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Slimming World offers weight control help and support to millions of people every year with their classes, magazines and recipes. Their online site has grown over the last few years, although it's still the traditional classes that are helping people get to their target weights.
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★☆☆☆☆

“What works for some doesnt always work for every one”

Written on: 25/01/2014 by karen0402 (1 review written)

I'd tried Slimming World in the past without much sucess but encourged by 3 workmates who had all lost several stones on this diet i decided to give it another go. There are 3 diets to choose from - Red, Green and Extra Easy (which is coloured orange in the book) The consultants push for you to do the Extra Easy plan. Lean meat, fruit and veg are free food, breads and cearals classed as healthy extra's and other things such as mayo, sauces are given a Syn value. Everything has to be cooked… Read Full Review

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“Great for food optomising, not so good in group”

Written on: 18/01/2014 by fireboxchaser (5 reviews written)

I finally got fed up with my weight before Christmas and decided to visit my GP to ask if she would recommend mw for some Slimminh World vouchers for 12 weeks of free slimming. I started goingas soon as I received them despite it being just before xmas. No time like the present! I lost 1/2 stone by Christmas and got my award which i was quite chuffed about. Then the rot started to set in which was not my fayult. Apparently the next 2 weeks I put on despite following the plan to theletter. The… Read Full Review

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Gardener21's Response to fireboxchaser's Review

Written on: 30/03/2014

Well said, it's the same at the class I attend. Long queues to stand and get weighed. Again the consultant stands at the front of the class and reads out everyone's weight losses or gains and then ask either how they managed it or what did they do wrong to put on weight. She also then asks everyone what they want to lose for the next week and I feel she badgers people into saying they want to lose a lot more than they actually can. I think all classes are the same and the consultants just read from the book. A bit more empathy would be greatly appreciated I am sure.

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Fireboxchaser's reply to Gardener21's Comment

Written on: 31/03/2014

They just dont seem to get it. Sitting there hearing others weight loss for that week and the polite clapping that follows does not motivate anyone. It seems that once they have your money that they just go through the motions and get the class over and done with asap so that they can pack up and go home. If I was a consultant, I would be planning each class to make sure there was something interesting to stay for each week and definitely something motivational!

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Happysarah's reply to Fireboxchaser's Comment

Written on: 14/04/2014

you are spot on! I was a SW consultant for a year, you have a really tight script of what you have to do and say when running a group, it is all about getting people through the door. the diet does work if you stick to it and make every thing from scratch..., not so easy when you have a normal hectic family/work life.
I could never get my head around asking people how bad/good they have been when surrounded by many people they don't know, and expect them to give a really honest answer.
The down side to slimming world (I did loose 6 stone) is that it encourages you to eat lots and lots of healthy food, great when you stick to it, but when not on plan you are still in the habit of eating really big meals, so obviously its really easy to regain lots of weight really quickly!! (I have now put on 4 stone).
SW is one huge money making machine, as little as 25% go's to the consultant, and that's after paying out £1,500 to become one in the first place!!

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Fireboxchaser's reply to Happysarah's Comment

Written on: 14/04/2014

Flipping heck. £1500 to become a consultant! I have found that to a lesser degree with the portions. I had 12 weeks slimming from my GP and lost a stone. I did try to continue on my own after that partly because i didn't like the attitude of the consultant and I was also unemployed, but once you lose the support online and cant look things up it becomes very difficult!

I have put a few pounds back on but am now just cutting my portion sizes and eating healthy, so hopefully with a bit of exercise i shall start seeing it come off again!

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★★★☆☆

“far too crowded classes”

Written on: 15/01/2014

As a new years resolution, I was determined to go to Slimming World again, as I had done that before and it worked, provided you stick to the plan. The last group I went to had moved to a new venue further away, so I found a new, more local class near me. I had phoned the consultant and had a nice chat with her on the phone. However, when I got to the class, it was like a busy church service...there were people absolutely everywhere and at first I couldn't make out who the consultant was. Only… Read Full Review

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Fireboxchaser's Comment

Written on: 18/01/2014

I agree with you on the overcrowded classes. Very demotivating especially when I have to drive 5 miles from home of an evening to go.

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★★★★★

“Weight Loss success!!”

Written on: 21/11/2013 by Jillybloop333 (1 review written)

I have never been on this site before, and just happened to read a review from a disappointed Slimming World client. This diet has been so good for me, that I just wanted to share my experience. I've lost four to five stone at least five times in my life doing calorie controlled diets. The weight drops off - if you keep to the restricted calories. However, when target weight is achieved, to continue to weigh every single item before eating it so that the calories can be calculated, is… Read Full Review

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“Still waiting for it to work”

Written on: 13/11/2013 by rottanwart (1 review written)

After reading reviews, i tried it and still waiting to see the results...does it really work?????????… Read Full Review

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“question”

Written on: 11/11/2013

I know slimming world does work but does anybody know if it works as good with exercise too?… Read Full Review

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Lukesmith's Comment

Written on: 20/11/2013

Great results for this

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★★★★★

“great!”

Written on: 23/10/2013 by daviesjane (2 reviews written)

losing weight every week and still enjoying my food! brilliant!… Read Full Review

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“Best decision ever!”

Written on: 03/09/2013 by Asherel (1 review written)

I have been a member now for 4 months and I have lost 44lbs so far!! For the first time in years I healthier. Both physically, and because of the easy to follow plan and tremendous support, mentally too. The group I attend are amazing . Each week we celebrate losses and if necessary, commiserate on a few gains. Mostly the gains are expected due to a slight fall off the plan but since the group opened at the end of April we have list more than 100 stones in weight! I know weight loss is a money… Read Full Review

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“Almost a stone lost!”

Written on: 15/08/2013

I am now into my third month on the Slimming World plan and I have already lost almost a stone. I had tried Weight Watchers in the past but although similar, never really got on with it. Give Slimming World a try, it might just be the diet for you!… Read Full Review

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Savanna1991's Comment

Written on: 05/03/2014

Its taken you 3 months to love a stone !!!!! Don't think this diet works very well.

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Glasvegas's Comment

Written on: 12/09/2014

How rude. That's about a pound a week. That's the healthy way to lose & keep weight off.

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★★★★★

“Before deciding against a fabulous lifestyle change....”

Written on: 13/08/2013 by BethBromley (1 review written)

Hello! My name is Beth, and I've been a slimming world member for almost three weeks. I've read a lot of reviews on this site, and have found that many of them are simply criticising Consultants, rather than dismissing the diet itself. Obviously, Slimming World must address issues with Consultants, but it is unfair to put people off a fabulous diet because of certain people. There are three reasons why this diet is wonderful. One. It teaches you where you've been going wrong. Before… Read Full Review

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Moo1's Response to BethBromley's Review

Written on: 19/08/2013

I go to one in waterhead and I got told off in the group last week. Someone was setting mini target, they were going on holiday I gasped cause I thought it was alot that she had set but the holiday was for 2 weeks. I was then told off and felt so small I wanted to die. Others gasped and she never said owt to them. She also told me that I got most votes for woman of the year in my group and I got excited and someone else got it not me

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★★★★★

“FAB!!!”

Written on: 07/08/2013

An amazing slimming healthy eating plan that you never feel hungry with You get to choose what you want to weigh and when you get there .. You can keep going for free woo hoo loads of unlimited free foods and a very Friendly atmosphere with loads of help and support I've lost 5 stone and feel so chuffed I have never been able to do this with any other diet… Read Full Review

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“good”

Written on: 03/08/2013

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★★☆☆☆

“portion size matters!!!!”

Written on: 02/08/2013 by maise (1 review written)

I am so glad l have found this review page. I have been going to slimmers world on & off for nearly two years only to loose at the most 6lb each time and that is sticking to the programme religiously and exercising on a treadmill 24 mins & swimming every other day. When l weighed in the other day l had gained 3lb by following the extra easy programme and was asked 'what on earth have you been doing'? By the lady who records your weight. (Which is not her place to comment)! This was not said… Read Full Review

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Souxi's Response to maise's Review

Written on: 28/08/2013

I agree with you 100%. I followed this plan to the LETTER. I printed off my food plan every day and showed it my consultant every week. No one could work out why I was putting weight ON. It works for some people, although how I don't know, but it didn't work for me. It was so demoralising. So now I'm with WeightWatchers. What a difference!! In my first week I lost six pounds!!! I lost NOTHING with SW, not an ounce. You are quite correct, you do still need to watch your portion sizes. However with SW your lead to believe you can eat as much as you want of *free foods*, and *pile your plate high* and you will lose weight!! Rubbish. I ate lots of ruit because most of it is super speedy, and then got told to cut down!! What the hell DO they want you do to? Never again, it's WW all the way for me from now on. Best thing ever.

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Savanna1991's Response to maise's Review

Written on: 05/03/2014

I completely agree with you - I hate SW and will not be going back to the patronising and humiliation. I will continue to lose weight on my own.

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“Staff are prats”

Written on: 24/07/2013 by Doobie124 (1 review written)

Well first we we were Told do body magic to see bigger loss.. Now we don't need to as we'll only lose about 4oz's a wk, Also consultant goes on about slimming world is Not about making money!! So why if I miss wk do I get back fees and have to pay double, apparently we pay for the therapy. The consultants are only bothered when people don't turn up cos they won't get paid as much.. Must think we were born yesterday! She doesn't really do a lot anyway.. She signs up new members, talks to the… Read Full Review

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Souxi's Response to Doobie124's Review

Written on: 27/07/2013

I never had a phone call or text or email during my time there for any support. You are right, they do have their little favourites don't they. If you aren't one of the *clique* forget it.

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“RUBBISH”

Written on: 22/07/2013

I joined Slimming World because it seemed too good to be true. You could eat all this food and still lose weight. I stuck to it 200%. I filled in my food diary on-line with free food like your supposed too and showed my consultant. I did everything right. I lost NOTHING in 4 weeks. Not a thing. I'd been to my doctor and got weighed and according to their scales I'd lost weight, but on SW scales they said I hadn't. You can't question the scales because they are always right apparently. Never… Read Full Review

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Savanna1991's Comment

Written on: 05/03/2014

Hear hear - I only attended 6 of the 12 weeks I paid for - never again.

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“Marjorie Dawes has nothing on him”

Written on: 18/07/2013

Unbeknown to me,my slimming world consultant failed to enter my target weight on his computer. When I reached my target weight of 10 stones 7 pounds, I missed a week and when I returned on Monday, the computer asked me for £9.90.I explained to the lady on the computer that I had reached my target weight and she sent me on my way to be weighed and said she would sort it out with the consultant. This evening, the consultant rang me at home and I can only say I was flabbergasted by his attitude… Read Full Review

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Adversary's Comment

Written on: 18/08/2013

You can always try Weightwatchers

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Rosethescose's Comment

Written on: 05/11/2013

Congratulations on losing the weight! You do not need them, just carry on with what you are doing so you do not lose any more pounds from your pocket!

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Mjd250572's Comment

Written on: 25/10/2013

Name and shame the consultant and their area - as there are some great ones - and some really awful ones - this one deserves closing down as their success is only down to goodwill and commitment from their clients.

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Trebledouble's Comment

Written on: 18/10/2013

Console yourself with a KFC bargain bucket!

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Kardeb's Comment

Written on: 06/09/2013

You should complain directly to slimming world hq! They would not appreciate consultants acting in this way

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Aquascorp's Comment

Written on: 23/09/2013

I'm sure they wouldn't. You'll always find somebody who doesn't take responsibilty for his own oversight.
However, the thing is, Slimming World system works! My wife goes along, steps out and comes back, e.g. after Xmas, and I lose weight as well! Without any deprivation or feeling I'm / we are on a diet...
There are usually a number of groups around, so I'd look up another one nearby, and try them out.

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★★☆☆☆

“Advised to stop eating fruit??”

Written on: 11/07/2013

I have been going to slimming world now for 2 months, weight loss at first was great. I struggle with my diet as I cant eat gluten, onion, hot spicy food, or dark green veg. I rely on fruits as a snack at work but stick to melon, apples and strawberries (the SS choices). I recieved a text today from our group leader saying "try n stop the snacks even if they r fruit ... nothing tastes as good as being slim feels" I was quite shocked at this cavalier approach to slimming and going against the… Read Full Review

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Neveragainever's Comment

Written on: 22/07/2013

I ate loads of fruit as it is supposed to be free food, and some of the members advised me not to eat so much of it. Talk about confusing!!

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Souxi's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2013

Yes me too. I ate LOADS of fruit because it's free food and super speedy and also got advised not to eat so much of it. What the hell ARE you supposed to do then? Talk about confusing.!

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★★★★☆

“Deit very good consultant awful”

Written on: 10/07/2013

I joined slimming world and like the diet very easy (extra easy). the Consultant i find to be lazy and not inspiring if there are no new joiners. she will ignore you and sit with arms folded doing nothing. today when i weighed in she sat whilst one girl took the money and then ran over to serve us on the snacks! whilst another girl weighed us in. She completely ignored us! and did not atempt to help. if she has this spare time could she not enage with the customers? if you stay behind the… Read Full Review

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Helen25's Comment

Written on: 02/08/2013

I found the same - the consultant was really disinterested - I went to the class in Mosspark. The consultant always had her children there and it was a bit of a rabble. The children would also stand at the scales and watch you get weighed. I'm a mum myself but thought this was very unprofessional and also off-putting.

I looked for another class and happier there.

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★★★★★

“Excellent”

Written on: 15/06/2013

I have been going to Slimming World now for 7 weeks and in that time I have lost 1st 10lbs. I find the plan very easy to stick to and I have never eaten as much food, I am never hungry! I have tried every other diet on the market and have never been able to stick to any of them. I can not praise Slimming World enough and they get my vote everytime :)… Read Full Review

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“very expensive way to get wrongly weighed !”

Written on: 07/05/2013

I started 3 weeks ago and each week the scales have been wrong. Last week everyone had gained weight in the entire group, we complained and was assured the scales were correct. This week everyone lost 10 to 12 pounds! again we were assured this was right because they were new scales from head office. Later we were weighed again and I went from loosing 8lb to gaining 1 1/2lb. Extremely disappointing all round. I complained to the area manager who was visiting only to be told it is not about… Read Full Review

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Mum7's Comment

Written on: 04/06/2013

Oh thank god I have not been imagining things, this very issue has been bothering me because I suspected on several occasions that the scales at SW were not correct. The problem is if you question the scales and have been recorded as either having gained or 'maintained' you are accused of sour grapes. 'The scales never lie' apparently....

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Neveragainever's Comment

Written on: 22/07/2013

Agreed. I queried the scales but was told they cannot be wrong!!

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Souxi's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2013

Yep me too. Got told they are very expensive scales that calibrate themselves and are NEVER wrong.

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Heidihenderson's Comment

Written on: 13/06/2013

Hi there,

I had a similar experience at my group.... can I be nosey and ask which are you live? I live in Yorkshire)

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