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Weight Watchers/Slimming World

Our last diet we are going to look at is Weight Watchers and Slimming World. Both diets are where you pay for a monthly membership; you can go to weekly meetings or access the materials on line. Weight watchers uses a simple calorie counting system that is unique to your age, height, weight and sex to enable you to lose weight in a healthy way.

Similarly to the calorie counting we focused on last week, you are able to track everything you eat and drink on the Weight Watchers App and input your calorie burn from exercise/activities. Weight Watchers explains to members a realistic goal they should expect to achieve and celebrate successes along the way.

Slimming World focuses on never feeling hungry and offer a heathy eating plan that promotes filling up on what is referred to as ‘free foods’. Included in this list are lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, dried pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, veg, some fat free diary products, some meal replacements such as Quorn and tofu. As long as these foods are cooked without fat or oil you can eat them with no measuring of food. In addition to this, members are encouraged to eat heathy extra foods every day and these foods are categorised into ‘Healthy Extras A choice’ and ‘Healthy Extras B Choice’. There are no foods that are ‘bad’ foods as such, Slimming World are firm believers of everything in moderation. Foods that are high in sugar or fat have a ‘syn’ value and members are encouraged to plan for 5-15 ‘syns’ a day to encourage weight loss.

All members have access to an online app where they can track their exercise and weight loss. The key with Slimming World is encouraging movement and to plan to exercise throughout the day.


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