Starting Slimming World can be so confusing. Not only have you got to get to grips with what you can & can’t eat but you also have to learn all the terminology and what it all means. It can be so overwhelming so I decided to write a little Slimming World for Beginners post.
I‘m no way affiliated to Slimming World, I’m an online member following the plan on my own. I write my weekly Slimming World Meal Plans including the syns and I’ve had a few readers ask me about the syns and what they mean, along with other questions. So it just made sense to write this from my own perspective and hopefully it’ll help a few others too.
The Slimming World Extra Easy plan that I’m doing from home & online it all about Food Optimising. Food Optimising is about making some simple easy changes to the way you cook, eat and shop. It’s a way of combining foods so that you get all you need from your food, plus you’ll be able to lose weight steadily in order to keep the weight off.
It sounds so confusing to start off with but it’s easy to follow once you get to grips with the terminology and understand what everything means. There’s three extra easy steps
1. CHOOSE YOUR FREE FOODS
Most of the food you eat should be free foods, such as pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meats, most vegetables and fruit. They are ‘free’ so you don’t have to weigh, measure or calculate anything, just fill up on them.
Alongside the free foods are speed foods. They are very low in calories so have extra slimming power. Slimming World says for the best results you should try and have at least a third of a plate of speed foods at each mealtime.
2. CHOOSE YOUR HEALTHY EXTRAS
Healthy Extras are designed to give your body the vital vitamins, minerals and fibre you need. You can choose one Healthy Extra, which is dairy, and one Healthy Extra B, which is fibre, bread, cereals etc. You will need to check your starter book for portion sizes etc. It’s a god send that little book!
3. CHOOSE YOUR SYNS
Syns are the little ‘treats’ but it’s not all about chocolate and crisps or other little goodies. You can use them for that of course but don’t forget about the syns in other foods too.
You can have between 5 & 15 syns a day, so you need to decide how you want to use them. Obviously they don’t stretch very far with chocolate and crisps but there are some low syn treats to make them go a bit further!
The Slimming World app is amazing for finding out the syns fast, especially if you’re in the supermarket and see something on offer but you do have to be a member to access it.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR A NEWBIE?
Definitely be prepared, I think preparation is key. You need to read your starter book cover to cover when you first get it. It sounds a bit much but it gives you the understanding to set you off on the right track.
I make sure I write my Slimming World friendly meal plan each week, I post it here on the blog with the syn values for anyone that wants to have a nosy for ideas. By meal planning, not only do I save money on my shopping as I only buy what we need for our meals but because we know exactly what we’re having we’re not tempted to grab a takeaway or a ready meal that are high in syns.
Fill your cupboards and fridge with all the basics you’ll need. I’ve got a whole list of free foods to add to your shopping list to help you succeed.
Have a look online for different Slimming World recipes, there’ so many different ones out there. Then once you’ve got more of an understanding of how Slimming World works you’ll be able to easily teak recipes or create your own.
And lastly, don’t be down on yourself. A bad day doesn’t have to turn into a bad week. If you slip up, don’t worry about it and move on. Slowly but surely is the way to get the weight off and keep it off. Some people might have huge losses one week whilst you’ve barely lost anything, I’ve been there, just don’t feel disheartened. Keep going, you’re doing great!
Have a nosy at my Slimming World loss diaries to see how I’m getting on. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more updates.
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