The Diminishing Vegan

Veganism and Weight Loss

Vegan Slimming World – Weight Loss

My weight loss recently has been non existent. Not only non existent but it’s been negative, in other words I had a sneaking suspicion I had put weight on. In an effort to stem this before I end up putting on all the weight that I’ve lost, I signed up to slimming world.

I have previously tried slimming world, and have a couple of friends who have done very well there, but I have struggled to stick at it myself. But desperate times require desperate measures, and lose weight I will, so last Wednesday (26th October), I went back and faced the music.

I had put on 16 pounds. Looking on the positive side of it I have still kept off 34 pounds. This is good! My previous weight loss attempts have led to be regaining all I have lost and more. But I haven’t lost any weight recently and I’m hoping slimming world will help with this. I was a little apprehensive starting slimming world as a vegan, however after some research (and reading a massive thread on minimins) I decided I may as well give it a try! I know I’m ready to lose it, getting weighed publicly can only help and I know my diet has been only around 70% healthy of late.

So, veganS slimming world. What can you eat, and what can’t you eat? I will go into this more at a later date but its pretty much free amounts of vegetables and fruit, free within reason of potatoes, pasta, cous cous, rice etc, one free “calcium” based extra and one free “fibre” based extra a day. Everything else must be synned. I’m not a fan of the lingo but basically anything that doesn’t come from a natural source has a syn value. This can be checked on the app, website, or even just by googling.

The group is a large part of the slimming world experience. Members stay after weighing and discuss how their week has gone, if they lost/gained, tips for other members. I will attend class on a Wednesday morning, I will attempt not to weigh myself at home between classes and I will really really try to stick to the plan.

Weekly I also will share what I have eaten, hopefully to help other vegans considering slimming world. It may be pretty repetitive but such is life!


Thursday

Breakfast

  • 1 Large slice of wholemeal toast – Heathly Extra B
  • Baked Beans – Free
  • Tomatoes and Mushrooms – Speed

Lunch

  • Cherry Tomatoes, Salad – Speed
  • Grain Mix – 4 syns
  • Homemade Soup – Free

Dinner

  • Lettuce for wraps – Speed
  • Linda McCartney Burrito Mix – 4.5 syns
  • Mixed Beans – Free
  • Vegan Cheese 25 g – Healthy Extra A
  • Peppers – Speed
  • Fruit Pot – Free

Extra

  • Shortbread – 5 syns

Friday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Loaf wholemeal bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Spinach – Speed
  • Baked Beans – Free

Lunch

  • Rice, Mixed Veg – Free
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Speed

Dinner

  • Fry’s Vegan Sausages – 1 syn
  • Tomato Ketchup – 2 syns
  • Sweet Potato Fries, Beans – Free
  • Mixed Roasted Veg – Speed

Extra

  • Shortbread – 5 yns
  • Cream Cracker – 2 syns
  • Plum – Speed

Saturday

Breakfast

  • Homemade Hash Brows (recipe coming up), Baked Beans – Free
  • Mushrooms and Tomatoes – Speed

Lunch

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A
  • Pickle – 1 Syn
  • Carrots, Cucumber and Tomatoes – Speed

Dinner

  • Vegetable Quarter Pounder – 9 Syns
  • Chilli Sauce – 1.5 Syns
  • Salad – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns
  • Boiled Rice – Free

Sunday

Breakfast

  • Homemade Hash Brows (recipe coming up), Baked Beans – Free
  • Mushrooms and Tomatoes – Speed
  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B

Lunch

  • Wholemeal Cous Cous, Pinto Beans – Free
  • Courgette, chilli, spinach, onions – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns

Dinner

  • Fry’s Vegan Sausages – 1 syn
  • Salad – Speed
  • Slimming world chips – Free
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns

Extra

  • Grapes – Free
  • Oatly Cappucino – Healthy Extra A
  • Praline Syrup – 1.5 Syns

Monday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes – Speed
  • Bananas, grapes – Free
  • Margerine – 1 syn

Lunch

  • Poha Rice, Pinto Beans – Free
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 2 syns

Dinner

  • Sweet Potato, Baked Beans – Free
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A

Extra

  • Pear – Speed
  • Dark Chocolate Square – 3 syns
  • Rice Cake – 1.5 Syns

Tuesday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Satusuma – Speed
  • Bananas, grapes – Free

Lunch

  • Poha Rice, Potatoes – Free
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli – Speed

Dinner

  • Risotto Rice, Stock – Free
  • Mushrooms, Garlic, Onion, Brocolli, Spinach – Speed
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A

Extra

  • Crisps – 7 Syns
  • Margerine – 1 Syn
  • Plum – Speed
  • Oreo – 2.5 Syns

Weigh in is tomorrow, wish me luck! Starting weight was 16 stone 12 pounds, hopefully it can only go down 😀

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5 Comments

  1. Beccy

    Some good ideas on your weeks menu. I’m the other way round and was doing slimming world for a while and am just going vegan. HEX As have been almond milk (using unsweetened with sweeteners added). Great hot with spices (mixed spice, turmeric and a little chilli powder) to warm you up on a cold day. Linda McCartney Red Onion and Rosemary sausages are syn free and pretty tasty. Unfortunately all the tofu products I like have syns, but I do love the Basilico and the Smoked Tofu that I get in Waitrose, and it’s not toooooo high in syns. Hope you’re getting on okay with the plan. ?

    • Fiona

      Were you veggie before or eating meat? Just wondering how you found the switch to vegan as there is quite a big emphasis on meat/cheese/muller lights etc, I wish some more of the vegan stuff was free/low syns. That milk drink sounds good, I’ve started having smoothies, I need to syn the fruit but I’m using oatly as my HexA now, and they really fill me up. Yeah those sausages are good, I prefer the fry’s sausages out of Holland and Barrets, they are 0.5 syns for two but I think they taste better. I’m doing well when I’m sticking to it! You know what it’s like over Christmas though, back on yesterday and had a good day, it’s just getting the head down to focus now. Good luck to you as well! 🙂

  2. Jacquie Bailey

    This is really useful, which vegan cheeses and how much can I have as a HEA please?

  3. I was told the vegan cheeses are too low in calcium so don’t count as HE plus I discovered the unroasted unsweetened UHT almond drink is synned at 1/2 Syn per 100ml which I was gutted about. Which cheese do you use? Personally I hate seeing all the milk meat stuff and wishing we could have a Vegan only Slimming World !

  4. kate

    Which vegan cheese are you using as your Healthy Extra a?

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