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    Why isnt it working for me?

    Hi slimmingworlders!

    So I spent last year yo-yo dieting between meal replacement diets, slimmingworld, counting cals and pigging out inbetween, needless to say I ended the year a stone heavier than I started!
    Knowing SW is healthy eating I decided I would stick to that all this year, no messing about just being healthy!, any binges not being compensated with by starving, just back on the healthy eating wagon...slowly, slowly catchy monkey and all that!
    So 1st of Jan started SW at home, I always measure my HE's, and count all my syns...I always use all my syns, try and cut down to 10 but feel deprived when I do and then have a night of 3 choc bars which uses the saved syns up anyway!!
    So wk 1 I lost 2lb, was a bit disappointed but wasnt a full wk so thought wk 2 would be better, done everything right and have lost nothing! on wk2? when I have 5 stone to lose? what the hell?! 2lb loss over 13 days.... and you lose most weight in first month, looks like this is more of a maintain the weight diet for me, tell me its going to improve?!

    Going for a curry tonight, first time out in Jan, thought I would have a great loss and earn a little treat, now thinking if best i can do is lose 2lb in a fortnight then a curry might will end up making me gain weight! so annoyed.... Have read loads of peoples posts where they lost 10lb in wk 1/losing 3lb weekly etc, anyone have experience similar to mine? or anyone have any advice? Thanks in advance!
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    I'm not doing SW but I am experiencing something similar.

    I lost 13lbs in the first week, and despite sticking to a very healthy diet, my weight has fluctuated back up by 2-6lbs and it just isn't shifting.

    It's incredibly disheartening and I'm hopping on the scales every morning hoping to see them go down, but I'm trying to look at things logically. It could be water retention, it could be hormones, it could be my body being like, WTF is going on?! Especially since I'm eating a much different diet than before.

    What I'm going to do - and what I'd suggest you do too - is weigh myself tomorrow, and then put the scales away for two weeks. Then I'm going to work out healthy balanced meals, track/log everything that goes in my mouth, and then at the end of the two weeks I'll weigh myself again and if there's still no improvement, I will tweak what I'm doing and then try again for another couple of weeks.

    It's frustrating when you know you're doing everything right but it doesn't show on the scales. But if we're doing everything right, it will work eventually. We're not medical anomalies! (I hope!)

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    It's probably plain old over eating

    SW is a great plan but they do talk in terms of free food. No food is 'free' and although they Say unlimited carbs are fine the reality is that they're.not and.they'll.hinder weightloss

    I'd advise that you try and eat just three decent meals a day, keep an eye on your carbs and don't snack or graze if possible. I'm sure you'll see a good loss next week

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    Hello there. Sorry to hear you're struggling. I also lost 2lb in week 1 and was a little bit disappointed, but I did lose 1lb in week 2, then have carried on fairly steadily like that and it does add up pretty quickly!

    If you're doing SW from home, just to check for the really obvious stuff first, are you weighing on the same scales, same place, same clothes, same time of day? Assuming all that, it is of course disappointing not to lose in week 2 but there are so many possible reasons. Hormones have already been mentioned, as well as the body being a bit shocked - especially if you have done a lot of yoyo dieting as that does unfortunately confuse the metabolism rather

    Have you got all the books and details of the plan? I'd say the best option is to put up your food diary for several days (either in this thread or in the food diaries section) and you will find lots of people are happy to note anything where you're accidentally slipping up. Even people who know the plan well can forget/misunderstand things at times. And stick with it, it seems very unlikely that it won't work at all long-term.
    Made it to target after nearly ten months on Slimming World and now working to maintain between 10st7 and 10st10, have a super healthy lifestyle, and be happy!

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    Thanks for replies, I really don't know why it doesn't seem to be working but tend to agree that my body might have gone into some sort of shock at healthy foods being eaten! all over xmas I was eating out/takeouts, constant grazing on chocolates, bit too much wine etc! and now its generally Weetabix and banana, jacket & beans, spag bol, yogurt, fruit and small chocolate bar...that sort of thing. I used to weigh a couple of times a day, this time I didn't weigh all week, wish I had now as might have made different choices...ie, I ate a whole pack of savoury rice for a lunch, didn't need to eat that much and brain said it was too much carbs esp after porridge breakfast and knowing I was having pasta for tea, but decided it was ok as 'free'!
    Think I have over eaten on 'free' food a couple of times but on the other hand I've gotten quite hungry a couple of times too, will start to post my food diary and maybe others can spot where I am going wrong, thanks for suggestions!
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    Are you making sure 1/3rd of your plate is superfree? I find the weeks where I haven't lost are the weeks I've cut back on the superfree. Are you choosing superfree above free food to snack on?
    Are you measuring your a&b choices?
    Could you post a days food and people could help you?
    Are you drinking enough water?
    Week 2 of any diet is notorious for giving low losses as your body is in shock. Keep at it and I'm sure you will keep
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    Quote Originally Posted by ticktock View Post
    Thanks for replies, I really don't know why it doesn't seem to be working but tend to agree that my body might have gone into some sort of shock at healthy foods being eaten! all over xmas I was eating out/takeouts, constant grazing on chocolates, bit too much wine etc! and now its generally Weetabix and banana, jacket & beans, spag bol, yogurt, fruit and small chocolate bar...that sort of thing. I used to weigh a couple of times a day, this time I didn't weigh all week, wish I had now as might have made different choices...ie, I ate a whole pack of savoury rice for a lunch, didn't need to eat that much and brain said it was too much carbs esp after porridge breakfast and knowing I was having pasta for tea, but decided it was ok as 'free'!
    Think I have over eaten on 'free' food a couple of times but on the other hand I've gotten quite hungry a couple of times too, will start to post my food diary and maybe others can spot where I am going wrong, thanks for suggestions!
    You don't mention any superfree vegetables. The savoury rice for lunch should have been accompanied by 1/3 vegetables and/or salad. This might be the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticktock View Post
    Thanks for replies, I really don't know why it doesn't seem to be working but tend to agree that my body might have gone into some sort of shock at healthy foods being eaten! all over xmas I was eating out/takeouts, constant grazing on chocolates, bit too much wine etc! and now its generally Weetabix and banana, jacket & beans, spag bol, yogurt, fruit and small chocolate bar...that sort of thing. I used to weigh a couple of times a day, this time I didn't weigh all week, wish I had now as might have made different choices...ie, I ate a whole pack of savoury rice for a lunch, didn't need to eat that much and brain said it was too much carbs esp after porridge breakfast and knowing I was having pasta for tea, but decided it was ok as 'free'!
    Think I have over eaten on 'free' food a couple of times but on the other hand I've gotten quite hungry a couple of times too, will start to post my food diary and maybe others can spot where I am going wrong, thanks for suggestions!
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaFaraday View Post
    You don't mention any superfree vegetables. The savoury rice for lunch should have been accompanied by 1/3 vegetables and/or salad. This might be the problem.

    I'd second the superfree, it really fills you up and therefore reduces the amount of carbs you're eating. Also, where you say

    "I ate a whole pack of savoury rice for a lunch, didn't need to eat that much and brain said it was too much carbs esp after porridge breakfast and knowing I was having pasta for tea, but decided it was ok as 'free'!"


    Do you mean you ate the whole pack because you were still hungry, or just for the sake of it? If you're still hungry that's fine (although adding Superfree would solve that somewhat) but if you're eating free foods beyond the point of being full up, you should try to stop when you're satisfied. With SW you're meant to recognise when you're full, and stop eating.

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    what plan are you following? also have you got the up to date books? I was a member 2 years ago and gave up, when I rejoined late 2013 I was eating things I thought were free but really the values had been updated and I was going over my syn allowance without realising
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    Thanks everyone, I joined briefly last year so have the up to date books, I'd say no two days are the same, some days I have 4-5 pieces of fruit as snacks, more than 1/3rd veg, other days I don't have very much of either, always lots more than normal tho and always forst choice for a snack. I dont want to force myself to eat 1/3 religiously because I will end up quitting, it does say that its optional and I know it will effect weight loss, but being the first wk and having so much to lose I didn't think I'd need to tweek things this soon! In spag bol just as example, I use extra lean mince, small pack, 2 onions, carrot, mushrooms and 2 cartons passata, then eat a qtr roughly, plenty of veg in there. The savoury rice was just so yummy I couldn't stop eating it! I was still a bit peckish shortly after though and had an apple so wouldn't say I stuffed myself...? just hard to see where I am going wrong, demoralising when you hop on the scales knowing its going to be a good loss and find you've lost nothing!

    Thanks for helping though, I wont quit! I will post my food diaries soon, maybe I'm doing something obvious wrong and a sw veteran can show me where!
    Now after all your advice you wont want to hear that I am off to drown my sorrows in curry so pretend you didn't hear me say that!!! ;-)
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    From your description I'd say you're too heavy on carbs and not.enough veg. Weetabix for breakfast, jacket potato for lunch, pasta for dinner. If you add in chocolate and things like processed carby stuff in a day you're eating more than you need.

    Consider more protein and veg

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    Quote Originally Posted by GretaGrip View Post
    From your description I'd say you're too heavy on carbs and not.enough veg. Weetabix for breakfast, jacket potato for lunch, pasta for dinner. If you add in chocolate and things like processed carby stuff in a day you're eating more than you need.

    Consider more protein and veg

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    Hm it really depends on portion size. I often have my HexB at breakfast and then carbs with both my other meals (as usually I have leftovers for lunch). I find I lose slower on Green days when I have mostly carbs and veg maybe with some pulses, and faster on EE days when I have carbs, veg and fish - so I imagine it is about portions.
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    Hi, to be brutally honest I think you are being too hard on yourself and expecting too much out of the plan. You've only been doing this for a couple of weeks and so it is far too early to say it isn't working for you. Everyone is different and we all lose at different rates. It takes a good few weeks to get into a routine and 2lbs seems fine to me, it is a loss and any loss is to be congratulated as it means something is clearly working.

    You've received some very good advice from the others and I would recommend getting everything written down and plan your meals in advance to prevent snacking. Some people find that saving syns and having more on another day just doesn't work (the 3 chocolate bars you ate) while for others it works perfectly fine. It really is trial and error at this stage working out what seems to work for you. You could try a week of 15 syns, lots of water and superfree, a week of 10 syns, a green or red week. Mix it up a bit and see how things work out. I wish you the best of luck on your SW journey.
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    A food diary would help. Are you counting syns properly? Remembering stuff like ketchup etc? Eating out at all? What size chocolate bars? A small kids bar is about 6-8 syns but a proper grown up bar can be over 15 each.

    SW is, in my opinion, a bit too kind in the latest books. When I got books when EE first started, it emphasised stopping eating when full and third super free. I don't think you have to be religious, but stick to it as much as possible since that's how we relearn better eating habits for life and keep calories low. Lately SW seem to be saying " eat as much as you want! Super free isn't forced!" Well of course you can't force an adult. Duh! And eating as much as you want works fine for people who stop when they're full naturally. But what about those of us who don't? I think they've softened how they word things to avoid putting people off, but I really do think it can sabotage some peoples efforts.

    Don't worry too much about carbs. SW works on good old fashioned calorie restriction and food that keeps you full enough to prevent eating too many calories. Most of us find it easy to overheat carbs and fat rather than protein, hence why people notice a difference with carbs sometimes. But calories are calories. I use MyFitnessPal as my food diary, and while I ignore it, it tots up my daily calories. I'm generally between 1100-1400 a day, occasionally 1500 if I've gone out. All this would cause weight loss.

    I'd advise don't give up! Weight loss varies person to person. Can take weeks to catch up. I've lost 6lbs in one week following 2 sts before. Keep a scrupulous food diary for 2 weeks (use phone if that helps), record everything and share. Might spot some problem areas. And maybe use MyFitnessPal app for those weeks to see how much you're actually getting through. SW doesn't need calorie counting, but an occasional check can help you spot problem snacks, like for me too many mugshots.

    Last thing, do you have anything like PCOS or under active thyroid? All these can slow weight loss

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by GretaGrip View Post
    It's probably plain old over eating

    SW is a great plan but they do talk in terms of free food. No food is 'free' and although they Say unlimited carbs are fine the reality is that they're.not and.they'll.hinder weightloss

    I'd advise that you try and eat just three decent meals a day, keep an eye on your carbs and don't snack or graze if possible. I'm sure you'll see a good loss next week


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    I totally agree with this. I only allow myself 50 grams of rice or pasta per serving, which I find is ample with lots of veg and some protein. Recipes in the magazine call for 300g for 4 servings (75g per serving). These meals give us 6 servings. Eating unlimited rice and pasta definitely slowed down my losses.
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