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dreamaholic - newbie, please help! thx


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S: 11st12.5lb C: 10st9.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 23.4 Loss: 1st3lb(10.21%)
I started yesterday and I'm still trying to get the hang of how to work out the syn... I'm on EE, can someone please let me know if I'm on the right track? thanks alot!!

Day 1 - the day I joined a group!

Special K (HeB)with strawberries, with full fat milk (HeA)

Snack: Apple

Itsu sushi and salad, possibly some syns with seeds and dressing? don't quite know how many though...
Itsu - Health and Happiness - Our Food - omega 3 salmon supreme say dressing is 3 syns, seeds is 4 syns (28g is 8 syns, think that's around 14g?)

Snack: (trying to finish the naughty food before starting properly)
some Kettle Chips (less than a small pack - 6 syns) and mini macaroon (2.5 syns say? this is smaller than half of a 28g cake)

Dinner: smoked salmon bagel (say 5 syn? similar to brioche roll?), miso soup with Chinese cabbage

Syn: 3 + 4 + 6 + 2.5 + 5 = 20.5
not bad for day 1

Day 2:

Activia Peach fat free yogurt (0.5 syn) with apple

Snack: apple

Lunch: char-grilled chicken slices, Sainsbury butter bean and edamame salad (with some corainder dressing that I have no idea how many syns there is, but most dressing in the booklet is 3 syn, so this is what I'll assume...) some grapes and strawberries

Snack: fruit salad with Mullerlight strawberry yogurt (0.5 syn)

Pre dinner snacks: 2 mini macaroons (I've now finished the pack!) - again I have no idea how many syns they are worth, but if a piece of cake weighing 28g is 5 syns, I'll assume 5 syns (they can't weigh more that 28g)

melon with parma ham (0.5 syn)
cod, mushroom, shallot, garlic and chives pasta (made with fat free natural fromage frais)

Syn: 0.5 + 3 + 0.5 + 5 + 0.5 = 9.5!! (wow, within 10 syns!!!!)
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S: 18st12lb C: 18st5.5lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 40.3 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.46%)
Welcome aboard SW and wishing you loads of luck :)
I've had a look at your food plans, don't mean to pick them apart but it may help:

Activia Fat free and Mullerlight's are Free.

Presuming your following Extra Easy - your meals need to be 1/3rd superfree. I'd recommend putting the veg onto your plate first ;)

You had HeA and B on the first day but not on the second, there essential for getting all the fibre and calcuim for a healthy balance plan.

Be really careful with estimating Syns, they can be so deceiving as we can make ourselves believe that what were eating can't be that calorific.....a good way to keep tabs when out etc is that generally 20 cals is 0.5 syns ( 300 cals for 15 syns ).

Hope it doesn't come across that i'm pulling your menu apart hun.


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S: 11st12.5lb C: 10st9.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 23.4 Loss: 1st3lb(10.21%)
Hi Loopeylou

Thanks for your valuable feedback! I wasn't sure I'm doing this right and thanks for pointing me to the right direction!!

yeah haven't got a chance to have HeA and HeB today... will make sure I have them tomorrow for breakfast!

I know my syn estimating is abit dodgy.... but those food are not listed on the food optimising handbook hence I had to make a guess! I'm on 8.5 syns today now that mullerlight / activia fat free yogurt are FREE, so even if I got the others slightly wrong I'm hopefully still within the 15 syns target I set myself.

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