I’m sure much to the dismay of my sister, I again quit Weight Watchers.
Partly due to me not losing any weight after that initial two weeks while being hardcore about sticking to my “points”, but mainly because I realized how unhealthy it’s become for me and my family!
Instead of learning portion control, I learned how to “budget” my “points”. So instead of one serving of pasta (1 cup cooked), I would figure out how to eat 3-4 servings for dinner simply by not eating breakfast (or having egg substitute instead of an actual egg to “save” points), or not eating lunch. We relied on artificial fat-free products to EAT more to get more bang for our buck if you will. I would feel guilty eating a banana because that’s two points! That could go for fat free bread AND jelly!
I noticed I was exhausted more than usual and yet suffered from insomnia every night. We also never felt full because instead of filling up on protein it was all these artificial ingredients that actually STARTED cravings in us. Every single night I NEEDED my 2-3 CUPS of light ice cream (because I would “save” my points to permit me to inhale that much!), where normally I have ice cream maybe once every few months, because I started to develop a sweet craving which I’ve never had before.
The biggest thing we noticed, was when my oldest son came to me, BEGGING to get “points”. He also would start avoiding fruit and other healthy items. He was picking up on OUR “obsession” over points.
What’s ironic is how healthy we actually do eat. Whole grain breads/pastas, mainly vegetables and fruits, some cheese and meat. Yet while doing Weight Watchers it was better to avoid most fruit, avoid healthy fat (like avocado), use fat free dairy and cheese, and extra lean meat (boneless and skinless especially!), and basically it was better to choose fat free products, even if it was full of chemicals, because again it’s lower points.
We cook 99% of our meals at home, rarely use processed foods (with the exception of Weight Watchers).
So the plan from here is eat WHOLE REAL FOOD. Limit the cheese, breads, and milk for me. As it is last night when I made a big pot of chili, I noticed we ate LESS of it (I even measured a “scoop” and it was less than 1 cup!) and actually felt full! Stuffed even! Where previously the low-fat/no-fat chili I could eat 3+ bowls and still not really feel full an hour later.
Oh yeah, it won’t hurt to eliminate that $40 bill a month either!
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on “diets”, Weight Watchers, if you do real food, traditional food, etc. I also wouldn’t mind any links/blogs/anything else shared!