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Can you do SW without the alternatives or low fat options?!

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SheStoodInTheStorm Sun 02-Oct-16 07:52:00

I have done SW before and lost 3st so know it works.

Then I became seriously ill and have ended up putting it al back on and more.

I'm considering rejoining but I don't want the fat free stuff etc (yoghurts, Diet Coke etc). with aspartame in and the other chemical sugar replacements (gives me migraines). I can't think of other alternatives I will struggle with off the top of my head, but do you think it is doable or am I going to lose less or find it too hard?

Thanks.

ChessieFL Sun 02-Oct-16 19:53:58

Of course it is doable. Just focus on the fruit, veg, meat, fish, rice, pasta and use Syns for full fat yoghurt etc if you want it.

Chewbecca Sun 02-Oct-16 21:20:10

I don't use any of that stuff.

I think of SW as 'pure' foods, I.e lean meat, fish, fruit, veg, pulses, rice, pasta etc. I eat Greek 0% fat yoghurt (which doesn't have any 'nasties' in) and chopped up fruit instead of the muller some people choose for e.g.

I have given in a use a little fry light but am considering buying a spray can thing and putting regular oil in there instead.

I think of the plan as cutting out/reducing to very low levels of fat, sugar, alcohol & junk/processed food - that's why it works for me.

OwlinaTree Mon 03-Oct-16 19:48:15

I do eat Muller lights, but other than that I just have 'proper' food and mainly snack on fruit. If I want something sweet I have chocolate or merengue. You could have v low fat natural yogurt. I've not been doing it long though, so can't comment on effectiveness really!

ALemonyPea Mon 03-Oct-16 19:51:35

I do it 95% without all the low fat stuff. I have of yoghurt, the Danone light and free one though as dislike Muller lights. And occasioanlly sweetener, but maybe once a fortnight.

I'm doing it so I can continue once I get to target, so I don't deprive myself of anything.

icandoscience Tue 04-Oct-16 16:00:36

I know exactly what you mean about not wanting the processed 'diet food' OP. I've not been on SW long but I've managed to keep these things mostly out of it.

I do have 0% fat greek yoghurt, with frozen berries. It took a few days to get used to it being a lot less sweet than flavoured yoghurts but great as no nasty additives.

Can't help with diet coke i'm afraid - I'm not really a drinker of soft drinks. I drink a lot of water, black coffee and a fair bit of milky tea (HexA).

I have caved in to using Frylight, not completely happy about it but I was getting really limited trying to avoid oil completely when cooking, and all other options seemed to have syns and I need my syns for wine

I'd say steer clear of the 'diet foods' that don't appeal to you, noting all the syns in any full fat/sugar versions you do eat. If you lose weight, stick with it! If not, then look at what foods you would be prepared to switch to save some syns.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 04-Oct-16 16:08:36

I'd say forget Slimming World and, instead, choose to eat healthily, for life.

Slimming World and other "diets" are not the key to permanent, successful, weight loss. Changing your relationship with food is what's needed long-term, and diets that push nonsense such as Muller lights and hi-fi bars - suggesting that it's normal and healthy to eat sugary "treats" every day - don't allow you to do this.

If Slimming World worked, it wouldn't be in business. Same goes for Weight Watchers. Their entire business model is based on yo yo dieters bringing in money.

You say you don't want the fat free stuff, so why not abandon the SW idea altogether and focus on eating healthy, whole foods, every day?

OwlinaTree Tue 04-Oct-16 20:46:01

running diet clubs done properly allow people to learn what eating healthily for life actually is. Changing your relationship with food is something easily said and very difficult to do.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 04-Oct-16 21:11:34

diet clubs done properly allow people to learn what eating healthily for life actually is

But do they? Really? I've watched my sister lose and gain the same 5 stones for the last decade or so.
In that time she's made SW "chips" with Fry Light, wolfed hi-fi bars, practically had shares in Muller Light, bought countless WW ready meals, drunk Options hot chocolates...etc etc.

And once the "diet" stops she's still craving sugary shite as she's used to eating it daily, so the weight goes back on.

Snacking on sugary and low-fat junk food is pushed by these companies. They produce and market it themselves fgs. It's hardly promoting healthy eating for life when the business model involves encouraging people to buy branded snack food.

OwlinaTree Tue 04-Oct-16 22:34:32

Well when I said properly I meant eating proper food not diet equivalents.

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