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Slimmer in 7

Seven days of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to fill you up and slim you down – it’s your festive-season secret weapon

Fennel-infused chicken with roasties, scroll down for recipe

How it works…

✓ Fill up on Free Foods

These are the foods you can eat in unlimited amounts… they’re the masterstroke that makes Food Optimising so simple and effective! Free Foods include lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs; dried pasta, rice and couscous; beans and pulses, and most fresh or frozen fruit and veg. They’re the basis of our filling breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions, and you can snack on them freely between meals, too. Some have the extra bonus of being Speed Free Foods – the fruit and veg that are super-low in energy density and keep you slimming beautifully. Include at least a third of a plate of Speed Free Foods at every meal, where it makes sense.

✓ Add in your Healthy Extras

Each day, choose a portion of wholemeal bread or cereal and a portion of milk or cheese. Pick from 350ml skimmed or 250ml semiskimmed milk, or 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese (to keep things easy, we’ve built your bread or cereal Healthy Extra into each day’s menu).

✓ Choose your Syns

Can’t do without your ketchup, glass of wine, crisps or chocolate bar? Relax! We’ve also factored in life’s little pleasures – with Syns. Foods that aren’t Free have a Syn value and we recommend you treat yourself to around 10 Syns a day. You’ll find an idea on each page, or see your Food Optimising book, available from group.

✓ Make simple swaps

Remember these few easy tips, too. When cooking, trim all fat off meat and remove skin from poultry. Use low-calorie cooking spray in place of oil or butter (only brands with one calorie or less per spray are Syn-free – you’ll find them in the cooking oils aisle at the supermarket). Swap sugar for sweetener and pick diet soft drinks, and if you take milk in your tea or coffee, deduct it from your Healthy Extra allowance or count ½ Syn per dash of skimmed.

That’s Food Optimising in a nutshell. Let’s get started…

Monday

Breakfast

Banoffee split: Halve a banana lengthways, top with a Müllerlight Smooth Toffee yogurt and scatter over 40g Kellogg’s All-Bran Golden Crunch (a Healthy Extra)

Lunch

Six-bean tuna pasta salad: Mix cooked dried pasta shapes and cooked green beans with ½ can drained Napolina Five Bean Salad, drained canned tuna chunks in spring water, drained canned sweetcorn kernels, halved cherry tomatoes and a few drained capers. Stir through 1 level tbsp reduced-fat green pesto (1½ Syns)

Dinner

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Give yourself the gift of weight loss this Christmas with the November/December issue of Slimming World magazine... Featuring amazing real-life transformations, fab and filling recipes, and tips and advice to see you celebrate the festive season in slimming-friendly style. If a cracking weight loss is top of your wish list this Christmas, then we’re here to help. We’ve packed the new issue with ways to help you get through this frantic time of year, keep your weight loss on track and enjoy yourself, too. From ideas for filling your freezer with hearty slimming food and strategies for surviving stress, through to a guide to enjoying party-season tipples without giving your slimdown a hangover, we’ve got it covered. There’s also sleigh-loads of inspiration. Our party girls, Chantelle, Kathryn and Sarah, tell us how losing weight gave them their sparkle back in their 30s, 40s and 50s, while Slimming World’s Man of the Year, Danny, shares his emotional journey – after losing 8st he feels like the man he was always meant to be. And there are six more seasonal weight-loss stories to enjoy. Total weight loss in the issue? An incredible 83st. Plus: a super-tasty seven-day menu plan; the season’s hottest fragrances for men; and our top tech-y fitness finds. ‘App’y Christmas!
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