I’VE tried every diet in the book.
From low-fat cookies when I was 18 to maple syrup mixed with water and lemon juice a few years ago.
There isn’t a weight-loss plan I haven’t attempted.
I’ve also had all kinds of weird and wonderful things poured on to my skin, been wrapped in plastic and clay bandages and had my legs zapped – all in my quest to reduce my thunder thighs.
Then I discovered Slimming World .
My friend had joined them and was doing really well.
At first, I was terrified of going to a group. What if they all hated me? What if everyone was mean because I was a size 14 rather than a 24?
How wrong I was.
The very first time I stepped on the scales and got my Slimming World pack, I finally felt in control of my eating.
I stuck religiously to the plan, made the recipes from their book and attended every week with the fervour of a recovering addict going to AA.
Melanie out walking her dog
I had a great laugh with fellow members, took all the tips from the consultant, laughed at the stories about people falling off the wagon and loved sharing my own tales of shame about a late-night takeaway.
My shopping habits changed. I actually bothered to cook and my fridge was stocked with all the right stuff.
Yes, I still had days and nights off. That’s the great thing about Slimming World, it allows you to do that.
You aren’t denied anything. You just need to be sensible and make sure the majority of what you eat is low in saturated fat, full of goodness and giving you everything you need.
If you are overweight, you will see the pounds drop off. It won’t happen overnight but that is the best way.
When I was a Slimming World member, I lost, on average, about 1lb or 2lb a week. Sometimes, I would lose a bit more and there wasn’t a prouder woman than me when I was Slimmer of the Week .
Other weeks, I might gain a pound, or stay the same. I might feel a bit downhearted but I kept going all the same.
After I reached my target weight, losing a stone-and-a-half in total, I carried on going to meetings and following the plan. And guess what? I lost a bit more weight.
Then when I stopped going and had more days off than on, I gained weight. So, I started following the recipes again and managed to shed the pounds again. When I got married in 2011, I was in the best shape of my life.
Melanie cooks up one of her recipes
Do I fall off the wagon? Yes, of course I do but with Slimming World it is easy to pick up again.
I’m not Kate Moss, I never will be, but I have found a way to make sure that I eat well for the majority of the time.
The recipes are prepared in such a way that they make you feel full, using foods that are lowest in energy density. If you eat properly, you won’t feel hungry.
You can fill up on “free” foods such as vegetables and fat-free dairy. I love fat-free Greek yoghurt with fruit but if I really want chocolate, I will have it.
As a non-meat eater, I was worried a slimming club plan wouldn’t work for me but wholemeal pasta with quorn mince is one of my favourite meals and baked salmon with brown rice and vegetables stir fried with chilli is a great option.
You need to be organised but that is also a great way of feeling you are getting your eating back under control.
Losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint. If you have slowly gained the pounds, or stones, over a couple of years, it will take you a few months to lose them. But what you will find is that once you start eating well, with varied meals and healthy options, you will actually enjoy it. I always sleep better when I’m eating the right food and feel more alert at work.
So, if you need to lose weight, be it 5lb or five stone, this is a great way to start.
And, if you just want a more healthy lifestyle and a feeling of well being, then give it a go, too.
There is nothing to lose, except your excess weight.
via : dailyrecord – Health