The Slimming World plan is a dream for anyone like me, who loves food and more specifically loves eating food! It’s a non restrictive healthy eating plan, not a diet. You don’t cut out any food group in the Easy Extra plan, and you get to eat chocolate, crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks and whatever else you like….just in moderation and within your syn allowance.
I’m very lucky because I’ve been blessed with a fantastic Slimming World consultant, who supports and advises us whenever we need help, and has supplied us with everything we need to know in order to achieve amazing weight loss. I know that there are a lot of people who do Slimming World from home, and even some who aren’t quite as lucky with their Slimming World group as I am, and recently I’ve had quite a few people ask me about the Easy Extra SP plan and how it works.
I therefore wanted to set out what exactly doing ‘SP’ means, how it can help, and a few key recipe ideas which have really helped me when I’ve followed the plan. Before I do so though, it’s really important to say that the Easy Extra SP plan is not meant to be followed as your everyday Slimming World plan, instead it’s to help give your weight loss a little kick up the bum, or speed things up for a special occasion for example. The regular Easy Extra plan works a dream, and to maintain long term weight loss is the best thing for you. So on that note, here’s a few details…
What is Slimming World Easy Extra SP?
It’s quite straightforward really, and is centred around the principle that you fill your plate only with S and P foods (speed and protein). So that means no potatoes, rice, pasta, Muller Lights, or other regular free foods that you might have at meal times. Given that there are so many S and P foods to choose from though, this doesn’t by any means limit you to munching on rabbit food and chicken! If you’re not sure which foods are S and P, they’re marked really clearly in your Slimming World book, and there’s loads of lists online too.
The second principle is that you STILL have your 5-15 syns every day. You don’t cut those out, so continue eating your chocolate and drinking your wine, or cooking with oil and enjoying salad dressings if that’s how you chose to use your syns. You do not deprive your body of sugar, or any of the fun stuff, because if you did then the minute you switched back to the regular plan you’d put weight back on! Remember though, that you can’t just decide to eat regular free foods and syn them, as you won’t have the correct syn values and it kind of defeats the point!
The third principle is that you have your Healthy Extra A option every day, and here’s the kicker, you have TWO Healthy Extra B choices! How great is that? It means that even though you’ve cut out the pasta and potatoes from your diet for a few days, you could have four slices of bread, or toast and oats, or two HiFi Bars and eat a HexB Pizza at the end of the day! More importantly what it means is that you are definitely NOT cutting carbs out from your diet. From what I’ve seen this is a big misconception with SP, that you essentially cut carbs, and that’s not the case. Slimming World never asks you to cut a food group out of your diet, ever!
Hopefully this diagram helps explain it at the very basic level!
When should I do Easy Extra SP?
This isn’t one I can give you a definite answer for, as it’s completely up for you. I can say that SP works very well for speeding up your weight loss in time for a special occasion, for example a wedding or birthday, or to give yourself a little bit of a weight loss buffer before a big event like Christmas! It’s also great if you’ve found your weight loss slowing down, like I have recently, to help kick start things again. What I find personally is that if I feel myself getting complacent, a couple of SP days can really help to focus my mind on the ‘rules’ of Slimming World, but that might just be me.
How long should I do Easy Extra SP for?
This is again quite a personal one, it does boil down to how much you want to lose and how quickly you want to do so, but I would advise not to do it for more than a week at a time. Because Slimming World is so easy to follow, and you can eat almost everything you’d normally eat anyway, you generally don’t feel like you’re on a ‘diet’, making it easy to resist temptation. I think that being on SP does feel more restrictive, and psychologically if you’re anything like me when you think you’re on a diet all your brain tells you to do is eat crap! The longer you go without something you want the more likely you are to cave to it, and if you do that then it could lead to eating other foods outside of your syn allowance. So only do it for as long as you feel comfortable denying yourself certain foods!
Does Easy Extra SP work?
As always I can only talk from personal experience and observation, but as a general rule I’d say yes. It doesn’t work for everyone, some people find it to restrictive and end up snacking too much and consuming too many calories elsewhere, which can even lead them to put on weight. Some people simply don’t like it and feel that it defeats the point of a long term lifestyle change. I’ve done it where it worked, and done it where my willpower just hasn’t been up to the challenge, but it is definitely something to try if you find your weight loss slowing down a little bit. If it works then you’ve found a way to give yourself a little boost every so often, if it doesn’t then you’ve not lost anything by trying!
Easy Extra SP Meals
Here are a few of my SP meal options, but there’s so many others out there so have a Google when you’re done here and see what you come up with! What’s more, most meals you eat regularly can be adapted to be SP. For example eating bolognese with corgetti spaghetti, or simply replacing your regular pasta or potatoes with speed veg!
Syn Free HexB Pizza – you can use this as one of your HexB options and your HexA choice and top it with plenty of S and P foods. If you use my Syn Free Pizza Sauce too then that has even more added speed!
Slimming World Tomato and Rocket Salsa with Chicken – this is one of my favourite meals! Totally SP and totally delicious!
Chilli & Paprika Carrot Chips – I made these when I was doing an SP week recently, and they were a life saver! If you fancy chips but can’t eat potatoes or even sweet potatoes becuase you’re on an SP plan then these are wonderful!
Smoked Salmon and Chive Parcels – quark is a P food, so you can eat these tasty salmon parcels no problem!
A few things to help you on your Slimming World journey…