What is Slimming World?

In the UK, Slimming World is a company (located in Alfreton, Derbyshire) that offers menu plans and guidance for individuals who wish to lose weight but require a helping hand. With the support of three thousand Slimming World professionals, many people have been able to change their eating habits and lose weight within a structured setting that now includes more then five million members. There are six thousand groups where weight conscious individuals can go, as well as an online membership, which allows participation from anywhere in the world to join. The service called LifelineOnline offers support around the clock for its members. Sliming World also supports its own charitable foundation called Smiles, and has been successful in publishing a diet magazine that has offered weight loss tips, guidance and support during the past 12 years.

Food Optimizing

Slimming World has certain terminology that’s all its own, such as Food Optimizing. What’s it about? To understand fully you’ll probably have to become a member, but essentially Food Optimising allows participants to eat any time of the day or night and feel satisfied without calorie counting. Participants are in control of what they eat by choosing from hundreds of “Free Foods” that can be eaten without any restrictions. Slimming programs offer families to eat foods they love together so that a diet conscious member isn’t all alone with some low calorie, low fat pre-packaged meal while everyone else has “normal” food.

A Way of Eating Until Satisfied

The Slimming ideology isn’t about a “diet” but a “way of eating” and since it’s tasty and not restrictive, it appears to be a success – after 40 years, its proven itself to work for people who need ideas, guidance, support and yummy recipes that can be made at home for the whole family. Members can access menu plans that are proven to help people lose weight and aren’t boring, including spicy Indian dishes, Italian pasta and Chinese foods. Recipes include vegetarian friendly meals as well as English and International classics.

What do members receive for their initial sign up fee and weekly payment?

  1. recipe ideas
  2. suggestions on good places to eat out
  3. group support and “sharing” sessions for more recipes and ideas
  4. discount recipe books
  5. access to online recipes
  6. a slimming consultant to motivate and guide your progress
  7. an hour a week at a group center if you’re a physical member (not an online member)

How much does it cost to join?

There are half price specials that allow you to join for just £5.00 and pay a weekly membership fee of £4.95 – however regular memberships costs double that – which is still a bargain considering how much support, advice and motivation they provide.

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