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A slimmer world for everyone
Member Name: moneysaver
Advantages: Doesn't feel like you're dieting
Disadvantages: Can be expensive if you don't stick to it as you pay weekly whether or not you go
I'd put on 4 stone during my pregnancy, 2 stone of which disappeared pretty quickly and 1 ½ stone over about 12 months. When my son was about 15 months, I was fairly happy about my figure but just wanted to shift that last 7lbs. Not a lot I know but I couldn't do it on my own. I'd know loads of people that had done 'red and green' over the years and every single one had been successful.
I was a bit apprehensive as I felt a bit of a fraud on my first night. There were people of all sorts of shapes and sizes and there I was wanting to lose just ½ a stone. Nobody made fun though and understood that in a way, it was almost as hard for me to lose a bit of weight as it was for a heavier person to lost a few stone. The group welcomed me and the leader began by charting everyone's successes and failures that week. The successes were told by how much weight was lost that week and the recipient received a round of applause. If another person had put on weight, the leader would say what their weight loss was overall and got a round of applause. This way, it doesn't make you feel so bad if you've put on weight but it does celebrate your overall weight loss encouraging you to do better next week. No-one is ever told your actual weight. You can share as much or as little as you like with the group, there are no demands and every one has the same goal so is really helpful.
I have never been able to diet before as 1. I love food too much and 2. The very idea of idea of a diet puts me in mind of depriving myself and I immediately feel hungry. The slimming world plan however encourages you eat as much 'free food' as you want. On green days, that means as much rice, pasta, potatoes and carbs as you want and on red days, as much meat and protein as you want. Both days, you can eat as many vegetables, most fruit and eggs as you like. This is simplified, there are so many other things you can eat freely. Other food might contain syn values so you have to limit those. The really good thing though is nothing is banned. It's all about moderation. I like to have a few glasses of wine of a weekend so I would be quite rigid during the week and use my syns at the weekend. There is also the extra easy plan which combines red and green to allow more flexibility. This is the new way forward with slimming world and people are having great success with it as it is much more flexible. Personally, I prefer red and green as you know where you are with it and I believe it gives better results.
After joining, you get a pack which tells you exactly what you need to do. I would strongly recommend staying to the image therapy if you go to group as you can pick up some great tips and learn a lot. Slimming world also publish some great cook books which list the syn value of a whole meal. There are also directories that help when shopping which list the value of syns in brand and own brand goods.
Overall, I would definitely recommend slimming world to anyone who wants to lost weight. At my class, there were people of 20 stone plus and people like me who just wanted to lose a few pounds. (I think 7 is the minimum you must want to lose). Keep going to the classes as it spurs you on - and you have to pay for them whether you go or not so why waste money not going?! My mum has also lost 2 ½ stone at another group after trying unsuccessfully most of her adult life. If she can do at 59 then so can you! Once you hit your target, you can go free for life as long as you stay within 3 pounds plus or minus your target weight.
Summary: A great plan that actually works
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