My Top Ten Tips for Success at Slimming World

top-10There are countless useful hints, tips, and tricks to help us stay on track for success, but here are my top ten:

  1. Buy a countdown. You’re more likely to go back if you’ve already paid for it. Check with your consultant, because there are often deals where you get one of the recipe books when you buy a countdown, and you get a weigh-in or two for free, depending on which countdown you get, meaning you’re saving money to boot!

  2. Measure your HEA and HEB allowances. Be meticulous! Don’t think for one second that a few extra grams here and there won’t make a difference, because they add up over time, and we get complacent. If you’re not measuring your Healthy Extras, you’re not on-plan!

  3. Make it a weekly appointment that you keep. Go to group every week (even when you’re sure you’ve gained – suck it up and go anyway!) and stay to group. The support and ideas you’ll get are a massive part of it.

  4. Plan ahead. Even if you sit down today and plan out what you’ll eat tomorrow, having a plan can help keep you on track. If you can plan out your whole week, you’ll probably save money too, because you can base your menus on what you have in the house and just buy what you need to finish off the recipes.

  5. Write down everything that passes your lips. Even the “little bite – it won’t hurt!” And syn everything that needs to be synned. The only person you harm when you cheat is YOU.

  6. Stick to the 1/3rd speed at every meal. Stick to it like glue. Look at your plate, and if there’s any doubt that you might not have quite enough speed, add some more. Put it on your plate first – before your protein and free foods – and eat it first when you sit down.

  7. Don’t skip meals. There is no excuse for it – even when you’ve used all your syns, there are plenty of free and speed foods you can snack on, so you should never let yourself go hungry. If you don’t eat regularly, your metabolism will get sluggish and you’ll have a much harder time shifting the weight you so badly want to shed.

  8. Get back on track IMMEDIATELY! If you slip up and binge on your synful stuff, don’t mope, and don’t wait “till tomorrow” to get back on track. Put down the rest of the synful food and get back on track for your very next meal. Don’t wait! And don’t use it as an excuse to write off the whole day. Or the whole week either!

  9. Don’t let the weekend become the WEAKend. If you know you’re going out, make a plan, use flexi-syns, and have something ready to eat (a couple of Hi-Fi bars in your bag to keep you going till you get home can work wonders!) so you don’t cave and get a kebab before you hit the taxi rank. And eat before you go out too, so you’re not tempted to overindulge when you’re out. Check out the best options before you go, so you can make an informed choice – it will help keep you in control.

  10. Look at the bigger picture. Many people have a gain on shark week (I gain up to 7lbs!). or are 100% on plan and have an unexplained gain. It happens from time to time, but don’t let it get you down. Look at your overall trends over longer periods, like a month or by quarter. Even if you’re only half a pound down at the end of the month, it’s half a pound in the right direction. And don’t fret about losing “only” half a pound, either, because half a pound every week adds up to 26lbs in a year, which is just shy of 2 stones. If your fairy godmother came to see you on New Years Eve, and told you that by the following New Year, you’d be two stones lighter, and you could do it while eating all your favourite foods, you’d be pretty stoked, yes? Every little helps!

There are plenty of other tips, but these are the ones I use to help me on my journey. After all, this isn’t a “diet” – it’s a new way of life, and it has to be sustainable in the long term. I hope they’ll help others too! If you have any other top tips, I’d love to know them, so leave a comment below – the more support we give each other, the better our chances of hitting our targets. We can do this alone, but we can do it better together.

Here’s hoping we all hit our targets this year – we can do it!

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