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Slimming World Diet

Created by a British company, the Slimming World diet is run by a weight loss organisation that runs over 5,000 weight loss classes across the UK every week. Our diet plan review explains how the Slimming World diet, also known as "food optimising", works.

The Slimming World diet is a calorie-restricted programme that includes in its diet meal plans and recipes many foods known as "free foods" which participants can eat as much of as they like. In addition, you are allowed four portions a day of higher calorie foods, or "healthy extras", which also provide plenty of fibre, vitamins and minerals. The Slimming World diet Food Optimising plan also divides days into "red" and "green" days.

On red days, free foods include the following:

  • White fish
  • Lean meats
  • Eggs
  • Most fruits and vegetables
Restricted red day "healthy extras" include:
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Dried fruits
On green days, free foods are:
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
Green day "healthy extras" include:
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Meat
  • Fish
Although there isn't a formal exercise regime included in the programme, participants are encouraged to be active. If you exercise at the same time as following the weight loss plan you may find yourself making "hidden" progress, because fat is replaced by muscle, which actually weighs more than fat. Members of the programme are advised not to be discouraged if their weight doesn't appear to be going down for this reason. Instead of focusing on weight, they're encouraged to measure their bust and waist instead, so they can see change in their body shape.