Brianna Bernard: Lost 107 Lbs.
I was doing so good on the 30 points program. Hi I just love this site.. I just started last week and have not seen any changes as of yet: If so can you share this I would love a copy. You will have to draw your own food journal sheets and copy them, to check off squares if you want to track exchanges, though one similar is on TOPS websites and Richard Simmons web sites.
GETTING STARTED with WEIGHT WATCHERS
This might mean stopping bad eating habits in favor for well-balanced diets that offer fuel to the body. Usually it includes some kind of exercise program because physical activity is essential to shedding pounds and maintaining a good weight. This process of losing weight can be quite demanding, which is why it is recommended that people have a team of supporters. Because the company is not available through other centers or clinics, there is not face-to-face support offered.
Still, individuals should build their own support system that consists of family and friends. They can also utilize the self-monitoring tools, counseling, behavior modification guide, peer support and other resources offered through this company site. This can be of great benefit to those who are feeling overwhelmed by the process. The website for the company has everything a person might need to carry out this program.
This site is where people can also look at what all is offered, including the details of women, men and diabetes plans. Nutrisystem makes it possible for customers to customize their plans to better match their personal metabolism as well. Success stories can be found directly on the website. These might offer inspiration to people during times of relapse or discouragement. The frequently asked questions page has plenty of information on it, as well as the other areas of the website that include details on the company itself and the program it offers.
These are good resources for people with concerns or questions related to the process. Overall, the program starts by selecting a plan. A common option is the standard plan, but those interested in personalizing the program can answer a few questions and receive a more tailored plan.
Users will be involved with the process of customizing menu packages. They were a disaster. Despite going into the tripe digit negatives and not tracking everything, I still was eating better than I had been before the plan. So, are the next few weeks going to be tough? I do wish there was more support for people who are concerned and who are not sure about the plan.
I will not be changing. Going to stay with smartpoints plan. In another two years they will be changing the plan again. The new plan sounds alot like the Adkins diet. Hi Barbara, your very right.. Ty for your honest, touching post. Was so excited for FreeS that when it was leaked I started three weeks early. Feeling penalized for already eating lots of protein, ie recipes will go up but I lose 7SP a day? I adore your recipes and am looking forward to them to help me get thru this.
They definitely will not go up.. I hope you can find a balance.. Thanks for your forthright comments on the new Freestyle program. I am also a lifetime member and will have to see how this new approach impacts my ability to maintain my weight if at all.
Am willing to give it a try and am hoping for the best outcome. Good luck to you Sue.. Remember to do what works for you even if that means making small adjustments.
One egg a day. No added sugar besides one Dove chocolate a day. Walking about 3 miles almost every day. Wow, that seems crazy considering all you did.. Are you sure you were eating enough? I started WW December I have lost 15 pounds and am maintaining that 15 loss.
But I am struggling to go down any more because I have a HUGE household 10 people and the adults are all picky eaters!! I cannot wait til they move out. LOL In all honesty. I love them all.. I hate chicken but already ate it once a day for points. People are going o overlook that…. Forcing me to eat what i like w in 23 points will b calorie deprivation.
Chevk out ibites from google play. Not as good as ww but works and flat fee of 2. I just went back to the old WW Flex Points. I feel in control tracking that way. I keep a notebook and that way I can see my eating patterns. So happy you know what works for you Sue, that is the most important thing.. I did PP after my first kid. Lost 40 lbs I think it was, and then left the program and got on with life.
Well, after kid two I came back and it was now SP, and I feel so hungry all the time, deprived. Then researched the changes and realized how penalized I was for some foods. I think things like nuts and avocados are healthy and important, but the points are so high on those! It will be so nice to grab a hard boiled egg for a snack and not lose points on it.
Recipes will be better, too, because these free point foods will take the overall points down. The points will be so much lower with free point beans. Another example, nonfat yogurt mixed with a banana and strawberries, and either spend a few points on a bit of sugar or use some Stevia, and wow, what a low point snack or breakfast!
Maybe it will lead to some creativity in food choices, though, and more experimenting. Steamed they are gross, but pan cooked or roasted they are delicious! Hi Kelly, I am so happy for you that you are excited for it and I think most are.. I can assure you it is not the way it is prepared.. Good luck on your continued journey.
Very well said I am also a picky eater, I just need to apply myself to pay attention and plan to make this work. Dear Drizzle Me Skinny, I am glad to hear your thoughts about this new program. I have followed the WW Flex plan in the Uk and gained twice on it.
I was hungry in the evenings too. This is not healthy and does not encourage a wide variety of food choices. It makes it harder to eat with the family or outside unless you cook from scratch each time. People are complaining they are sick of chicken and eggs all the time. If I did not need the discipline of a weekly weigh in and pep talk, I would leave WW. SmartPoints worked for so many people and taught moderation.
This new plan does not. WW should have given Flex as a third option only. It is restrictive and although some are saying they love it, it has only been a couple of weeks here in the UK. I will be interested to now how things pan out in 2 or 3 months tme. After all, there are only so many things one can do with minced turkey breast!
My weigh in day is Friday so I have a little time to start making adjustments. On the note of not liking the new zero point foods so the change feels like a punishment, many people walk into WW not liking the SP zero point foods. The zero point status is a nudge to go with the better choice. How many of us came into this loving veggie noodles? No one signs up because they have a weight problem rooted in grapes or shrimp.
I appreciate your input.. Those who like all these zero point foods just want to tell people to suck it up and eat a turkey burger and a can of tuna lol.. Thanks for your honest opinion, Kate! I successfully lost on points plus a few years back.
But then smart points rolled out, I felt stressed, restricted and annoyed. The changes felt so restrictive and the constant problems with the app was annoying.
I quit after one month. Earlier this year, I signed back up for weight watchers on a three month trial. I only followed plan for less than a month. Carbs are my weakness so I was cutting out my protein to hoard points for baked goods, processed crackers and other non nutritional foods that I was craving. If these protein options are now points free, then If I fill up on them, maybe I can finally have portion control with my snacks?
Gotta give it time for the crashes etc to resolve! Thank you for your honesty, you have given me a lot to think about! Hi Sherrie, I definitely say give it another try, if you enjoy the higher zero point proteins such as chicken, turkey and eggs then I think you will be just fine.. Good luck to you! I am still using ordinary points, attens regular monthly meetings as a LTM and maintain my goal weight. A regular eating pattern works for me. Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your insight.
I usually try to stay away from whole eggs only eating egg whites , and strictly limit my bean intake, so I am a bit nervous about this new plan. I will give it a try, and If I can truly lose weight, while eating those 0 point foods, I will be one happy girl!! If not, I will not give up altogether, I will just find something, or someway that works for me. Thank you so much for this article!! Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement!! I promise you are not alone!
I have lived through ALL the changes, and never liked any of them. This is the first time I decided to give it an open-minded try. I think the connect community is the factor that is making me think it will be doable. Best wishes to you! Thanks Michele, glad you found me and I hope you find some recipes you enjoy.. I will admit it sucks.. I can easily overeat one salmon, chicken and eggs!
Thank you for always being a wealth of information! I turn to you and other well established sites for information, more than I do Weight Watchers itself!! Just be mindful of portion sizes and you should be ok.. Thank you for all of this, it is very helpful and well put. I started my WW journey over 30 years ago returning this year, got back to goal and am maintaining. What I have found over the many different programs is that you have to give it time. I love smart points and hopefully will enjoy this program just as much.
I agree with you on some of these points! I have become so used to eating egg whites, that the whole egg does not taste as good to me! I will most likely stay with my egg whites which were originally zero points! I do not eat any kind of fish with the exception of tuna.
I do not like or eat beans or yogurt. I think this will be a big change for me. That being said, I do not see myself eating too much of these new zero point foods. I hope I will be satisfied on this new program. Only time will tell….. Hi there, it sounds to me that you will do just fine with this new program, best of luck to you on your continued journey! Thank you for the honesty of your blog and feelings about the WW changes. I have been following the new program for 3 weeks based on the UK information.
I have lost 90lbs on WW and am on maintenance and a real WW fan. Nevertheless, I can see the temptation to overeat zero pointed foods or having had zero or low points breakfast and lunches, be fooled into thinking you have plenty of room for crap in the evening. You can gain weight like this and some people will. I find it disconcerting to have my daily Smart Points totals at a steady but my FreeStyle Points can vary from 4 to 27 depending on what my taste buds fancy that day.
I have been dual system tracking by hand on my Iphone notes. Despite liking the new zero points foods, I certainly do not want them all the time as I like variety. I have made an effort to try a few recipes and I enjoy cooking but I think I might end up with more Simply Filling days in order to have more variety without feeling guilty.
Simply Filling will allow me lean cuts of other meats and not have to count spices which intuitively I find ridiculous. I agree with everything your saying.. I am sure this is not what WW recommends, but people will do it.. Hopefully, they will soon discover it is not the way to go about it..
Good luck with your continued journey! Thank you for this perspective and information! I really appreciate your honesty and have long been using your delicious recipes! My weeklies will get used up faster, but a quick tally of my overages by day should give me the exact number I can add back there. It would get a little complicated if I had unused daily points rolling into my weeklies on some days, but unused daily points have never once been an issue for me: Thaks Sally, great plan!!
Thanks for the info!! My day is Sunday so my Ww app is updated! I for one love eggs and sea food and chicken!! I am totally enjoying your recipes!!!
I just got my donut pan today!!! I am so happy for you that you are loving the new program.. I made sure I downloaded an app that uses smart points and will continue with that if I hate this plan. And a loss of points to top it off! Maybe one day you eat lots of zero points and roll over 4. Maybe that will help? I even asked for a mini muffin pan for Christmas to get me started.
I have had a few days with roll overs and very surprised, but I have had days where I am over as well.. Thanks for your honesty! Your success is from your attitude of focus, clearly. I have to be honest with myself and support those with similar feelings..
Best wishes to you as well!! I like to incorporate these things, but I also really like meatloaf, spaghetti, Salisbury steak, desserts etc and I eat them just as much or more.
There are different people who work this plan differently. Some like lots of veggies, beans, and chicken, but others like versions of mommas home style favorites.
Not very happy with this change. I feel restricted… which is what WW has tries so hard to break away from. But I lost weight better with smart points when I could choose what I wanted and decide on how many points I wanted to spend on each. Good luck on your journey and reach out if you ever need to! Thank you SO much for you honest feedback. Your sentiments are almost exactly how I am feeling.
If I wanted to do Simply Filling, I would have done it before. Now I feel I am being forced into it, which I do not like at all. I appreciate that you shared your honest feelings, even as a WW ambassador. Too many people in WW land and on Connect want everyone to just be happy and excepting of this new program, even stating that connect is supposed to be a positive place.
In my opinion, Connect needs to be a SAFE place; one where I can express my happy, positive thoughts, as well as my frustrations, anger, and sadness. All of those emotions are experienced on this journey and we are here to support each other with it ALL. Thanks for the support and great recipes!! I was very upset to log on today and see my daily points budget drop so much. Seriously though- It is a lifestyle.
And a good healthy one at that. I lost 40 pounds once on WW so I know it works. Perfect timing for me and this post. I'm going back to WW tomorrow. Wish me luck, I'll need it! I'm already an e-mail subscriber! I'm a facebook fan but I'm starting to feel more like a stalker ;. My best way to stay on a diet and to actually lose weight is to reduce portion size. It is so easy to take more food onto your plate than is an actual serving size.
Measuring is one of the best ways to do that. That is why a new scale would be so helpful. My best strategy for achieving a healthy weight is to take inspiration from my children! All 3 of my children ages 18,19 and 22 are lifeguards and are very into good health and exercise and they have all come to value the part that good nutrition plays in living a healthy life.
My 19 year old also works retail and he says he is shocked and saddened to see people that come into his store so physically out of shape. In fact he has given up any fast food and sodas! My children have inspired me to attend to these creeping pre-menopausal pounds! Thanks for the contest and for the wonderful website and with all this WW information and advice, I know I will be able to succeed in shedding this extra poundage! Writing things down is essential for me.
I lost about lbs. I maintained for awhile and now am 0 lbs. I am doing a weight loss contest with a bunch of friends and we even have a blog about it. Sad to say, I don't have much of a best strategy. I am looking for help with weight loss, which is how I found your blog. I hope it is a source of inspiration and motivation. Reading through these comments has helped me start to look at things differently, which, I believe, will be a good start. And I'd love the scale. I have a HUGE issue with portion control, and the scale would be a definite aide in getting that under control.
I was blessed with an amazing metabolism until I hit I have put on about that many pounds in a very few years. I love the Weight Watchers points system, and your recipes are wonderful. Who knew 1 point could be tasty!? I have discovered though, as have many others, that portion control is key.
Measuring serving sizes has been a real eye opener! One realizes very quickly that one entree at TGIF's or similar might feed a family of 4. I agree with all that you said Alanna. Two additional things that tend to help me: The main thing is to make sure I track what I eat. Yesterday I stopped by Borders Bookstore and picked up a small spiral bound Diary with each page dated for every day of the year - one date per page.
I am tracking my daily intake of foods, weight watcher points, fat, fiber, protein, and water in it. I made a pocket to keep my points slide in; it is small enough to slip into my purse so that I always have it with me. Here is where you can see a photo like the one I bought: And - Happy New Year! Thanks for your great vegetable recipes and for hosting this contest! It keeps me accountable and helps me judge how I'm doing.
My best strategy for maintaining a healthy weight is to bring lots of healthy snacks to work! Kristi dot Fogle at Gmail dot com. Thanks for Kitchen Parade. What a great resource. My best strategy is: Have healthy foods, especially frozen home-made WW food ready and available. First off, Thanks for this amazing blog! I love Veggies, and your recipes are always just what I needed! It is amazing how much weight you can lose by cutting out the gluten!
My best tips for keeping with Weight Watchers are not a lot different from yours- eating a lot of veggies, having snacks on hand for when I'm starving so I don't scavenge something that's not on my plan and planning my points before eating.
I've renewed my weight watchers goals recently and am trying to eat on smaller plates, as I've heard that helps too. My best strategy used to be just to eat less for a few days. Well, now that I have hit my mid-forties, I need to find away to not eat all those extra yummies in the evening AND exercise. Living in the Northern part of the country makes it even harder, because once the high temps are only in the 20's or less - it gets real hard to get out and walk and the weight comes right back again.
But I'm not giving up. I try to eat veggies and fruit, daily. Mostly, if I've gained a few lbs, I just eat less for a day or two My best strategy is to become totally immersed in the program I'm following, so I read cookbooks, plan meals and exercise fanatically. And now that I have to lose those same ten pounds again for the nth time, I'm going to give WW a try. I'm also getting bored with the treadmill, so I've been snowshoeing in the backyard in the morning before the kids get up for school.
The dog likes the exercise too! My best diet strategy was for my husband to join weight watchers and understand the diet - which he did today. I was looking for the weight watcher soup recipe and that was how I found you wonderful blog.
Have been reading all your tips and am very inspired right NOW My best weight loss strategy is exercise. Whenever I exercise regularly I start losing weight. The problem is, I also regularly get injured I have bad knees and feet from a previous life as a dancer , slack off in order to heal, and the weight comes back. I posted on my blog and will do the same on a couple others I have. Right now it's my sister. Every evening we email to eachother our food and our exercise.
It's seriously been the best trick yet! I email points, she emails calories, but either way we are writing our food, tracking it and being accountable. It's also a helpful way to see what healthy meals the other has prepared! If I'm putting that much effort into it, I'm sure as hell not going to negate it all by pigging out!
It's working so far, anyway Also to not get to discouraged when my friend loses more weight than I do. Weight-loss is a personal journey with personal results. My best died strategy is to eat my veggies and drink a glass of water first and then eat the rest of the meal.
Being honest about portion sizes and tracking! This includes all the "tasting" while cooking! Also drinking more water which I always forget. It is when I get truly disgusted with myself that I run for the chocolate and slurpees!
Thanks for the giveaway, Alanna! If I didn't KNOW my girlfriends were waiting for me in the early morning darkness, I would probably crawl right back into bed. I posted on Twitter! I forgot to put my email in my first comment. Hopefully if I win on that comment, you can find me via my blog link. Thanks again for the giveaway! I've lost 94 pounds on WW since October, - and still losing! My best diet strategy is to choose foods with more fiber than fat whenever possible.
I am so glad aI found this site. My strategy - when I feel hungry between meals, I always drink a glass of water first. This usually helps the craving for food subside and I can snack sensibly. I look forward to searching through your site more and wish everybody great success! Just found your website tonite and I am so glad I did. I am ready to get back to eating healthy. I would love that scale.
Thanks for the chance. My email is rlw bellsouth. By eating 5 or 6 small meals a day I never get really hungry and it helps me to control my portions and make smarter food choices. If I start skipping meals I am doomed to overeat.
I would like to win! My best strategy is to drink water throughout the day. Oh, that kitchen scale looks great! It would be very nice to win that My best stategy to lose weight and keep it off is to eat zero points veggies all day long, filling up on a big bowl of whatever, salad, green beans, mixed veggies, and then have very small amounts of all other food groups, never excluding anything.
My rule - veggies only. It really works, and it helps if you love veggies - I LUV veggies!! Being raised by my vegetarian grandparents it is great to see people use so many vegi when loosing weight.
So here I am again getting back on the wagon. Thanks for the inspiration. I've always enjoyed eating healthy but every now and then I do get cravings for the "bad" stuff like brownies.. Being an overweight person all of my adult life, I have tried so many diets - but all in all the new WW plan is so forgiving, allowing you to have special occasions in your life, and so easy to follow. Wine is my weakness, so our strategy is no wine unless you exercise at least for 1 hour - it usually consists of a 45 min walk with the dog, and our exercise video of 40 minutes.
You wouldn't believe how well this works! I've tried various low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat diets for the past couple of years. Although the Atkins diet is very popular, it made me feel somewhat unhealthy. The diet plan I'm on right now is the Medifast Diet. The caloric intake is roughly calories. However, it doesn't make my body feel weak. It is a bit of a pricey diet, but there are plenty of coupons available on the internet.
You should never pay full price. My advice is just choose a diet plan which your body reacts positively to. No one knows your body better than you do! What a JOY it is to have found your sites I just had a question: I know staying on points is important, but my tendency is to eat about 2 calculated points less per day And, I try not to ever go over, or use my 35 points, unless I have a big night out or am in desperate need of some dessert: Plus, in a couple months, my age goes up "1" so, I'm going to be losing a point anyway AND, in the Apple department I also buy the apples in a bag, but my WW book gives me diameter as measurement for points, not ounces I have a scale, so if I knew a 5 oz.
Great info and great reading!!!!! First, the easy question, how many points in an apple. A four-ounce apple is about half a point rounded down from. Points matter so much, I'd really recommend investment in a kitchen scale and nutrition software MacGourmet for Apple, Accuchef for PCs so that you can make these kinds of careful calculations on your own. The harder question, the honest answer is that "I don't know", not officially -- but do know that what is most important in my experience is consistency both in the short-term over a few days and the long-term many months.
So you are training your body to expect that many number of calories, if you can sustain it in the long-term after losing, my sense is that it would be okay.
But -- since you're new to WW, why not bring it up at a meeting, ask other WW people and the group leader what they think? It's a great question. Good luck, Megan, I'm so glad that my websites are working for you! Hi, Megan - this really is a wonderful site, isn't it? I love all the recipes. As to your main question about if it's alright to eat under your points in the assumption that you're going over - well If you're assuming you're going over eating veggies, like the peas and Spaghetti squash you mention, that's not possible - they're zero point foods.
But of course, none of us can be positive that we've remembered everything or accurately accounted for all the blts - Bites, Licks and Tastes. That's why I make sure I never get too close to using ALL my weekly points, but if you're eating right up to but maybe under your daily points, you'll find your weight loss slows down. You MUST eat all your dailies - those are a minimum. If you eat less, your weight loss will slow down or stop. So don't sweat the veggies for sure - you can eat all you want of just plain veggies!
And when it comes to your weeklies - most people find they lose best when they use at least SOME of them. I appreciate you reading my "book" and helping to answer my questions. I do own a great scale, and I use it often I specifically asked about the Apple because, as I said, in my book, it only gives the "diameter of the apple" to get your points, not the ounce of the apple I'm doing WW with all the info, with 3 friends; 1 is a returning "graduate" to the program, and the other 2 are doing it online I have all the books, info etc, but am not actually doing meetings, so that's why my "apple question" has been unaswered: Julie, thanks for the tip about eating the points I know Squash and beans are zero points, but eventually, don't enough "0" point foods add up to one point?
My thinking was that eventually everything adds up to a point I am writing everything down, counting, measuring but, I always figure to eat under by about 2 points I fear I do lean toward eating "less" rather than "all" my points, so I need to be careful I don't go too far with it So, let me finalize with this question: I am "doing" all the right things weighing, journaling, measuring , but when I see that I have 2 points left, should I really try to eat them, be it by a bag of FF popcorn or some yogurt, or should I let them go???
Going to enjoy some HamBeen's Soup with Squash for dinner!!! My sense is that it's better to eat the minimum points, unless you're just on the cusp of switching to a new threshold and fewer points, unless you're feeling HUNGRY and thus more likely to fall off.
But I'd also make them healthy calories, so not throwing them away just to be eating something. Or - hey, this works.
Have a glass of wine with dinner and just savor. I will go down a point when my birthday comes in July, so essentially, I only miss one or two points when I miss I have realized I could practically be a vegetarian with how much pleasure I get eating half an acorn squash for lunch, and having more veggies at dinner I do WW online, and the best answer I've seen about things adding up to a point eventually, is that yes, most do, but not many veggies.
Corn and avocados, and some like that have points attached no matter how much or little you have. But something like peas or squash, no - however, depending on how they're fixed, of course, the dish could have lots of points. If you have your squash mashed up with lots of butter, then, absolutely, that's points! Another thing to keep in mind, is that veggies are so good for you, if you're going to have lots of something, it can't hurt if it's a vegetable! I know for sure, I didn't get fat because I ate too many veggies, hahaha.
And finally - as to points - I would say, yes, eat them! Remember - you are training your body how many calories to expect every day.