October 3, 2023


Healthy Life

Slicing down on consuming ideas

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Slimming World analysis exhibits that alcohol can have a serious affect on weight reduction**. Whereas most of us know that alcohol incorporates ‘hidden energy’, which are sometimes increased than we realise and don’t fill us up just like the energy in meals. What you may not have thought-about is your ‘tipping level’.

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Reaching the ‘tipping level’

The tipping level is the purpose at which consuming alcohol ideas us into consuming and consuming excess of we ever supposed – and it could affect vastly on our weight. In reality, our analysis revealed that it could lead us to devour, on common, an additional 6,300 energy in meals and alcohol over the next two days. The examine additionally discovered that half of these questioned reported cancelling bodily exercise they’d deliberate for the subsequent day in favour of watching TV, staying in mattress or spending time on social media.

Common tipping level for males = 4 pints of beer

Common tipping level for girls = 2.5 glasses of wine

88% of Slimming World members surveyed mentioned they’d discovered new methods to make more healthy meals decisions after consuming alcohol

MORE FOR MEMBERS: Slimming World members can simply examine the Syn values of their alcoholic drinks utilizing the helpful on-line meals search instrument or the barcode scanner on the Slimming World app

Making easy swaps

There’s no motive to surrender alcohol fully, until that’s one thing you need to do. Listed below are some easy swaps and techniques that can assist you reduce down, whereas nonetheless having fun with a tipple or two:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with smooth drinks or a glass of water.
  • Make easy swaps similar to switching from stout to a low-calorie beer. 
  • Measure out drinks, reasonably than guessing – this is usually a actual eye-opener! 
  • Make quick spirits last more by including extra mixer – or go for a white wine spritzer.
  • Swap to small wine glasses – some massive glasses maintain as much as a 3rd of a bottle!
  • Determine prematurely what number of drinks you’ll have. You would ask a supportive associate or buddy that can assist you follow this. 
  • Attempt to have not less than two alcohol-free days every week.
  • Keep away from consuming on an empty abdomen – consuming a wholesome, filling meal beforehand is a good suggestion.

86% of the members we surveyed for our ‘tipping level’ examine mentioned that they nonetheless loved alcohol carefully and continued to reduce weight steadily 

Slimming World member Ian discovered his wholesome booze steadiness and misplaced 10st. He says:

“I began gaining weight from the age of 20 – all I cared about was work, going out consuming, and consuming junk meals. On the time, I wouldn’t have mentioned I drank in extra, however I additionally didn’t contemplate the energy I used to be having when downing pints of lager or cider. Though I’d by no means contact a full-fat cola, considering it was full of sugar, I’d fortunately down a pint of lager with out even eager about it. I’d go on to eat greater than I supposed, too, typically grabbing a takeaway pizza on my approach residence from the pub. In February 2019, I weighed over 22st. It was time to make a change.”

MORE ON THE BLOG: Learn Ian’s story right here

92% of members surveyed mentioned that, since becoming a member of Slimming World, they’ve found easy methods to vary their consuming habits with out feeling they’re lacking out

MORE FOR MEMBERS: Read more about the tipping point and identify your personal danger zones

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The NHS states long-term common consuming (over 10-20 years) can result in will increase in sure cancers, coronary heart illness, liver illness and stroke, amongst different diseases. Authorities well being steering says that we should always restrict consumption to not more than 14 models every week – that’s round six pints of beer, six medium glasses of wine or 14 measures of spirits – unfold over three or extra days to assist maintain the well being dangers from alcohol to a low degree. Pregnant or breastfeeding girls are suggested to keep away from alcohol fully. Find more info on calculating units of alcohol here.

** The ‘tipping level’ examine was performed by YouGov and Slimming World in 2013. It polled a consultant pattern of 2042 UK adults and included questions on consuming habits and behavioural impacts. You’ll be able to learn extra right here. 

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