Were you looking to drop a few pounds quickly?
If you’re hoping to drop some weight quickly, you may have heard about the popular UK diet plan called Slimming World, also known as Weight Watchers in other countries. The diet has been praised by many members, who say it helped them shed pounds in no time at all, but others say that it’s too much of a hassle and that the benefits didn’t last long-term. Here’s the lowdown on Slimming World to help you decide if it’s right for you!
How does Slimming World compare to other diets?
Because of its low-cost premise, many assume that eating healthily on Slimming World must also be expensive. But as long as you stick to diet food and don’t go out of your way for unique ingredients or extra cooking, eating healthily doesn’t have to cost more than it does on other diets—and in fact, some people find that it costs less because they’re more conscious of what they buy!
Do I have to go every week?
No, but regularly going (at least once a week) will help keep your weight loss on track and ensure that you’re getting enough of all those vital nutrients from food and support from your local group and online community. Remember: there’s no such thing as ‘dieting’ – it’s not about cutting out food groups or calories. It’s about eating as healthily as possible and not exceeding your recommended daily allowances for fat/carb/protein intake.
Will it be hard to cook from scratch?
Cooking from scratch can be time-consuming and challenging for those without much experience in a kitchen. If you’re not already used to cooking or feel like your cooking skills lack, start slow by just preparing one meal at home every other day. Then increase as needed until you’re ready to take on 3 or 4 homemade meals per week, always focusing on healthy ingredients and recipes free of sugar and refined carbohydrates (e.g., sugary cereal, white bread).
What if I can’t afford fresh fruit and veg every day?
Fresh fruit and vegetables can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to reduce costs. Farmers’ markets are becoming more popular and are often cheaper than supermarkets as they eliminate intermediaries. At the same time, gardening is also cost-effective if you have space at home or in your garden to grow food. As well as being cheaper, fruit and veg that is fresh have high nutritional value.
Is the plan suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
The plan is not vegetarian-friendly as several recipes include non-vegetarian food. Vegans can make substitutions but will have to avoid some foods, such as cheese and mayonnaise, which are not available in vegan varieties. It is also important to realize that extra support is required if you follow a vegan diet on Slimming World because of its high-fat content, so it might be more suitable for those who aren’t following one anyway.
Are there particular foods recommended, like dairy alternatives and protein shakes?
By subscribing to a diet, you’ll be given a set amount of foods meant to replicate certain meals, making it easier for those who struggle with sticking to a traditional diet (i.e., vegetarians and vegans). Many people find they’re more likely to stick with their weight-loss plan if they feel like some form of support or accountability is involved.
Is it easy to shop online when following this diet plan?
If you’re not used to shopping online or hard for you, buying your food online will be challenging and may not fit in with your lifestyle. However, there are plenty of advantages: shopping in the slimming world is cheaper than going out and buying your products to save money in the long run by planning meals accordingly.
Can I still drink alcohol with Slimming World?
Drinking alcohol with Slimming World is one thing that causes many questions and concerns for people. Yes, alcohol is allowed on Slimming World so long as it’s consumed within reason; you can have two drinks per week if your BMI is above 30 and 1 glass per week if your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 (consult our comprehensive guide for more info). All drinks must also be included in your daily food plan – there are no free drinks!
How much weight can I expect to lose each week?
The effectiveness of any diet depends on your starting weight, your weight loss goals, and your commitment level. In general, most people should expect to lose between 1 – 2lbs per week after an initial bump in weight loss when they first start.
What if I have more questions about Slimming World?
4 Questions Answered 1. What happens if I don’t lose weight? Will I be charged for coming along and taking part in meetings? No! Your commitment is only as long as you want it to be, and once you’ve joined, if after eight weeks you haven’t lost any weight, then there is no charge whatsoever because we want to help you achieve your goals and not keep members who may not achieve their weight loss goals. 2.