How Much? Can I? Do I? What?

“How much can I lose by ***?”

“Do I have to syn ***?”

“Can I have ***?”

All are common questions on weight loss/management social media forums/groups. I tend to ignore them these days but there’s so many posts that read like this. So let’s address some of them.

Can I? Do I? Should I?

“Can I lose X by Y?”

I don’t know – can you? Now if you want to lose 5 stone by the week after next then you are on a hiding to nothing or I guess you could amputate all your limbs.

Be realistic people. The weight didn’t go on overnight and it’s not going to come off overnight either. The medical profession gives a figure of 1-2lbs as being a healthy weight loss. That’s your base number. If you have a stone to lose then it’s going to take at best 7 weeks to do so.

OK – that’s not strictly true – extra good weeks happen and some of us lose weight faster than others. It’s just a matter of knowing your limits and being realistic. Nothing wrong with stretching yourself slightly but just be realistic.

“Do I have to Syn ****? “

If the plan days that something is X syns, then it’s X syns. There’s no debate. If you want to be able to put your hand on your heart and truthfully say that you have been on plan then that means you have to syn things whether you want to or not. Otherwise you are “tweaking“.

“Can I have *?”

Do you want “*”? Do you know the syns (or points or calories depending on your choice of weight loss program)? Whilst some other weight loss programs will “ban” certain foods, Slimming World’s Food Optimising does not – that’s one of the many reasons why I like it.

Nothing is banned/forbidden – they give you the information and “rules” after that you can choose if you want that particular food item.

“I’ve brought *** – what do I do with it?”

I see this all the time and the first thought that goes through my head is “if you didn’t know how to use it, why the frack did you buy it?”. You can guarantee that in most cases that they’ll end up throwing it away when it goes out of date. Doesn’t matter if it was reduced – unused food in the bin is bad. Unused food in the bin is a waste of money, and hardly being thrifty. (had to get a thrift reference in there somewhere).

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all up for trying new things but I’ll make sure that there’s something I can make with it before I buy it. I’m also not advocating a “got to clear my plate” mentality. Cooked food is wasteful if not consumed but we shouldn’t eat it for the sake of it and nowhere near as bad as throwing something out that hasn’t been opened because it was brought on a whim without a clue how to use it.

Have I missed any out?  Comment below.  🙂

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