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    Week one and 1lb gain :(

    Hi everyone, I'm on day 5 of my first week of doing slimming world for the first time, and because it felt too good to be true to be able to eat so well and lose weight, I've had a sneaky peak at the scales this morning and low and behold, i've put on a pound! I've stuck to the plan 100% and stayed within my syns, so I can't understand where i'm going wrong. Did any of you guys have a gain or a sts in your first week? Really, really want this to work for me, as i've absolutely loved the plan xx Here is an example day from this weeks food diary;
    breakfast; 35g sugarfree museli heb 350ml skimmed milk hea and a banana
    lunch; baked beans and 2 poached eggs on 1 slice of medium wholemeal toast (3 syns) followed by half a mango
    Dinner; free spag bol made with quorn mince, celery, tomatoes, carrots, pasta
    snacks; 2 slices wafer thin ham, blueberries, 1 packet of snack a jacks (5 syns), 1 muller light
    Drinks ; 2 cups of tea made with milk from hea with 1 sugar (2syns) 1 options hot chocolate (2 syns) 4 glasses of water
    Total syns;12
    Am I eating too much here? any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks xx

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    This is not too much food, no. Can I ask if you shifted from another diet to SW, as this can cause a small gain initially or a delay in losing. Also, keep off the scales until the end of the week, a pound is just a big wee or a reasonable number 2, too much info I know! Keep going, you're doing well!
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    No, you aren't eating too much.

    Must slap you on the wrist though, no sneaky peeking! :P I have done this previously and not liked what I saw, only to go to class days later and see a loss!

    I know it's tempting and we want to see results, but do not weigh yourself any more than once a week.

    What you are eating looks bang on plan, so keep at it. Keep a food diary on here too, I find it helps, and look to other people's diaries for inspiration. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah11 View Post
    breakfast; 35g sugarfree museli heb 350ml skimmed milk hea and a banana
    lunch; baked beans and 2 poached eggs on 1 slice of medium wholemeal toast (3 syns) followed by half a mango
    Dinner; free spag bol made with quorn mince, celery, tomatoes, carrots, pasta
    snacks; 2 slices wafer thin ham, blueberries, 1 packet of snack a jacks (5 syns), 1 muller light
    Drinks ; 2 cups of tea made with milk from hea with 1 sugar (2syns) 1 options hot chocolate (2 syns) 4 glasses of water
    Total syns;12
    The only thing strikes me here is superfree ratio's

    1/3 of every plate should be foods that are superfree (basically fruit / salad / or non-starchy vegetables).

    So for lunch you had baked beans and 2 poached eggs on 1 slice of medium wholemeal toast (3 syns) - there is no superfree on this plate.

    followed by half a mango - good, but this doesn't count as your meal superfree - to be on plan you have to have the superfree as part of the meal.

    What about - 1 Slice of toast, with baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato and 1 egg. You can still have the mango, but now you have 1/3 superfree on your plate for lunch main meal.

    For dinner you had; free spag bol made with quorn mince, celery, tomatoes, carrots, pasta - with the pasta its unlikely to be 1/2 superfree, so what about a small salad on 1/3 of the plate before you dish up the spag bol?

    I find it really is this super ratio that makes a difference, but it has to be on the plate to count.

    As others have also said, the first week is a big change for your body, so it might just be that, you are eating the right things, just up the superfree and you will find you will wiz along. Also superfree foods tend to be the things that boost your digestive process and that always helps on a new diet.
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    Another one saying here don't have a peek on your own scales, wait til class!
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    Thankyou all so much for your help. I was on a type of detox diet throughout all of january, but I found I wasn't losing any weight, which is why I decided to join slimming world. I had a week of not dieting at all before I joined sw, so I doubt that it's affecting my weight loss this week. I know i'm naughty for sneaky peaking, straight to the naughty step for me lol but I couldn't help it. Will definitely avoid them now though, as it does make you feel like giving up when it doesn't say what you want it to.
    Also, I have Poly cystic ovary syndrome so I never know when I might have a time of the month. I haven't had one for about 3 months now so maybe it could be that..
    Thanks for the superfree food advice Beauty, I didn't realize they had to be on the same plate! Will make sure I do that from now on..
    Thanks again for all the help everyone, what a lovely, supportive bunch you are. So glad I found this site xx

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    When you say a week of not dieting - was it normal eating or eating a lot? If you over ate the week before your first week it could be those calories showing now. I binged on curry and beer the night before starting and only had a small loss in week 1.

    I have to echo the don't weight thing though. I am a serial weigher and have learned that it is not good! Wait and see what the scales say at the end of the week. I go up and down by a good 3 or 4 lbs a day, not always lighter in the a.m. too.

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    It was normal eating for 5 days and then full on noshing (and then some) over the weekend before I started sw, so maybe it's the weekend catching up with me! I hadn't thought of that...

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    Ahh! Then you've probably got nothing to worry about at all. xx
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    To start with the person who said the mango doesn't count as 1/3 superfree, it does, it was still part of her meal, she didn't have it 3 hours later as a snack, obviously she didnt want muchrooms or whatever else you could fit with beans on toast so followed it up with fruit, it still classifies as a 1/3 superfree i believe.

    If you've moved from another diet it could be a few weeks before you see a proper change in weight loss. You can't go by "oh its week one i've gained", you've changed diet twice, from the resticted to normal back to a semi restricted eating regime, your body is still adjusting to going back to eating normally, now you've changed again. Stay on SW for a few weeks and you'll start seeing the losses, you body doesn't just go "oh look another change in diet, best start losing me some pounds".

    If after a few weeks you're stiil not losing, there is a few things you could try, more water, reduce carbs, more exercise (though there is lots of people who seem to be able to lose without even moving a toenail), red days instead of extra easy...theres all different possibilities to kick start the losses, you shouldnt need them yet though with you only just starting the plan.

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    The lunch is fine without superfree because it had the toast there, which was synned, so already really has an element of control there.

    Scales at home done count, you could be weighing at a different time of day to group weigh in, you might subconsciously have a different eating pattern on weigh in day so if you've had a meal before weighing at home this will show, your scales might be completely different anyway! Don't worry. Go and get weighed at group I bet you havnt gained

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ally89 View Post
    To start with the person who said the mango doesn't count as 1/3 superfree, it does, it was still part of her meal, she didn't have it 3 hours later as a snack, obviously she didnt want muchrooms or whatever else you could fit with beans on toast so followed it up with fruit, it still classifies as a 1/3 superfree i believe.
    Sorry but our consultant has always said for super free to count it should be included as part of every meal and it should be on the plate / in the bowl etc.

    The reason behind it is this.

    Super free foods are the foods that have the most filling power for the calories they contain. If super free food takes up 1/3 of your plate then that only leaves 2/3 for free food.

    The whole idea of extra easy and being open to eat any of the free foods is on the basis that the super free food naturally controls the amount you consume by taking up 1/3 of your plate.

    The mango for afters is perfectly fine, and it is super free. But it doesn't stop the fact that there wasn't super free on the plate, therefore controlling the free food and making the meal most satisfying.

    It's the difference between 'adding' super free after a meal which just adds to the total consumption, compared to super free as part of a meal reducing your overall consumption.

    This is advise our consultant keeps going over every few weeks when people are struggling, I don't believe my consultant to be wrong.
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    So OP so long as you sit your mango on the actual plate rather than on the side it counts..... I don't think it matters if it's on the same plate or not so long as it is consumed at the same time as the main meal you will be fine.

    I'd rather not have an apple on the same plate as my spag bol so I will eat the meat and pasta first then tuck into the apple straight after. I checked this with my consultant and she said this is fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rochelle1 View Post
    The lunch is fine without superfree because it had the toast there, which was synned, so already really has an element of control there. Scales at home done count, you could be weighing at a different time of day to group weigh in, you might subconsciously have a different eating pattern on weigh in day so if you've had a meal before weighing at home this will show, your scales might be completely different anyway! Don't worry. Go and get weighed at group I bet you havnt gained
    What Rochelle said! There is clarification on the SW website regarding super free and the 1/3, might be worth taking a look for anyone who isn't sure. It's not as strict and prescriptive as some people seem to think anyway! You are controlling what you eat with syns and HE's anyway so as far as SW is concerned beans on toast is perfectly fine as a meal.

    And definitely no sneaky peeking! The only scales that matter are group scales.

    Good luck! x
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    Thanks for your help everyone, I will take all of your advice on board
    I haven't been able to stop weeing these past couple of days, did anyone else find this happening in the 1st week? I hope this is a sign that it's working xx

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