SLIMMING WORLD DIET
The slimming world diet focuses on cutting out high fat foods and replacing them with low fat foods. These low fat foods are referred to as ‘free foods’. Slimming world diet is all about ‘food optimizing’.
Free foods as mentioned before refer to low fat foods that are filling and low in calories. They are usually lowest in energy density but are very filling. Free foods include;
- Lean meat
- Sweet potatoes
Food optimizing comes in three steps; free foods, healthy extras, and syns. Healthy extras are foods that though they may be good for our health but when taken freely may pile up weight. Healthy extras should be taken in controlled portions or measured amounts. Healthy extras include;
- High fiber cereals
Syns stand for synergy and refer to the occasional treat we indulge in. the slimming world diet makes provision for a daily syns allowance to use on whatever you like. It could be a glass of wine, one scoop of ice cream, chocolate, biscuit, pizza, or cake. The fun part is that you don’t have to bother with calorie counting and occasional treats are allowed. Furthermore, weekly group meetings are organized for support and encouragement. Success stories are shared in these meetings as a means to boost morale.
IS WEIGHT LOSS POSSIBLE WITH SLIMMING WORLD DIET?
People find it difficult to understand the slimming world diet. A plan where there are no restrictions, no calorie counting and a daily dose of syns does not sound realistic in the weight loss world. Every other diet place limits on consumption of foods like pasta, rice, etc but the slimming world diet seems to encourage their consumption. How does weight loss picture in this plan?
Note that more than a diet, slimming world is a lifestyle change. The theory is that rather than calorie counting, you rely on the filling feature of free foods. Free foods bring about a feeling of satiety meaning that you’ll be feeling full and won’t be able to consume more calories than needed. This lifestyle also lays emphasis on exercise and physical activities ranging from something as simple as walking to washing cars. This is found in their program called ‘body magic’.
The slimming world diet is programmed to help you lose about 1 to 2 pounds weekly without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH SLIMMING WORLD DIET?
The slimming world diet lacks discipline. It does not educate its clients on calorie counting or portion control and this could make them go back to their old eating habits or lifestyle. To top it all, the weight loss progress is too slow in comparison to other weight loss programs.
The fact that you have to pay for this program may be daunting to say the least. Nobody wants to adopt an expensive lifestyle. Participating online is not without its cost either.
The so called ‘free foods’ are foods that can become addictive and are known to aid weight gain (rice, pasta, grains). The theory about free foods being more filling and aiding weight loss is yet to be proven.
In any case, be sure to consult with your doctor, physical care giver, or nutritionist before adopting this lifestyle.