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Confession time - little cheats?

S: 16st6lb C: 16st6lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 38.3 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#1
Hi everyone,

I've just restarted SW a week or so ago, but having followed it successfully in the past (I lost nearly three stone on it a few years ago, after my eldest son was born) I've got an idea of what works for me - and I have to confess it includes a couple of 'little cheats'!!

The main one is that I don't syn tinned fruit. I know I should, I know that in the plan they are synned, but I don't do it. I don't eat a lot of fruit generally - loads of veg, but not a lot of fruit - so the odd time that I do have tinned pears or peaches I rinse all the juice that they are tinned with off them and count them as fresh (or as a HEX B if I have one spare). I think of it as an incentive to have the fruit instead of a less healthy snack with the same syn value.

I'm not defending it, and certainly not recommending it - just confessing to it!!

So I was curious to see if anyone else does this, and if other people have 'little cheats' that they use because it makes the plan work better for them?

Don't worry - I won't tell anyone!!
 
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BlodynAur

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S: 18st0lb C: 17st1.5lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 39.9 Loss: 0st12.5lb(4.96%)
#2
For 3 days now (it doesn't sound like a lot, but it is for me) I've been totally 100% on plan, but I have to admit to cheating in the past... I used be a tweaker with Smash and I had a habit of using a lot of brands that SW didn't count as healthy extras. To be fair on me, I only have one supermarket nearby and it didn't stock the right brands but the ones they have are just as healthy!
 

Theria

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S: 22st11lb C: 18st3.5lb G: 12st10lb BMI: 35.6 Loss: 4st7.5lb(19.91%)
#4
I use *any* small WM pitta bread as a HEXB. I only have them once every few weeks so I just can't believe it makes that much difference :)
 

Wegle

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S: 15st1.0lb C: 14st8.0lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 27.7 Loss: 0st7lb(3.32%)
#5
I count garlic and herb philly light as a HE even though only the chive or plain ones are listed. I justify it because the calories are the same and I love garlic and herb philly!!
 

PeggyDee

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S: 12st3lb C: 9st6lb G: 9st2lb BMI: 22.7 Loss: 2st11lb(22.81%)
#7
I might have a seeded roll instead of a wholewheat one - they are so much yummier, still a kind of brown bread, but I don't do it often
 

rm247

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S: 16st6lb C: 13st4.5lb G: 13st6lb BMI: 26.8 Loss: 3st1.5lb(18.91%)
#9
When I get a pot of grated cheese from the work canteen, I know it's more than I should have to count as my Hexb but I still count it anyway

I rationalise it by the fact it's the smallest one I can get and I'm losing weight anyway so it can't be that big a deal.
 
#10
I have two little cheats.
One is I really like fine bulgur wheat pancakes which I believe should be synned as its like using a flour replacement.
Another one is weetabix muffins!
 
S: 14st5lb C: 14st5lb G: 10st5lb BMI: 33.4 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#11
Potato pancakes...I only have one a couple of times a week but I don't syn the smash or the tbsp skimmed milk. My bad!!!
 

lickthelid

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S: 18st5lb C: 15st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 31.9 Loss: 3st5lb(18.29%)
#12
Ketchup and extra light mayo are .5 syn. Regardless of the amount squirted
 

Lozziep78

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S: 15st6.5lb C: 15st2.5lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 35.4 Loss: 0st4lb(1.85%)
#13
My HEA milk allowance is sometimes bottomless. ...... Oooops :eek:

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Theria

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S: 22st11lb C: 18st3.5lb G: 12st10lb BMI: 35.6 Loss: 4st7.5lb(19.91%)
#14
My HEA milk allowance is sometimes bottomless. ...... Oooops :eek: Sent from my GT-N7105 using MiniMins.com mobile app
Mine too. I figure that I need tea, I really need tea and I'd rather drink a lot of that than eat something high synned instead!
 

Lozziep78

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S: 15st6.5lb C: 15st2.5lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 35.4 Loss: 0st4lb(1.85%)
#15
Mine too. I figure that I need tea, I really need tea and I'd rather drink a lot of that than eat something high synned instead!

I'm with you on that. I cannot give up my tea....I'm addicted to the stuff! Besides, I never use all of my syns so hopefully that makes up for some of it (I'm telling myself that anyway hehe)
 
S: 17st4lb C: 14st2lb BMI: 38.7 Loss: 3st2lb(18.18%)
#16
I did make a slightly new alcohol plan last weekend. I figured that if I didn't actually finish the glass of wine and kept topping it up, it would just be one glass. It backfired on me a bit though as I was just half a pound away from my first 1 stone off this week! Serves me right.
 

Theria

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S: 22st11lb C: 18st3.5lb G: 12st10lb BMI: 35.6 Loss: 4st7.5lb(19.91%)
#17
I did make a slightly new alcohol plan last weekend. I figured that if I didn't actually finish the glass of wine and kept topping it up, it would just be one glass. It backfired on me a bit though as I was just half a pound away from my first 1 stone off this week! Serves me right.
Oh I really like this one but I can see how easily it could trip you up!
 
S: 13st9lb C: 12st8.2lb BMI: 26.8 Loss: 1st0.8lb(7.75%)
#18
I tweak my oils and fats quite a bit. For a HEXB 1 tbsp of coconut oil is the same as 1 tbsp EVOO as far as I'm concerned (and I sometimes use butter as well).

Vodka is syn-free right? ;)
 
S: 16st6lb C: 16st6lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 38.3 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#19
Cider and Wine as superfree, never-ending wine glasses... Love it!!

It is interesting to see that different people have different places where they bend the plan a little. I guess as long as we are aware of what we are doing, and still losing weight it is all good.

I remember a lady at my old group having an argument with the consultant about her habit of occasionally counting peas as free food on a red day:

'I didn't get fat by eating too many peas!!!!'
 


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