Do what Slimming World tells you!

There seems to be a little confusion around my food choices when it comes to Slimming World.

This week alone I have had over twenty emails and messages from lovely concerned blog readers who think that I am making errors with my eating!  So I thought it wise to set the record straight…

First of all, I will reiterate that this blog was intended as a record of my journey – the ups and downs of losing over 32st without surgical intervention. It was never intended as a guide to the Slimming World eating plan – for that, you need to join a group or join their online plan and get help from trained Slimming World consultants. The emotional and mental journey is far more important than the food I eat…and this is what I intended to convey.


As ‘losers’ we do like to focus on the food though – and I get many more messages about what I eat than what I do to help my mind…which is sad in a way, as the mind element is the most transformational!

To focus on the food though, my consultant – who has years of experience and who has helped someone achieve a Slimming World ‘Greatest Loser’ title – and my dietitian, and various other professionals, are well and truly keeping an eye on me. If they thought that I was doing something ‘wrong’, they would be the first to point it out.

I do not want you thinking that it is my intention to encourage you to eat what I do. I have taken into consideration factors such as my weight, my height, my activity levels, my medical requirements…all of which mean that my calorie intake will be very different to yours. I have discussed this with all of the aforementioned people, who are all in agreement that I am on the right track.

For example, I am allocated a higher level of syns due to my weight – which is something that my consultant and I discussed at length. Not wanting to let old habits creep in, I decided that instead of choosing foods from the syn list – the kind of food items that made me fat in the first place and that I have a tendency to overeat – I would select an extra HEB choice each day. This HEB choice is the equivalent of 6 syns and is high in fibre…a better option than a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps.

I also like to enjoy Green and Original days occasionally – and only switched to Extra Easy recently as an experiment to see if this positively affected my weight losses. On the Green and Original days you have two HEA and two HEB choices. You still have to load your plate with Superfree foods though!

As someone who started Slimming World at fifteen years of age, I remember when fruit was not a superfree food…you had to syn it. I remember when syns were called sins…before Slimming World realised the negative associative connotations with the word and understood that ‘synergy’ was the success point behind the plan…allowing us to choose those food options that made the plan sustainable for life. I even remember them selling carob coated digestive biscuits that tasted like cardboard! And I remember the introduction of the Extra Easy plan.

I am not saying that this means that I am an expert – far from it – but I have been around so to speak and understand the plan quite well. I always have my nose in the Slimming World books, checking syns or making sure that my HEB measurements are correct. I even regularly recheck the foods I eat via the syns online directory, as when manufacturers change the recipes, the syns can sometimes change. As I said though, I am no expert…and this is why I would hate to think that there are people out there trying to replicate my eating patterns. If you want to follow the Slimming World plan, then joining a group is the best way of getting the correct advice for you and your needs.

My nutrition diploma also gave me a good insight into my eating. It just confirmed that I was doing the right thing really. I have a decent balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats and never look to eliminate certain food groups.

As well as having my head in the Slimming World books, I also have my head in various books about the latest diet craze, keep up to date with the changes in the world of weight loss via friends who work for the British Dietetic Association, and read numerous medical research publications relating to weight loss studies. I have made it my business…my job almost…to make sure that I reach my target.


So I really do appreciate you looking out for me – I do. But my journey is a long and arduous one and, I hate to admit it, but having pushed my body to it’s limits it doesn’t necessarily respond in the same way that a body belonging to someone with less weight to lose does. This does not take away the effort and sheer determination that it takes, regardless of your weight, to get to target…it is just the sad truth of getting to the size that I did. I have a feeling that my body is giving me a tough time at the moment as payback for the tough times I put it through!

I absolutely admire anyone trying to lose weight, regardless of how much weight they may be trying to lose. My only worry is that I do not want to be seen as someone who eats food that will help you lose weight too. We may or may not have the Slimming World plan in common, but within that plan there is so much flexibility to tailor it to your own needs that I think it is important for you to take the time to do this rather than seeing my blog as a guide to food choices. Plus, I eat stuff like sardines and sprouts…which often aren’t popular choices!

So thank you for your concern…but I’ve got a good handle on my food choices and a good team of people around me!

Today has been great! I am currently preparing to head off to see a comedy gig tonight…a little nervous about the seating issue, but what will be will be – if I don’t fit in the seat then I leave, and stay on track until I do fit in the seat! We had a lazy morning, but then realised we had forgotten to buy food for the day and so headed to the shops and took the horse duties off Mum’s hands today. I then spent some time talking to a wonderful lady this afternoon…who has achieved some amazing things in her life. And now I am getting late for the gig and need to get ready…so I had best go!

Brunch: Turkey rashers, Linda Mc sausages, scrambled eggs, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, and wilted spinach.Dinner: Lamb pittas (2 x HEB).Snacks: Fruit with 0% Total Greek yogurt, Babybels (2 x HEB) and mini Green & Blacks bars (12 syns).A very tasty food day! Brunch was a nice cooked affair, and fairly simple – grilled turkey rashers and Linda Mc sausages, with fried mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, wilted spinach and scrambled eggs. Dinner was grilled lamb steaks stuffed in pittas with salad, with minted cucumber yogurt, grilled peppers, cherry tomatoes and a banana. My snacks were good too – fruit and yogurt for later on this evening after the comedy gig, and some snacks for the car journey home from the gig…laughing builds an appetite!

Exercise: A glorious rest day today!

Thank you so much for reading, and thank you for your continued support.

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

Losing Weight with the Help of Garcinia Cambogia

Losing Weight with the Help of Garcinia Cambogia

Gaining weight is quite easy, but once you get a problem of obesity it can be hard to come up with a solution that makes you lose weight fast. There are a lot of products available in the market that claim to fasten your metabolism and make sure that you lose weight. However, with so many products, it can be hard to choose, especially with fake products available that cause harmful side effects.

Garcinia Cambogia Dr OZ Review

Natural fruits or herbs that make you lose weight are the best way to fasten metabolism and get rid of excess weight. Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit found in south Asia. The fruit has become very popular recently as it has not only gained acceptance by people for being a solution to weight problems but there are medical studies also conducted that prove the benefits of this fruit. It has been quoted as “the holy grail of weight loss” by Dr. Oz, a very popular doctor of America. Containing HCA (hydrochloric acid) the fruit is claimed to be a miracle by many and not only that but it has been tested and reported by many other doctors who claim it to be an extremely safe and natural means to lose weight.


How It Works

Garcinia Cambogia cannot be used directly by everyone as the fruit is not found all around the world and also cannot be preserved for too much time. That is why supplements of this have been made. These are made from the extract of this fruit and are turned into diet supplements that help to lose weight without any kind of unnatural ingredients. The fruit comes from the citrus family and has high content of hydroxycitric acid that helps to make your digestive system work better. This makes your metabolism fast and your body burns off extra calories without you having to take any kind of medicines that might cause harmful side effects.

The Advantages

The very first advantage that this fruit is famous for is the way that it helps to lose weight. There have been group experiments and the Garcinia Cambogia reviews show how good this fruit can prove to be. Not only does it help to burn off extra fat in your body but it also improves the working of your digestive system and you will be able to digest food in a better way. It also helps to increase the energy level and metabolism of your body. This will help to control your appetite. One thing that this fruit also does except for helping in weight loss directly is enhancing the mood. Although this fact surprises a lot of people but it is true that this fruit does not just have the ability to make sure that you not only look better after losing your excess weight but you also feel more cheerful and relaxed when eating this fruit. Also, enhanced mood and reduced stress levels prevents you from indulging in emotional overeating.

Dr OZ Garcinia Cambogia Instructions

Eating anything in too much quantity can bring harmful effects even if the thing is hundred percent natural and beneficial in all ways. Garcinia Cambogia helps to lose weight no doubt, but that doesn’t mean that one eats it in an abundant quantity without any schedule. Doing this might cause stomach queasiness and other digestive problems. These do not occur due to the fruit but happen because of the excessive dosage. Instructions by DR. Oz and Dr. Chen Review on Garcinia Cambogia Extract also include a particular way and schedule by which one should take this fruit or its supplements. Following the recommended dosage and schedule, weight will be lost in a proper way and there will be no harmful effects. Taking more quantity and thinking that weight be lost faster is nonsense. The fruit will burn off excessive calories but only if it is taken in a proper manner.

These instructions include taking Garcinia Cambogia half hour before meals. Moreover, if you are taking supplements they should be taken according to instructions such as taking the supplements for a month and not more than almost three thousand grams per day. The dosage should not go over the limits as that can have some side effects on the user.

Things to Be Careful About

If you are using the supplements of this fruit make sure they are from a reputable company. The product might not be available in your locality so do not order a product from any online company without researching about it. Before you order, check the reputation of the company from the Garcinia Cambogia reviews available online. Do not order from any kind of company as there are a lot of companies that sell fake products at low prices. These products can be dangerous and unsafe to use. You can also ask others or look for companies that already have a reputation in the market for providing healthy and good quality products.

What the Users Say

Using Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss is something that a lot of people have not only tried but have been very happy with. There are a lot of Garcinia Cambogia reviews that state how effective the fruit is. Not only that but those who have used Garcinia Cambogia are extremely happy with the way that the fruit or its supplements helped them to lose weight and have a cheerful mood and peaceful sleep at night.

Garcinia Cambogia Dr Oz and many other doctors have claimed the fruit extremely useful. Many other reviews and studies have proven that this natural fruit is indeed a miracle when it comes to weight loss. When combined with a healthy lifestyle and rigorous exercise routine, Garcinia Cambogia will surely give you amazing results. So where to buy Garcinia Cambogia? Don’t get scammed like others, there are many Garcinia Cambogia versions on the market. But only few of them are quality and really working, its important to have combination of pure Garcinia Cambogia extract with Potasium and Calcium what is recommended by Dr OZ for efficiency on burning fat.

This product is highly recommended for everyone who is trying to lose weight and finding it difficult to control his appetite and get enough energy to exercise. This product will help you achieve your goals by keeping you motivated. So if you are asking where to get Garcinia Cambogia Free Trial you don’t need to look further.

How Important are Genetics in Determining Your Weight?

Have you ever wondered why your friend stays long and lean no matter what she eats, whereas your curves hang on for dear life despite your attempts at dieting? Have you noticed a slender child with a likewise slim parent, or a family of heavier relations with similar body shapes and sizes? If so, you’ve witnessed the power of genetics when it comes to body weight.

The question of nature vs. nurture in determining weight is an eternal debate. Do we have control over our body weight, or are we doomed to follow in the footsteps of our parents and grandparents, ending up heavy if we come from stout stock, and slender if our relatives are thin? Is our eating and exercise behavior of utmost important, overriding the influence of genes?

It all depends. The truth seems to be a little bit of both scenarios. You can’t outsmart your genes completely, but you can control your body weight through your own behavior choices. If everyone in your family struggles with their weight and sports a large, soft body type, you may be prone to those things as well. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be overweight. You may not be able to pick and choose everything about your own body shape, but you can likely control your weight through smart eating and exercise.

Young healthy woman with fruits.
Young healthy woman with fruits and vegetables. Diet.


Genetics do influence body weight, but they’re not the sole factor in determining weight and size. You have the power to influence your weight too.

Diet pills are a panacea for the overweight, allowing metabolic changes that would otherwise be impossible for the average person. However, diet pills and their uptake can be affected by biological principles, making it vital that they are taken at the correct time during the day.

The Natural Cycle
To understand the timing of diet pills, one must first understand the way that the body works. Underneath its simple exterior, the human body is actually a vastly complicated machine that relies on he intricate inter-relationship of millions of parts and chemicals. Throughout the day, different hormones and chemicals are in flux, affected both by an individual’s diet and sleep cycle. We highly recommend that supplements, including diet pills, are taken to work WITH the body rather than against it.

A Pill with Breakfast
It is in the morning when the average person sets the chemical environment for the rest of their day. Using diet pills in the morning, alongside a complete breakfast, helps accelerate metabolism and maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. It is always important to take supplements with some kind of food, as many supplements can be irritable to the digestive tract and can cause re-flux unless they are taken with food. Additionally, supplement absorption has been shown to be more complete when taken with citrus products, such as the glass of orange juice that commonly accompanies a complete breakfast.

Decreasing Side Effects
Most diet pills are, at their core, made of powerful stimulants that are designed to trick the body into expending more energy than it normally would. These stimulants can cause increased wakefulness and restlessness, so they should never be taken at night or when trying to relax. Taking the diet pills along with breakfast also helps monitor daily consumption, as a strict routine can be set that will prevent taking multiple pills throughout the day or forgetting completely.

Times NOT to Take Diet Pills
Some medical professionals and herbalists recommend avoiding diet pills one day every week in order to give the body time to recover in between periods of weight loss. Also, strength and conditioning coaches believe that diet pills actually interfere with gaining muscle mass, so they should not be used if one’s exercise plans include heavy lifting.


5 Reasons Your Diet Might not be Working

Dieting can be done with great success. There are many people who go on weight loss diets, and with a lot of patience and hard work, they reach their goal. On the other hand, there are also people who struggle with their weight loss journey. Here are a few reasons why your diet may not be working for you.

First, you are probably depriving yourself of foods you enjoy. Often, when people diet, they see food as being “good” or “bad”. To be successful, you need to change the way you think about food. No food should be off limits to you. If you eat only salad, lean meat, and fruit for a month, you will begin to crave unhealthy foods. Then, you will binge and feel guilty about it later. Allowing yourself to eat any food you wish in moderation is the key to success.

Another common problem with dieting is that often people have high hopes for popular fad diets. The only way to be truly successful with your diet is to make it a lifestyle change. There is no magic diet that will shed those unwanted pounds. If you make a commitment to eat healthier and exercise more, you will see results. Initially, this will be difficult, but if you break your large goal down into smaller more manageable goals you will be successful.


A successful diet is highly dependent on the automation of the process. In fact, it could easily be said that a successful diet is 1% willpower and 99% knowledge. Eliminating the need to hinge your diet on willpower is what separates roller coasters from success stories.

Take willpower out of the equation. Read over the following five reasons why your diet might be failing.

Reason 1: No Carb Suffering

No carbohydrates translates into low calorie and small waist, right? Zero carbohydrate diets are great for the short term, but problems arise when carbohydrate needs aren’t met. Stick to a balanced diet that keeps carbohydrates moderated but doesn’t eliminate them outright.

Reason 2: No Re-feed

Losing weight throws leptin off track. This is where willpower comes into play. Provide yourself with one re-feed a week that exceeds at least 20% over your caloric needs. Keep carbs high during these days.

Reason 3: Not Enough Protein

High protein keeps satiety high and muscle loss low. Protein also increases the thermic effect of food, or TEF. High TEF means burning calories just for eating, which wins on so many levels.

Reason 4: Food Tastes too Good

Delicious food makes you want to eat more of it. Trying to diet while eating hyper-palatable food makes every bite a torturous flirtation with disaster. Stick to simple fare and watch the pounds melt off.

Reason 5: Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Low dopamine can effect your hunger more than that amazing smell coming from McDonald’s. If you follow the above guidelines and still get intense cravings, you might want to think about supplementing with tyrosine or visiting a doctor.


What Does the Garcinia Cambogia Extract Reviews Say?

People have tried and failed to lose weight successfully through the many diet plans and supplements available in the market. Although a few of these supplements do seem to work but the side effects they have are far more than the benefits they provide. But now there is a new revolutionary supplement that promises to help you lose weight much faster and easily. The extract of the Garcinia Cambogia fruit is discovered to help you lose weight.

This fruit has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is known for its power to suppress appetite and at the same time increase metabolism. So if coupled with a good exercise routine, and a healthy diet, this magic pill may be your answer to a healthy weight loss.

Garcinia Cambogia Extract Review

There has been a lot of Garcinia Cambogia Extract research carried out about its effectiveness and whether it has any side effects or not. Research shows that the main active ingredient that helps in fighting fat is the Hydroxycitric acid present in the fruit. However, you should not try to eat the fruit raw just because it contains hydroxycitirc acid. This fruit is not edible in its raw form. It has to go through several chemical processes so that it can be termed safe for human consumption.

So instead of trying to make the extract yourself, it is better to buy Garcinia Cambogia Extract. The fruit itself is found in nature but the extract is manufactured by many companies. The Dr. Oz and Dr. Chen review on Garcinia Cambogia extract suggests that even though the extract is processed from its natural form, it is still very effective. When you go to buy the Garcinia Extract, be sure to look at the ingredients list so that you may determine whether any added preservatives have been used or not. Look for the brands that have a greater amount of hydroxycitric acid.

How Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?

When dealing with weight issues, the most important things to consider are metabolism, appetite and fat. In the Garcinia Cambogia reviews, it was found that all these problem areas are addressed by this single supplement. It increases your metabolic rate, suppresses your appetite and fights the fat cells in your body. It suppresses your appetite by keeping your stomach fuller for longer periods of time. Another added benefit is that it increases serotonin levels in the body which help relieve stress and help you get a good night’s sleep.  Dr. Oz and Dr. Chen Review on Garcinia Cambogia Extract that it also works as super cholesterol level reducer.

In the Garcinia Cambogia Extract research, it was seen that this extract changes the way a liver functions. Instead of converting your food into fat, it is converted into glycogen or energy. This is why people report to be more alert and energized after taking this capsule.

Are There Any Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects?

When taking such medications, people have concerns about the product having any side effects. Garcinia cambogia is 100% safe and natural. It has no reported side effects. It has even been certified by the GNP. When you buy garcinia cambogia, you get faster results in lesser amount of time. There is also no compulsory effort required from your end but if you can do exercise along with taking this supplement, then you will see results almost overnight.

What sets this extract apart from all the other weight loss medicines is that is 100% natural with no side effects. It has no risk and can be easily used and consumed by vegetarians. However, the Garcinia cambogia research warns you against taking these supplements if you are pregnant or are nursing. Even diabetic patients should first consult their doctor if they can take this extract or not.

There have been reports of people claiming that this extract has them feeling heavy and bloated and that it does not work as expected. You need to understand that it is your body we are talking about. Not some machine, which we can turn the switch on or off. There is a proper calculated dosage of hydroxycitric acid that you need to consume daily. That more or less of that dosage will definitely have negative effects on your body.

Now you can eat whatever you desire without the tension of gaining fat. Now when you don’t have time to go to the gym or prepare a healthy meal or yourself, you know that Garcinia cambogia extract is there to help you lose the extra calories you consume. Who would have thought that this small, pumpkin like, south Asian fruit will one day be world famous.

Excessive weight, increased cholesterol levels and stress are the top causes for majority of the health issues in the world. The Garcinia cambogia extract research addresses all these key problem areas and gives you not only a slim and trimmed waistline but an overall healthier body. Both genders can equally enjoy the benefits of this supplement.

The garcinia cambogia is a healthy and fast way to lose those extra pounds. It is completely risk free because it comes with a full refund of your money if you are not satisfied with the results. It is safe for use and easy to use as well. It contains hydroxycitric acid that is the science behind the success of the Garcinia Cambogia extract. Look out for the manufacturers that provide you at least 50% hydroxycitric acid in addition to a little potassium and calcium.

To avoid any problems it is very important to consult your doctor and also follow the recommended dosage. 3000 mg of this extract is the maximum allowed in a day’s time. To see the best results, exercise is really important. Your lifestyle needs to be changed to healthier options for the hydroxycitric acid to work at its best.