My Weight Watchers Christmas
Wednesday December 26th 2007, 10:47 am

We had a very nice Christmas yesterday. My brother visited, and we enjoyed seeing him again. My family had a great time playing some of the Play Station games we found under the Christmas tree. I kept to my sensible Weight Watchers way of eating, and for the first Christmas in years, I didn’t have heartburn from eating too much rich food. We had our Christmas feast at lunch time, and I ate turkey, stuffing, gravy and vegetables but in smaller portions than I usually do. I had an apple for dessert, instead of the usual plum pudding or pie. For me, it tasted just as good. For our supper, we had turkey sandwiches, squares and chocolate cheesecake. The cheesecake I had was small, but it was my biggest indulence of the day.

When you are following the Weight Watchers program, you can follow the Flex or the Core plan when making your food choices. I prefer the Flex plan where you can eat any food as long as you stay within your allotted number of points. You are encouraged to use all your daily points so you eat enough food to stay healthy and lose weight. The number of points you can have a day are determined by whether you are a male or female, your current weight, height, age and your activity levels. As your weight and activity levels change, so do your daily points. With the Core plan you can eat only from a list of nutritious foods, and you don’t need to count points. On both plans you can also have an additional 35 points per week. These are used for special occasions, and for people on the Core plan, for foods which aren’t on the Core list. You can use or not use these extra weekly points. I usually don’t use them.

I always keep track of what I eat in a daily journal because I find it easier. It is difficult to remember exactly how many points you have used and have left to use, without keeping a record of it. I think this is the difference between people who succeed on Weight Watchers and those who don’t. I also believe the key to being successful is having enough fibre and drinking enough fluids. For people who don’t have the time to record their points, the Core plan is probably the best. The key to Weight Watchers is portion size. The larger the portion and the more fat content in the food, the more points it has. For example, most vegetables are zero points, most fruit is 1 point, a one ounce slice of white bread is 2 points, but high fibre bread is only 1 point. Fish and chicken are lower in points than beef and pork, so I prefer to eat fish and chicken several times a week, and usually have beef or pork only once a week. Most females on the Weight Watchers flex plan can have 20 to 30 points a day, but males can have 6 points more per day, just for being male.

This certainly isn’t the first time that I have tried the Weight Watchers program. Many times over the years I have tried it, and I had lost weight. As with most diets, I didn’t like the feeling of always thinking about food, my next meal, and feeling hungry most of the time. After a few weeks I would often return to my old way of eating too much food. I had also tried the Atkins low carb diet, which was very successful for me. I lost weight and felt great. The problem with that way of eating is it gets very boring to do it for the rest of your life. After my low carb experience, I have a better understanding of how fibre and carbohydrates effect my blood sugar levels, and make a difference in how I feel and how hungry I get between meals.

This is, however, the first time that I have been on the Weight Watchers program that I don’t feel like I am really on a diet, or am being deprived of anything I want. The reason I feel so good this time is amount of fibre I eat. I always eat a breakfast of high fibre cereal to which I add several types of seeds and nuts. This high fibre breakfast keeps my blood sugar level so I don’t get hungry and I don’t need a snack until lunch. For lunch, I have about 2 oz of protein and only high fibre carbohydrates. If I get hungry in the late afternoon, I have a snack of a piece of fruit. For my supper, I eat about 4 oz of protein and as many vegetables as I feel like eating. I try to use up my daily points with snacks in the evening. I always drink a lot of fluids such as water, tea, coffee and herbal tea during the day also. I have bought several Weight Watchers cookbooks so I can make lower fat versions of favourite recipes.

I started Weight Watchers on October 11, and have lost 26 lbs. in the first ten weeks. I go to the weekly meetings every Thursday, and am as keen on this way of eating now as I was when I started. My next weigh-in meeting is tomorrow, and I feel that even through Christmas, I have lost weight with little or no effort, and didn’t feel deprived. Even my family is following this way of eating and have lost weight. We all feel and look better. I had a great Weight Watchers Christmas, and I hope I have many more of them.

Have a great Boxing Day,