Get set for Christmas
The season of excess can be a real trial for any weight loss campaign – even though Christmas is just one day, the run-up to the festive finale can go on for weeks.Then, just when you think you can breathe a sigh of relief (the turkey’s finally finished – phew!), along comes New Year’s Eve and the party starts again!
Fortunately, here at Slimming World we’re here to provide a helping hand, and our online members are talking about all the different ways they can stay on track at Christmas while still enjoying all the festive treats it brings.
With our delicious healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, you can still tuck into a traditional Christmas dinner and stay on your weight loss track! Here’s some of our festive favorites…
Plus, in our members’ area you’ll find some festive recipes and features for Christmas week. Packed with yuletide favourites, filling family meals and quick and easy dishes for a busy week, these practical menus demonstrate that Christmastime, the Slimming World way is perfectly possible and you could even start 2014 pounds lighter!
If you’d love a slimmer Christmas, find out more about Slimming World Online.
There's no guilt at Slimming World
Recent findings in the journal Appetite have revealed that we’re more likely to abandon a diet if we feel guilty. Volunteers taking part in the New Zealand study gained more weight when they felt guilty about eating ‘treats’ because they felt they’d lost control of their eating, so went on to abandon their eating plans altogether. As a slimmer it might not surprise you, as it’s a pattern that many of us slip into, and something that, here at Slimming World, we’ve been aware of for 45 years.
Guilt is one of our biggest self-saboteurs. When we go off track, our tendency, as human beings, is to beat ourselves up about it. We tell ourselves that we’re ‘useless’ and that we may as well forget healthy eating – we’ve blown it now! It might only have been one day or one meal – but if we let it, it could sabotage our success from there on.
As anyone who has followed Slimming World’s famous Food Optimising plan will know, our focus is on what we can enjoy eating, without feeling guilty or anxious. No food is off-limits, and Food Optimising is flexible enough to allow for occasions when we’ve eaten a bit more than we’d intended. So if we do gain a few pounds we can get back on track, secure in the knowledge that the weight will quickly come off again.
Slimming World’s founder and chairman, Margaret Miles-Bramwell, emphasises that learning to forgive ourselves and shed the burden of shame (and excess weight) is a change that we all need to make.
There’s no guilt at Slimming World…
- Never go hungry again! Our Free Food list includes masses of food that you can eat in unlimited amounts.
- Eat as much as you want, when you want!
- No food is banned! Enjoy your favorite treats every day and still lose weight.
- We’ll support you every step of the way – we, and your fellow members want you to succeed just as much as you do!
- You set your own target. You choose the weight you want to be and we’ll help you achieve it.
If this sounds like your perfect way to lose weight, find out more about Slimming World Online and be lbs lighter by Christmas!
What's in your advent calendar?
The countdown to Christmas really is on once those advent calendar doors start opening, and if you’re a Christmas fan you’ll be more excited than ever that the big day’s nearly here!
Did you know that at Slimming World Christmas is a great time to lose weight? Join Slimming World Online today and you’ll find all the support you’ll need to deal with all those seasonal saboteurs that can pop up over the next month – and be ready for a perfect party season.
So whether or not your December brings a chocolate-a-day in your advent calendar, don’t put it off until New Year – start 2014 on a high and begin your weight loss journey today!
Could an 'overweight gene’ run in families?
Researchers in New York have found that being overweight could be ‘in the genes’ and passed from parents to their children.
They found that a mutation of the CEP19 gene, which controls appetite and energy balance, could be making some people more likely to gain weight. When the gene was removed in mice, they became fatter, diabetic and hungrier.
However, experts (including Slimming World!) are keen to stress that these findings shouldn’t stop people from trying to manage their weight. While nature plays a part, so too does nurture and the way in which families share habits and attitudes towards eating and activity is likely to see them behave similarly.
People might think that because diets didn’t work for their parents, they won’t work for them, but the problem is usually the type of ‘diet’ they choose. Quick-fix, unhealthy diets hardly ever succeed long-term, so it’s important for people to choose a balanced healthy eating plan that they can follow for life. With Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, people don’t have to make drastic changes, just simple tweaks to the way they shop, cook and eat can make a world of difference. For example, swapping oil for low calorie cooking spray, using extra-lean ground beef, and adding extra vegetables will make a meal loads healthier for the whole family, and taste better!
It’s important to help the next generation develop healthy habits, whether that’s enjoying delicious, nutritious, filling meals at home together, or enjoying family walks or bike rides.
To discover how you and your family could enjoy a healthier, more balanced way of life, find out more about Slimming World Online here.
It’s never too late to lose weight…
Last week the papers were filled with stories expounding the benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that it’s never too late to start eating healthily and the good effects of following a healthy diet were found to be much stronger in older people.
‘Those with healthier dietary patterns at mid-life were 40 per cent more likely to survive to the age of 70 and over and were also more likely to be ‘healthy agers’ with no problems in physical functioning, mental health or thinking skills,’ the researchers found. Following a Mediterranean style diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish and low in salt could also reduce high blood pressure in a matter of weeks.
It’s great news to hear that here at Slimming World we’re helping people lose weight and, through following a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, we’re making a real difference to their health and life expectancy.
Helen Drye joined Slimming World at 60 and proved it’s never too late to lose weight and improve quality of life…
"When I first joined Slimming World I was taking six tablets a day to keep my blood pressure at a healthy level. By the time I had lost 30lbs, after about 4 months, I needed half the number – and I’m no longer classified as having borderline diabetes, either. My results for both blood pressure and diabetes were completely normal last time they were checked. I celebrated achieving target with a gorgeous, slim-fitting dress in vivid scarlet!"
If you’d like to by lose weight, improve your quality of life and enjoy good health, find out more about Slimming World Online.