Slimming World Magazine May/June 2018
Slimming World Magazine May/June 2018

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Slimming World Magazine

Review By Trudi Purdy, wlr team

Key Questions Answered

  • What does an issue of Slimming World Magazine contain?
  • How do I get a copy of SW Mag – subscription, newsagents, group, online?
  • Does the mag have any special offers?
  • Are the recipes useful for people who are not Slimming World members?
  • Is it worth me buying it?

Overall View

Slimming World Magazine focuses mainly on recipes and member stories with a few features on health, beauty and fitness thrown into the mix.

It has syn counts for some, especially new, foods along with hints and tips for weight loss and a competition.

There is also a Slimming World 7 day eating plan to follow, essentially based on recipes featured in the issue, with a shopping list for the plan.

In Detail

This magazine is full of Slimming World success stories – the issue I reviewed had 13 weight loss wins, 4 of which were used to highlight the food they ate and recipes. Almost like a tried and tested.

The stories are really inspiring and include slimmers of all ages and weight loss achievements with professionally shot 'after' photos.

The mag is easy to read, looks nice and fresh with fab photography for the success stories and the recipes.

The success stories are definitely inspiring and the features interesting. There’s a few pages dedicated to hint and tips like planning your food, slimming myths busted, looking good, food news and health information.

At the back of the magazine is a feature called ‘What We Didn’t Know About . . . Weight Loss’ with answers from 8 successful Slimming World slimmers.

There is a special offer on some new low syn ice lollies from Claudi and Fin, a discount code for a clothes shop and a competition to win a spa day.

One of the things I really liked about the magazine is that there were lot of ads and editorial snippets for new foods. They are mostly low syn food ads, which I guess is to be expected, but this means that they are also low in calories which is helpful to anyone trying to lose weight.

The recipes look really tasty but are definitely geared towards the premise of the Slimming World food optimising diet - using many so-called 'free' foods. There isn’t any calorie and nutrition information, only how many syns a portion would be.

That makes the recipes a bit difficult to use for anyone who's not a member of the Slimming World club.

However, you could always create the same recipe in wlr (free trial here) to get the calories, carbs, sugar, protein info etc, to make them useable with another weight loss method.

As it is the Slimming World Magazine, it’s not surprising that the recipes only carry information relevant to them.

How do the Slimming World Magazine Recipes stack up calorie-wise?

The recipes in the magazine looked really delicious, so I thought I would calorie count them to see if they were usable if you were losing weight that way.

I chose three dinner recipes and one sweet recipe to have a look at. The pictured recipes are similar calorie counted recipes that we have on wlr.

Here’s the results:

Fish and Chips with tartar sauce

A great fakeaway, this crisp, battered fish and chips with tartar sauce on the side would satisfy most takeaway addicts.

This is, understandably, high in protein and carbs because of the fish and potatoes. However, the protein will keep you fuller for longer and for a fish and chip dinner, the calories aren’t bad at all.

Calories 461.7
Protein 45.7
Carbohydrate 48.7
Fat 8.5
Fibre 5.1
Fruit & Veg 0.8

Try wlr's Quick and Easy Cod and Chips

Part of our new Everyday Diet Plan (you'll find this for dinner on day 5.) The plan has 14 days of delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners - perfect for everyday use, with some suitable for a BBQ too! Around 1150 calories per day - nutritionally balanced (with the occasional glass of wine thrown in for good measure!)

519 calories per serving

Balsamic Steak Salad

This looks gorgeous. A lovely cut of fillet steak, cooked to perfection on a bed of lush green salad. Simple, but impressive.

It’s high in protein, has a good amount of fibre and looks easy to do. A nice fruit and veg count with 3.5 too.

Calories 458
Protein 50.7
Carbohydrate 24.5
Fat 17.6
Fibre 3.4
Fruit & Veg 3.5

Try wlr's Popular Chickpea Salad Recipe

With over 11g of fibre and 4 of your 5 a day, this wonderfully low calorie salad is full to the brim of healthy goodness! You can add as much or as little chilli as you’d like but make sure to wash your hands!

280 calories per serving

Rocket Pesto Penne & Roasted Veg

This dish looks so fresh and tasty!

High in carbs because of the pasta, it has a decent amount of protein and a good fruit and veg count.

Calories 479.8
Protein 28.6
Carbohydrate 66.2
Fat 11.6
Fibre 5.9
Fruit & Veg 3.4

Try wlr's Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta (under 500 calories)

Roasted mediterranean vegetables are so simple to prepare yet bursting with flavour. Toss them into some freshly cooked pasta for a quick, easy and delicious dinner.

464 calories per serving

Blueberry Muffin Cheesecake

Need a little something sweet after dinner? For just 82 calories each, these blueberry muffin cheesecakes are perfect. They are little but should give you a nice little sweet hit without breaking the calorie bank.

Calories 82.0
Protein 7.2
Carbohydrate 10.6
Fat 1.1
Fibre 0.8
Fruit & Veg 0.3

Try wlr's Skinny Eton Mess Recipe

If you want an easy to make, low calorie dessert for yourself or family and friends, you’ve come to the right place! This beautiful Eton mess recipe is the perfect light dessert after a big meal. Not only will this pudding only take you 10 minutes to make, but it’s also very low in fat.

155 calories per serving

Slimming World Magazine Cost and Offers

  • A Slimming World Magazine subscription in the UK is available at £17.70 a year (6 issues) by Direct Debit or £18.50 a year by credit or debit card
  • A single issue from the newsagent or supermarket is £2.95
  • At a group, you can pick the magazine up for £1.95
  • Using the link and code in the magazine can get you a special subscription offer of a free gift. This issue it is an egg boiler worth £33.
  • You can also get back issues if required. These are £2.99
  • The magazine is available online in digital form if you prefer. This is normally priced at 27% off

Who Will it Suit

Anyone who is already a member of Slimming World Club or simply wants a hit of inspiration about how other slimmers have achieved their goals.

However, if you are looking around for info on how to start losing weight SW mag may be a bit too narrowly focused to help you find what's going to work for you.

That said, the success stories are motivational, the recipes look good and, while limited, the other weight loss/healthy eating content is useful.

Perhaps this mag will be most useful to those who are already on a weight loss path, and are looking to add interest and variety to their tactics.

Value for Money

If you follow the Slimming World way of losing weight, this magazine would be really helpful and worth getting. Plus you get it for £1 less if you are an SW member.

For more information on value for money when you're slimming, take a look at our online weight loss programs comparison chart to see which could be best for you. 

Issue reviewed: May/June 2018
Pages: 120 - 27% advertising
Circulation: 645,719
Cover Price: £2.95

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