More grief for Slimming World dieters as soft cheese and dairy-free milk will no longer be classed as a ‘healthy extras’– following outcry at Müller Lights being removed from its list of ‘Syn-free’ treats
- Slimming World has made a number of changes to its food ranking system
- Cut low fat soft cheeses and sweetened dairy-free milk from ‘healthy extras list’
- Amount of daily restricted foods classed as ‘Syns’ have reduced from 15 to 10
- The changes will be effective from Christmas, a spokesperson confirmed
It caused widespread outcry in September by declaring that Müller Lights would no longer be ‘Syn free’.
Now Slimming World has announced even more changes to its food ranking system, which guides members on the amount of food they can consume from each group.
Effective from Christmas, products such as reduced-fat soft cheese and sweetened dairy-free milk will be scrapped from the ‘Healthy Extras’ list that dieters can add to their daily food intake.
Meanwhile, the number of Syns members are entitled to will be cut from 15 to 10, the diet giant said this week.
Syns (meaning ‘synergy’) refer to restricted ‘treat’ foods which are given points, with a Müller yoghurt using one point of dieters’ daily allowance.
Slimming World have announced they are making further changes to their food ranking system, and products such as reduced fat soft cheese and will be scrapped from the ‘Healthy Extras’ list that dieters can add to their daily intake
Slimming world changes effective from Christmas 2018
- Members following the Extra Easy SP plan will be advised to enjoy a maximum of 10 Syns per day (previously 15)
- Some products, including sweetened dairy-free milk, reduced-fat/light soft cheese and soft goat’s cheese, are no longer classed as Healthy Extras
- An additional Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice each day on the Extra Easy plan for even more calcium and choice
- An increase in the amount of whole cow’s milk, from 175ml to 200ml per day
- The overall average nutrition profile of unsweetened almond milk has changed, so Healthy Extra ‘a’ portions of these have decreased to 400ml- from the previous allowance of 1 litre
- Free Foods that were previously labelled as ‘P’ (or protein-rich), such as baked beans, broad beans, mung beans and all varieties of peas (except split peas), will no longer be marked in this way. However, these foods will still be Free meaning they can be enjoyed without weighing, counting or measuring
However the amount of whole cow’s milk allowed has been raised to 200ml a day, and while foods including baked beans and peas are no longer marked as ‘protein-rich’, they are still on the ‘free list’, meaning they do not count towards food intake.
Commenting on the latest changes, a Slimming World spokesperson said: ‘Our Nutrition team routinely reviews our healthy eating plan in line with latest guidance, and we’ve made a number of updates to Food Optimising for 2019.
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‘We’re excited about these changes and hope members will be too. As well as making our plan even more flexible and sustainable, they also ensure that we’re giving the most up-to-date health advice.
‘The changes include giving members an additional daily Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice for even more calcium. Healthy Extras are those foods that, alongside our famous Free Food, ensure an overall healthy balanced diet by providing calcium, fibre and other essential minerals and healthy oils.’
The overall average nutrition profile of unsweetened almond milk has changed, so Healthy Extra ‘a’ portions of these have decreased to 400ml from 1 litre, and sweetened dairy-free milk is no longer classed a ‘healthy extra’
They continued: ‘In addition, we’ve re-assessed some foods that were previously labelled as ‘P’ (or protein-rich) Free Foods, such as peas and baked beans, and the P symbol has been removed.
‘However, these foods will still be Free meaning they can be enjoyed without weighing, counting or measuring. And members following the Extra Easy SP plan will be advised to enjoy a maximum of 10 Syns per day.
‘This latest update, which follows changes announced in September, will be included in all Slimming World’s new member information from Christmas.
‘Slimming World group members who’d like to learn more about the changes should speak to their Consultant and online members will be able to find an update at Slimming World Online.’
Members of Slimming World were left distraught after discovering that the previously ‘Syn-free’ Muller Light is now going to be worth one Syn on the diet plan from September
In September, Slimming World members went into mourning after it was revealed that one of their favourite treats was no longer ‘Syn-free’.
The diet plan, which has 900,000 members, allocates Syn points to all types of food including the popular Müller Light yoghurt, with members allowed up to 15 Syns a day.
Previously Syn-free members of Slimming World were devastated to discover that the yoghurt now equates to one Syn.
The weight loss company explained that this was because it was often being eaten in large quantities as a ‘snack.’
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