New to SW here and Extra Easy help.

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  1. greenwoodma

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    I did WW last year, but got annoyed with having to count points and weigh everything up. So a friend recommended trying SW and Extra Easy.

    I'm a little confused about EE and how it works. I've done my meals and if I ate these under WW, I'd have to portion control to stay within my points. Can someone tell me if something like this seems right:

    Breakfast: Kellogs Frosted Wheats and Milk - HEA & HEB
    Lunch: Leek, Potato & Watercress Soup and Bread Roll - FREE & HEB
    Dinner: Roasted Chicken Breast with New Potatoes, Peppers, Carrots using Fry Lite - FREE

    So in theory for dinner, I could eat as big a portion as wanted as it's all FREE. Is this correct? As under WW, I'd have to portion everything so not to go over.

    Am I doing EE right, how can you eat say 4 chicken breasts with potatoes and veg and still lose weight - or is there still some portion control involved?
     
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    Ok, so first to answer your last question. In theory yes you are quite within your rights on the EE plan to eat 4 chicken breasts with potatoes and veg HOWEVER the portion control comes from you. On the plan you eat until you are full. Then stop. SW is a plan that takes into account that what fills you up won't fill me up or visa versa, so it lets your internal portion control do the work. This doesn't work for everyone as not everyone has internal portion control so you have to exercise some form of common sense.

    "Breakfast: Kellogs Frosted Wheats and Milk - HEA & HEB
    Lunch: Leek, Potato & Watercress Soup and Bread Roll - FREE & HEB
    Dinner: Roasted Chicken Breast with New Potatoes, Peppers, Carrots using Fry Lite - FREE"

    You have had 2 HEB's, on the EE plan you only get one a day. So you're going to have to syn your Bread roll or your frosted wheats.

    You also need to try and incorporate 1/3 SF into your breakfast, maybe some fruit with your cereal.

    Your doing well, it's hard when you come from a different plan to get your head around another one :D

    Good luck.

    xx
     
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    @Stackhead - with EE are you only allowed to choose one HEA and one HEB all day? I thought it was one HEA & HEB per meal?!
    Also, do you always have to have 1/3 of SF foods per meal?
     
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    @Stackhead - can you only have one HEA and one HEB per day? I thought it was one each per meal?

    Also, do you need to always have 1/3 of SF per meal?
     
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    The superfree foods are filling and that is why SW insist on 1/3 of your meal being these.

    Your menu looks good although as pp pointed out you only get ONE HEA and HEB on Extra Easy.

    Enjoy the plan and trust the science. I have lost 23lbs so far on this plan. It works.
     
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    Your portion control is in 1) ALWAYS filling your meal at least 1/3 full with Superfree 2) Eating until you are FULL - and then stopping. NOT just eating for the sake of eating.

    Yes you could in theory eat 4 chicken breasts but that would be a pretty big plate if you were also eating 1/3 of it in Superfree ie your peppers & carrots - and you would be definietly be eating beyond being hungry then - that WOULD be just eating for the sake of it. And your breakfast needs 1/3 superfree too - less cereal/milk to make room for eg berries/other fruit.

    Also as the others said you only get 1 HEXA and 1 HEXB on EE so you would have to syn either the Frosties or the bread (you did measure these, right? As they are HEXes).

    Your soup - was it homemade or from a shop? Did it definitely have no syns in? You still need 1/3 superfree stuff with it eg salad/veggies/fruit etc which might not be there in a shop bought version.
     
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    What they said! Don't worry, It gets so easy soon enough you will hardly have to think about it Xxx
     
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    My soup was homemade, just Potatoes Leek and Watercress with water and herbs/spices - so that would count as all free and superfood as well - so I'm guessing with that soup I wouldn't need another 1/3 of superfood as the soup is SF.!

    It's very confusing. I'll have to write down my weekly food and see how it works out! :)

    Also, do you mean that per day I can only have one HEA and one HEB? I thought it was one of each per meal - or is that on the Green/Red day/meals?!
     
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    The soup isnt all superfree as it has potato in but the leeks and watercress are :)
    You only get one HEa and one HEb per DAY on EE and on green and original you get two of each :)
    HTH :) x

    http://www.minimins.com/slimming-world-weight-loss-diary/187905-jos-journey-infinity-beyond.html
     
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    You only get 1 HEA and 1 HEB per day not per meal. Did you join a group? It's vital that you read the food optimising book front to back as its easy to make mistakes. I'm not so sure frosted wheats are an HEB either, I don't see it on my list... Could be wrong though! You also only get 28g cereal as an HEB (except all bran and weetabix crunchy bran where you get 42g).
     
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    I've not joined a group as I can't really afford it. My friend gave me a pack of the books.

    In my Food Optimising book it shows Frosted Wheats 28g as HEB - but is that just on Red/Green days or does that count with EE. Just looked through the EE book and the Frosted Wheats aren't in there as a HEx, so maybe it's different for EE.

    In my EE book it says that Potatoes are FREE. It says all veg, pulses, rice, pasta & grains are FREE. So that would make my soup FREE as it contains nothing that is a syn ?!?
     
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    Yes potatoes are FREE so your soup will be FREE the posters above were referring to the SUPERFREE content of the soup (fruit & veg) as the main rule of the EE plan is to have 1/3 of the plate SUPERFREE (SF).

    They were basically asking if the leeks and watercress constituted 1/3 of the ingredients of the soup. If so it meets the 1/3 SF rule, if not you would have to add more veg to it.

    xx
     
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    It was probably 40% Potatoes 60% Leeks and Watercress - so I think that counts as 1/3 SF :)

    Slowly trying to get my head round all this. WW was good as you could eat what you wanted as long as you didn't go over your points, but you had to measure everything. I'm hoping I'll understand SW and not have to measure much, bar the odd HEx :)

    Does anyone the lowest syn chocolate? I'm really bad on chocolate and could do with finding a low syn choc or treat I can add to my diet :)
     
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    Curlywurly's are 6 syns - freeze them and they last longer.

    2 finger kit kats are 5.5

    Malteasers - 9.5

    Those are my fav's.

    xx
     
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    Thanks for those. On WW I used to freeze all the choc as takes longer to eat :) Makes it feel like I'm having more.
    Are Muller Lights all FREE? Was told these and supermarket branded Low Fat/No Fat type mullers are FREE
     
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    Try snack a jacks jumbo "choc chip" I've gotta say its not the kind of thing you think sounds nice but they really are delish! they are bigger than a choc bar too so last longer!

    Tip - I find that at the start of a diet you naturally lose weight quicker due to water retention, then it slows a bit, I started my SW diet eating plenty of FREE pasta, FREE potatoes and FREE banana's and all of my 15syns per day!

    When the weight doesnt come off as quick, thats when I replace pasta with SUPER FREE salad, Banana's with SUPERFREE fruit and potatoes for SUPERFREE veg, and then limit my syns less and less. I find that I get accustomed to healthier food by this point so crave the fattier foods less anyway!!

    Good Luck! :)

     
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    No not all Mullers are free now. They changed the recipe so quite a few are synned.

    And again not all supermarket own brand yogurts are FREE either. I couldn't tell you how to work it out because I use syns online to double check but if you do a quick search on this forum you should find some info.

    xx
     
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    Frosted wheats are a HEXB on EE - you get 28g plus a Ryvita Multigrain. The Ryvita is to add the fibre required for something to be a HEXB.
     
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    Yeo your soup sounds good then, the 1/3 Superfree rule is 1/3 of the *whole meal* though ie including the bread. Looks fine in this case though as long as your bread was 57g.

    You'll soon get the hang of it, there's no measuring except your HEXes and you'll soon get to know roughly how much of your favourites are a HEX. You can eat whatever you want otherwise, as long as on EE 1/3 is superfree ie most fruit & veg.
     
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    I concur lol
    Honestly you will get your head around it
    My friend does WW and one night I was doing tea for us both so did a chicken stir fry with noodle and then she was taking that out of her points allowance saying that it was low in points - but I was sat there thinking "but this is a free meal for me!" lol plus she had to point her pudding whilst I just synned mine

    I couldnt get my head around the White pasta because on red/green you can only have brown which I'm not into but it genuinely does work - if you make sure when having a dish you put the veggies/salad/lean meat on your plate to ensure your getting your 1/3 superfree you will prevent yourself indulging on the carbs side so much
    Good luck!
     
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