Celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy with a beanfeast
This July 26 we’re celebrating all things cowboy here at Slimming World—yeehaw! And to get us in the cowboy spirit we’re dusting off our boots, fastening the saddles and tucking into a huge bowl of rootin’ tootin’ cowboy stew packed full of beef and beans.
Click here to discover the cowboy stew recipe - with a tasty twist!
It turns out cowboys know a thing or two about healthy eating; a recent survey found that people who regularly ate beans around four times a week had a smaller waist size and weighed on average 7lbs lighter than those who didn't. They were also 22 per cent less likely to be obese and had lower blood pressure.
Beans are packed with protein and fiber—plus essential minerals such as potassium and iron—so have the added benefit of helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer. And they're Free Foods at Slimming World—time for a bean feast.
So if you’d love to lose weight while enjoying hearty stews, as well as your other favorite foods, follow our 7-day menu to see the results for yourself!
Study shows parents with overweight children in denial
A study in America has found that half of parents who have a child who is classed as overweight are in ‘denial.’ They either believe that their children are slimmer than they really are or dismiss their weight as ‘puppy fat’ which they’ll lose when they grow older.
Another major study found that obesity isn’t something that strikes in our later years, instead it takes hold when we’re young. Their research found that a third of children who were overweight when they were in kindergarten (aged 5 and 6) were still overweight by the eighth grade (aged 13 to 15), and all of the children who were obese when they started education were still obese when they entered their teens.
It seems that many parents simply aren’t taking their children’s weight issues seriously, but we know that child obesity is serious and actually the way we are as children paves the way for our adult life—many of our members tell us that they’ve struggled with their weight since childhood. This means that if something isn’t done about child obesity levels, we’re likely to see even more adults classed as overweight in years to come. The tide must be turned and that means helping children to lead healthy lifestyles as well as adults.
At Slimming World we give real, practical healthy eating and activity advice that helps individuals to make manageable and sustainable changes for their whole family so they can lose weight and keep it off for life—and help their family to be healthier too. It’s vitally important that people are given compassionate and ongoing support to make those changes and keep them up—even when the going gets tough. Slimming World does all of these things via its Food Optimising eating plan, Body Magic activity program and unique support system.
Many children will go through their school life feeling uncomfortable and out of place. Many will lack confidence and are reluctant to take part in sports, which leaves them isolated or, worse still, bullied because of their size. And all too frequently they become adults who develop both physical and mental health problems that impact on their daily life. At Slimming World we want to stop people ever having these experiences or having to feel like this and help them to live happier, healthier and longer.
Find out how Slimming World can help your family towards a healthier future.
Fruit juices – not as healthy as you might think!
You may have spotted in the news recently that health organizations are getting increasingly worried about the sugar levels in fruit juice.
It can seem like a cruel trick when we feel we’re opting for a healthy choice, only to find out it isn’t that healthy after all.
Drinking fruit juice and smoothies, or juicing and puréeing at home makes it easy to over-eat certain foods. When fruit is enjoyed in its original form it is low in energy density (calories), bulky, and satisfying food. That’s why fruit are Free Foods at Slimming World—no counting, weighing or measuring!
However, when puréed, juiced or made into smoothies, it is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra calories in a non-bulky way. Consider the time it takes to peel, de-pith and eat six oranges—and how full you’d feel afterwards (if you managed to eat them all). Then the time it takes to drink the equivalent orange juice… it’s gone in a gulp.
Eating in this way simply allows us to revert to a similar style of eating to the one that helped us gain weight in the first place— a relatively large amount of calories in a non-filling form.
Uniquely, Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan takes into consideration not just the calorific value of the food but how well it satisfies our appetite too.
Food Optimising is a nutritious, generous and healthy eating plan, suitable for the whole family. Mealtimes the Food Optimising way means big portions of delicious family-friendly favorites that are naturally low in fat, sugar and salt.
If you’d love to lose weight without hunger – discover Slimming World Online here.
Waving the flag for sports this summer
The World Cup, Kentucky Derby, MLB All-Stars—it’s been an action-packed summer so far. And we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a fit and healthy summer (and beyond) with Slimming World.
Did you know that 90% of successful weight loss maintainers have incorporated regular activity into their everyday lives? Body Magic— Slimming World's activity program—is the perfect way to get active.
There are los of benefits to Body Magic, including increased energy levels, reduced stress, firmer and more toned muscles, plus— your metabolism increases so you burn more energy— even when you’re resting.
Every small step you take towards leading a more active life will bring some level of these benefits. And once you start experiencing the intrinsic benefits, it’s easy to keep going. Getting to that stage, however, can be hard. You'll find out all about Body Magic and the benefits it bring here.
Start the day, the Slimming World way!
We love the first meal of the day here at Slimming World as our Food Optimising plan means breakfasts of the BIG variety!
Because our healthy eating plan is based on everyday ingredients, there’s always a way to make your favorite meals Food Optimising-friendly, so whether your breakfast favorite is good old eggs and bacon, or you prefer a fresh fruit platter, you’ll find them all at Slimming World.
So forget the days of ten o’clock rumbling-tum, our breakfast suggestions below are designed to fill you up and slim you down….
Mexican-style tomato and baked eggs
Pancake and fruit stack
Bacon, eggs and hash browns
If this sounds like a tasty way to lose weight, try our 7 day menu and see the results yourself!