If there’s any day that’s probably a poor choice to begin a new diet, it’s probably a Friday, where a weekend of endless bad food choices awaits. That’s one of two reasons I picked Friday.
The other is that for too long, I’ve told myself, with the best of intentions, that I was going to start eating better the following Monday.
It’s time to get a jump on Monday.
While I was recently out in California, spending time with Archie and Rebekah, some very special people who are more like family than friends, I couldn’t help noticing that they’d lost weight. Understand that these are people who never looked like they needed to lose weight, but they did anyway. They told me their secret was Weight Watchers, which now has an online component that allows you to track food and exercise with a point system.
I’ve always been skeptical of reducing food to a number of points. But they each say they’ve lost about 20 pounds on that plan.
So I signed up. The idea, as I understand it so far, is that you are given a set number of points you’re allowed to eat each day. If you go over, there’s a “bank” of weekly points that you can dip into, but you can’t carry them over. Exercise gives you activity points that you can also use if you go over your daily allowance.
Even if, over the course of a week, you consume all of your points — daily, weekly and activity — you’re still supposed to be able to have lost weight.
The number of points you get each week depends on your weight, and I can only imagine that as you lose weight, the number of points you’re allowed slowly drops. (I’m not looking forward to that part.) At the moment, I have been assigned what feels like an outrageous number of daily points. Then again, considering what I’ve allowed to pass for meals in the past few months, maybe it isn’t so ridiculous after all.
It also suggests that you start with a “modest” goal, like 5% of your current weight.
Five percent of my current weight would be a nothing compared to what I need to lose. If I were to listen to those silly weight charts that claim to provide one’s “ideal” weight, I’d need to lose about 41%.
I am not planning on trying to lose 41% of my weight. I’d like to look healthy, not malnourished.
In any case, I’ll be checking in from time to time on the diet, so wish me luck. And if you know of any good recipes, let me know. Those microwave low-point meals are only going to be doable for so long.