I like calorie counting – I think!

I like calorie counting – I think!

I like calorie counting – I think!

I’ve been a member of Slimming World since December 2018 and I have lost three stone ten pounds. I’m thrilled with the weight loss, but the weight loss has stalled in the last 18 months. This could be because I have a secret! When I lost the three stone ten pounds, I was also calorie counting. I know you shouldn’t do this on a Slimming World diet, but I couldn’t help it. It has been ingrained in my psyche. To lose weight, you have to have a calorie deficit. The philosophy of Slimming World is that you have free foods and can eat as many of those as possible. Some of those free foods are high-protein foods like meat, fish or eggs. Other foods are high-carbohydrate foods like potatoes, pasta and rice.

I know that my body doesn’t do very well with carbohydrates. For example, I put on a pound or two for the next 48 hours whenever I eat rice. It has become a habit within my household that rice will not be consumed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Because my weigh day is on a Thursday evening and I want to have a weight loss. This becomes very restrictive when you are a celiac. Although gluten-free pasta is available, it’s just not as nice as rice or potatoes. Hands up here, I would be thrilled to sit down to a bowl of white rice and salt for a meal. I love rice. I find it to be one of my comfort foods.

Calorie Counting with Slimming World

I have therefore decided that I am going to put the Slimming World diet, or I should say, healthy eating plan, to one side for a few months, sort of. Although I intend to go to my Slimming World group every week and weigh in because I like the group camaraderie. I also like the accountability of weight control and management. “My fitness pal” has already been downloaded to my mobile phone and will start calorie counting to lose weight over the next two months on my weight loss journey. I will not inform my group leader that I am doing this, as I intend to run both plans side by side, as I did previously.

I will use the Slimming World philosophy of the food I will eat. But instead of looking at the foods as free, I will weigh each item and count its calorific number. For example, suppose I will have a jacket potato, baked beans and side salad, which is all free on the Slimming World plan. In that case, I will have the potato but will weigh it for the calorie intake, and the beans and side salad. I will follow the Slimming World plan kind of. I will keep a log of what I eat and my weight over the next two months to see the difference. But I want to see if this will work.

As it stands at the moment, I only have another two stones, but I want to lose that two stones. Then I will create some low calorie, high filling and exciting meals. I want to enjoy my food again and plan meals; I will look forward to eating. For example, a Roast Chicken on a Sunday. It also has to be a plan that I will then be able to stick to long term. I understand the calorie deficit way of dieting. It has worked for me before. I know the number of calories my body needs to use daily to survive. My Basal Metabolic Rate is 2032. I can eat up to 2032 calories to maintain my current weight. Anything over that, I will put on weight. Anything less than that, I will lose weight.

Food should not be banned

I am fed up with looking at food and thinking they are naughty, bad or not on the plan. The thought of never eating some foods is driving me directly to that food. Then it’s not just a nibble or one biscuit; it’s the packet. I have absolutely no intention of going through my life like that. I will not look at a gin and tonic and think I can’t have that because I’ve used all my sins for today. Life is for living and enjoying. If I have to count or be on a diet, I cannot see the point for the rest of my life.

This makes me sound a little sad or despondent? But I’m not. I’m feeling genuinely energised. I’m looking forward to eating what I want to eat in the next two months and when. But within a calorie-counting regime. Also, knowing that I can eat anything and still lose weight. I can decide to have a fish finger sandwich with butter and tomato sauce when I want and not worry that I already had my healthy B or save my healthy B for a HIFI bar. Now I will have the opportunity to decide what I will eat and when. If I want to eat four slices of bread, I will. (Of course, Gluten-free bread is OK, but you just can’t eat that many slices).

I will keep you informed about how I’m doing, and what the result will be? When I weighed myself this morning, and I was 86.2. I have been very strict with myself and followed the Slimming World diet the last couple of days, and I have actually put on half a kilo. This is probably why I’m looking at an alternative.

Slimming World has about 2000 calories per day

Interestingly, suppose you actually work out the calorie content of an average day’s slimming world eating plan. In that case, you’ll be surprised to find out that calories workout to be around 2000 per day. That has to be wrong, and therefore when you stick to plan, you don’t permanently lose weight. If you are on a Slimming World eating plan, try it. Count calories for just one week, and see the results.

I’m looking forward to calorie counting. I have my tools ready, and I will let you know the weight loss I have achieved with my new calorie counting action plan.

This is day Seven of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Seven of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

The Fast Forward Plan with Slimming World – Thursday 17 February 2022

Starting weight: 86.2

Days

  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8
  • Five 85.2
  • Six 84.8
  • Seven 84.8

Total loss: 1.4 kg. It’s still going down.

 

Winning at Fast Forward

I made it. At last, it was a long seven days with a stringent diet. My eventual weight loss was 1.4 kg. I am thrilled, but I didn’t meet my 3kg weight loss, but it means that I am much nearer to my end goal of 70 kg within a week. 

I am looking forward to going back to the regular Slimming World Food Optimising plan. Not having to weigh food and count units. Now I have to make sure I don’t put any weight on. I am not going mad at my free foods as I think the next week will be more critical than the Fast Forward Plan week.  

Would I do the The Fast Forward Plan with Slimming World again?

Yes, I think that is maybe worth doing every few months. Not because I want the massive weight loss, but it reminded me about Food Optimising and that the choice is in my hands. I will not preach, as it was hard. Family mealtimes were difficult, and Saturday treat night was difficult for everyone.

I don’t think it’s a plan that should be used all the time; the calorie intake is low. Slimming World says this is the last resort plan. I can’t see why. Consultants use other tools if you are struggling to lose weight. For example:

  • Food diaries
  • Individual consultation with your consultant, 
  • Extra easy SP, 
  • For and against lists.  
  • Self Sabotage

However, this plan is a helpful booster for those who need it. It should be kept in the back cupboard under a large box and padlocked. It is just another valuable tool to help kick-start your weight loss journey once you get stuck. You will need the same motivation you had when you first started your Slimming World journey. It is useful and it has its place, and it works as a short-term fix for a quick boost of weight loss. I know that it’s NOT food optimising, which is probably why Slimming World doesn’t want to discuss it a great deal. It will make you appreciate the plan again, get you to reread the books, and start to plan your meals.

What has this plan taught you?

It has shown me I don’t always count my syns. I am eating more significant portions and need to keep them in check.

You may be interested in my other posts on The Fast Forward Plan with Slimming World

This is day Six of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Six of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Starting weight on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan: 86.2

Days on the Fast Forward plan

  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8
  • Five 85.2
  • Six 84.8

Struggling today

I am struggling to stay on the Plan today, as the food selection is limited. Even though I’m eating healthy, the meals feel monotonous, and with yesterday’s gain, I do not see the results I want. I am tempted to give up, but I only have tomorrow left. However, after finishing the Fast Forward, I am now looking to spice up my “food optimising” and make it more exciting.

Slimming World Fast Forward Plan day 6

While the food selection is limited, I have to remind myself that the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan is meant to re-start my weight loss. After finishing the plan, I know I can add more variety to my diet. There are plenty of healthy and delicious recipes available. I have been a member for a long time and have ALL the recipe books. I know that adding in these recipes will make my diet more exciting, but I will also lose weight at the same time. As I mentioned above, I won’t give up on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan – but use it as a fresh starting point to help me reach my ultimate weight loss goals.

Day 6 of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

As you can see, I am feeling a little despondent today. The weight has come down again. The plan is hard work. I look at the family’s food and feel a little envious. However, I also hear that Bliss bar yelling at me in the cupboard. I know I need to lose weight, but it should be easier than this. The sad bit is that it will be a lifelong battle once I get to my target weight. But I will keep going – I know this is worth it!

It seems so sad that I have to keep watching what I eat so that I won’t put on so much weight. The real question is, why is the way we look so important? Why are we judged on our physical appearance? Our outward appearance shouldn’t be as important as the person we are inside. When I weighed more, people thought I was stupid. As I was losing weight, that attitude changed.

In conclusion, I know that one of the most important things I can find is a healthy and sustainable diet for weight loss. The Plan may be restrictive with food selection, but this is only meant to be a temporary measure. Once I have finished the the next two days, I will add more variety to my diet. This will mean that the plan I follow should not be too restrictive, as this will make it challenging to stick to in the long run. Roll on tomorrow and weigh in.

I am looking forward to going back to the more extensive selection of “Food Optimising”. I never thought I would miss it.

This is day Five of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Five of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Slimming World – Tuesday 15 February 2022

Starting weight on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan: 86.2

Days

  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8
  • Five 85.2

Gutted, absolutely gutted, that is the only explanation I can give today. I got on the scales, expecting the scales to read 84.4. Following on from my 0.4 weight loss. the scales read new show 85.2 kg. Ordinarily, I would be still thrilled because I had lost weight. However, I was expecting it to be 84.4. In my mind, I put on. If you expect to lose weight and don’t lose, it’s devastating. So now I’ve got to tell my mind somehow not to worry and continue with this slimming or fast forward plan.

I know you should never weigh yourself every day. There are very few slimmers who do not weigh themselves every day. For me, I have a small ritual when I weigh. It’s got to be first thing in the morning after I’ve been to the loo, with nothing on and before I have my morning coffee.

My treats

Day 5 Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

I don’t want to say that I live for my treats. But it has to be said that I look forward to my treats. When I am Slimming World regular plan, I save all my syn for the evening, which is my danger zone. I will sit with two Hi-Fi bars, one bliss bar, three syns and a small packet of crisps, five syns or a 25g or Aldi chocolate seven syns.

However, you don’t have 15 syns to play with on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. The plan uses a point-based system. Depending on where you are with your weight loss journey, you are allocated several units to have each day. The units range from 18 to 23. I am in 21 units. The treats are called snacks in The Fast Forward Plan. The values are only 1 or 2 units. For example

  • One sachet Cadbury Highlight Chocolate Drink – 1 unit
  • 150 ml of gravy, made from granules with water – 1 unit
  • One medium banana – 2 units
  • Two slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf) – 2 units

I miss my treats. My syns plate is no longer filled with the lovely goodies. Instead I have one Cadbury Highlight Chocolate Drink and a packet of skips crisps. I should use the syns smarter. Therefore I don’t need to fixate on chocolate and sweeties. I have come to the conclusion that the issue with the regular Slimming World eating plan and syns is I use mine for sugar treats.

An New Breakfast

I love my new breakfast of poached egg on bread. On the regular Slimming Plan, I can use the bread as my healthy extra, and the eggs are free. The Slimming World Fast Forward Plan is a secret ploy to get you to look back at your habits of food optimising and see where you are making mistakes, with a helpful hint on how much weight you could lose if you kept to plan. I think my consultant may be very cunning.

What have I learnt about being on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan so far?

Finally, I have just figured it out! I have a sweet tooth, and I like chocolate, biscuits, and ice cream. However, they are all full of sugar. It’s all about the sugar! Somehow, I must get it in my head that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t eat chocolate. I am not missing out and not being deprived. It is a sugar addiction, just like drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or drugs.

This is day Four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Slimming World Fast Forward Plan – Monday 14 February 2022

Starting weight on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan: 86.2

Days

  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8

Total loss: 1.4 kg. – Yea, another weight loss.

This is day four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

I have found a fantastic breakfast on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. I missed the option when I first glanced at the book the first time.

  • Two small slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf), toasted,
  • Topped with two poached eggs.

There had to be one swap, gluten-free bread, and I didn’t toast the bread. I’m not too fond of soggy toast. But it is filling and keeps me going until lunchtime.

Today is looking much better than the weekend. For lunch, I had a salad followed by a Muller Light yoghurt. One of my favourite yoghurts, and it’s gluten-free. I am at work, so I don’t have a lot of free time to think about what I am not eating. Time vanishes when at work. Our evening meal will be a second helping of roast chicken. Me cutting back on the amount of chicken means we get two roasts. How wonderful!

I am thrilled that I am now 84.8 kg. I am certainly on target to get that 3 kg loss I want. When I was getting dressed this morning, I took one of my favourite dresses out of the cupboard and tried it on. Last week I couldn’t do the button up over my chest. Today I could do the buttons up. Yes, there was a little gap, but I could wear it if I used a safety pin. I am not going to, as I don’t want to have that kind of aid. My summer wardrobe may be a lot bigger than last year.

A Leap of Faith

I gave away all my sizes 48/50 (the UK sizes 20/22) clothes. It was so nice to hand them over to someone who needed them. It was, however, one of the most complex decisions I have had to make. You always have in the back of your head. What if I need them again? Once they are gone, I can’t get to them. I hope that this will mean that I will never have to buy that size again. Your old clothes are like a warm cosy blanket you can snuggle in and hide your weight. You know they are too big to look awful, but it’s what you are used to wearing and having learned to hide.

I do have a suit I would love to wear. I repurchased it in 1992; it is a size 44 (UK size 16) that was always snug. I can get the skirt over my hips but can’t quite do the buttons up. Every step helps.