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Sep 10th, 2015, 06:41 AM  
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Help needed! stick with SW or just healthy eating???


I have about 3 stone to lose and am currently on the Slimming World. Although I know it works for a lot of people, I am finding the weight loss very slow and inconsistent. I'm just wondering if it would be best for me to simply just try and have three healthy meals a day and low fat snacks. Or should I stick it out with slimming world. I know that ultimately it's my choice but any suggestions or advice would be so appreciated. I'm feeling low at the moment.

Sep 10th, 2015, 06:53 AM  
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Hi Kate,

I would say eating healthy and Slimming World are the same thing really. In terms of if you were to follow a healthy eating plan, what would you eat differently to SW?

You definitely need to find the right journey for you, good luck
Sep 10th, 2015, 08:14 AM  
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Hello, Thank you for your reply. I think with slimming world I'm relying on large portions of free foods such as pasta and potatoes as it's easy. I work long hours do find it difficult on an evening to come up with slimming world friendly meals. Plus I think the fact that free foods are unlimited aren't helping me tackle my portion sizes. I do like the Slimming world community though and the fact that I don't have to weigh things all the time. I'm torn.

Sep 10th, 2015, 09:34 AM  
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Hi Kate. I've tried just eating healthily but the lack of rules means I'm always tempted to be naughty! With SW I've never eaten better. 14 different fruits and veg on one particular day! If you find the carbs too much then maybe try some SP days. Don't forget that slow weight loss is better for you. Your body doesn't want to lose half a stone every week. You could always try a portion plate for your meals if you feel you're still eating too much. And planning is the key, so always know what your next meal will be if you've been at work. SW has loads of meals that can be prepared in bulk and put in the freezer. I hope I've helped in some way. Good luck!
Sep 10th, 2015, 09:42 AM  
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I have in the past lost a lot of weight through the good old healthy eating and exercise. However, this time around I struggled for 3 months before giving in and looking for help - in the form of SW.

I don't regret joining but do have to remind myself that unlimited free foods is not really going to work for me. Portion control in any way of eating will have to be part of the plan despite them advocating it, as you get smaller especially it would have to naturally occur.

If you do decide to go it alone, something like My fitness pal which allows you to log foods and track calories / carbs etc is a good tool - it generally suggests 1200 cals but you can tweak it.

We're always here for support too - no matter your chosen way of eating.

Good luck.
Sep 10th, 2015, 11:25 AM  
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Thank you for all your advice. It had helped. The problem is I have had a wobble and weighed myself early which I shouldn't have done as it knocked me a bit. I think I will stick with sw and just go back to basics. Thanks again
Sep 10th, 2015, 11:55 AM  
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Cornwall, UK
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I am only 3 weeks in on SW, its going well. But I have already learnt that my `old` portion sizes would not do it for me! This is what is working so far for me & I have lost 9lbs in my first 3 weeks.

I have a plate, just for me. Its half way between a side plate and a dinner plate, so slightly smaller than normal. When I dish up, the first thing I put on it is the 1/3 SP food.... as I found if I put the carbs/protein on first then there wasn't a 1/3 of the plate left for the SP foods!

Depending on what the meal is, I do sometimes feel hungry still when I empty the plate though, so if that happens, I drink something first, wait just 5 minutes and if I am still hungry after that I have something else. But it has only happened once, all the other times I drank a glass of squash, waited 5 minutes and decided I wasn't hungry after all.

The other thing I have to do to ensure I don't fail is Plan, Organise and Prepare... POP! I spend 1/2 hour on a Friday evening with recipe books and plan the menu for the week, write a shopping list based on the menu. Do the weekly shop on Saturday morning. I have a whiteboard in the kitchen which has the menu for the week written on it. Each evening I check the following day's meal plan and lay out all the ingredients on the worktop (& in a specific place in the fridge) so when I get in after work its all ready and waiting for me to chop & cook. I also try and cook an extra portion if it is something that freezes well, so I have something in the freezer if the family decide they want a take-out night and try and scupper my plans.

Anyway, Good luck and I hope you can find the time to `POP` as it really does make all the difference. Looking forward to keeping up with your progress.
Sep 11th, 2015, 22:34 PM  
Join Date: Jul 2015
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Hi Kate, I was actually looking for a post like this, as I'm feeling similar to you. Although I think SW is a fantastic plan, and works for so many people, I'm beginning to get fed up of thinking about it. I'm Vegetarian, trying to turn Vegan, so I find the plan difficult sometimes. I'm torn between doing SW or just Vegan healthy eating. I find constantly thinking about SW sets off my anxiety. I want a healthy relationship with food, instead of thinking about food all the time. I don't know what to do either, as I do need to lose about 2 stone. Have you made a decision ? Sometimes I think I over complicate weight lose, and that's maybe why I never lose anything.
Sep 13th, 2015, 08:40 AM  
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Lellylion, that's excellent! Being organised on any diet, eating plan and keeping to it will should get most people to a desired weight loss. We all have blips on the journey, but getting back to plan will get us to the destination.

Why do difficult plans Naomi, find something that makes life a bit pleasureable. Doesn't sound like SW is for you if it sets off anxiety! I would sack SW and find a Vegan diet, surely you'd be happier? I hope you find your way.

Remember it is a long journey too, my losses occurred quickly to start with, then hardly at all on a weekly basis, but when you looked at it over a month, 2 months etc it was still coming off. If you are near target it slows right down. Keep the faith.
Sep 14th, 2015, 15:21 PM  
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What works for some doesn't work for others ...

I did SW and it gave me a good kick start but it wasn't for me, as time has gone on my diet has changed to eating healthier and much 'cleaner'. I don't 'diet' even though I have a couple more lbs I want off or the inchs, whichever first will be just fine lol

Lots of greens
Good fats
Low carb days
High (no extreme) carb days

I find 'syns' allow you daily options of sugar and processed food and I feel much better for getting rid of 95% of processed foods from my diet.

Low fat doesn't always mean it's better for you, often it means extra sugar added ... sugar isn't fat so they can label it 'low fat'. Remember though some fats are actually good for us yet would smash through Slimming Worlds syns in one swoop!

It's personal preference.

Do you exercise?
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