Slimming World for those who are interested...

FranChan
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as it's been mentioned a few times now I thought I would make a quick post explaining how Slimming World works as Bentos are perfect for the plan I'm on and maybe some other people will benefit too :)

Before I start let me say that I have tried many diets in my time, most notably besides Slimming World, probably Weight Watchers, where I found I was always hungry and I hated that I was limited to how much fruit I could have in a day due to the "points" system.
I myself am a UK size 12 (I think thats a US 8 - 10?) and am about 15lbs or so above my ideal weight as per BMI but I am healthy and a long distance runner, so alot of my weight I attribute to my massive short but large strong legs. I always loose weight well with this plan and relatively quickly too! And considering I don't have that much to loose, I think that says a lot about the plan :)

Here's how it works:

You can either have a "Red" or a "Green" day. I will start with a Red day:

You can have as much as you want (I mean AS MUCH AS YOU WANT!! Don't make yourself sick, but eat until you are satisfied!)

-lean meat (including bacon with the fat removed, extra lean sausages etc)
- Fruit (including Bananas. Some fruits are better for weight loss than others :) Berries for example help speed up loss!)
- Vegetables - there are a few limitations but nothing worth noting, honestly
- As many eggs as you want - cooked how you want! including fried as long as you use "fry light" which is a "spray on" cooking oil
- as many fat free yoghurts as you want - most natably Mueller Lights. (no jokes here... I was eating 1/2 litre of fat free yoghurt with sweetner a day at one point!!!)

In addition to all the above you also get the following:

Healthy A choices - these are your "Carb" choices on a red day. e.g. A portion of pasta or two slices of brown bread, or a jacket/baked potato :)
You get 2 of these choices

Healthy B choices - these are the dairy choices. E.g. 350ml semi skimmed milk or a portion of cheese

And THEN you also get between 5-15 syns a day! I often use mine for e.g. extra bread or to add butter to my meals or oil to my cooking etc. But you can use it for candy :) A mars bar for example is 14 syns!

Thats a RED day which is considered a "Protein" day. There are also "Green" days which are "Carb" days. These work as follows:

- As much fruit and veg as you want of any sort!
- As much pasta and rice as you want as well as potatoes and beans (Including baked beans in tomato sauce!)
- as many eggs as you want as above
- as many fat free yoghurts as above too

Then you get the same Healthy A and Healthy B choices as above too as well as the "Syns" allowance.

Just to complicate matters you can also do "Extra Easy". There you get to have all the free stuff from red and green (so all the meat and all the pasta you want) BUT you only get 1 Healthy A choice and 1 Healthy B choice. Same syns as normally :)

I hope I have made this as simple as possible... :P
When I stick to the plan I loose about 3-4 lbs / week. A minimum of 2 lbs a week and it really does teach you to look at food very differently. It cuts out a lot of the overprocessed foods from your diet and I am NEVER ever hungry when I'm on this diet! It works! :)
There are loads of meetings for this diet all over the world and for those that dont have one nearby there is also the online support system.

www.slimmingworld.com

there is also this forum which is great for questions and support :)

www.minimins.com

Anyway, hope I havent confused people too much... just thought I would share :) As I always do "Extra Easy" days its perfect for Bentos as my carb is the rice and then protein and veggies are "free" on the diet anyway! :)

good luck to those who check it out! :)

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

Interesting, but I don't think I'd lose weight on that. It's my current diet plus pasta, potatoes, rice, and unlimited yoghurt! Age does horrible things to your metabolism, when I was under 40 I could pretty much eat what I wanted - I had trouble keeping weight ON.

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anon.
Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

"I always loose weight well with this plan and relatively quickly too!" my conclusion from this sentence: you do (or have done) this diet on a more or less regular basis, which probably means sooner or later you put the weight back on after the diet (otherwise their would be no sense to repeat it). doesn't sound like the best solution to me. just my skeptical 2 cents.

FranChan
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Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

Well, my mum is 48 now and it works great for her too :) it's about the balance of foods too. My bf (38) is on the plan too and has now lost 1.5 stone (21 lbs) in 3 weeks with exercise!!

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

Not necessarily. A diet should really be something you can stick to for ever, rather than something you do for just a little while. This does sound like something quite do-able in the long term as a maintenance diet. You will always put weight on if you go back to the old eating habits that had you being overweight in the first place.

I am hoping for the discovery of a ghrelin antagonist! I think that's the only thing that'll allow me to comfortably lose weight and keep it off. Not that I need to lose a lot, but 5 kg or so would make me happy.

FranChan
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Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

As has already been said this is more of a long term change in your eating behaviour rather than a 'diet'. All I'm doing really is stopping eating crap such as processed foods etc.

I have sucesfully lost 2stone with this diet in the past and kept it off too! I tend to veer off plan every so often due to my job and unsocial hours leaving me with sugary foods as the only way to get through the day so I usually put on some weight although nowhere near as much as I have lost in total!!

If I stay on plan or at least close to plan I loose weight. If I veer off and start to eat crap sugary foods cause that's all that's available at 2am in the morning in ED then I will put a few lbs back on. I know why I'm overweight and I know what and how I need to eat in order not to be overweight. It's no ones fault but my own and there is nothing stopping me from sticking to the plan. But if it were that easy then I'm sure that being overweight wouldn't be a problem for anyone!

I'm not promoting an unsustainable cabbage soup diet thing here :) just a healthy eating plan that can easily be sustained for very long periods of time, if not life! :)

anon.
Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

maybe I made a translation mistake..."diet" sounds quite similar to the german "diät", which usually refers to a short time programm for weight loss, not a long term change of eating habits. and if you ignore the meat it's simply being vegetarian ;)

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Slimming World for those who are interested...

No, you are right, "a diet" usually means a short term change of eating habits for weight loss. "Diet" by itself, though, is the food you eat as a general rule. Short term change of eating habits is never effective in the long term. Good for getting weight off, but then you need to keep it off afterwards, which does necessitate a change in "diet" or long term eating habits. The best sort of diet is one you can maintain for ever without gaining weight but still being satisfied and happy.

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