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May 11th, 2017, 20:43 PM  
reubenjones
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A few things I need clearing up :)

Hey, I need a few things clearing up which I'm not sure of. Been on and off Slimming World for ages, but really want to take it pretty damn seriously now, and follow it almost religiously, haha :P

1. I know it's recommended you use up your Healthy Extra A and B, but would you say it's almost, a rule, or not? Would it probably affect my weight loss if I wasn't to have one of each, or even any of them every day? Been confused by this for ages - I know they say it's so that you have a healthy and balanced diet, right? Would that in turn help with my weight loss? There must be a good reason why they recommend it

2. I do use my Healthy Extra A's a lot actually, with both milk in my coffee and cheese with my meals... but do I need to make sure I use the full Healthy Extra A? I don't exactly count how much I'm having, although I know I definitely don't have enough to go over... seems a bit excessive to weigh your milk/cheese every time to make sure you get the right amount, surely? Oh and another thing I heard recently, which scared me, haha, might not be true though... if you don't use your full healthy extra do you have to syn it instead? I'm not sure if that's right but if so... then boy, that's a bit of a nightmare, lol!

3. What stuff can I have that I can use as Healthy Extra B's, apart from bread? That's the one thing I did like about red and green days in the past, healthy extras were easier to work out, haha. But now beans and potatoes and the like are always free... although Extra Easy is no doubt the best plan don't get me wrong!

4. I drink a lot of energy drinks, such as Monster/Relentless/Rockstar etc... not good I know, it is a little bit of an addiction haha. I have the zero sugar ones of course, are these definitely okay to have? People are always going on about how unhealthy they are etc... would they hinder my weight loss at all or cause any difficulties/problems?

5. I know you have to have 1/3 superfree food with each meal (that's pretty much a rule right?) Does this not count if you're just snacking? For example if I were to have a bacon sandwich, I could make it a BLT or perhaps add mushrooms (luckily I adore mushrooms). But as it's a sandwich does it really count as a meal, and do you really need these things in it?

6. Any other tips and suggestions that I might not know about? Having never been to the classes, and only following it from home (and having been very successful in the past), I often find out new things I never knew about. Any things I need to be careful of, or things you would recommend, to speed up weight loss? Anything really, haha.

Would strongly appreciate any answers to these questions... when I put my mind to stuff like this I can be pretty fanatic about it so would like to make sure I get everything right, lol! :P
 
May 12th, 2017, 08:30 AM  
AliCat
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Oh gosh, where to start.
You should have your A and B. But you don't need to use the full amount. And they're not synned if you don't use the full amount.
Apart from bread and cereal, B can be dried, tinned or cooked fruit, nuts and seeds, cereal bars and some soups.
Your ⅓ speed could count as fruit after a meal e.g. have the bacon sandwich and have an apple after.
I wouldn't have thought the energy drinks would hinder your loss, as long as they're sugar free. But yes, they are generally very unhealthy. You need plenty of fluids. Water or sugar free squash is best so try replacing an energy drink with those and you might be surprised.
So just a quick answer for you. I'm sure other people can go into it in more depth.
 
May 13th, 2017, 13:49 PM  
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Ok, I'll do my best to answer as best I can!

1. They recommend you have dairy and fibre each day because your body needs them. Personally, I find I tend to have better losses when I use the full allowance of both each day. My A choice is pretty much always cheese, and if it's not incorporated into a meal, I eat a couple of babybels as a snack. And my B choice is almost always the Hifi bars from group (or Alpen lights if you don't go to a group) I don't eat cereal, don't like wholemeal bread, and don't have nuts or anything. SW won't dictate what you eat, but they just advise that you eat them because it can help your body overall. Does that make anymore sense??

2. No, you don't need to use all of it if you don't need to. The limit is there as a maximum really. If you measure out your milk for tea/coffee etc, but don't use it all during the day, you don't have to gulp the rest to get in your full measure. I would however advise that you measure whichever you are having. It's surprising how much of a difference that bit of extra milk/cheese can make if you don't count syns for it. Same with B choices if you have cereals.

3. You can use lots of things. Bread, cereals, cereal bars, some soups, nuts and seeds, dried/canned/cooked fruit, crackers. The list of options under these is quite vast, so if you've got some foods in mind, we can check these for you

4. The sugar free versions are syn free (although I can't find Rockstart listed on the SW site) but drinking so many of them in general I don't think is a good thing, even if they are sugar free. I will admit I don't know much about them, like the comparison between these and coffee and the caffeine effects of energy drinks, I don't drink either. I have known some people to cut out fizzy drinks, sugar free too, and they've had better losses. I've noticed the same thing in the past.

5. I would count a sandwich as a meal personally, but I would still try to add the speed foods to it. They aren't called super free anymore, and although most of the formerly known as superfree foods are classed as speed foods, there are a handful that aren't. But don't panic too much, most of the mainly used ones are still speed but yes, it's pretty much a rule that at least 1/3 of your plate should be speed/superfree.

6. Some of these are basic, and you probably know them, but I always find it's helpful to go back to basics when I get stuck!
- write everything down
- measure your A & B choices
- plan your meals
- drink 2 litres of water each day at least (not counting fizzy drinks, but add any no added sugar cordial by all means, I do!)
- make sure you have 1/3 speed food with each meal, and snack on speed food in between meals
- try to put 1/3 of a plate of protein foods with as many meals as you can. These help you feel full and can help stop those pimentos where you pick at food in between meals.

And please feel free to ask for any help you need on here!
Good luck


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May 15th, 2017, 09:23 AM  
reubenjones
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Wow, thank you both very very much for your answers... Much appreciated! I know I had a lot of pretty long questions haha That's some great advice there and I will take it all on board! I'm just one of those people, that when when I commit myself to something fully, I like to make sure I'm doing it as close to perfect as possible, or else there's no point LOL! I have to tendency to get lazy and slack, until it all goes to pot so I'm determined not to let that happen anymore... Been a few days since I made that post, and today (Monday) is my weigh-day, turns out I have lost 5 lbs! Is that healthy?? Haha I'm delighted... I've been using up my healthy extra B too as much as I can (which I haven't been doing before), so I think I'm in agreement with you that it can't just be coincidence that it seems to help with the losses... so I'm definitely going to listen to exactly what they tell me from now on!

Just one thing Sarah, about the healthy extra A... I wasn't sure whether you were saying that I have to syn it if I have don't have the full amount, or not? I've probably misunderstood haha... AliCat above says I don't have to.

Thanks to you both for your very helpful answers.
 
May 15th, 2017, 12:07 PM  
sarahc4536
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Well done! That's a fabulous loss!
And yes it's healthy, as long as you've been sticking to some form of plan As a general rule, they say 1-2lbs is a steady weight loss, but your body will lose what it wants to when you stick to plan


Ali is correct, if you don't use all of your A choice, you don't need to syn it


And no problem, if you've got anymore questions, ask away and good luck for this week!!
 
May 16th, 2017, 08:56 AM  
AliCat
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Hey well done!
 
May 27th, 2017, 06:52 AM  
RachelKPeebles
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Hey thanks for the answers.
 
 
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