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Snacking Help Please

S: 14st4lb C: 14st4lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 32.3 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)

For the past two weeks, I have got into the habit of 'sneeky snacking'. For example, at my parents on Sunday, My dad and OH were eating popcorn and I ate one bit. Another day I licked the peanut butter knife that I was using to make sandwiches for the OH and today I justhad a TINY amount of cookie.

Never used to do this so dont know why I have started now! I do try and limit my syns to approximately 8 - 10 a day and dont want these little sneeky snacks to run my loss.

Anyone know how I can stop this??!?! Its not as if i'm hungry or anything, but I just cant stop!

HELP! Fankoooo
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Are you making sure the syns you are using are for nice tasty things??? Sounds like your wanting sweet things so maybe use your full allowence of syns & have "treats" - that way your not actually missing out on things & then it may curve the sneeky snacking??


Still rockin' it
S: 18st13lb C: 10st12lb G: 10st13lb BMI: 23.8 Loss: 8st1lb(42.64%)
This was on the SW site a while ago, but thought it was worth posting again as it may help you SJ:

This is the story of Mrs Ivy Been So Good.
Ivy was really disappointed this week having maintained after ‘such a good week’. She couldn’t understand - her Food Diary was perfect! Ten Syns per day… maximum! Let’s take a closer look at a typical day...
Ivy has her normal breakfast of branflakes, milk and a banana. She tips them into the bowl, and then thinks. ‘I’d better just check the weight of them - I want to get a few pounds off this week!’ She puts them on the scales to find they weigh 1½oz. ‘That’s my first Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice,’ she thinks, taking out the excess and unconsciously popping them in her mouth.
As she puts the milk away she spots an open carton of orange juice and decides to have a small glass whilst making a boiled egg for her daughter’s breakfast. When clearing up the dishes, Ivy spies two left over soldiers. ‘I can’t remember the last time I had REAL butter!’ she thinks, and into her mouth they go!
After breakfast it’s a trip into town shopping. Armed with a Ryvita Luxury Goodness bar, just in case temptation strikes, she sets off.
In WH Smiths, her daughter gets restless in the buggy and Ivy opens her a packet of crisps to keep her quiet. And she ends up testing a couple herself – just for freshness!
Lunchtime comes and the shopping trip is not done yet - there’s still money left on Ivy’s credit card! And as she knows she’ll be a while she decides to grab something from Marks & Spencer’s healthy Count On Us range as ‘it’s bound to be low on Syns!’
Spoilt for choice, Ivy scans the range. She’s already decided to go ‘Original’ today and spots a Hoisin duck sandwich. ‘That’s a great choice… the bread will be my second Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice!’ she thinks. She buys it as a meal deal, along with a diet coke and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps - to eat later.
Later on, Starbucks beckons and Ivy stops for a coffee. ‘No cake for me though!’ she say, savouring the skinny latte she’s treated herself to thanks to her second Healthy ‘a’ choice! – There’s no syrup of course! As she takes the weight off her feet she congratulates herself for not needing the 'emergency' Kellogg's bar whilst out today.
Back at home after shopping, she makes cakes with her daughter. She resists the fairy cakes when they come out of the oven… but CAN’T resist licking the wooden spoon!
She feeds her daughter early – a chicken nugget and two chips remain on the plate – and they don’t go in the bin!
Dinnertime comes – a nice juicy steak, fresh salad and a filling jacket potato. She weighs her 8oz jacket potato which is a Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice and puts a spoonful of Quark in it. A tablespoon of Hellmann’s Light Mayo goes on the salad – ‘only 2½ Syns’! She says, ‘my first today!’
Her hubby prefers mashed potato with his. She wouldn’t dream of eating it herself, but she does just taste it to check it contains the right amount of butter and milk!
Dessert for Ivy is a Müllerlight yogurt. Hubby has sponge pudding and custard. ‘It just doesn’t bother me,’ Ivy says, licking the spoon she used to stir the custard!
By 9.30pm Ivy fancies a ‘little something else’. Remembering the crisps she picked up with the meal deal, she checks the Syn value and finds they’re only 7 Syns. ‘Only 9½ Syns today’ she thinks, ‘that’s a perfect day!
...Or was it?!

How many Syns do you think Ivy really had?
The actual amount is 76½ Syns!
The breakdown:
½ oz branflakes
Orange juice 125ml
Eggy soldiers
4 Syns
Couple of crisps
1 Syn
12½ Syns
(6 Syns can be deducted if using bread as Healthy B)
8½ Syns (Grande from Starbucks)
Cake mixture
4 Syns
Jacket potato
16 Syns (Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice already used
which she forgot!) (2 Syns per oz)
7½ Syns (it was a heaped tablespoon
not level!)
Chicken nugget
3 Syns
2 chips
3 Syns
Spoonful of mash
3 Syns
Spoonful of custard
2 Syns
Packet of crisps
7 Syns

Just to put this into perspective, those 76½Syns are the equivalent of; an average portion of Chicken Tikka Masala, Pilau rice, 1 naan bread, two pints of beer, and two small vegetable samosas! We’d all know if we ate that!


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S: 12st0lb C: 12st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
I think that's why I've just started a food diary, so I can keep track of what I've eaten, because I think I would forget what I've had, especially on a bad day.

Mrs V

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S: 21st7lb C: 12st5lb G: 11st0lb Loss: 9st2lb(42.52%)
Why limit your syns to 8-10 a day??
I used to be a great believer in only having the syns for mayo and the odd packet of crisps. If my syns went above 6 a day I would panic!
Now....I have 15 almost every day. It doesnt effect my weight loss and it means that I can have a few Mikado sticks, curly wurly, packet of Asda cheese curls in the evening if I need it.
Maybe you should try the same Hun and then the odd stray piece of food wouldnt find its way into your mouth!

S: 14st4lb C: 14st4lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 32.3 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
I always used to have about 15 a day but then as my weight loss slowed she recommended that I should cut back on a few here and there. OK, more syns for me today! x

Mrs V

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S: 21st7lb C: 12st5lb G: 11st0lb Loss: 9st2lb(42.52%)
As long as you eat a fair few SS foods to get your losses going..there is no reason why you cant go up to 15 syns a day Hun.

S: 14st9lb C: 14st5lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31.5 Loss: 0st4lb(1.95%)
I have just read the above thread and I would also like to say that when I first joined SW at the beginning of the year, the consultant told us that men were allowed to have 15 syns a day and women were only allowed to have 10. My sister joined a SW group in Hampshire on the same day and her consultant told her that she could use the entire 15 syn allowance if she wanted to. Was my consultant talking guff?!! Any advice would be gratefully received!


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S: 18st10lb C: 16st5lb G: 14st4lb BMI: 34.8 Loss: 2st5lb(12.6%)
Our consultant limits us to 5 syns a day. She says most people go over their syns so if we aim for 5, we're unlikely to go over 10.


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S: 16st6.5lb C: 15st9lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 34.3 Loss: 0st11.5lb(4.99%)
There shouldn't be a rule for one and another for another group should there? Surely, SW consultants are trained in the same way, and if they are getting paid to do a job they should be offerering the same advice which is SW policy I would have thought.

It does worry me, that joining a group.. what impact that might have on my losses. Am doing it at home at the moment and aim to join a local group Monday week, but I have heard some strange stories.. and not sure that I really want to now, lol. x


Still rockin' it
S: 18st13lb C: 10st12lb G: 10st13lb BMI: 23.8 Loss: 8st1lb(42.64%)
Our consultant limits us to 5 syns a day. She says most people go over their syns so if we aim for 5, we're unlikely to go over 10.
I would DIE if I was only allowed 5 a day! I would never have stuck it this long- I have always had 15 a day (averaged over a week) and believe this is a key factor in realistic weight loss

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