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Is there a ‘correct’ way to diet?

The effects of being overweight or obese are well-documented, and there’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’ve experienced some of these.

There are many ways which being overweight or obese affects our health, including:

  • Increasing your risk of developing many health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, cancers, heart disease and stroke
  • Pain (e.g. joint, knee and back pain) and difficulty with physical functioning
  • Problems affecting your daily tasks, e.g. breathlessness, feeling tired, increased sweating

Then there are the other, sometimes more ‘hidden’ effects – the way being overweight can affect our social life and mental health, such as:

  • Increasing your chances of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems
  • Reducing your quality of life
  • Affecting your sleep, meaning you may be more tired and irritable
  • Reducing your confidence and self-esteem
  • Causing you to feel isolated, and affect your relationships with family and friends

However, what is the best way to lose weight, and how can the approach we choose affect our health and success at losing weight? This article will explore these questions.

What is the best approach to losing weight?

There has been lots of research comparing different approaches to losing weight. The conclusions from the majority of these studies is that any diet (and lifestyle approach) where you build in an energy deficit (e.g. by consuming less energy (calories) than before) will cause weight loss. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight loss – it’s down to what suits the individual.

Following a very low calorie diet (VLCD) like Slim & Save is often a popular choice for people who have tried more ‘conventional’ diets and found they have not worked. VLCDs work by providing a low carbohydrate intake, forcing the body to break down fat at a quicker rate to provide the energy the body needs.

It’s important to remember that there is no quick fix – even if you follow a very low calorie diet (like Slim & Save), which enables you to lose weight more quickly than other approaches, you still have to work really hard to ensure the weight doesn’t come back on again after you finish the diet. People who successfully lose weight and keep it off in the long term develop techniques to make their new eating, lifestyle and activity habits an enjoyable way of life.

It’s also important to remember that any dietary approach should consider whether the body will obtain all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. For example, not having enough calcium in the diet (e.g. by restricting dairy intake) will put the bones at risk; not having enough vitamin C in the diet (e.g. by restricting fruit intake) may reduce your immunity and affect your bone and skin health. There is also some evidence to suggest that if your diet is low in certain vitamins and minerals (micronutrients), your weight loss success can be hampered. One study showed that participants tended to feel fuller after a meal rich in micronutrients, even though they were eating fewer calories that on the low-micronutrient diet. This would suggest that eating enough micronutrients would help you achieve more successful weight loss.

How to get the most out of your Slim & Save diet approach

In view of what we’ve talked about in the above section, it’s really important that if you’re following the Slim & Save approach, you follow the diet correctly, i.e. consuming the correct number of packs each day, along with the recommended protein and vegetable portions (if you’re on the Lifestyle plan). In particular, don’t feel tempted to skip a pack in a bid to lose weight quicker. Not only could doing this affect your weight loss, but may also affect your health. Skipping a pack will mean your intake of certain key nutrients, like calcium, iron and B vitamins will be too low. All our packs are formulated to contain the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals to support your health.

Written by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.

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Comments on Is there a ‘correct’ way to diet?
Liz Thompson 09/03/2021 19:47
Yes there's a correct way to diet... YOUR way, as long as it brings you happiness, confidence and better health.
We have all (I certainly have) been to hell and back with diets.. they work, they don't work, we do really well, we fall at the first hurdle... it's all consuming.
The thing that gets me every time is MAINTENANCE... I lose the weight with s&s successfully and quickly but then the little glutton devil sets up home in my head. Gradually over the months it creeps back on.
This time, I'm determined to get to my happy weight (my goal, not what statistics say) and i will then get myself into a fitness routine.
Fingers crossed as i start my journey again that I get to my goal and am in an established exercise routine by summer... good luck everyone ❤
Angela Richards 01/03/2021 20:11
So here i am almost a year into lockdown working from home for the whole time and I’m 2 1/2 stone heavier. I was in such a good place physically and mentally and then Rona turned up. My daughter was also due to give birth to my first grand child in May and that’s where it all went wrong for me. Comfort and stress eating missing my family and friends I turned to food and drink.
Last Monday I started my weight loss journey and today I have lost 10 pounds on my first weigh in. Going cold turkey with comfort food and alcohol. Feeling so much better already. Wish me luck
Nicola Shuttleworth 25/02/2021 15:10
I don't think there is a correct way to diet I think it is what works for the individual. I have been there long term in SW and WW and get to goal and then think I am invincible and go back to my old habits. I see results with Slim and Save as it gets the temptations out of the picture while you are on your journey, you have packs which are speedily delivered to your door and you drink decaff tea and water, keeping you away from the food aisles. I have an active job and love the energy boost this gives me when I am in ketosis.
Sara 25/02/2021 13:14
I don't believe there is a correct diet for everyone. We are all different and loose and gain weight differently. It is however for me alot more encouraging, when I see and feel a difference in my weight and energy so quickly. Seeing results in a short space of time for me is what I need to stay on track.
Lindsay collins 25/02/2021 12:28
Not every diet works for everybody and not everybody is the same.
I think its about knowing your own body and understanding what works for you. I've tried calorie counting, fasting and now found VLCD plan and the VLCD plan works better for me.
Joanne Muir 24/02/2021 21:27
I have a diploma in weight management from Chester University and have studied just about every type of weight-reducing diet imaginable. Comorbidities (ie increased health risks of being overweight such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc) are all massively reduced if you can lose 10% of your total body weight. The medical profession doesn’t care how you do it as you will get those health benefits even on the Mars Bar diet.
However, the majority of dieters find a diet hard to stick to, we cheat, are repeat offenders, we lose it, we put it on, we lose it and it goes on. The secret is to find a way to lose weight that you can stick to and then learn a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise for life. I believe, that Slim and Save helps to educate the body, and more importantly the mind, to accept a healthy lifestyle.
1. Realistic portion sizing: We don’t need to eat as much as we think we do.
2. Healthy choices: Good lean protein and non-starchy veg are the correct building blocks for a diet for life. Packs and Lifestyle meals provide this.
3. Excellent Nutrition: the food packs are nutritionally balanced so there is no fear of becoming deficient in any vitamins or minerals.
4. Encouraging Results: losing weight is hard, it’s so much easier if you see regular, measurable results.
5. Affordable Option: Think time and money, it seriously is cheaper.
Finally, if you don’t believe me and my degree ask my GP husband, he is loving the thinner me.
Jayne Hodgson 24/02/2021 18:51
I am fairly new to the slim and save family, but I have found using the groups very useful as a distraction when my thoughts turn to old ways and even though I am not posting a message, just reading other peoples comments and good wishes really helps change and lift a mood.

The slimming itself is a personal journey for everyone. I found I have learnt to be kind to myself and not to beat myself up if I have a little slip. I have got some additional products and if I really feel I will slip from my 4 products, well I indulge in a little extra product which I tell my self is a naughty little treat and it makes it feel all the more indulgent that takes me to 5 products rather than 4, but as the calories are counted, it is better than having a sandwich or packet of crisps which would have happened in the past.

I have found cutting up the bars into small bite-size pieces helps too, as I can have a couple of pieces of the bar after a meal as a sweet treat, or as a little pick me up within the day and I am still on plan. I always save half the bar for the evening with a TV show and a cup of tea as a little supper treat.

I have struggled with my weight for years and have always found it difficult to lose the weight as eating food has been about rewards and emotional eating, so whilst I am still rewarding myself with food which is a habit I will try to break overtime on this diet, I have a lot of time on this plan to get to where I should be, but the results are really positive and act as that little extra boost to keep you going every time you step on the scale.

I have found losing some weight has helped with my general health and well being. I have started to take an interest in my appearance again and started to think that I am worth it and that I do deserve to be happy and being this overweight is not making me happy any more, so it is now my time to do something for me and something that will prolong my life not shorten it.

Food and diet is a mental application and the relationship with food needs to be explored, for most people being fat is not just about overeating but is also a cover of an underlying issue, that food has been the short term fix for but has then become out of hand and this I will now start to explore and look for reasons why I have let myself get so out of control.

So now is my time I will take myself in hand and work on me because I deserve it and I Am Worth It. !!!!!
Carol-ann downie 24/02/2021 14:55
I dont think there is a correct way to diet. Everyone is there own person and travels their own path. I need to be super organised to be able to stay strict with myself but i have accepted that even the most organised day can go wrong and im slowly learning to adapt when it does. Several times simplicity days quickly turn into lifestyle days. Whatever it takes to get through the day on plan.
Ally Sophia 24/02/2021 12:58
I have PCOS and as a result really struggle to lose weight. For years I felt despondent at weekly weigh-ins at groups and had no confidence in myself. At the beginning of this year my partner was deployed for 4 months and I decided to use this as an opportunity to focus on myself and my health. All being well, I should be 3 stone lighter by the time I get to see him again and I should be able to keep up with him when out running. Focusing on this rather than on how much I miss him has been great.

There is definitely no one right way to diet and Slim and Save takes all the stress out of dieting for me.
Taylea Gooding 24/02/2021 10:05
I got to the point of being severely obese. I was lucky I didnt get diabetes as there is a family history, but I did have back ache, poor sleep and wasn't comfortable in my own body.

I don't know if there is a right way to diet that works for everyone, but I believe you have to want to loose weigh for you, and respect yourself enough not to self sabotage because that just leads to a downward spiral.

My main motivation on S&S is the belief that the plan does work so I can achieve my goals. I want to get slimmer for my long term health, and to be able to run around and play all day with my gorgeous daughter. What more motivation could I need?

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