo Kelly msdioraddict.blogspot.com

  10. Nina
    22 April, 2014 / 10:04 am

    I have been at slimming world for about 8 weeks now and I’ve lost 1stone 2 1/2 lb’s. That’s come from following the plan, exercise (I started running) and making sure you plan your meals because that’s where it can go wrong with me. I’ve never eaten so much pasta and potato in my life and aslong as you are drinking lots of water and having lots of super free food you will lose weight.
    Crispy Slimming world chips with lots of salt, pepper and garlic are my fave

  11. Amelia
    22 April, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Have you tried substituting meat for quorn? They taste nicer in my opinion, and MUCH less fat in them but still loads of protein.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  12. 22 April, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I did Slimming World a couple of years ago and I would recommend it to anyone. It taught me so much about the things that are actually good for you versus what we THINK is. I’ve never agreed with the weight watchers ready meals as you never really know what goes in them so cooking fresh, healthy meals is so much better. Good luck with it! πŸ™‚
    Bea x
    Bea’s Beauty Blog

  13. 22 April, 2014 / 11:47 am

    I do like the emphasis on eating more fruit and vegetables and this does sound like a more sustainable / less extreme diet programme than many others out there.

    Good luck to everyone making diet / lifestyle changes in preparation for summer and remember, it’s better to take things slowly and get long term results. If you rush things and embark on too many big changes that aren’t sustainable in the long term, you may simply give up and then find yourself back where you started in a few months time. There are many people stuck in a cycle of ‘yoyo’ dieting and I don’t think it’s healthy psychologically or physiologically. Also, do your research and figure out what works well for you as there is a wealth of conflicting and often incorrect information on there on the subject of dieting. xx

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

  14. sarah
    22 April, 2014 / 11:48 am

    i started slimming world in january and I LOVE it, just wish I had started it sooner. After the first couple of weeks it’s so much easier as you get used to it and I agree with the comment above, if you plan for the week ahead it’s so much easier and you won’t end up eating something “bad”! Would love to see more posts about sw

  15. Sidonie McDowell
    22 April, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    I love slimming world! I’ve lost just under 4 stone in 18 months and feel amazing.x

  16. Jess
    22 April, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    One thing to remember is that syn values change sometimes (when recipes are updated etc), so the values in your starter pack might not be correct. Recently the syn value of a takeaway chicken chow mein was updated to 15 – in the starter pack books it says 7! Just bear that in mind, and get someone with a membership to check anything you’re not sure of on the website πŸ™‚

  17. 22 April, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Hey, I have done Slimming for many many years started it while I was at school and I am still doing it (of sorts now),

    Here are some tips that I have found while doing slimming world:

    The easiest way of making the slimming world SYN FREE chips I have found is to. Not parboiling but cut them up put into the pan with your fry light, salt pepper (curry powder for a kick) and Just cook like this. on about 220oc for about 45 mins

    TO have Syn free FRozen chips Par boil and then add into a container thats freezable but make sure they are separated otherwise they will just stick together. I found the best way it to do layers with kitchen roll.

    Have a treat syn box, Get a little box and buy some of you favourite low syned treats such as a freddo bar, curly wurly etc. and have them all in a tin which is just for you.

    If you are wanting soup that is syn free for lunch or making SW curry etc then I would bulk make it, so instead of making one portion at a time,make about 1 weeks worth at a time and freeze them into individual portions, This is great for when you busy, running late etc and you can just have you soup ready for you instead of having to make it every day.

    Always have the essentials in you cupboards which for SW are things like salt, pepper lots of spices and herbs, passata (strained tomatoes) great for making homemade sauces etc. Fry light is a big must as it is they best sub for oil at only 1 cal a spray. Syn free snacks and food such as, fruit veg etc.

    Have you vegetables, fruits etc. that are snacks cut up and ready to hand so you don’t have to stand around waiting for them to be prepared.

    Plan your meals the week before so get a board or notebook so you can plan your weekly, This is great for saving money and time, also much easier for the whole family to eat the same meals as you.

    Shopping can get very expensive so I thought suggest start shopping in Aldi and Lidl These are the cheapest places most people doing SW have found and think it is the best value for money.

    Doing a Food Diary, Like you said you did for my fitness Pal, Write everything down that goes in your mouth, be it you main meals, Your drinks, or even that 1cm of cheese you had, this week help you not only sticking to it becasue you don’t want to cheat yourself but also it will help you in the future to see how you was doing it while you was losing weight or might have to change to lose weight.

    These are just a few tips that I picked up, I hope you find them useful.

    Sophie

    xx

  18. Lana
    23 April, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Get yourself to the slimming eats website. That women is a kitchen goddess and they are all slimming world. She’s the only person who can make a cqrb

  19. Lana
    23 April, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Get yourself on the website slimming eats. That women is a kitchen goddess and all her recipes are slimming world friendly. She’s the only person who can make a carbonara that delicious and slimming world friendly x

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