Diet plans and support groups are often a preferred choice for slimmers looking to kickstart their weight loss journey. While they all tend to promote a similar aim – for slimmers to achieve a healthy body shape – the methods vary. When it comes to finding the right plan, it’s important to remember that the different types will suit different people. So, how have so many people lost weight on Weight Watchers and Slimming World?
A huge name in the fat-fighting world, Weight Watchers is a strong contender for many people choosing a slimming club.
In September last year, the company unveiled a huge name change – having rebranded to WW.
So, how can slimmers lose weight with the brand?
The diet plan uses a points system, with food and drinks being given different values.
Members are given a daily and weekly budget of these points – dubbed Smart Points – which they can “spend”.
Slimmers are also able to eat Zero Points foods – which are a list of items which don’t need to be counted.
In 2018, these included a skinless chicken breast, fish, eggs, and zero per cent fat yoghurt.
Those using WW can also attend classes, where they have weigh-ins as well as ideas and recipes.
As reported by Birmingham Live, one woman, who lost eight stone with Weight Watchers, spoke about her experience with the brand.
Caroline Kulemeka, 37, said: “It’s very easy as you’re still cooking and making the daily foods you love.
“You have tools like the App to help you track your meals. Plenty of recipes and ideas plus online support.”
Slimming World operates differently, in that all foods are divided into three groups.
These are listed as Free Foods, which you can eat unrestricted amounts of, a limited amount of Healthy Extras, and a controlled number of Syns.
Foods in the latter group have a certain Syn value, which slimmers can spend each day.
The Food Optimising plan means that slimmers can enjoy foods such as pasta, potatoes and rice – as well as chicken, fish, and vegetables.
Jodie Rigby-Mee, 32, who lost six stone with Slimming World, said of the plan: “I’d tried other diets in the past but none of them taught me anything about food – I’d ‘spend’ all my allowances on unhealthy foods or end up starving hungry on shakes and pills.
“With Slimming World it was completely different and I still eat the same way today.”
Slimmers can also attend Slimming World meetings each week – which are led by consultants who have previously lost weight with the group.
As well as being weighed, members are given their daily and weekly Syn allowance.
Weight Watchers vs Slimming World
When it comes to deciding between the two, it comes down to what kind of diet plan would suit you.
Prices vary for both groups depending on what type of support you choose, and with both plans having digital platforms – you needn’t be limited by your location on either option.