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.