Joined SW last Feb and have lost 4 stone! Easy to follow with good support at group meetings. It's well worth the £4.95 to me as it keeps me motivated to loose each week.
You can buy countdowns ie paying upfront, buy 5 weeks and get one free, thats what I do and it means i go too as i've already paid, as well as saving money!
Still have 2 stone to go, so from one happy SW member "Go for it"
I cannot recommend Slimming World highly enough! Although I didn't join a class I followed their Extra Easy plan. I also used a lot of their free recipes from their website. That combined with exercise has meant that I have lost 4½ stone since last February. I feel fab! I tried WW in the past but did not have anywhere near the same success!
WeightWatchers have recently overhauled their eating plan (they prefer not to refer to the term diet as it has a negative vibe to it !). I find the new plan doesn't result in the fastest weightloss rather it concentrates on a loss of 1-2 pounds a week but that should mean the weight stays off and also prevents your system going in to survival mode from lack of food. There are lots of zero point foods available which you can eat as much of as you like and I haven't found any problem sticking to the points limit I've been set. No foods are forbidden - leaders now encourage you to eat what you want to eat to prove that it can be worked in to the plan.
In the interest of balance I have to say I've never tried Slimming World but I certainly can recommend Weightwatchers.
A few of my colleagues at work have embarked on slimming world, and have found they have had great results, plus they say they do not feel hungry during the day. My mum tried WW and did really well with sticking to her points and controlling her portions, she lost a stone over a few months - but then Xmas came along and she knew she had overindulged, and unfortunately the weight has gone back on and a little bit extra
I am also undecided whether to join a club myself and take my mum with me, she can then compare any SW results to WW and get back on track. Seems to be that more positive feedback comes from people trying SW.
I can't seem to swich off from thinking about food all day long and what i will eat next, i then end up making poor choices and feel very unhealthy, it also doesn't help that i have to sit down all day at work - just mentioning that i sit all day, my colleagues that i mentioned at the top of this also sit all day and have still had good results. well done to them, my turn now!
Slimming world for sure. Weight watchers is based pretty much on will power alone, unlike SW WW does not focus on re-balancing blood sugar and prioritings unprocessed cards and lean protein that's so important in keeping you feeling full while the weight drops off. Its a completely different approach to weight loss - SW is about lifestyle change that means eating as much as you like but still loosing weight (yes sounds too good to be true I know) and learning how to be more in tune with your body and hunger.
I lost two stone with SW and never felt hungry. It really is not a diet, more a way of addressing the imbance that led to weight loss. On WW I lost nothing even though I religiously stuck to theiir plan and felt horribly hungry through the two months I forced myself to do their plan (when I switched to SW I realised on WW I was probably not eating enough which meant I was constantly tired and hungry but with a metabolism too slow to loose weight)
i'd highly recommend slimming world. have been following their healthy eating plan for 7 months and have lost almost 3 stone.
the support of meetings is great and is not only focused on weight loss but also on exercise, sponsored events and challenges.
s/w is an eating plan for life. its easy to follow and doesn't take much thinking about or counting or weighing once you get into the swing of it.
good luck, whatever you choose to do.
SW is not good at all if you only have say 1 - 1.5 stone to lose.People who do well on it seem to have a fair amount to lose and started off with fairly unhealthy lifestyles. SW is good if you have no idea that too much rich creamy food is bad for you though!
If you are active and eat fairly healthily already and don't have a mountain to climb, skip the expensive plans and work out your basal metabolic rate. This gives you a calorie allowance for which you body requires just to stay the same weight. Then eat sensibily and count calories 6 out of 7 days a week (a cheat day on the 7th means you are more likely to succeed) and ensure your daily calorie consumption is lower than your BMR. Every calorie you burn in exercise is added to your BMP, allowing you more calories per day, just remember to maintain a deficit to ensure weightloss. That's the only science behind weight loss. Neither of the plans tell you that and SW doesn't even look at calories!!
In my opinion SW relies too heavily on our bodies ability to tell us we are full. Don't know about you but I am rarely truely full.
Simple things like learning about blood sugar, what protein, fats and carbs really are and why your body requires them. Thats what you should spend your ££ on. xx
I have lost just over 3 stone (this time around) with Slimming World. However as a continual dieter from age 16 I think I have pretty much tried them all. I lose some weight, come off the diet and gradually put it all back on and have to go through the whole thing again, usually with another club.
Therefore in my humble opinion any diet will work for you when you are in the right frame of mind to do it. I have tried pretty much every diet club, swallowed vast quantities of "slimming" pills and exercised regularly for over 20 years. Sometimes they work sometimes they dont. Some you can "cheat" on some you cant! its as simple as that. When YOU want to lose the weight YOU will find the right thing for YOU. Just because a diet plan works for one person doesnt mean it will for the next - for a whole rft of reasons!
Ultimately if we all had 3 meals a day, ate less at every meal, better quality at every meal, had less snacks in between every meal, exercised a whole lot more and sat on our backsides watching tv / using the internet / playing computer games a whole lot less we would all be healthier and weigh a lot less. I include myself in this as although I have lost over 3 stone i still have a long "weigh" to go before the scales tell me I am "Slim"
Good luck to everyone on their journeys, whichever one/s they choose
I was looking for the WW site when I found this. I have tried every diet known to humans and they ALL work while you are sticking to the regime but as soon as you go back to being in charge, ie. stop paying fees to multi national millionaire companies, the weight piles back on. I spent a fortune with Lighterlife a couple of years ago and lost 5 stone in as many months. Unfortunately the result was that the huge amount of water I had to drink on the diet help release kidney stones (the pain feels like a heart attack) so I stopped the programme before maintenance and the weight shot back on. The misery this causes cannot be overstated. I have an opinion that yoyo dieting actually increases body mass and weight and eventually leads to diabetes 2.
My advice would be just reduce the size of your plate, ban takeaway food completely, make a shopping list before you visit the supermarket and decide to walk for fifteen minutes every day. No need for a gym where you feel like a leper due to your size. No paying fees to be told what you already know making rich people richer. No change in your diet just 20% less of it. No takeaway food that leads to over eating/over spending and eating food you simply do not know how and where it is prepared. Result less of you/more money in your pocket and less smelly takaway shops in our districts. Win. Win. Win. I'm starting today taking my own advice. Good luck to everyone.
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