If you read my blog regularly then you know how much I adore Weight Watchers. My life changed when I walked into my first meeting in 2009, and it hasn’t been the same since. But if you’ve been reading for a while then you may also know that I had some serious reservations about Points Plus.
When I joined Weight Watchers, I followed the Momentum program which helped me lose the first 100 pounds so when the program changed late last year, I was pretty hesitant about it. It took years to find the courage the change so I was pretty bitter when I learned that I’d have to adapt to something new. In fact, I was so angry and lost that I refused.
I started counting calories (which is fine,) but I noticed that it drove me to make choices based on how readily available the nutritional information was. And a few months into it, I realized that I was eating processed foods more reguarly because the calories were so easy to find on the packaging.
Sure, it’s possible to lose weight eating processed foods. I eat them sometimes, but I feel healthier and more satisfied when I balance those foods with fresh fruits and veggies and high protein, whole foods. And by making adjustments to their points formula, Weight Watchers drives us to eat healthier, whole foods.
So in the spring I rejoined Weight Watchers online, and I now use e-tools to track my food intake. For a few months, I found myself maintaining, but I knew that I had to do more. And while fruits and most vegetables are worth zero points on the PointsPlus program, I’ve learned that counting them as such doesn’t really work for me.
PointsPlus does make it easier for me to make healthy choices, but sometimes too much fruit is just too much fruit. Intuitive eating is a skill that I haven’t fully mastered yet so I’ve created some boundaries for myself over the last few weeks, and I like the results.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve eaten several servings of fruits and veggies per day as I usually do, but I’ve been counting each serving as 1 p+. I also noticed recently, that when I calculate points for all veggie dishes in the recipe builder like salad or stir-fry, that the veggies don’t remain zero points. Here’s an example:
- 1 cup onions
- 1 medium green pepper
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup tomato
- 1 cup spaghetti squash
Each of these separately = zero PointsPlus, but when you eat them in a dish together, their value changes to 4 PointsPlus. That’s a big difference! Am I the only one who didn’t realize that?
So I’ve begun adjusting PointsPlus in a way that works for me. My goal is to continue creating healthy habits and to lose weight. And while PointsPlus guides us in that direction, counting fruits and vegetables as zero points doesn’t work for me. I require moderation so I’ve created self-imposed limits that allow me to feel satisfied while making better choices.
Are you a Weight Watchers member? If so, how has the plan affected your lifestyle in the last (almost) year?