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My Motivation and Inspiration!
Member Name: angelboouk
Date: 02/04/13, updated on 02/04/13 (89 review reads)
Advantages: inspiring, high quality, price, lots of recipes and stories, well balanced
Disadvantages: I wish it was released every month
~Slimming World Magazine~
'The UK's best-selling slimming magazine' - from the cover.
This magazine is released every two months but there are seven issues per year. It is released to Slimming World groups around 1-2weeks ahead of being in shops. This magazine is priced at £2.75 but is discounted to £1.95 if bought in a group. You can also subscribe to the magazine. For those who are unaware of how the Slimming World plan works, there are three plans - red, green and extra easy. Red allows for unlimited meat but limited or no carbohydrates. The green plan is based around little or no meat and the extra easy plan is a mix of both the red and green plans. Slimming World followers are entitled to 5-15 syns per day which can be used for treats and they also have a fibre and calcium allowance which is referred to as Healthy Extras.
Each magazine has lots of features which are relevant to the Slimming World plan. The magazine is an A4 size and is printed on high quality paper which makes it look appealing and attractive. The front cover often features a lovely looking lady who has slimmed with the plan. Each magazine is different but they follow the same style. Features include :
*Motivational stories and letters from Slimming World followers - stories from those who have lost weight following the plan
*Recipes - lots of new recipe ideas including starters, main courses, desserts and snacks. There are often more than 40+ pages of recipes to try out including menu plans to help you
*Themes - ideas for how to stay on track through seasonal times such as Christmas and Easter
*Health and Beauty - the latest beauty treats and clothing features
*Updates - any new, low syn products on the market or new healthy extras
*Exercise - some tips on introducing exercise into your diet
*Adverts - sponsored walks, new food etc
I have bought each release of the Slimming World magazine since starting my journey. At present, I have six magazines with the latest magazine being the May/June release which is due in the shops on the 4th of April. I find this magazine to be well priced but I do wish that they would release on every month. It is always exciting to go to class and buy the latest magazine - yes, I lead a sad life!
Unlike other magazines, I don't tend to throw out my Slimming World mags. I have kept each and every one as I like to refer back to them. Until I started my journey with Slimming World, I mainly 'cooked' ready meals. With the help of these magazines, I have taught myself how to cook proper food that is healthy and nutritious. The magazines are also brilliant for giving me motivation! I personally recommend the plan in general as it isn't a restrictive diet and is more a lifestyle plan. If I can do it, everyone can!
I like different features in each magazine and there is always something different to look forward to with each release. The motivational stories are my favourite parts of each magazine as we get to see how real life people who were overweight just as I am, lost the weight and stayed at target. The before and after pictures alongside tips and information about each persons journey encourage me to stick at the plan as results can be obtained. It isn't just those who have lost big amounts that are featured either. The weight losses range from a few stone up to 12 stone - very inspirational. The stories confirm that although some of us may take the scenic route, we all reach our destination in the end.
The recipe features in the magazines are brilliant. They are well illustrated and easy to follow. I particularly like the fact that there is a range of low syn, free and higher syn (but still healthier than non, slimming recipes) recipes. They don't just focus on main meals either - there are lots of delicious looking dessert recipes. A lot of the recipes use everyday foods including eggs, meat, potatoes etc and a range of spices and sauces for flavour. I am happy to try most recipes if they take my fancy but a lot of the dessert recipes include Quark (a soft, tasteless cheese) which I can't seem to get used to. There are often some 'special' recipes and features include dinner parties, buffet ideas etc which make for interesting reading. There are lots of family friendly recipes too.
Some recipes I have tried include :
*Raspberry and vanilla terrine - a gorgeous dessert made from sugar free jelly, fromage frais, vanilla extract, raspberries and gelatine. I made this for my Mum and also for a taster at my class and it went down a treat.
*Cottage pie - a healthy, tasty version which was a hit with my fiance too
*Apple, blackberry and clementine crumble - this was delicious and felt soooo naughty! It involved using digestive biscuits as a crumble topping.
*Provencal chicken - lots of veg and spices. Very flavoursome.
*All-day breakfast - a filling feast of sausages, egg, tomatoes etc fried and then done under the grill. This was a bit hit.
There are plenty of recipes which are perfect for all tastes and also vegetarian recipes. My magazines are always my first port of call for recipes as I can usually find something to make with the ingredients that I have.There is so much to choose from - literally hundreds of recipes every two months and everything from simple, everday versions of classic meals to more interesting, special meals. There are of course some recipes that I have made that I haven't personally liked but not many. The macaroni cheese was one as I couldn't get the sauce right but for the most part, the recipes have been very successful and the meals have been tasty. Some meals are super cheap to make too which is always a bonus when on a budget.
The recipes are marked clearly with how many syns (if any) are in each and how many servings. Of course, the quantities can be reduced for smaller amounts or increased if you are feeding more people or wish to fresh some food. I follow the extra easy plan most days but have started to look at the green and red plan to help boost my weight loss. I would say that most features in the magazine are aimed at those who follow extra easy but this varies between issues.
I enjoy the other features in each magazine as they make for interesting reading. There are often features about what food choices are best if you want to strictly stay on plan when at certain types of restaurants. The 7 day meal plan is always helpful to me as I often become a bit bored of the same food and need fresh ideas of what to have. There is always a list of essential Slimming World food purchases and I use this as a base for when doing my food shop and meal plans. The Christmas magazine came with a 2013 calender with lots of delicious recipes on it which has came in very handy indeed. I also like how they feature sweet treats and list the syn values - just because we are slimming, doesn't mean we aren't allowed a treat! It is all about being in control.
Whilst the focus is of course on healthy eating ideas, there is a nice amount of health, beauty and fitness ideas. The beauty page includes various priced products from brands such as Maxfactor and Clinique. The fashion pages also offer a range of clothing ideas from various shops including George at Asda and Monsoon. It is good to see a range of options for all budgets. I enjoy the exercise features which include tips on including mild exercise into your routine to help tone up and enhance your fitness. The advice is always good and easy to follow.
It is always good to hear about new products which may appeal to Slimming World members. The best place to get up to date product information is the Slimming World website but the changes are normally detailed in the magazine when it becomes available. This is another reason why I feel a monthly magazine would be better as the information would be more up to date.
~The Latest Issue~
I am still working my way through the latest issue of this magazine which I bought at my class last week. The motivational stories at the beginning of the magazine focus around those who have lost weight despite having health issues - an excellent article I must say. There is a double page spread with tips from real people which I find inspiring. I have spied a few recipes which I would like to try this month including a meatball pasta bake, the Manhattan burger and warm strawberry souffles - yum! There is an American theme in this magazine which appeals to my fiance (yes he looks at my mags to see if anything takes his fancy) and we will be trying those recipes. There is a highly inspiring story of a lady who has dropped eight dress sizes for her wedding and tips on how to get fit on a budget. An enjoyable read as always.
The average Slimming World magazine is around 120 pages (the Christmas Special had 136 pages) which I consider to be excellent. You get a lot for your money! Each magazine is well balanced including the adverts which are all relating to the plan. There is a lot of features and it takes me a while to read through each magazine. I can't really fault the Slimming World magazine as each issue has helped greatly with my journey to becoming slim. I am always looking for inspiration and I get that with these magazines.
As you would expect, this magazine is best suited to those who are following the plan either from home or through a group. I would recommend it also for those who are looking for delicious, healthy recipes too. It is well worth buying. It isn't just for women either. Whilst many of the stories feature women, there are often inspirational stories from men too. We have several men at my group.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: a great magazine to help me on my way to becoming slim!