Slimming World Acronyms

I thought it might be useful to define a few Slimming World acronyms that are seen quite commonly on blogs and forums, for any new people that might not be sure what they mean.

CWCurrent Weight
EEExtra Easy - the name given to the standard Slimming World food optimisation plan
HEA (or HXA)Healthy Extra A - your measured allowance of dairy
HEB (or HXB)Healthy Extra B - your measured allowance of fibre
IMAGEIndividual Motivation And Group Experience - sometimes called "IMAGE Therapy" - the guided discussion that happens in group when the consultant goes from person to person
SOTMSlimmer of the Month - given out on the last week of the month
SOTWSlimming of the Week - award given to the person in class who lost the most weight (excludes new members and those who gained in previous week)
SPSpeed Protein - a variation on the food optimisation plan where you only eat Speed and Protein foods, and no Free foods - meant to boost weight loss
SWSlimming World
SWStarting Weight
TWTarget Weight

I’ll add to this list as other ones occur to me. If you know of any I’ve missed, feel free to add them to the comments.


Eating in Slimming World Class

There’s a unwritten etiquette to eating in a Slimming World class.

If you’re having a Taster Night, then it’s expected for you to bring and eat something in class. But what about the rest of the time?

Depending on the time of day, and how much you have starved yourself prior to your weigh-in, may determine whether you feel compelled to eat in class. You may be fresh along from work, having skipped lunch, and starving hungry. You may have been out for a couple of hours of last-minute body magic, to try and burn off a couple of pounds. Or you might not have eaten at all for the last 3 days! And in those situations you may not have the energy to sit through a full hour of image therapy without some sustenance inside you. After all, all that clapping and encouraging other people is hard work!

But does that mean you can bring along your dinner, and munch your way through the entire class?

I go to a 5.30pm group, and pretty-much everyone is attending before having dinner. So it’s common to see people having a discrete snack – after weigh-in of course! Freshly purchased hi-fi bars seem to be a favourite, as well as fruit. Anything healthy, speedy or free seems to be fair game, although I’m not sure what reaction anyone would get if they started tucking into a big Tupperware dish of pasta.

I think it’s also fair to say that it may be frowned upon to try an order a Domino’s pizza or fish supper to be delivered to class! Whatever you indulge in a post-class blowout is between you and your maker, but it’s probably best not to be seen to be off-plan during the class itself – that is, unless you order enough pizza for everyone!

But that’s just my class. What’s your experience? Do people eat during your class?

What is a Countdown?

A countdown is a discounted pre-pay plan where you pay for a set number of classes in advance.

You can buy two types of Countdown:

  • A 6-week countdown, which costs the price of 5 classes, so you get 1 class free!
  • A 12-week countdown, which costs the price of 10 classes, so you get 2 classes free!

At certain times of the year there are also additional promotions for people who buy 12-week countdowns, where you typically get a free copy of a newly released book.

Buying a Countdown

You buy a Countdown at the normal check-in desk in class. You don’t need to give notice. Just tell the person checking you in that you want to buy a 6 or 12 week countdown.

You’ll need to specify any holidays you want to take at the time of purchase, which will be entered into the computer and automatically applied so that you aren’t paying for those holiday weeks! Once bought, however, you can’t change the holidays, so think ahead!

Using the Countdown

On subsequent weeks you still need to check-in as normal. Your account will be checked on the computer, and you’ll be told how many weeks left you have on your countdown, and when it expires. At the end of your countdown you can choose to buy another or go back to paying week by week.

I use countdowns all the time, and I feel they offer some advantages:

  • You pay less to come for class – in the case of classed here in Ireland, it’s €7.50 per class under a countdown as opposed to €9.00 when paying week by week
  • You don’t have to worry about remembering to bring cash – I’m so used to paying with cards for everything these days that I often don’t have enough cash in my wallet
  • It motivates you to attend – If you’ve already paid for it, you’re more likely to go!

If you’re in the middle of a countdown and qualify for a free week at class – such as for a Club 10, or when you take advantage of an introduce a friend promo – you can save up those free weeks till the end of the countdown (you don’t lose them!). The computer may not prompt the person doing check-in that you’re due a free week, but it’ll still be stored in the system, so don’t be afraid to ask for it!

Slimming World Hi-Fi Light Bars

What’s for sale at your Slimming World class?

Unlike a lot of diets or healthy eating plans, Slimming World isn’t about getting you to buy their products.

There are no shakes to buy, and no ready meals that form a mandatory part of the plan. You can food optimise without having to buy anything from Slimming World themselves.

However, they do have a small number of products for sale in class that you can buy. Most notably they have things called Hi-Fi Light bars, which are sold in boxes of 6 for €3.00 a box. You can have two of these bars every day for your Healthy Extra B (HEB), which is great if you have a sweet tooth, or if you use your HEB on something else, they are 3 syns each.  The bars seem to be very popular, and often provoke heated debate – especially when the flavours change. As far as I know these bar are only available to buy in class.

Some classes may also sell packets of Scan Bran – or Scandinavian Bran Crispbread to use its actual name. Scan Bran often divides people. Some love them. Some hate them. Personally I quite like them, especially with some Laughing Cow Light spread over them and a slice of ham. Scan Bran is available to buy in some health food shops, including Holland & Barrett.

Books and Magazines

There’s often a number of different recipe books for sale, if you’re looking for inspiration on what to cook. They’re often themed around one area, such as curries, desserts, or fakeaways (Fake Takeaways – the taste of a takeaway meal without the syns). New books are occasionally given away for free as part of a promotion, typically when you sign up to a 12-week Countdown – but check with your consultant first!

The monthly Slimming World magazine also seems to be quite popular, and is sold in class more cheaply than it’s available in the shops. There are some pretty good recipes in the magazine, along with motivational articles. There’s even a small men’s section, focusing on men’s issues!

Iceland Ready Meals

Last year Slimming World announced an exclusive deal with the Iceland supermarket to sell a range of frozen ready meals. There’s no requirement to buy any of them, but they can come in handy if you’re in a hurry or stuck for ideas. And best of all, I think all of them are syn-free. And unlike a lot of other ready-meals on the market, their portion sizes are quite decent, so you feel like you’ve had a proper dinner!

I’ve only tried a couple of them, and find them to be a mixed bag. I didn’t like the sausages at all, but loved the Chicken Tikka Masala.

Because of the exclusivity deal, other supermarkets aren’t allowed to sell products that claim to be Slimming World friendly, although it seems that some of the value supermarkets are starting to bring out products that end up being syn-free, even if they can’t sell them as such. So for now it’s down to word-of-mouth to find out about them.


Club 10 Free Week

Everyone likes getting something for free, right?

Well, once you get your Club 10 award at Slimming World, then you will qualify for a free week at class – which here in Ireland is a €9 saving!  The Club 10 is given to people who have achieved a 10% loss in their body weight. So if you weighed 20 stones (280 lbs) at the start and subsequently lost 2 stones (28 lbs) then you would get your Club 10 award.

And as long as you have lost or maintained weight over the following 10 weeks, then you will be able to come to class for free the 10th week after getting your Club 10.

If you’re in the middle of a countdown at the time that your free week is due then you won’t lose it. It’ll still be there in the computer when you’ve finished the countdown, but you may need to prompt the person doing check-in to look for it.