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…
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.