10 Things I Have Learnt Three Weeks into Slimming World

by - 09:21

Despite losing a couple of stone between the age of 17-21, I started to pile on the pounds as soon as I graduated and moved back home. I am not blaming my parents at all because they eat relatively healthy, but the amount of food I was eating definitely increased, as well as the amount of wine I had been consuming. Oh, and if you look at all of my previous blog posts, most of them are about going out for brunch and lunch and Sunday dinner which is never a good sign.

Anyway, I gained around 7 pounds since graduating, which isn't extortionate but it was certainly getting noticeable around my tummy area and even more so around my thighs. I decided to start Slimming World with my mum a few weeks ago and I have currently lost about 5 of those pounds which is pretty ace and although some of the past weeks have seen me lose just a pound or even less, I am pretty much still eating everything I desire bar chocolate and excessive amounts of avocado.

Here are a few things that I have learnt over the past three weeks of doing Slimming World: 

Overload on carbs - they aren't as bad as you think!
Throughout my university life, I didn't touch a single piece of pasta. Unless I bought a Tesco meal deal and chose the chicken and bacon pasta. This isn't something that I would particularly buy simply because it was too 'carby' and it would make me fat. While pasta is carb-central, it definitely isn't the most fattening thing out there so don't be afraid to knock up a Slimming World pasta dish or a tuna jacket potato.

Avocados are ridiculously fattening
Christ, I was going out for an avocado brunch at least once a week prior to Slimming World, and while they are full of great nutrients, there is no way that avocados are great for anyone trying to lose weight. Even when I was calorie counting, avocados were never great. There are 15 syns per avocado - my daily allowance!

It isn't how much you eat, it is what you eat
You can eat as many of Slimming World's free foods as you want, which is anything from fruit and veg to yogurts, pasta and wedges. I am probably eating just as many wedges or apples as I was crisps and chocolate. Those minor swaps really are every bit worth it and sometimes, just as tasty too (unless you're trying to replace Dairy Milk, then there is no comparison!).

Smoothies really aren't that great for you sugar wise
Well, not bad for you, but you consume way more sugar than you need to. It was once described to me as this - if you make a smoothie, you would use 3 bananas and 2 apples and then maybe some strawberries too. Would you sit there and have 3 bananas, 2 apples and some strawberries as one snack? No, probably not. By compressing the fruits, your body is just consuming way more food and sugar than you'd normally eat. Don't compress foods!!

Eating well can really boost your energy
I really have been going to the gym more since starting Slimming World. I don't know if that is because I am more motivated with Mexico coming up, but I always want to go which is quite strange for me. I think the right foods really do add up to some great energy. I still find it a little difficult getting up in the morning and need that extra cup of coffee, but will never change.

You don't need to be completely strict
You are more likely to end the diet sooner rather than later if you don't have a random day of chocolate. I choose to weigh in on a Saturday morning as I am most likely going to go out on the Saturday night, meaning I have the whole week to catch up and make process. Don't lose your social life over it!

Nutrition really should be taught in schools
Beginning Slimming World made me realise actually how uneducated I am when it comes to food - assuming pasta is bad, not knowing what fats, carbs, protein is in what food. I really do think that, if i learnt things like this when I was in school, I would be a lot more cautious of what was going into my mouth.

You don't need to starve yourself to lose weight
Like I said, I used to calorie count. This did actually work for me in my last year of uni, losing 2 pounds a week guaranteed although I was actually nearly always hungry. If I had run out my calories by 7pm and I was hungry by 8pm, then there would be nothing that I could do. At least with SW, If I am hungry I can just have an apple or some cooked potatoes.

There are healthy alternatives to everything that you are currently eating
I have previously written a blog on alternative food swaps, focussing on the most common swaps that can be done. SW has made me realise that there are so many less-fat alternatives to cooking ingredients, treats etc.

The oddest recipes can often be some of the nicest
I keep seeing the weirdest ingredients go into some of Slimming World's most popular recipes and it makes me question why the hell people are actually making things. I saw couscous go into a vanilla cake a few weeks ago and honestly, it blew my mind. I made sweetcorn fritters, probably not that weird actually, but hot damn they were good!

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