It was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell in 1969. They have weekly groups supporting slimmers in the UK and Ireland.
They are recommending lovely mouthwatering dishes such as Fully loaded potato wedges, Cheesy potato and ham bake, Roasted sausage supper, Chunky spiced chicken burgers with wedges. All recipes loaded with carbohydrates and extremely low fat.
Yes, Slimming World have had some success stories in losing weight. However 65% of those who lose many stones/ kilos put on AT LEAST that much again. It's called the FAT TRAP. Dr Thomas Barber of the metabolism research unit at University Hospital Coventry said "The majority of people who lose weight ultimately regain that weight".
Dr Jacquie Lavin, Head of Nutrition and Research at Slimming World, says -
Eating filling, lower energy dense foods (those foods which have fewer calories per gram), which include carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and potatoes as well as fruit and vegetables, enables people to consume a larger volume of food and avoid hunger while reducing their overall calorie intake.
(A spike in glucose and insulin comes to mind, resulting in Diabetes type 2 and Insulin Resistance as well as many other diseases)
She continues -
Being hungry, which the Big Carb Survey found almost half of those (46%) who tried a low-carbohydrate diet often experienced, typically leaves people feeling unable to sustain weight-loss attempts.
(Low Carb and Ketogenic Diets make you feeling full for longer not forcing you to eat 5 times a day, which is the result of the obesity epidemic the Western World is now experiencing.)
Be aware that whatever carbs you eat and your body doesn't use them as energy, they are automatically converted to triglycerides, small particles of fat, unless there is space in your glycogen stores. Eating 5 times a day, it is suspected that your glycogen store will be constantly full.
WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers)
WW are recommending similar foods as Slimming World. They have in the past had a lot of wheat and sugar in their recipes, however they are now recommending cauliflower rice and pasta substitutes.... well sometimes. But many recipes are full of refined carbohydrates. Also recipes are almost void of any fat. Ingredients are low fat, reduced fat or no fat.
Fat does NOT make you fat, carbs and sugars make you fat!
The two diets above are very similar when it comes to reaching results. Unfortunately many people gain the weight lost in a short period of time once going back to previous eating behavior. This is likely to cause many new diseases such as Diabetes type 2, Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD) and of course Alzheimer's.
If your only concern about yourself is your body size, then pick one of the above. However if you want really good health and want to avoid Type 2 Diabetes/ insulin resistance, many cancers, Alzheimer's, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many other autoimmune diseases, you simply have to control your carbohydrate intake.
Any diet that recommends you eat a chocolate bar instead of an avocado, because there are fewer calories in the chocolate bar, simply needs to be questioned. Clearly you can see they only count calories and there is very little nutritional thoughts. These calories are empty calories (no nutritional value) full of sugar and carbs, which in turn cause inflammations and lead to several diseases. In order for your body to utilize and take up A, D, E and K vitamins, the body needs fat. These vitamins are incredibly important for your health and immunsystem.
Sugar and other carbohydrates also lower your good bacteria in your gut, which is the first port of call for a healthy body and brain. This in turn makes you more susceptible to flues and viruses.
With a ketogenic diet, you can actually have the cake and eat it. Many people make fat bombs, PRESS HERE, these are sugar free as well as very low in carbs. They will fulfill anyone's need if you have a sweet tooth.
By the way, you don't have to be fat or overweight to get an autoimmune disease. You just need to eat inflammatory foods such as carbs/ sugar and over consumption of omega 6 (vegetable oils).
Hart Ketogenic Plan
The Hart Ketogenic Plan is NOT a diet, it's a lifestyle change. It is a nutritional/ "medicinal" intervention but also used for safe and sustained weight loss as well as preventing or reversing/ stopping autoimmune diseases. If you have an autoimmune disease you really need look at the full picture of yourself and what your needs are. If you carry the gene ApoE4 from both your parents, you are VERY likely to get either CVD or/and Alzheimer's. But it can be prevented.