Slimming World boss’s beliefs reinforced by results of academic study.
A slimming expert says there’s no need for anyone looking to lose weight to go hungry, after new research found that filling up on low energy dense foods is more likely to lead to weight loss than counting calories and cutting portion sizes.
Vicky Payne, who has lost 3st 8lbs and runs the Monkston Park Slimming World group in Milton Keynes, says the key for anyone wanting to shed the pounds ahead of summer is to eat more – not less.
The Solutions for Weight through Psychology, Satiation and Satiety study, led by the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Nutrition, compared women following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, to another group of women following the NHS Choices programme, which is centred around calorie counting.
Unlike a calorie-controlled diet, the Food Optimising plan encourages slimmers to fill up on low energy dense foods (foods that contain fewer calories per gram) including fruit and veg, lean meat, fish, pasta, rice and eggs.
All participants attended four laboratory test days at the University of Leeds’ Human Appetite Research Unit, eating low energy dense meals for two days and high energy dense meals for the remaining tests to allow researchers to assess their impact.
Both groups found that eating lower energy dense foods left participants feeling less hungry and more full despite consuming fewer calories with larger amounts of foods.
The two groups were also monitored over a time period of 14 weeks to explore the longer-term effects.
Slimmers following a plan based around low energy dense foods for this time period – as well as attending a weekly Slimming World group – also reported increased feelings of control around their food choices and a greater confidence in their ability to stick to their plan. They also lost significantly more weight than their calorie counting counterparts – 6.2% body weight compared to 3.8%.
The research comes as no surprise to Vicky, who supports 70 people to lose weight each week at the Monkston Park Slimming World group.
She said: “I tried so many fads when I wanted to lose weight – skipping meals, food replacement shakes, even the 5/2 diet. I lost weight at first, but I only put it all back on again because I felt too restricted and deprived. I felt so ashamed at ‘failing’ too.
“When I joined Slimming World everything changed as I learned that you can feel full and lose weight enjoying all your favourite dishes, just by making small changes to the way you shop, cook and eat.”
If you would like to lose weight without going hungry at the Monkston Park Slimming World group, call Vicky on 07802 297792 or pop along to the group which is held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Monkston Park Community Centre. Visit facebook.com/ SlimmingWorldMonkston ParkMK for more information.