There are more myths about dieting than any other subject. So the experts at Slimming World are here to help us separate the facts from the fiction and get on the road to super slimming success to lose weight for your wedding.
The time before your wedding day is probably going to be one of the times in your life when you’re focused on shaping up and dropping a dress size or more so that you really look and feel your best when you tie the knot.
However, there’s a lot of rubbish talked about the best ways of losing weight so here we’re going to go into what works and what doesn’t.
Myth 1 – Small portions are the key to losing weight
The truth: Slimming World research specialist Dr James Stubbs says…
“It’s an out of date myth that dieting has to mean deprivation. We now know it’s not the size of your portion that counts – it’s the kind of food on your plate.”
The latest research into healthy eating shows that it’s possible to eat satisfying, filling meals, do light exercise and still lose weight by choosing foods that are low in energy density. Energy density is the amount of energy (or calories) per gram of food which means we can eat more of them while consuming fewer calories. Foods that are low in energy density include fruit and veg, lean meat, rice and pasta.
Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan is based on the science of energy density which is why brides-to-be can fill their plates high with fresh fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and still see great results on the scales.
Myth 2 – It’s harder to lose weight when you’re older
The truth: You might think it was easier to stop a dress size in your teens or 20s, but that’s really your memory playing tricks on you.
Dr James says there’s actually no evidence that the ability to lose weight for your wedding is any more difficult as you get older.
In fact, it could be a little easier if you’ve swapped partying, takeaways and eating-on-the-run for home cooking and healthy snacks as you’ve got older.
“Follow a healthy eating programme and support it by staying as active as you can and you’ll be able to lose weight at almost any age.”
Myth 3 – Diets only work short-term and you always put weight back on again
The truth: If you’re talking about your diet in the sense of faddy, restrictive, short-term, quick fixes then this is true because with those types of diets as soon as you go back to the way of eating that made you put on weight in the first place, you’ll gain weight again, meaning that even though your wedding photos look great, you’ll be putting weight back on soon after. Not a good boost for your self-esteem either!
Slimming World Nutritionist Jenny Allan says: “Ban the ‘D’ word. It has so many negative associations for most people, making them think of being deprived and not being able to share meals with family and friends and enjoy social events.”
Myth 4 – Healthy eating is expensive
The truth: It’s true that more often than not it’s processed food like frozen chips and pizzas or packs of crisps and chocolates that are on cut-price offers. And a trolley full of fruit and vegetables along with fresh meat and fish may cost more than one loaded with all these processed food deals, but your healthy trolley will provide the ingredients for many more family meals. Jenny says…
“Your weekly shop will go further, your overall food bills won’t go up – and neither will your weight.”
That’s certainly what Slimming World members say. Although they may be spending more on fruit and veg, the savings they make by cutting down on takeaways and processed foods mean their food bills come to less overall. The bargain hunting tips they pick up at their group from other members help too!
Losing weight for your wedding AND keeping it off is about getting the right support, about building confidence and about learning how to make simple sustainable changes to your eating and lifestyle habits.
Slimming World is helping an amazing 400,000 slimmers every week to achieve this so if you’d like to become one of them visit slimmingworld.com or call 0844 897 8000 for your nearest group.