- Changes to Slimming World’s Extra Easy eating plan for 2015
- Streamlined, easier-to-understand plan makes healthy eating and losing weight easier than ever
- Brand-new pack for Slimming World members includes everything you need to get started and lose weight straightaway
According to NHS Choices around seven million of us will make a New Year’s resolution to improve our health after overindulging at Christmas and losing weight is top of our list, above giving up smoking, getting fit and drinking less alcohol.*
Luckily for anyone looking to lose weight in 2015, Slimming World has streamlined its Extra Easy plan and a Slimming World Consultant from Stretford says this means local slimmers will be able to achieve their New Year resolution with ease.
Steve Mosby, who runs the Stretford Slimming World groups at Metro’s Sports and Social Club, is excited about the changes. He says: “Like many of our members, our Extra Easy eating plan has had a makeover for 2015 and is looking better than ever. It’s now simpler to follow and members will find it even easier to get off to a great start with their weight loss. There’s also a fab new way to boost your slimming power along your journey if you need it.”
For decades Slimming World’s Food Optimising programme has shown members that it’s possible to lose weight without being on a restrictive and faddy diet and to satisfy their appetite with healthy foods without counting, weighing or measuring everything you eat. Instead, slimmers are encouraged fill up on everyday foods – which Slimming World calls ‘Free Foods’ – like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat and fish, which are filling yet naturally low in calories.
This year Slimming World has used the latest research to identify the foods are the lowest in energy density, so they’ll really help to speed up weight loss – mostly vegetables and fruit – and those which are the most satisfying and filling – mostly protein and fibre-rich foods. By basing meals around these foods members can super-charge their slimming campaign.
“We also know that getting support to overcome those tricky moments when you’re trying to break old habits and stick to new ones is crucial. Many people start off with great intentions in the early weeks of January but quickly lose heart – and focus – without support to help them stay on track. Everyone will be sure of a warm welcome at Slimming World and each week members will pick up new recipes, ideas and get advice to help them make healthy changes and get into a new lifestyle groove.”
Steve says: “Our new New Member Pack, which will be available to all members – new and existing – who come to group from Boxing Day, contains our very best advice, from the latest research as well our 45 years of experience. It combines top tips for a fabulous first week weight loss, simple shopping advice and small swaps that will make a big difference to your waistline and help you to form healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”
For a taste of Slimming World, try this one-day Extra Easy plan:
Poached egg and tomatoes on toast
Enjoy 2 slices of wholemeal toast (from a small 400g loaf) topped with a couple of poached eggs and lots of tomatoes.
Top a jumbo caramel Snack-a-Jack with sliced banana, smother with fat-free natural yogurt or fromage frais sweetened with sweetener and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Jacket potato with cheese and beans
Bake a large jacket potato and serve it with filled with baked beans and topped with 40g reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Enjoy it with a leafy green salad, red onion, peppers and tomatoes.
Prawn and veg stir-fry
Spray a wok with low calorie cooking spray and stir-fry 1 chopped red chilli and 2 chopped garlic cloves with 500g fresh stir-fry vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Season, stir in 75ml veg stock, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, 6 tbsp dark soy sauce and 1 level tbsp sweet chilli sauce and cook until bubbling. Add 600g cooked prawns and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until heated through. Serve with egg noodles if liked and add soy sauce to taste.
After dinner choose two from the following list of treats:
A small (25g) bag of crisps, popcorn or pretzels.
A 2 finger Kit Kat
A Curly Wurly
A small (125ml) glass of dry white, rose or red wine
A small bottle of lager
Between meals, if you feel hungry eat fruit freely – enjoy a big bowl of blueberries or chunks of melon or pineapple, or simply crunch an apple or tuck into a few satsumas.
Through the day make sure you keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water, tea or coffee (with a small amount of milk and sweetener rather than sugar) and sugar-free drinks.
If you love this one-day plan and would like to find out more about Slimming World’s streamlined Extra Easy plan for 2015 with lots more recipes, tips and support to reach your weight-loss target this year, come along to the Stretford group at Metro’s Sports and Social Club every Wednesday at 5.30 / 7.30pm, or call Steve on 07504 749 613 for more information. – ends –
*NHS Choices www.nhs.uk
About Slimming World
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) 45 years ago and there are now more than 12,000 groups held weekly nationwide via a network of 4,000 Slimming World Consultants who receive specific training in dietary aspects and the role of physical activity in weight control. The highly developed training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a caring group environment, acknowledged by experts as being the most effective way to support long-term weight management. Slimming World training develops Consultants’ skills to provide exceptional service to members and grow their business. Training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, and the principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people. It integrates practical, up-to-date dietary advice with a highly developed support system based on caring and compassion. For more information visit www.slimmingworld.com or call 0844 897 8000.