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The First ‘Major’ Diet Milestone

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When I weighed in on Sunday morning, I was met with the news that my first “major” diet milestone is now under my belt.  (Or technically, it’s no longer under my belt.)

I’ve lost 5% of my starting weight.

I’m not sure why Weight Watchers calls this particular accomplishment such an important big deal, but for whatever reason, it’s worth an extra “star” on my weigh-in app. So I’ll take it.

I must admit that I like Weight Watchers’ Points Plus plan much better than anything I’ve tried in the past.  The last plan I tried involved My Fitness Pal, a free app that easily counts calories for you and helps you set a daily calorie goal that you try to live by.

The problem with plans like this — and plans like Adkins that seems to only focus on one single thing — is that you end up eating things you hate just because they don’t have that particular thing.

So in Adkins, you have to end up eating hamburgers with no bread because bread has carbs.  I’ve got news for you: a hamburger without bread isn’t a hamburger.  And in My Fitness Pal, I ended up eating low-calorie food that might not have been particularly nutritious, but by God, it didn’t have a lot of calories.

That’s not the kind of diet plan I can work with long-term.

What I like about Weight Watchers Points Plus is that foods are assigned points; I don’t know how points are even calculated: they do that work for you. You enter a food’s carbs, fiber and protein amounts and it does the work.

You’re given, based on your weight, a daily allowance of points. Then you receive a weekly allotment of points that you can dip into if you need them.  On top of all of those points, if you exercise, you receive activity points that you can use as well.

The idea is that if you exhaust all of your points in a week’s time, you should still lose weight. So far, I haven’t come close to using all of my points in a single week, and I’ve managed not to feel like I was dying of starvation.

And because I’m not stressing out over calorie counts or carbs, I can eat pretty much anything I want to eat — though I’m certainly behaving myself overall — and adjust other meals accordingly.

But wait, there’s more!

Certain vegetables and most fruits carry no points. With My Fitness Pal and other calorie-focused plans, if you have a nice apple, you count its calories.  With Points Plus, you don’t.  The idea is that eating raw vegetables and fruits are better than eating calorie-loaded pastas and rice dishes, so you aren’t penalized for eating healthier “power foods.”

It has definitely helped me increase my weekly servings of fruits and vegetables, and as my scale will attest, it seems to be working.

That 5% of my total weight works out to be about 16% of the amount that I actually want to lose, so that’s an even better milestone in my opinion.  But as long as the number on the scale keeps getting lower, I’ll be pleased.

Your Turn:
What diet plan have you had the most success with, and what do you think made it so effective for you?

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your milestone and for finding a plan that works for you.
     
    I keep track of my calories each day on FitDay.com. It does require keeping track of everything, but it speaks to my obsessive side. When I track everything, I can lose/maintain my weight. When I think I can now instinctively keep in my calorie range without the tool, my pants quickly tell me I’m mistaken.

    1. @TammyL Thanks, Tammy…I know what you mean about thinking you can keep track on your own. It’s a lot like your checkbook. You can go a while without actually making the effort to balance everything and make sure you haven’t forgotten a check here or there…but sooner or later, it’s going to come back to bite you.

  2. Congratulations on your milestone and for finding a plan that works for you.
     
    I keep track of my calories each day on FitDay.com. It does require keeping track of everything, but it speaks to my obsessive side. When I track everything, I can lose/maintain my weight. When I think I can now instinctively keep in my calorie range without the tool, my pants quickly tell me I’m mistaken.

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