Are you like me and wonder how the heck different diet plans work? What is “South Beach”? Counting Calories- what is that? How do I “Eat Right For MY Type”? And what about my favorite- what exactly is Weight Watchers and how does it work?
Look for posts this week discussing various diet plans- the in’s and out’s, the nitty gritty.
So, let’s just get right to it. WEIGHT WATCHERS is up first.
What is this new Momentum plan that Weight Watchers introduced recently? Basically, Weight Watchers combined the best of the old Core Plan and the FlexPoints plan.
As for understanding the Momentum Plan, I’m going to lay it all out in an easy-to-follow format (I hope). I don’t want ya’ll to be confused and think I came up with all of this on my own. Oh no, all the credit goes to the Weight Watchers website. Original, I am not. But I will summarize the information I read, just for you guys.
The ONLY way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in (sounds so pathetically easy but as well know, IT IS NOT).
The Momentum Plan is comprised of four key concepts:
1. The POINTS System is how you know what to eat. Weight Watchers assigns a numerical value to every food based on the fat, fiber and calories. You’ll be given a set number of POINTS values to eat on a daily and weekly basis.
2. Using FILLING FOODS to keep you full longer. These are foods that contain more water and fiber and thus, keep you full longer. Weight Watchers helps you identify these foods so that you can make them a part of your daily diet.
3. Good Health Guidelines. Do you remember learning about the Food Pyramid as a kid in elementary school? Basically, this is what the Good Health Guidelines are- a reminder that each and every one of us should be eating certain amounts of dairy, fruits and veggies, protein, liquids, healthy oils, etc PER DAY. Weight Watchers outlines all of it for you.
4. The weekly POINTS allowance. In addition to your daily points allowance, you also have a WEEKLY points allowance, to use as you wish.
- every food and drink has a “point” value to assigned to it.
- You are given a Daily Points Allowance and a Weekly Points Allowance.
- Your Daily Points Allowance is based on your current weight.
- Your WEEKLY Points Allowance is the same, regardless of your weight.
- You MUST eat your daily points every single day, or as close to it as possible.
- The Weekly Points are optional, but believe me, you will either want to use them on one big splurge day, or spready them out over the week.
- If you exercise on any given day, then you earn additional points, which you can then turn around and “eat”. Is this making any sense?
That was clear as mud, huh? I say we just have one big ole conference call and then I can explain it to all of you or maybe you can explain it to me!
So ladies, those of you who are currently following the WW guidelines, did I get the details right? Did I leave anything important out? What do you like about Weight Watchers? What do you dislike? Have you been successful on it, either now or a previous time?
We would love to hear from you.