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Slimming World - Yay or Nay?

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  • modeaneskinnermodeaneskinner Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I did slimming world for a year and lost 2stone but from the start I didn't agree with everything they told me and had a lot more knowledge than the consultant.

    That being said I still got into the really bad habit of not eating anything and not drinking after 12pm on the day I was weighing and then after eating absolutely everything, to the point where I felt sick! I knew that this wasn't ok but that's what you would do just to get a loss on the scales and that's what so many slimming worlders do.

    When I started exercising regularly (would go to weigh in in my gym clothes and get funny looks) I was told that exercising and especially weight training could stall my weight loss and was almost made to feel like shouldn't be weight training!

    That's when I realised I had to leave! I have finally convinced my mum to sack it off aswell (she's being doing slimming world on and off for as long as I can remember).
    We both now use MFP and have a much better relationship with food.
  • redandwhiterobsafcredandwhiterobsafc Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    I tend to follow whatever diet my wife is doing as we eat most meals together. Find weight watchers better for losing weight. She was previously on slimming world and stalled somewhat. We've both been doing weight watchers for past 5 weeks or. She tends to be stricter than me diet wise but I do more exercise so it evens out. We've both lost 3/4 of a stone over the 5 week period and that's with a cheeky takeaway once a week thrown in to
  • wenvinhawenvinha Posts: 2Member, Premium Member Posts: 2Member, Premium Member
    I lost 28 pounds in the 3 months I was on SW so I can't knock it for getting me going but then I stalled. My daughter uses MFP with huge success and is now maintaining. She encouraged me to use and I haven't looked back. As soon as I started using MFP I was losing again and enjoying a much more varied diet learning all about macros as I went along. I've now lost a further 19lbs with MFP. I learn on a daily basis thanks to the forum, blog etc. I now hit the gym 5 times a week for cardio & weights all thanks to MFP and you guys :) So for me MFP is the way to go :)
  • NadNightNadNight Posts: 636Member Member Posts: 636Member Member
    I’m not trying to lose weight but I know quite a few people who have lost weight using slimming world and their recipes. Ultimately I think it comes down to overall energy in vs energy out and if Slimming world helps people reduce their overall calorie intake in a sustainable way then fantastic.

    Im not familiar with the programme or what the strategy is but they do have some delicious recipes (Chinese curry, salt and pepper chicken) that we cook a lot in our house. They key is portion size- the meal alone won’t cause weight loss so those of us that aren’t looking to lose weight have larger portions. They recipes are also big on cooking from scratch and lots of fresh veggies which is something we should all eat
  • samhenningssamhennings Posts: 385Member Member Posts: 385Member Member
    No particular view on Slimming world as a program, but I have to say their microwave meals are the best out there in my opinion.

    And not just in the weight loss/healthy eating category.

    They are consistently the tastiest and most filling out of any microwave meals Ive had.

    Not that I have them often, I try to cook every day. Though we keep a few 'dings' in the freezer for those odd occasions when you just dont have the time or will to cook yourself.


    My mum is following the program, with great success so far. I cant say I agree with all of its principles but from what I have seen from her it has had a positive effect on what and how much she eats.
  • VailaraVailara Posts: 1,975Member Member Posts: 1,975Member Member
    I haven't tried the ready meals. Interesting to hear that they are so good! I don't eat ready meals, although I did have Lean Cuisine many years ago. I'm so used to cooking from scratch, I kind of forgot they existed! I'm not disapproving - they're probably good as an occasional quick, portion-controlled, washing up free alternative, and it's good to have a recommendation!

    I have friends who say that SW taught them "healthy eating" and encouraged more vegetables. As somebody who already home cooked and ate a lot of vegetables, I didn't find the same thing. I found if a processed food was free, and the home-cooked equivalent was counted, then it's natural to go for the processed version, even if just for the convenience of not having to count it!

    I know they've changed some of the free foods over the years, but I remember one of the classic "free" foods of the past was tinned macaroni cheese! More recently, tinned spaghetti, dried pasta in sauce, Muller Lights, etc. I used to make my own yoghurt, but switched to the Muller Lights as they were free. Same with baking your own bread, or buying it from a baker - it's much easier to buy mass-produced branded bread because it's easier to count. So I found it tended to push me away from home cooking/baking/yoghurt-making, towards more processed, pre-packaged food.

    I'm tempted to go back for the group support, which I think is the most valuable thing. I would love to set up a local weight loss support group, but I'm sure there are all sorts of rules and regulations!
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