If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years it’s that Slimming World just doesn’t work for me. I wish that it did as it’s very accessible as the biggest weight loss club in my area, my friends love it (and have great success with it) and Slimming World claim that you can eat all that you want on it with “no weighing, no measuring and no counting calories” (hhmmmm – more on that soon).
Despite all this I just cannot get on with the Slimming World plan. I know that it works, if you stick to it, as several of my friends have lost many, many pounds on the diet and continue to thrive on it. However, it has just never clicked for me and I’ve never lost more than 10lbs whilst following the rules of Slimming World, even when I have gone to the weekly meetings.
I have a hunch that my lack of enthusiasm for Slimming World is because I’m a vegan. There is no doubt that Slimming World’s USP is that you can eat as much as you like of certain foods and as a vegan, naturally, there are less of these free foods for me to choose from. I think this contributes greatly to me finding the Slimming World diet just so darn boring! As a huge (literally!) vegan foodie I find it really hard to make food that excites me for long on the Slimming World diet. Yes, you are allowed a few ‘syns’ a day and a couple of ‘healthy extras’ which, despite claims that you don’t need to weigh, measure or count ‘calories’, you do actually have to weigh, measure and count, but you count ‘syns’ not calories!! However, even with my ‘syns’ and ‘healthy extras’ I still always come to the conclusion that I’d rather be fat than die of boredom on the Slimming World diet!
So, now that I’ve established Slimming World isn’t for me, skip to the future and a medical appointment on Tuesday where I was told that I needed to lose a few pounds (not a surprise but suddenly a lot more important now). This got me thinking about what weight loss strategies had worked for me in the past and the two that stand out are calorie counting (I lost 5 stone by calorie counting when I went on my first diet in the 90s!!) and Weight Watchers (I lost 21lbs on Weight Watchers when I joined my first ever weight loss club). Whilst calorie counting was more successful for me, I’ve been half-heartedly using My Fitness Pal for ages now so feel like it wouldn’t hurt to shake things up a bit and try a new approach.
Therefore, I signed up to Weight Watchers (or WW as they are now called) online last night. The main principles haven’t really changed since I did it before, you are allocated a daily Points allowance, as well as a weekly buffer to make life easier, or to use on treats (wine!!) and you can ‘earn’ more Points by exercising.
What I love about WW is that you can use your Points on any food you want, of course the less calorie dense the food the lower the Points, but it does mean that you can make some really interesting food choices and still stick to the plan. I also love that you can use exercise to earn yourself a few extra Points if you need that added flexibility.
One big change to the plan since I last did it are the additional ZeroPoint foods now available, for vegans these include:
- Plain soya yoghurt
- Quorn fillets/mince/pieces
On top of all fruits, and most veggies, and my Points allowance I should be able to make some lovely meals on the WW plan. Although, I’ll naturally need to make a few adjustments as my brunch alone yesterday was 22 Points, from a daily allowance of 23!!
Wish me luck…..