what i hate about slimmingworld

 

So, as I’ve mentioned, I’m cheating on Weight Watchers with SlimmingWorld as SW is the only group you can attend when pregnant.  And it’s working for me (or at least my take on it is) – my pregnancy weight gain since starting in January when I was 18 weeks is just 2.5lbs.  But jeezo…there are some things about it that really twist my melons.  SW, how do I hate thee?  Let me count the ways…

Syns

It is the terminology that I have an issue with here, rather than the concept that if you want to add foods to your diet that have a higher fat/sugar/calorie content then you should do so in moderation.  When you struggle with your weight it is pretty much always because you have a broken relationship with food.  Part of losing weight and getting healthy should be to heal that relationship…so someone tell me how that is ever going to be possible when you are being brainwashed into considering certain foods as sinful/bad/naughty on a daily basis?

 

Body Magic

On the topic of terminology…what the actual fuck?  I am not a child, I don’t need something sugar coated for me.  Exercise is not a dirty word, though I totally appreciate that for a lot of people who end up through the doors of SlimmingWorld it isn’t one they are comfortable with.  But disguising it by giving it the My Little Pony treatment is not helpful.  Activity, movement, fitness and  e x e r c i s e  should be part of the new healthy lifestyle people are adopting as part of their weight loss efforts, so please treat people like adults and discuss it openly.

 

Free Foods

I swithered over including this, as I’m starting to sound like a vocab fanatic.  But no food is without consequence.  Although bloody difficult, you could still gain weight eating just veggies if you consistently ate more calories-worth of them than you actually required.  And that would be even easier to do with many foods SW class as free – pasta, rice and meat are foods which need an element of portion control that SW just doesn’t promote.  And don’t even get me started on sugar-laden Muller Lights making into the “free” category…

 

Muller Lights

Actually, do let me get started.  How is something which is effectively a sweetie make it way on a list which basically suggests it’s on par with an apple?  Someone got a nice backhander when they wangled that particular product placement…

 

HExB and the Hi Fi Bar

And on the issue of product placement, can we just stop and smell the bullshit surrounding SlimmingWorld’s own Hi Fi bars?  You can have two of these as a “healthy extra” despite the fact that in doing so you’ll be eating half your maximum recommended daily sugar intake in one sitting.  But apparently that’s equal to having just 40g of porridge oats.  Ok then…

 

Unrealistic Weight Targets

There is a reason that “up to 2lbs per week” is often quoted as the best rate to lose weight at.  You may lose more than that in the first few weeks of a change to your diet, or if you have a lot to lose, but to shed more than that on a regular basis requires you to reduce your calorie intake more.  And less food takes you into deprivation territory which is not sustainable for long term success.  And yet every. bloody. week I see people being encouraged to set their sights on a 4lb loss, and being commiserated with (by the group leader) for losing “just 1lb.”  This is setting people up to be unhealthy, fail or both.  I could literally write a whole blog post on this alone…and maybe I will.

 

Group

I think this is my biggest disappointment with SlimmingWorld, and could also be a blog post of its own. For me, it is the weekly coaching and education you get from your class/group/meeting that creates success. Or at least it was with Weight Watchers…the SlimmingWorld sessions are just a drain.  There never seems to be a topic focus, and regardless of whether you’ve lost or gained, everyone gets to hear how you performed at the scales.  Whether you learn anything from other members or waste your evening listening to Betty having a whinge about how she put on weight is just the luck of the draw.  Not really worth £4.95 a week.

 

 

So…what do I like?  It’s a short list – stepping on the scales each week to keep me accountable, not having to deal with a lot of numbers as most of what I eat is “free” and um…the woman who runs my class is quite nice?  Oops, not quite the positive note I hoped to end on!

 

Do you do SlimmingWorld?  I’d love to hear if you agree with me or if you think I’m just being a bitch, so drop me a comment!

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9 Comments

  1. As someone who has just stopped Slimming world love this post so much. I am chuckling away and I agree with much of what you say. You missed a trick though as group is known as image therapy and that’s a pile of shite name too! Mich x

  2. Proper laughed the whole way through this. I haven’t been to a SW meeting for 7 years since I left the UK, but did a few WW ones when I lived in Spain and they did at least seem to have a focus each week – although we did still have the whiner etc. I’ve always hated the words ‘syns’ and the whole Muller Light/Alpen Light/HiFi Bar thing is just ridiculous. Oh and not forgetting quark! How anyone thinks pouring a sachet of chocolate options into quark is a decent substitute for chocolate I’ll never know!

  3. I honestly think SW is designed to ensure that clients never keep weight off. So the choice of bollocks terminology like ‘syns’ isn’t an accident: it’s designed to reinforce the unhealthy relationship with food that made people gain weight in the first place. Because, if you are a slimming company, you don’t want clients that lose weight and keep it off: you want them to be caught in a never-ending cycle of weight loss/joy then weight gain/shame.

  4. This post made me giggle. It’s funny seeing other peoples take on Slimming World. I think all diet plans have their downfalls. I love my group though, always a good chat and full of motivation. I think it’s pot luck if you have a good consultant though!

  5. I have regular rants about SW. But I’m one of those lucky people that can waver around the 10stone mark without much effort. I get that it’s useful to some people, but I don’t think it teaches people how to be healthy and have a healthy relationship with food. It doesn’t teach what your body needs and what is bad. And those sodding muller lights. What is with that? A friend of mine posted a completely carb meal and went on about how it was a completely free meal or something. How about instead of having carbs on carbs you put some protein in there and have some vegetables? Haha. I’ll stop now!!

  6. Hahaa this made me laugh! I agree with you on so many points, but for some reason they are part of the reason I like going to SW. Some of the things my consultant has said are pretty ridiculous, but I tend to take it all with a pinch of salt. I know that hifi bars and muller lights aren’t good for me, and I know what is, so I tend to use the basic SW principles, and stick to the better food for the most part!

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