#JustThisThanks

Find­ing it hard to pin­point where you’re go­ing wrong with your weight loss? It could be that the added ex­tras you haven’t planned for are tak­ing you off track…

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Learn how to say ‘no’ when you’re full.

Size Mat­ters, a re­port com­piled by Slim­ming World and the Royal So­ci­ety for Pub­lic Health, has found that some cof­fee shops, petrol sta­tions and fast-food out­lets at­tempt to ‘up­sell’ us un­healthy food and drink a whop­ping 106 times a year. On av­er­age, that could mean an ex­tra 17,000 calo­ries a year – or a weight gain of 5lb! Here are our top tips to help you to turn down those un­wanted ad­di­tions and say #JustThisThanks

1. ‘WOULD YOU LIKE CREAM WITH THAT?’

PIT­FALL: You’re in the cof­fee shop and you’ve cho­sen a hot choco­late as a Satur­day af­ter­noon treat. You know that, if you opt for skimmed milk, it’s well within to­day’s al­lowance. The barista asks if you’d like cream on the top. Would it re­ally make that much dif­fer­ence?

TIP: A squirt or swirl of cream can add calo­ries with­out fill­ing you up. When you’re or­der­ing, just have the con­fi­dence to say #JustThisThanks

2. ‘WOULD YOU PRE­FER TO “GO LARGE” WITH YOUR MEAL?’

PIT­FALL: You’ve care­fully de­cided what you want from the menu. You’re then asked if you’d like to make your meal larger – al­most twice the size – for just a few pence more. What a bar­gain! Some­one else will just eat the ex­tra food you can’t fin­ish, won’t they?

TIP: While a bit ex­tra for a larger por­tion doesn’t seem like much in the short term, in the long term it will soon add up – for your wal­let and your waist­line. Think about whether you ac­tu­ally want that big­ger por­tion. If you do, great! But if you’ve felt pres­sured by the of­fer and may feel guilty later, say #JustThisThanks in­stead.

3. ‘HOW ABOUT SOME OF OUR SPE­CIAL-OF­FER CHOCO­LATE?’

PIT­FALL: You’ve just filled up the petrol tank and the cashier of­fers you some dis­counted choco­late at the check­out… that price is just too good to re­sist! Plus, it would be a nice treat for that long drive you’ve got ahead of you.

TIP: While of­fers like this may seem tempt­ing, the im­pli­ca­tions can of­ten last much longer. How many times have you felt like you’ve blown it af­ter mak­ing one un­healthy choice? Talk­ing to other slim­mers will give you lots of sup­port and ideas. Join your weekly Slim­ming World group and you’ll def­i­nitely feel much more em­pow­ered to say #JustThisThanks

4. ‘WILL YOU BE HAV­ING SIDES WITH YOUR OR­DER?’

PIT­FALL: You’re out for din­ner and you’ve looked at the menu on­line be­fore­hand, de­cid­ing ex­actly what you’ll be or­der­ing to stay on track. The waiter then asks if you’d like some sides with your or­der. Chips, gar­lic bread or ex­tra sauce, per­haps?

TIP: An im­pres­sive 75 per cent of Slim­ming World mem­bers plan what they will eat and drink be­fore­hand. If you want chips, that’s fine! But, if you in­tend to stay on plan, a great tip is to fo­cus your choices on healthy, fill­ing foods. So, it might be a ‘No’ to the chips, but a ‘Yes, please’ to steamed veg­gies or a jacket potato.

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