How I dropped two dress sizes whilst eating pasta, cheese and other ‘naughty’ treats

Because summer bods, are made in the winter.

“No weighing, no measuring and no counting calories”- a diet that sounds too good to be true.

I’d like to start this article by saying that in no way did I think I was “fat” to begin with. I’d started uni and had been drinking and eating takeaways far more often than I would at home. This slowly but surely made sure I put on well over a stone within a year.

June 2019 before I first joint Slimming World Vs October 2019 4 months into Slimming World


How I found this “miracle weight loss” regime

None of my clothes were fitting. I hated how I looked in pictures, my skin was inflamed, I was getting out of breath just walking up the stairs and I thought enough is enough.

I then went on to try counting calories, a horrific diet if you get tired of salad after two days (I’m with you there).

Then I tried cutting carbs (AKA Keto Diet), amazing if you could live off meat and cheese… Not so much if you have a massive sweet tooth (Which I do).

I even did Slim Fast for a quick weight loss. Which I got. I lost 2lbs per week for two weeks, but I couldn’t live off of milkshakes any longer.

But on my next diet venture I lost 5.5lbs in a week, while eating as much pasta, potatoes, rice and meat as I liked. This included, Spaghetti Carbonara, Full English, Fish Pie, Bolognese and Curry whilst watching the scales go down rapidly. I achieved all this by joining my local Slimming World.

Pictures by Liz Fletcher

Slimming World

If you haven’t heard of Slimming World, you’ve been living under a rock. It’s more of a lifestyle rather than a diet. The weight loss plan encourages you to swap high-fat foods for naturally filling low-fat ones. You choose your food from a list of low-fat foods they call “Free Foods”. These are generally filling and low in energy, such as fruit, vegetables, pasta, potatoes, rice, lean meat, fish and eggs.

Within Slimming Worlds healthy lifestyle, you make sure you’re always “Food Optimising”, this means you can eat a list of “Syn-Free” foods in unlimited amounts. So you’re swapping high-fat foods for low-fat and high in fibre, which is naturally filling.

Where people tend to fall down in slimming world is treating it as a diet rather than a life-style. The plan was designed to get you to your goal weight and keep you there for life. If you stop following the plan, you’ll end up putting on the weight you lost.

Health benefits

Since starting, I’m not eating half as much processed food and saturated fats- this has lead me to much better nights sleep! I fall asleep at roughly the same time every night and wake up at the same time the next morning feeling refreshed, instead of tired and fatigued.

I joined Slimming World with my mum who suffered from heartburn to the point where she was taking Rennies every night, but after cutting out white breads she hasn’t experienced heartburn since

On top of that my mum suffered with bad knees, but since losing well over a stone, she hasn’t compained about them once.

Keeping motivated

Something I found that really helped me, was to plan what I was going to eat that day. I’ve listed a few links to the recipes I’d make to have on a typical day to maximise weight loss while satisfying my hunger and sweet tooth.

Breakfast: Full English Breakfast

Lunch: Chicken and Bacon Wraps

Snacks: 2 Jaffa Cakes (4 syns) Banana

Dinner: Spagetti Carbonara

Dessert: Blueberry Muffin Cheesecake (1 syn)

Don’t be too hard on yourself

I regularly get Dominos pizzas, and go out drinking, often resulting in getting a kebab or a McDonalds on the way home, but I don’t let that ruin the rest of my week, and when I do this,  more often than not I still lose weight. It’s the best feeling.

I’d recommend Slimming World to anyone who’s wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, for whatever reasons you may have.

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