The Slimming World Diet Program has taken off in popularity in the United Kingdom as the latest fad in weight loss. The reason it has taken off with such energy is that it promises dieters that they can eat whatever they want and still watch the pounds dropping away. While it had been exclusive to the U.K. for the start of its existence, this program has now entered into the United States.
It will now be interesting to see if the Slimming World Diet Program is as popular in the U.S. as it is across the pond. After all, it does sound appealing to be able to continue eating all your favorite foods without having to count, weigh, or measure any of them. In fact, it is the fact that people are eating what they want that is supposed to be the secret to its success. The idea is that because a dieter is eating a range of foods they find to be delicious, they never feel deprived or hungry. Instead, they’re more likely to make nutritious food choices quite naturally instead of out of obligation.
This diet program allows people to eat pretty much anything, including sweets and other foods that are traditionally restricted or banned outright in other programs.
The Slimming World Diet Program is based on its Food Optimizing eating plan. This uses the concept of energy density and satiety. Energy density refers to the number of calories found in every gram of a given food. The satiety refers to how filling that food is to the person who eats it.
When following this program, dieters are encouraged to eat large amounts of foods that are very satisfying but that are low in calories – that is, that are high in satiety but low in energy density. Those foods are called “Free Foods” and are made up primarily of lean meats, fruits, veggies, pasta, grains and eggs.
This is all outlined within the Slimming World guide. That said, some of those Free Foods are labeled with an S for Speed or a P for being protein-rich. The foods labeled with a P are supposed to be higher in satiety and should keep dieters feeling full longer. That said, the S foods are still high in satiety but are lower in calories, which means that they will be more efficient for weight loss.
There are two other types of food group in the Slimming World Diet Program. They include the Syns and the Healthy Extras. Syns stands for synergy. They include certain restricted amounts of treat foods such as cakes, chocolates, wine, sauces and chips. Depending on your lifestyle, weight and height, you’re given a certain number of Syns points.
Healthy extras are foods that are nutrient dense but that have a higher number of calories, too. These include foods that are high in fiber such as whole grain cereals and breads, as well as high-calcium foods such as dairy. Dieters can have two dairy and two fiber foods every day.