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To get irritated by patronising slimming world?!?

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TheDonOfWinterville Mon 17-Oct-16 09:37:26

I'm not overweight but want to lose a stone for my self. So I joined slimming world only to be greeted with language such as "heap mounds of spaghetti", "shove it all in your face" and "pile mountains of fruit onto your plate" etc etc!!!

Sorry but isn't mountains and mounds of food what makes people fat in the first place?? Also at group the consultant said we all have weight problems. Actually, I don't - I just want to lose a stone to feel better! I'm clinically within my ideal weight range so no I don't have a weight problem actually! I have a good problem in which I make crap choices.
It makes me quite angry and is putting me off going back. All this talk of "piling" and "mountains" etc etc is like slimming world have thought "we know what kind of language will appeal to the greedy fuckers".

Dontpanicpyke Mon 17-Oct-16 09:41:30

Not really I went to suppprt a friend and found them lovely and supportive. Maybe it's the wrong group for you.

Do you really need suppprt to loose a stone though? You could easily do that in a month.

Avoid alcohol, bread pasta and chocks/cake Drink loads of water. Increase your excersise 100%

Good luck.

ScarletOverkill Mon 17-Oct-16 09:44:17

It sounds like you have a bad consultant. I've been to a couple of different groups and have never heard anything like that

TheColonelAdoresPuffins Mon 17-Oct-16 09:44:29

Mine is a bit cringey too. (It probably depends on the consultant. Some are probably fine.) I don't often tend to stay after being weighed, but i do find the diet works well for me and i need a group for the support and motivation. (I'm not able to sustain a diet without this.) I do have a weight problem though. When I do stay i do find it inspires me a bit and gives me ideas.

milkyface Mon 17-Oct-16 09:45:18

I think the beauty of slimming world is that you can eat a lot. Just a lot of the right things. It's not always overeating that makes people overweight, it's eating large amounts of the wrong things.

If you're wanting to eat less, slimming world is probably not the place for you.i think it's generally quite focused on eating differently, as they say it's not a diet.

As a pp said if you've only a stone to lose, you could probably do it yourself without sw.

TheDonOfWinterville Mon 17-Oct-16 09:46:35

The mounds and mountains and shoving in face dialect was from their official recipes! The consultant just said we all had a weight problem which is untrue!

Dontpanicpyke Mon 17-Oct-16 09:50:21

Op I think you are fixating on the comment that 'we all have a weight problem' you are there so presumably you think you have a weight problem. You can't expect her to look round the room, point you out and say 'well not her she's not as fat as the rest of you' smile

PoppyBirdOnAWire Mon 17-Oct-16 09:52:03

OP:
If you don't have this "problem", why is the very language being used such an issue for you? Weird.

ayeokthen Mon 17-Oct-16 09:52:23

I had a terrible consultant, I'd lost 4 stone already and only lost 3lbs about 4 months in and she said "oh well never mind there's always next week" in front of everyone (she was about 18 stone by the way) in a really patronising way. I left and got a Chinese takeaway on the way home! But then I found a different consultant and she's lovely, you don't even have to do public weigh ins if you don't want.

honeysucklejasmine Mon 17-Oct-16 09:53:20

I thought you had to be a certain amount overweight in order to join?

SW is all about eating the right foods. Rather than eating less.

BusterGonad Mon 17-Oct-16 09:54:59

Are you sure about the reasons for going to Slimming World?

Crazycatlady123 Mon 17-Oct-16 09:55:18

It sounds like maybe the wrong group. I haven't been to SW for years but I loved it when I first joined about 8 years ago, lovely group and lovely consultant and I did well there.

Have been to 3 different groups since and they were rubbish in comparison.

I really like slimming world but the thing that used to annoy me was that it doesn't really teach portion control with the unlimited amounts of 'free food' you can eat.

slanleat Mon 17-Oct-16 09:55:34

I went to three different slimming world groups here in Dublin. Found it all to be like you describe. All about how you can pile your food high on the plate. No talk of portion control - very little talk of exercise.

Constantly describing food as 'free' so eat as much as you like, go back for more, pile it high.

And as for the going around the room so everyone knows how 'good' or 'bad' you did that week - horrific.

BusterGonad Mon 17-Oct-16 09:56:23

People go who are overweight and need to learn to eat the right foods in amounts to fill them up so they don't snack on rubbish foods!

devilinmyshoes Mon 17-Oct-16 09:56:41

You sound so affronted 😂 what on earth are you doing at slimming world if not for support to lose weight?

Dontpanicpyke Mon 17-Oct-16 09:58:23

honey. No they just don't accept you at 8 stone or under.

Ncbecauseitshard Mon 17-Oct-16 09:58:37

If you don't have a weight problem don't go to fat club. The talks and materials are aimed at people with a problem and the consultant isn't going to change their talk to make it all about you.

Dontpanicpyke Mon 17-Oct-16 09:59:37

Op were you secretly hoping she would ask you why you were there? smile

TheColonelAdoresPuffins Mon 17-Oct-16 09:59:43

It sounds like its not for you, but is great for lots of people. Which recipes mention shoving food in your face?
When they talk about piling your plate high they are normally talking about salad or veg, which you are encouraged to eat plenty of.

BusterGonad Mon 17-Oct-16 10:00:04

Are you sure you're not going for a ego boast? Seeming as you don't have a weight problem to begin with?

takesnoprisoners Mon 17-Oct-16 10:01:13

To be fair, your weight IS a problem and that is why you went to slimming world. So how do you claim that it isn't? Even if it is to just feel better you want to lose some and you seeked help. I don't blame her for saying that.

badtasteflump Mon 17-Oct-16 10:02:32

Completely missing the point of the thread - but I don't understand why people pay every week to basically get somebody else to weigh them confused. Surely if you want to try a particular 'diet' you find out what you need to do, then do it? Although I would steer clear of SW/WW/anything like that tbh. They are set up to make you fail - how would they keep getting everybody back if not?

Also the diets they promote are completely out of date. Stuffing your face with carbs such as spaghetti will only result in a blood sugar spike, then a huge drop which will leave you feeling ravenous again. And WW's method of counting calories constantly leaves you feeling permanently hungry - neither method work long term which is how these companies make their money.

BusterGonad Mon 17-Oct-16 10:02:52

I think if you do have a weight problem and SW isn't cutting it then I think weight watchers point system would be better. It's very controlled. At least it used to be many years ago.

BarryTheKestrel Mon 17-Oct-16 10:03:54

They do it because people who have weigh problems tend to be scared that a diet means they will be hungry and have to starve themselves so they put the emphasis on how much you can eat.

However, without portion control, shoving white carbs like mountains of pasta on your plate won't help at all.

catinbooots Mon 17-Oct-16 10:04:25

You went to slimming world but you don't have a weight problem?

Brilliant grin

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