GETTING STARTED with WEIGHT WATCHERS
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The tight range seems to be important, training our bodies to expect a certain number of calories, no more, no less. Weight Watchers taught me that eating too little is as much a problem for weight gain as eating too much.
But me, I really must-must-must calculate points before I cook. Didn't I just say to count points. But I take the counting out of two meals by eating the same things again and again. Yes, readers have the chance to win a kitchen scale! The average chicken breast? The average baked potato? It weighs a pound. We don't know this until we weigh it. Especially in the first couple of weeks, eat lots of bulk, the no-point and low-point foods to fill up.
During this period, make sure to have 'free foods' readily available to snack on fast, little preparation. Believe it or not, mine go-to snack is canned green beans for zero Weight Watchers points.
I've learned that lots of times when I 'think' I'm hungry, I'm really thirsty. A glass of water really helps. In addition, when I cook supper, instead of sipping on a glass of wine while cooking, I fill a tall glass with ice and club soda, then sprinkle it with bitters. If we're having wine for dinner, than I'm happy to stop after a single glass.
Weight Watchers taught me to think this way: But body tone is tighter, firmer, when calorie intake is based only or largely on protein and vegetables. It helps to choose whole fruit versus the dense calories of dried fruit or fruit juice or even sugar-free jams.
Whole fruit offers more fiber, more moisture and more volume per calorie. But even with whole fruit, weigh fruit to begin to understand that even fruit is now super-sized. The average apple from the loose fruit bin racks up two or three points. I began to think of fruits in one-point volumes: Gina's weight loss tips are great.
This is a good thing — and there's no skipping breakfast! But I'm also not hungry, I've had a big glass of water and a hearty no-point salad just before leaving. That way I won't stuff myself from the get go.
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Thanks for the chance to enter your contest! My best diet strategy is to put my husband on a diet!!! If I can engage him in the process, it really helps me! It is so much easier if we both plan and prepare than if I work it alone. I guess it is just more fun to have a weightloss partner. You managed to sum up a lot of my own feeling and WW tips. The reason WW worked for me: I drank the sugar free Kool-Aid.
Tell everyone you're on WW and go to meetings and participate. Embrace that YOU are doing something to be healthier and look better while others continue to talk about it. Hi Alanna- great advice. When I quit smoking 14 years ago I gained 40 pounds. Weight Watchers worked for me then, and when 15 pounds creeped back on, I lost 10 of those pounds last year with Weight Watchers. It helps keep me honest. I calculate Weight Watchers points for my recipes as well.
Glad I found your blog. What a great motivator to finally, finally stick to my diet!! Good luck to you - and me!! I can fill up that plate to overflowing, but still because it is small the portion size isn't too much. Even though you'd think most are common sense, it's amazing how often we need to be reminded of them. Food makes common sense go whacky! I make one or two healthy dishes over the weekend and package them in single serving portions. That's what I eat for dinner all week long.
No "what to eat tonight" decisions required, I just throw together a salad and heat up one of my containers. No leftovers for me to pick at while they're hanging out on the stove waiting to be put away. I've lost nearly 50 pounds since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 16 months ago Accept the fact that to be healthy you need to control your diet for the rest of your life and that a new approach, not a temporary fix, is what you need.
Weigh or measure everything, and record all calorie intake or WW points both work equally well if you are diligent and honest. Make an exercise schedule and don't let anything interfere with it.
Plan to expend at least calories a week in aerobic exercise. Weigh yourself once a week at most, at the same time of day and pay attention to the long term trend, not the short term ups and downs Plan ahead when you eat out.
Research the menu online if possible and make selections ahead of time. Only order items which allow you to clearly see exactly what you're eating, like salad with no dressing. Also, eat a small, healthy snack shortly before going to the restaurant and then order lightly. I love the KP I exercise one hour 5 days a week. I too am a Weight Watcher alum.
Although I went over 20 years ago. I did lose weight then but regained it back. I took the bull by the horns and lost pounds in using my old WW stategies. I would love to win the scale, mine gets quite a workout and I could really use a new one. Karen in NE Indiana mawmaw2five gmail. My best tip is to get on a body fat scale daily.
If I am making progress I see it and am encouraged. If not, I notice and get back on track. Alanna, thanks for the post and all the encouragement! I know WWs says to weigh once a week, but it's more encouraging to me to weigh each day. After months of charting, I began to see patterns and that was enlightening.
Slight gains that were just part of the pattern still caused me to be extra careful those days. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity! It's the easiest way for me to make myself keep an accurate log, and I have no excuse for not knowing how many points something is before I eat it. It's not for everyone, but it sure works for me. Alanna, these are such great tips! I have done Weight Watchers in the past.
Thinking of doing it again, as I'd love to kiss 30 lbs goodbye this year! Are family members eligible? I just made Laura's Carrot Soup - been meaning to try it since you first posted it - Yummo!!! I guess my best strategy is to go back to what I know works It's really hard to lie to yourself about how much you've eaten if it's written right there on the page. And use vegetables to fill up on!
This comment has been removed by the author. I have been down this road too many times before and I know to make it work, portion control is the key I found that if I had my meals on a sandwich plate, I always had enough and didn't feel the need to "finish everything on my plate" And I weigh myself every day Alaina, I am so glad that you are going back to the WW plan.
I have been below my goal weight for just over a year but this week I noticed that the Thanksgiving-Christmas eating has caught up. I plan to go back to writing everything down, avoiding alcohol for the next month, measuring everything and keeping the trigger foods out of the house!
I know that my husband and I will be back on track and you will, too. It's too difficult to try to do it alone while my husband pigs out.
Luckily, he's ready to make some changes too! Thanks for this most informative article - have been on WW and lost 18 pounds so far and can only imagine the pounds I'd lose with an accurate scale ;-. I love your tips and thank you for sharing. Like you, I am a WW veteran - seven years on program and four and a half at goal. Have my own scale but wish everyone luck on the contest. My best strategy for losing weight is really just to keep exercising. I lost 30 pounds about 10 years ago and have managed to keep it off.
I attribute it to exercise. I also try to keep a look out for healthy recipes and try out new veggies I find at the farmer's market. And Kitchen Parade of course helps me with that. I forgot my best tip It takes a certain amount of discipline to be successful, but you also have to allow yourself to be human. When the stumble happens, forgive yourself, and even learn from it, then move on.
Beating yourself only saps your energy and never helps you arrive at better options. I need the accountability! Plus it helps me monitor my calories and portions! Looking forward to reading your blog! Sara sarapannell at hotmail dot come. I've lost 36 pounds since the middle of September when I joined WW and attribute much of my success to the encouragement of my FB friends. Thanks for the tips, am staying at the W. Also increasing exercise with the Wii.
Has been too hard to concentrate on W. I think I need that scale. I think the best thing we can do is realize we didn't gain it overnight and we can't lose it that fast.
WW is a way of life not a quick fix and you need exercise to help build muscle. I'm still surprised by how way off my guesstimates are when it comes to that one little pretzel or that tiny scoop of ice cream. Thanks for all the tips and Happy New Year! Oops, forgot to leave my email! It's dennimdtwo thousand two yahoo. I really appreciate the chance to enter this contest. I could really use a scale to help me lean more about portion sizes.
My best weight loss strategy is to incorporate meditation. I have found that if I can get spiritually centered then I am better able to stick with my goals for the day. I have also decided that "having" to lose weight makes it a chore, but "wanting" to lose weight makes it much easier. Thanks - these are great ideas! And I love that you're giving away a scale!
I've been on WW now for about 7 months, and it really works! I've lost 46 pounds and am now only one pound away from my "healthy range". Probably my best "tip" is when eating out - NEVER have the salad dressing that "comes with" - I carry fat free in my purse I don't trust that their idea of "lite" is the same as mine , or I ask for 4 or 5 lemon wedges that I squeeze over the salad.
If I HAVE to have theirs, because it just won't taste the same without, I have it on the side and dip my fork in the dressing before picking up food on it.
At the end of the meal, it looks like there's no dressing gone, and I've had the taste. Julie abucksworth at gmail dot com. I forgot to add my name on the last post about meditation. I usually shop on Sundays and cut veggies and cook meats for 3 - 4 days worth of meal. Very little beef, pork and chicken. Thanks for the chance to win the scale. It's a great help in knowing exactly how much you are eating. Plan, plan, plan ahead Exercise 3 times a week 4.
My favorite WW leader always said "If you bite it write it" simonen at comcast dot net. If those snackie things I love are here, I will definitely eat them. I love this website Since then I have lost 40 lbs and hopefully counting!
Thanks again and keep the great recipes coming! Oooh, I've been dying for a kitchen scale. Ok, my best strategy is a workout-to-treats ratio. If I go for a run, I get cake. If I'm too tired or lazy or sick to go to the gym, I'm too tired or lazy or sick to get chips. It's a must and I have lost 12lbs and have 28 more to go This IS going to be your year Thanks for the shout out! I have lost 85 lbs to date with Weight Watchers and it is amazing how out of control portions can get!
My next step, is to get my husband on Weight Watchers! My mom forwarded it to me and I instantly book-marked it! We chat and chat and chat and before we know it we're done! And WW of course I'm down 23 lbs in 4 months! I have to say, though, that this post has meant more to me than any of the recipes although you have GREAT recipes. I'm not entering to win the scale because I already have one that's getting more and more use everyday I just wanted to say thanks: If using gluten-free flour, the dough will be crumbly.
You have to knead it for 1 or 2 minutes on a floured counter. Then it will set up. If you'd like your recipe featured, post it in my group!! I have put my email address twice hoping to get emails and cookbook, but so far nothing. Maybe I need to check my security levels?
The greek yogurt is 0 points, which is why we are using it. Will let you know how they turn out! You can substitute half cornmeal abd half flour for cornbread. I sometimes add fresh jalapeños and whole kernel corn. We use affiliate links. See more from Amazon Launchpad.
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