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Slimming world

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Jojotaylor, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Jojotaylor

    Jojotaylor Prediabetes · Member

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    I am wondering if i try slimming world receipes and maybe quorn meat on odd occassion as i like my meat do you think it will help? Im not a diabetic at the mo and trying my hardest to prevent it if i can i know i need to lose a bit of weight im not obese but def need to lose weight. Im cutting down on sugars too which for me is a big issue but ill get there. Im watching my carb intake and changing it where i can eg brown rice and wholmeal bread etc so im trying bit just wondered about slimmingworld foods etc x
     
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  2. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah in my experience SW is a good place to go. My mum is just off loosing 3st with them over about 12 weeks and we compare diet notes regarding carbs ect. if your careful with Sins and Boxes it should keep bg down as well.
     
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  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Rather than waste your cash on slimming world just cut out carbs.. brown or white they are all the same (for the most part).
    Eat green veg, real meat, butter, cream. Check out the success stories thread on this site and have a read about how the LCHF diet has worked for a lot of people then give it a month or two. Eggs and bacon for breakfast (assuming you are hungry) lots of salads. It really does work.
     
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    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Some people need to have the motivating factor of going to a club, its very similar to lc.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Thought we were a kind of club here? And free..
     
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  6. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes but I mean a club where you physically turn up and meet people face to face.
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    zzcanasta Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    If it helps to be with others in the same boat, then go for it - peer pressure is a useful mechanism for bringing about changes in behaviour. Having said that, changing your eating habits doesn't have to be difficult as long as you're eating enough to feel full. I have a friend whose mum went to SW for about 18 months: although she did lose weight, she tended to put it back on again fairly quickly and began to despair that she would never keep it off. Some months ago my friend asked me to provide her mum (in her 70s and recently diagnosed T2) with eating advice based on my own experience, along with an idea of what I eat, which I duly did. She's been following it for 5 months and has lost nearly 3 stone without putting any weight back on. She's also off meds. It might not work for everyone, but for what it's worth, this was the advice I passed on:
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    AVOID (or minimise) consumption of the following:
    • drinks containing sugar – lemonade, cola, mixers, etc (occasional glass of wine/spirits okay, but not beer). Avoid fruit juice - drink sparkling water or eat the actual fruit instead
    • high carb foods – eg all bread, pasta, rice, cake, biscuits, confectionery, breakfast cereals (though unsweetened porridge oats are fine). I have to say that now and again I have a slice of toast with my porridge to prove to myself that I'm not a Puritan
    • sugar in tea/coffee (or anything else!)
    • sweets, chocolate (other than small amount of dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids)
    Typical meal choices:

    Breakfast

    These days I usually skip breakfast (just have tea/coffee) to give myself a short period of fasting and maintain weight loss, but I didn’t while I was losing weight. The following have tended to be staples:
    • Full fat Greek (or Greek-style) yoghurt (3-4 tbsp) with a variety of berries – eg blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries – and a sprinkling of linseed mix (available in Aldi, in the breakfast bit)
    • Porridge (not instant varieties, though) made with half milk/half water. I add 1 tbsp of yoghurt (which gives a creamy taste) and more than a sprinkle of salt. I put berries in that, too (and sometimes grate some nuts). Occasionally I have 1 slice of toast and butter with it.
    • Boiled egg (2) with some Ryvita Dark Rye crackers with butter and marmite
    • Mushroom and tomato omelette (2 eggs)
    • Bacon, egg, black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms (not baked beans - packed with sugar, and I hate them anyway). If frying, use extra-virgin olive oil
    Lunch
    • Tin mackerel or sardines (preferably in olive oil), mixed with bean salad (Sainsbury’s 4-bean salad is my fave)
    • Green/red pepper (cut into strips) and/or carrot sticks with full fat houmous. An apple goes beautifully with houmous, too.
    • Omelette or bacon & eggs, as above (but not if I’ve had them for breakfast)
    • Slices of chorizo (or similar) and cheese with an apple/pear
    • Smoked salmon with soft-boiled egg and pepper strips as above
    • Prosciutto with pear or apple (good combo, and pears/apples have more fibre than melon)
    • (Full fat) Mozzarella and sliced tomato drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with chopped oregano and basil
    • Soup (there are tinned low-carb varieties out there – Duncan’s is a good brand for tinned soup if you can get it, but we usually make our own)
    Dinner

    I usually try to have a smallish portion of (unprocessed) meat or fish (for the protein – and leave the fat/skin on) along with a selection of veg (sometimes roasted in olive oil) or/and a salad. For salads I add some nuts, berries, apple, avocado or anything to make it interesting (even diced anchovies) and only use extra-virgin olive oil as a dressing. If I haven’t had it for breakfast, I tend to have Greek-style yoghurt with berries, as above, as dessert. (The Alpro brand does a full fat yoghurt with coconut flavour, which is great if you like coconut. Avoid the other flavoured ones, though, as they tend to be sky-high in sugar).
    Also, quinoa is a good low-carb substitute for rice, so will have that with chilli con carne, Bolognese sauce, curries, and anything else that you’d normally eat with rice or pasta. Home-made veg soup is a good filler, too.
    If we're having a Sunday roast, I load up on the vegetables and only have 1-2 small roast potatoes, if any. Sometimes we all have steak and salad instead (which our kids prefer, as they feel full but not bloated afterwards)

    Snack

    Try not to snack. If you must, have a handful of nuts (I keep bags and bags of them) or a hard-boiled egg (keep a few in the fridge for emergencies).

    Other tips:
    • Drink plenty of water, and try to have a glass about 30 mins before a meal. I prefer bottled sparkling water with a slice of lime/lemon, as it fills me up.
    • Don’t eat after 8pm
    • Read the content labels on everything – focus on the total amount of carbs per serving figure. If that’s above 10g per 100g, I don’t buy (note – a slice of dry toast is 23g of carbs)
    • Don’t buy anything labelled ‘low-fat’, ‘fat free’ 'light' or 'diet'. Odds are it’s full of sugar
    • If possible, do some gentle resistance exercises 2-3 times per week to keep muscle tone and burn off fat . I’ve worked my way up to 40 press-ups each morning, and I also use 4-5kg dumbells for about 5 minutes. If I have time I'll do some gentle yoga (Sun salute, etc) and/or a few 'planks' as well
    • Take the stairs rather than the escalator
    • Try to walk for at least a couple of miles every day - more if possible, and within an hour after eating
    • Use smaller plates
    • If not preparing the food yourself, just eat/drink smaller portions of whatever’s on offer
    • Realise that sugar is addictive, but that - like all addictions - it will fade away if you don't feed it.
    I don't advocate this for everyone, and you should certainly check with your GP if you have any existing medical conditions before trying it, but variations of this have worked for lots of people I know (and for many who post on this site, too). Good luck.
     
  9. mist

    mist · Guest

    All these slimming fads make me laugh. Think about it, if they actually worked, they would be out of business. Unless of course there are really that many people in the world in need of their services to keep their pockets lined.
     
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  10. Mbaker

    Mbaker Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I get it, I can work out at my wife's physio clinic and use her brilliant cast off at home, but I still joined a gym spar for the socialisation and to pick up different tips; a change of head space is also useful (as well as the steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna). From what I have read the diets other than LCHF offer an initial weight loss, but are a challenge as they may not be sustainable long term due to being calorie controlled (think this is correct). LCHF (my spin low carb good fats) is a lifestyle way of eating and adaptable - I am finding that I naturally am going plant based half the time, as I love the vegetables.
     
  11. ally1

    ally1 Type 2 · Expert

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    I tried slimming world about 5 years ago and I put weight on. I couldnt, t see the point paying 5 pounds a week just to find out I have put weight on.
    So I stopped going.
    Since then, I went on my own diet, well 3 years ago, just cutting out things, eating smaller meals etc and have lost just over 7 stone. Though in saying that, since I joined here just over 2 years ago when I found out I was type 2, I have had help from members here with dieting
     
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