If you are following Slimming World, then you will know that Slimming World is not a diet, it is a healthy eating plan, it is a way of life. If you have been reading things online or hearing things in group, then you may start to believe some of them, especially the myths.
I will be honest there are some very far-fetched ones, but there are some really very believable ones that even the experienced Slimming World follower may fall for, hopefully I can answer some of those myths and confirm what is and is not true.
1. I’ve been told that I haven’t lost weight because I haven’t eaten enough – could this be true?
If you have ever heard this said, what they actually mean is that you need to improve your Food Optimising and eat more Free and Superfree foods (remember the all-important 1/3 of a plate of Superfree Food for all meals).
This should then kick your weight loss back into shape, mainly because you’ll be filling up more on this super-satisfying food and using your syns for the bad foods.
2. Are Fruit Smoothie’s, Couscous Cake, Smash Pizzas and Lasagne-sheet ‘Doritos’ Free?
Sorry to have to tell you, but NO!! You may be asking why? Well it is simple, you are changing the use of a food and this can make it easier to over-eat, so to protect your weight loss they are Synned!!
When you use foods such as pasta, rice and grains in their original form, they’re low in energy density (calories). Pasta, couscous and rice are usually the main bulk to most meals and you should then pack the rest of the meal out with Free and Superfree Foods.
This should then give you sufficient bulk to be a satisfying meal in itself.
So when you used these like flour (like in couscous cake), used as a sauce thickener (like Smash), seasoned crisps (like Doritos) or puréed (like smoothies) they’re often used as additions to a main meal. They will be on top of your day’s Syns.
It is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra calories in a non-bulky way, so they need to be counted as Syns.
3. Can the Scan Bran Cake really be just 1 Syn per slice?
If you use Scan Bran, then you must be very inventive to make it taste nice in a cake, it can be very tempting to make this cake, especially when you find out that a whole Scan Bran cake is only 10 syns. Well, that is not quiet true.
You can have 5 Scan Bran and they are counted as 1 Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice or 1 Syn per slice. If you’ve counted some of the Scan Bran you’ve used as a Healthy Extra, it will need counting as Syns once it’s cut up – unless you’re eating the lot!
When you are making a cake, you need additional ingredients such as Cocoa, Some Spread, Milk, Jam, Honey, these all add up on the syn front.
4. You can’t save your Syns up for a night out at the weekend!
Oh yes you can!! You can save up your syns and use them up on the weekend BUT that would mean that you may be depriving yourself of syns throughout the week, but if you can do this, then go ahead. Make sure it is not the night before weigh in. If you’re worried about messing up part way through, there is an alternative and that is to be flexible with your Syns.
Your weight loss may be smaller, but you could also achieve some really good weigh losses if you do avoid the feeling of deprivation.
5. My muscles will turn to fat if I stop exercising!
Now this is just a silly thing to think. Muscle will NOT turn into fat, fat and muscle are two vastly different tissues and both have very different functions, so that means that one can’t turn into the other. If you stop exercising you will lose strength and / or size of the muscle, you may also lose the metabolic benefits as well (this is rate that your body burns fat).
The ideal scenario is to gradually add more activity into your lifestyle, that can be going for a walk in the evening, if you had a dog then take the dog out, start an activity such as swimming or even the gym. If you do miss one time, then don’t beat yourself up, it is not a failure at all.
The most important thing is to find a way to overcome what stopped you, and get back into your routine.
6. Is there such a thing as the Slimmer’s Plateau?
The quick and simple answer is NO, but actually the full answer is a little more complicated. There are a lot of Slimming World members find that after Food Optimising for several weeks or even months, they get to a point where the weight loss reaches a sticking point, you just don’t seem to be able to get rid of those last few pounds.
You know what, we have all been there.
Firstly, remember that it’s not unusual for weight losses to be inconsistent week after week. All sorts of factors can affect our weight from the time of day the weigh in takes place, the amount of clothes you are wearing, differences in fluid retention etc.
This is why it is recommend you get weighed just once a week at around the same time, and wearing similar clothes… or none at all (although that is suggest this in groups!!). Seeing weight loss over, say, a month gives it a much better guide to our progress.
Weight loss does generally slow down after the first few weeks too – where you might have experienced 5, 6, 7 or even 8lbs losses. Weight loss should generally settle to a steady rate as the body adjusts to your new way of eating and body fat is lost.
After Food Optimising for a while, it’s also easy for little habits to sneak in – to lick the lid of the kid’s creamy yogurt pot, to finish off the leftover oven chips, to be a little too generous with your Healthy Extra portions. No matter how positive we are that we’re Food Optimising 100%, sometimes sneaky Syns creep in and can play havoc with our weight loss.
The groups and members have a wealth of motivational tools to help you discover if any little habits might be scuppering your weight loss, and overcome them to get you back on track, so whatever might be causing you to think ‘plateau’, take advantage of all the support offered in group, because you’ll be back on track in no time.
Hopefully these Slimming World Myths have helped show you some of the pitfalls that you may have fallen into. I know for sure that I have succumb to some of them. Let me know what you think of the Slimming World Myths.
If you know any other myths or areas where you have fallen a victim of the changes of foods in Slimming World, please share!!
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