Slimming World is changing its system – and reducing the number of ‘Syns’ allowed per day

Slimming World is changing its system – and reducing the number of ‘Syns’ allowed per day
Slimming World has revised its guidance on Healthy Extras, Syns and protein-rich foods (Photo: Shutterstock)

Slimming World has announced new changes to its weight loss plan, revising guidance on the organisation’s signature ‘Healthy Extra’s, ‘Syns’ and protein-rich foods.

The changes are not set to come into effect until Christmas, but will see the number of Syns dieters are allowed to consume per day be cut down.

An additional Healthy Extra

Under the revised plan, dieters will receive an additional daily Healthy Extra ‘A’ choice, allowing them an extra portion of dairy foods which are high in calcium, such as milk and cheese.

The allowance of cow’s milk has been increased to 200ml per day, but Philadelphia Light will no longer count as a ‘healthy extra’, following the removal of reduced fat or light soft cheese and goat’s cheese from this category.

Changes to the SP plan

The changes will also mean bad news for dieters who like to follow Slimming World’s ‘SP plan’, which stands for ‘Speed’ and ‘Protein’.

Under this plan, dieters are only allowed to choose from foods marked with an ‘S’ and ‘P’ next to them, cutting out items such as potato, pasta and rice.

Dieters can also usually eat between five and 15 Syns per day when following this method, but from Christmas this will be revised to include a maximum of only 10 Syns per day.

Beans and peas will lose their 'P' classification under the new changes (Photo: Shutterstock)
Beans and peas will lose their ‘P’ classification under the new changes (Photo: Shutterstock)

One Syn is equivalent to around 20 calories.

Peas and beans will both no longer be classed as a ‘P’, or protein-rich foods, meaning dieters won’t be able to have them if they are following the SP plan.

More bad news for dieters?

The latest announcement comes less than two months after Slimming World made changes to its plan in September, which saw Muller Light yogurts scrapped from the ‘free’ to eat list, much to the outrage of dieters.

Commenting on the new changes to be introduced in December, 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.

“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.

“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.”