Be warned…a little rant is due! I guess the title of the post kind of indicates that it will be about Superfree foods…so here goes!
What is it about Superfree foods that some fellow losers do not understand?
If you read the Slimming World book it states, “Superfree Foods are super-satisfying for the appetite and very, very low in calories.” Whether you like the thought of calories or not, they are supremely important to your weight loss – or gain! Slimming World have designed the plan to do the calorie counting for you.
Slimming World don’t ask you to count calories…all they ask it that you, “Fill one third of your plate with Superfree Foods and, where you can, make them your first choice between meals. This way, you’ll naturally limit your energy intake without counting a single calorie, and you’ll enjoy a really healthy diet, making your weight loss success extra easy!”
I see so many people wondering why they aren’t having the weight loss they think they deserve, but yet they don’t have at least one third Superfree on their plate. Or they will load their plate with potatoes and meat and perch the token third of non-starchy veggies on top! The point is to put the Superfree food on the plate first, to limit the space for the more calorific foods…not to play food Jenga!
Or there are those who have a big plate of food – nothing wrong with big plates of food…I have them often! – and then compensate for the fact that they haven’t put the Superfree on their plate by having a massive bowl of fruit and yogurt for pudding – SuperExtra! Would they normally have that bowl of fruit…or are they just adding calories to a plate that already had more on than the Slimming World plan caters for? Or then there are those who think that peas and sweetcorn count as Superfree…no, they don’t – read the list in the book!
I have no issues with what people choose to eat…I just have issues with people who convince themselves that they are following the plan when they aren’t, and complain about weight gain. These people then go on to spread the word that Slimming World doesn’t work for them…when they weren’t giving the plan, or themselves, a fair chance of success.
Not every plan will work for everyone. Honestly though, I have not spoken to a single person that Slimming World hasn’t worked for…when they truly follow it!
If you can eat a plate without Superfree food on it and lose weight, great. If you can eat a plate without Superfree food on it, and then add a massive bowl of fruit and yogurt and lose weight, great. If you can get away with the ‘cheats’ that Slimming World discourage…whole 1 syn cakes, using chickpeas as a flour substitute or baking them like peanuts, making your own crisps…great. But if you do these things and are not getting results, then perhaps it is time to take a proper look at what you are eating!
I never encourage people to eat what I eat. I am a big person and can get away with big portions, less Superfree and more syns in some instances. What works for me within the realms of Slimming World might not work for another…this does not mean that the plan doesn’t work…it just means that you need to make it work for you! The vast majority of the time I follow the plan 100%. And the proof is in the pudding, with average losses of a stone per month.
Sometimes however, I don’t follow the plan 100%. I do know when I do this though…as I keep a food diary and take pictures of what I eat…I don’t, and cannot, fool myself that I am following the plan when I am not.
So before you whinge and moan about not losing any weight, just put your hand on your heart and ask yourself if you are following the plan properly. If you think you are, but don’t keep a food diary…then I would politely suggest that you are fooling yourself! Keep a food diary for a week or two and then ask yourself the same question…perhaps even the very act of keeping a food diary will get you back on track.
Like I said, if you can get away with it…go for it – but if not, don’t criticise the plan until you have given it a fair chance. I see so many people online firing abuse at Slimming World when the fact is that it has saved lives and turned the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around. It is healthy…it is not asking you to pop pills, drink shakes, or cut yourself open and rearrange your internal workings…so if you want to pick fault with a ‘diet’ then I could you point you in the direction of quite a few to have a good go at instead!
As I get closer to target, my ability to tweak the plan will diminish…I will need to ensure that I have at least a third, if not a half, of my plate filled with Superfree. I will not be able to have my Tuesday crisp binge as my syn limit will decrease (I get upto 25 syns per day due to my weight…but very rarely use them!), and I will have to have smaller portions of certain foods. I know this – I am in no way pulling the wool over my own eyes…so please, don’t fall foul of doing this unintentionally – losing weight is hard enough when we follow the advice, let alone when we make up our own ‘rules’!
Right then, onto the usuals…
It has been a quiet old day today! My Mum went and sorted the horses out this morning, so I didn’t head up to see them today – I was reliably informed that they were content and happy, all rugged up now, full tummies and lots of hay in the field…so I am happy with that. I got up and did some project work for my other half, and then we popped to Asda…I think they were going to report my other half as a missing person – he’s usually in there daily and with being away I think they will have missed our trade! After this, I headed off to see my sister for a while before coming home for a late lunch and then an afternoon of prepping for university on Wednesday…I still haven’t got my new pencil case though! A quiet evening awaits, with the trepidation of weigh in tomorrow morning…drumroll please!
An okay food day. A quick brekkie – as I couldn’t be bothered with anything else – followed by a quick lunch. Well, it was supposed to be quick, but I forgot to turn the grill temperature up and so my burgers were still frozen when I checked on them…so it was a bit of a longer lunch than I expected! I adore the beetroot salad from Asda – which is syn free and pretty much just has beetroot, carrot and onion in it…and some cherry tomatoes too…lush! Dinner was designed to use up the bargain basement marrow I picked up yesterday – along with the bargain basement peppers…I do collect some rather random food items when I hit the shops! It was nice though. My sister gave me one of the new HiFi bars today…OMG…they are bloody lovely! They taste how I expect the whole Christmas season would taste if it were wrapped in a little packet…I will be buying some of these tomorrow.
Exercise: Really not much at all today…zilch in fact!
Thank you for reading – and if you can spare any weight loss vibes for my weigh in tomorrow, they would be much appreciated.
Weight Loss Bitch xxx