Yes, you can eat carbs and lose weight!
One of the trendiest ways to lose weight now is to cut carbs—but before you say farewell to fettuccine and bye-bye to bread, a new study proved that a low-carb diet isn't the best way to lose weight.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducted a study where participants ate either a low-fat or low-carb diet for two weeks. Both groups lost a similar amount of weight, and the study concluded that an overall reduction of calories, rather than carbs or fat, was what made weight loss successful.
This exactly supports the science behind Slimming World's healthy eating plan called Food Optimizing. No food is banned, and many foods—including pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, fruit, veggies and more—can be eaten freely, meaning there's no counting, no weighing, and no measuring at all. By filling up on these "Free Foods", calorie intake is naturally lowered—without members counting a single thing!—and members feel full and satisfied.
Take a look at what a week of eating Slimming World-style is like with our free 7 day menu. No tricks, no gimmicks, no pills, no counting—just real, delicious food prepared healthily by you!
Save $21 a week with DIY takeout
Those weekly pizza deliveries or chinese takeout runs are adding to more than our waistlines: a new survey found that Americans spend an average of $1,100 per year on takeout—or about $21 a week.
With Slimming World's healthy eating plan, members still enjoy occassional takeout from their favorite places. However, many members have discovered that making your own is much healthier, tastier, and even faster than the time it takes to order and wait for delivery.
We have some recipes that are so good they'll replace your weekly takeout—saving you $$ and helping you lose lbs!
- If Chinese is your takeout of choice, fried rice is super easy to make at home, and you can easily customize it with whatever frozen veggies you have handy.
- For pizza lovers, making it at home turns it into a family (or friends!) affair—everyone can add as many or as few toppings as they like. These cheesy pizza toasties are much healthier and quicker than delivery!
- In lieu of Italian takeout, this eggplant parmesan is superbly satisfying—mama mia!
- Thai takeout regulars will be "fakeout" converts with this colorful, flavor-packed pork pad Thai recipe. Switch the pork for shrimp, chicken, or extra veggies if you prefer.
If this sounds like a delicious and easy way to lose weight, discover more with our free 7 day eating plan. Losing weight really can taste this good!
Do you need to eat breakfast to lose weight?
Breakfast: it’s long been said it’s the most important meal of that day, and eating it actually helps you lose weight. Or does it?
Breakfast has its benefits, and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines strongly recommend eating a nutrient-rich breakfast. A good breakfast can give you energy and prevent mid-morning hunger pangs.
With Slimming World, you can enjoy breakfast, or skip it, and still lose weight healthily.
Food Optimizing, Slimming World’s generous and flexible eating plan, is perfect for non-breakfast people and breakfast lovers alike, because you can eat whenever you want—whether it’s first thing in the morning or just before bed. There are no limits to how many meals you eat—you eat when you’re hungry! You’ll still lose weight because Food Optimizing encourages you to eat filling foods that are naturally low in calories, like fruit, veggies, eggs, pasta, potatoes and lean meat.
Whether you enjoy a big breakfast every morning or can’t face food until noon, find out how Slimming World can support you in your weight loss!
Be good to your body and the Earth
Today is Earth Day, and as we focus on the health of our planet, it's also a great time to focus on our own health, too.
Many Earth Day volunteer activities, such as planting a tree, gardening or helping to clean up your local park, are fantastic ways to enjoy Body Magic. The great thing about Body Magic—our unique activity program—is that it’s not about spending hours sweating in the gym (unless you want to!), but building physical activity into your daily life through any activity you enjoy.
You can certainly get a good workout with outdoor Earth Day activites, plus the benefits of soaking up sunshine, enjoying nature and doing good for our planet. It all counts as Body Magic and moves you towards a healthier lifestyle!
Whether you’re already active or you’d love to begin Body Magic, you can find out more here. Happy Earth Day!
Hearty salad recipes
Salads have a reputation as unsatisfying "diet" food—which couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to salads, Slimming World-style!
Whether you cherish Caesar salads or treasure tuna nicoise, salads are a wonderful option when you're following Food Optimizing, our healthy eating plan. Salads combine many healthy, wholesome ingredients that are Free Foods—those are foods that you can eat freely, with no weighing, no counting, no measuring, no kidding!
Free Foods include classic salad ingredients like lettuce, tomato, cucumber and carrots, but also lean meats, pasta, rice, grains and more. Adding leftover shredded chicken, sliced beef, halved new potatoes, tuna, beans, a couple handfuls of cooked pasta, rice, or quinoa and some hard-boiled eggs to a salad (all Free Foods!) takes it from a shy side dish to a full-on feast.
Some of our favorite salad recipes to inspire...
If this sounds like a delicious way to lose weight, taste a week of Slimming for free with our 7-day menu!