Weight Watchers main selling point is that we can still enjoy our favourite foods and loose weight! I think one of the key reasons why Weight Watchers is a successful plan is because I have lost my weight and I can still have my treats, for me that translates to either chocolate or ice cream. We learn to recognize our weaknesses (foods) and how to eat/enjoy them in moderation/control and to recognize the foods that make us loose control (aka : eat it all!).
Deprivation of the foods we love/crave strongly leads to :
- a diet that is not sustainable
- over eating
- Recognize this is a lifestyle change not a diet
- Plan your indulgences
- Earn and use your activity points
- Use your weekly points wisely
- Find new and healthier ways to indulge
Did I eliminate sweets from my life, no way! I don't think I'd be at this point today if I had, I'd still be 207lbs, maybe heavier! Cadbury Thins (2 points) have definitely saved my behind when it comes to handling my chocolate cravings! When I crave my other favourite : Chunky Kit-Kat I only pick one up from the store and share it with a friend or Todd, that way I'm only consuming half the calories in that sweet treat and each time its enough to satisfy me. I've learnt over the last two years not to keep my "red light" foods in the house, to buy them in single, smaller servings, and I try to share with a friend.
Am I always successful at dealing with my "red light" foods? Not always, sometimes I eat more than I meant to/should of, I just make sure I count the points and move on.
Normally I'd let you know how this week's WI went but this blog entry is getting long enough. So I'll save it for tomorrow (I hope), I also want to talk about the challenges I faced this weekend with the pot luck at the Knowledge and Needles Open House.