Slimming Down with the Slimming World Diet Plan
If you’re looking to lose weight, there are plenty of diets to try. However, not all diets will help you lose weight—some of them may even cause you to gain it! If you’re wondering how you can use the Slimming World diet plan to slim down, read on for more information about this popular way to lose weight and feel great about your body and your health at the same time.
Learn about calorie counting
If you’re trying to lose weight, you can start by simply counting your calories. Food labels are a good place to start, but if that seems too daunting, MyFitnessPal is an app that helps track your caloric intake (among other things). The most important thing is tracking what you’re eating and making sure it matches your goal daily calorie count; otherwise, it will be difficult to make changes in your diet. In fact, without knowing how many calories you need each day and how many calories you eat each day, a weight-loss plan isn’t worth much. Knowing exactly how many calories you eat each day also makes it easier to match them against workouts, which brings us to our next point…
The food you eat is broken down into macronutrients
protein, carbohydrates, and fat. All three are vital for maintaining a healthy body, and each has its function in your diet. While some people have a certain type of diet they prefer, there’s no right or wrong way to go about eating. Some people are even vegetarian or vegan, which doesn’t make their lifestyle less correct than someone who eats meat every day. The best thing you can do is try several different diets until you find one that fits your needs, schedule, and way of life. Here’s an overview of a few popular diets
Eat slow-release carbs, protein, and good fats.
The idea behind slow-release carbs is that they have a low impact on your blood sugar, which in turn helps you to avoid nasty sugar cravings and crashes. Good sources of slow-release carbs include grains such as oats, bread, brown rice, and rye; potatoes (including sweet potatoes); and pulses such as beans and lentils. Protein is essential for anyone trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight. Protein makes you feel fuller for longer; it also helps build muscle, which will help burn more calories. Healthy fats (both unsaturated oils found in foods like olive oil, nuts, and seeds, plus saturated fats from fish) should make up 10% of your total calorie intake.
Know how many calories you need in a day
The key to weight loss is knowing how many calories you need in a day. This is called your Calorie Maintenance Level (CML). If you want to lose weight, you will have to eat less than your CML and exercise more. Try out our free online BMR calculator to calculate your calorie maintenance level. Our calculator will help determine how many calories you need in a day based on your age, gender, and current weight.
The first few days are hard, but then it gets easier!
The first couple of days on a diet is hard to say goodbye to your favorite food, but it gets easier. I would suggest that you not give up, no matter how hungry you are or how much you want your comfort food. Find ways to distract yourself by reading a book, playing video games, or watching TV; do anything but think about food! Get in bed early and make sure that you get a good night’s sleep – missing out on sleep will leave you feeling hungrier, making sticking to your diet even harder. Lastly, make sure that you drink plenty of water when you have hunger pangs; water fills up your stomach and helps fill those gaps between meals.
Use online tools like myfitnesspal to track what you eat.
Planning your diet before you even put anything in your mouth may seem counterintuitive. After all, how can you accurately anticipate what foods you’ll want to eat? That’s where sites like myfitnesspal come in handy: Instead of guessing at meal plans and remembering everything that went into it hours later, using a tool like myfitnesspal lets you record what goes into your mouth. You can also plug in any physical activity that might be part of your routine and get an accurate idea of how many calories are going into (and out of) your body. And if there’s any food or drink item on which you’re counting calories but don’t have an online account already? No problem—you can easily add those manually.
How much should I exercise?
If you’re new to exercise, start slow. Start with 15 minutes three times a week, and work your way up over time. Training is more effective when you push yourself hard enough to become difficult, but not so hard that it’s unbearable. You can increase your intensity and decrease your time as you become fitter. If weight loss is one of your goals, aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and two strength-training sessions each week. If you have more time to devote to exercise, do more—especially if it helps keep your stress levels in check!
What snacks should I have?
The SW Extra Easy diet plan is designed to help you lose weight and keep it off in a way that fits into your lifestyle. The diet is based on meal replacement products and snacks, and desserts, which contain protein or other filling ingredients to help you stay fuller for longer. Plus, by giving you a choice of meals for each day of your plan, it’s easy to build up gradually to healthy eating habits over time. If you want more information about all three diets and how they work, check out our full Slimming World review.
What are SW Extra Easy recipes?
With Extra Easy, you get three delicious frozen meal packs per week (one per day). These meals are all about whole foods when it comes to healthy eating. Each of these meals has plenty of protein and fiber, which will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, making them perfect for weight loss. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of one of your meal options—you can swap it out for another of your choosing each week. It’s all part of the flexibility that’s at heart at Slimming World and part of what makes our diet plan so effective in helping you lose weight safely.
Some general eating tips…
When you’re trying to slim down, the main thing to remember is that everything is in moderation. Eating in excess isn’t healthy, but neither is starving yourself. Instead of cutting out all your favorite foods, start eating a few fewer portions of them each day. For example, if you usually eat 3 slices of pizza at lunchtime and want to cut back on your calorie intake, try eating just 2 pieces—not eliminating it from your diet. If you’re hungry between meals or in-between snacks, turn to a healthy snack instead of heading for that vending machine.