Slimming World vs. Weight Watchers
If you’re looking to lose weight but aren’t sure which dieting plan would be best, Slimming World and Weight Watchers are two popular options. But how do they compare? In this article, we’ll go over their similarities and differences to help you decide which one will work best for you and your needs.
What you can eat
There’s a common perception that Slimming World foods are bland and unappetizing. That’s not true. The key to successful weight loss at Slimming World is choosing low-calorie recipes with high-quality ingredients, not food deprivation. At its core, Slimming World operates on portion control. Instead of counting calories or weighing out servings, members have an average calorie range (1,200-1,600 calories) from which they work; however, that doesn’t mean members eat anything but lettuce leaves and grapefruit all day long. Most members tell us they think WW is like a regular diet – with plenty of variety – once they get going!
How much you can eat
With Slimming World, you can eat as much food as you want—you have to track your points. For example, a sausage and egg breakfast muffin with mushrooms and tomatoes counts as two points (7 percent of your daily allowance). But that’s not all! With Slimming World, you’ll also get one free healthy snack from their range per day, which helps curb any cravings. That said, if you’re on the go, there are many pre-made snacks and meals in supermarkets now, which help cut out on meal planning and preparation time. Plan so that if you’re going out with friends or family during the week, you know exactly what else will fit into your Slimming World plan!
How do they work?
Each dieting method has its way of calculating your calorie intake. At Slimming World, participants are given the My Start Diet tool, including an online food diary and a calculator. The calculator tells you how many points you should eat based on your weight, height, age, and sex. Points can be spent by eating anything from Slimming World’s approved food list; most fruits and vegetables, bread, meats, and fish are zero points, whereas chocolate (yes!), sugary breakfast cereals and savory snacks like crisps have higher point values attached to them. Once you know how many points you’re allowed each day, it’s up to you to stick within those limits. This is where things get interesting because Slimming World has free foods. Free foods are foods that aren’t assigned any points value—you don’t need to worry about whether or not they fit into your daily allowance or if they’re worth more than another item in your cart. They’re fair game as long as they’re on Slimming World’s approved food list! It’s a great way of keeping track of what you’re eating without counting calories all day long. On top of all that, there’s also no exercise requirement at Slimming World—which makes it even easier than Weight Watchers!
What are their disadvantages?
As with any diet, there are disadvantages. For example, some food items on Slimming World or Weight Watchers (such as chocolate bars and sugar-free desserts) contain syrups and other artificial sweeteners that aren’t allowed on a weight loss diet. These sweeteners make us crave more sweets, setting us up to gain weight again. Another potential drawback of a diet plan like Slimming World or Weight Watchers is that you’re only following its guidelines during your weekly meeting or while using its mobile app; outside of these times, it’s relatively easy to slip back into old habits.
Can they help you lose weight fast?
Most weight-loss plans will let you lose up to 5% of your body weight in one month. If you’re starting at 150 pounds, you could drop 7 pounds in a month—or about one and a half pounds per week. Of course, some plans are better than others, so comparing their claims against how much weight they help people lose is essential. The best way to do that is by reading reviews from other people who’ve tried them.
Are they sustainable over time?
This is a big one—if your new diet plan doesn’t have enough long-term staying power, you’ll give up before you’ve had time to see results. There are many meal plans on both WW and SW that fit perfectly into your lifestyle, so no matter what kind of food you love or how you like to cook, there will be a way for you to reach your goals without having to give up everything that makes life tasty and fun.
How much exercise do I need to do with them?
Because both diets focus on reducing calorie intake, many people wonder if they have to exercise more when following either plan. The answer to that question is a resounding no. With both Slimming World and Weight Watchers, you’re already doing enough exercise just by living your life. Because our daily lives burn calories (and because both programs encourage healthy eating), you don’t need to go out of your way to do extra cardio or hit any other specific target each week.
It’s worth noting that both Slimming World and Weight Watchers are excellent options for weight loss, so there’s no wrong answer. But if you need help deciding which one is right for you, read on! The main difference between these two programs is their focus—Slimming World focuses more on overall health than dieting, while Weight Watchers focuses more on counting calories and points. As a result, they offer different tools to achieve your goals—tools that can complement each other nicely. Both programs have their version of a food diary (SmartPoints or PointsPlus), but WW also offers an online database where you can log your food intake manually.