Slimming World vs Weight Watchers

which is better for runners?

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24/07/2008 at 11:19

Anyone done either of these?  I'm trying to shed a stone.  Signed up for Slimming World but find it so complicated that I am either going to have to give up my day job to free up the amount of time it takes me to figure out what to eat today...or swap to WW...

your thoughts?

24/07/2008 at 11:28

I've tried both, but in years past before I was running. Slimming World is the one with red and green days isn't it? I liked it because I was vegetarian at the time and I could eat plenty of pasta etc as they were 'free' foods - good for running as it means you're not having to skimp on the carbs.

 With Weight Watchers, it was more recent, and I was really just going along for the social - my friends were taking the plan seriously and I was eating cake with my coffee after work before our meetings and then wondering why I didn't lose weight. I think you get extra points for exercising and the points system is quite easy to follow. There are also some really good recipes that I still use as they're genuinely very tasty - my other half is always surprised when it turns out the meal was from the WW cookbook! There's also a really easy guide book that you can buy for a few pounds that gives you points values for all foods, so it's not hard to manage.

 Good luck!

24/07/2008 at 11:39

How about just eat less, run more?

It's way cheaper, and it works

24/07/2008 at 11:46

radical attitude that Wilkie....

What about all the women (usually fat) who sell the idea of eating red foods or green foods to the gullible ?  How are they going to afford their next cream bun.....  The woman next doors goes to Slimming World, Says she has been going for years.. So It doesn't work then ?

24/07/2008 at 11:52

haha great advice wilkie...

i want to change my habits - which is currently eating out 7 days a week, not cooking much and not being well prepared.  I am a lousy cook and even worse at shopping.

What i wanted was a group environment for the support and some help with preparing the right food myself.  If eating less and running more was going to work it would have done so by now - i'm all for paying 4 quid a week if it helps me get the support and skillset i need to achieve my goal.

Slimming World is the red/green thing...its not really coming naturally to me and seems terribly complicated to adopt long term...i might give WW a whirl....

24/07/2008 at 12:10

My sister used Slimming World to break her bad habits, she went ot the meetings for a few weeks and then decided to go it alone.  She said once she got her head round what she could and should not eat it was OK.  She just buys food that is on the acceptable list (free foods?) and nothing else.  She and my brother in law both lost wieght and have kept it off which is the most important thing.  She preferred SW because with Weight watchers she said you had to weigh/measure everthing.

 Good luck which ever route you choose

24/07/2008 at 12:11
try Lighter Life???

go check beebs thread out over in Injury - certainly working for her

anyway - they're one of my clients so please help my business out

Edited: 24/07/2008 at 12:12
24/07/2008 at 12:13
jj, I am doing ww, online, its easy for me, dont have to go anywhere and its just easy.  Lost at least 9 lbs in about 4 weeks.
24/07/2008 at 12:13

I've done both- lost 3 stone with WW and it was soooo easy to follow. Tried SLimming world for a week (not long I know) but I really couldn't understand it. I think slimming World is cheaper, but I've found WW to be much better.

Just make sure you go to the meetings every week because once you start missing them, the weight creeps back on.

At least with WW, you can eat everything. SLimming world limits carbs/meat etc - can't be good in the long run!.

Just do loads of exercise and tone up while you lose the weight. YOu'll be amazed how easily it comes off in the end.

Good luck!

24/07/2008 at 13:03

I'm doing slimming world and its working great for me. I have lost just over 1 stone and have about 9 lb for target. I did do WW but found that I put weight back on soon after. But with slimming world you can eat loads and I'm never hungry, I only have a small amount to lose now so its taking its time!

24/07/2008 at 13:11

With Slimming World you can eat chocolate, that's gotta be good!

I lost a stone on SW and found it really easy to understand the red and green days once you get used to them.  Give it a few days and you'll crack it.   You can eat loads of carbs on it which obviously is good for us runners.  It's more an education into eating healthily than a diet.  In fact, I think I need to get going on it again - one too many Amaretto Syllabubs lately (damn that Nigella Lawson) 

Edited: 24/07/2008 at 13:12
24/07/2008 at 13:26

FB, ooh didn't know they were one of your clients.tell them to "uncheese" their DVD's

Jungle Jane is too slim for LL, you have to be 3 stone over to join them. 

24/07/2008 at 13:41

I lost 6st 12llb in 7months,combined with plodding I grant you.

Like Sezz say's easy to follow give it a few days.

Someone  made the comment about SW restricting carbs etc you could not be further from the truth.

Being a veggie I only ever did green days which meant virtually nothing but carbs.

SW will never admit as much but it is loosely based upon the hay diet which has been around for years.

I have built the SW principles into my general eating habits & have never looked back.

You can eat and drink anything on damn well like on SW and work it easily into your weekly programme.

I used save all my weekly syns up for the weekend & then go out & get sh1t faced on Vodka & Diet coke which is something like 2.5 syns per drink, 105 syns per week for a lad.

24/07/2008 at 13:46


My God you did fantastic!! Well done you!

24/07/2008 at 13:46

I have lost 7 stone on WW so that is teh one for me

24/07/2008 at 13:55

Like any diet you have to be committed to it & go to the classes.

I used to be the only bloke in a group of 30 odd chubby ladies,which was quite nice as once a few of em had lost a few pounds they were not bad looking really

24/07/2008 at 14:39
What was odd about them, BRT?
24/07/2008 at 19:49

i lost 2 stone doing WW
but then realised that once i had got the hang of it i didn't actually need to go to the meetings to get weighed - i could do it for 20p at the swimming pool once a week
but i didn't really like the meetings cos all the ladies where i were were using it as a social club and were mostly a lot older than me

so i think rather than which scheme works best - if you are looking for support and a group to help you, go to both groups and see who looks more your type of folk, they can't charge you for looking

24/07/2008 at 19:51

i did the points thing - you can eat what you like within your points allocation
and you get extra for doing exercise

i just went thorugh a list of what i ate often and went through the book and worked out the points and made my own chart which i put on the fridge

24/07/2008 at 19:51

i like charts

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