I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a few months and have been averaging 1 lb per week loss. Pretty awesome! The program is easy to follow and if you do it right, you’ll never be hungry. The new points plus program is very similar in principle to Volumetrics. You eat more of foods that are nutritious and filling, less of foods that are calorie-dense. Sensible and easy to do for life.
My daily points allowance is 26 points which seems like nothing when you realize that one slice of regular whole wheat bread is 2 points and 5 points if you eat two of them in a sandwich. (Rounding – it’s not always in your favor!) But in an average day I eat about 25 points and I am literally never hungry nor do I feel deprived. How does one do this? You take advantage of the zero-points foods on the plan. Most fruit and vegetables are zero points so they do not count against your allowance. Here is a typical lunch for me with the points breakdown of each ingredient:
Vegetarian Wrap – 3 points
- 1 low-carb tortilla : 2 points
- 2 ounces mock refried beans : 1 point
- 2 ounces sauteed onions and bell peppers : 0 points
- 1/2 cup torn greens : 0 points
- 10 grams of low-fat cheddar cheese : 0 points
- 1/4 cup fat-free salsa : 0 points
It is easy to fill out the wrap with vegetables and other additions that are zero points. Adds bulk and flavor and nutrition without adding too many additional calories.
And to complete the meal, I usually have a “dessert” of 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese (2 points) topped with 1 cup of mixed berries. (0 points) This large meal is five points and will keep me going all the way until dinner.