It went really, really, well. I am down 3.6 lbs in my first week on the program. I have created a ticker in the sidebar to track my progress on this journey.
Weight Watchers has recently enhanced and changed up their program. It is still based on points, however instead of taking Calories, Fat, and Fibre into the equation to find the points value, they have changed it to use Carbohydrates, Fat, Fibre and Protein for the calculation. I think it’s a far more balanced approach. Protein is an important nutrient for our bodies, and I think a lot of people stayed away from it on the old system because it was high in point value, I know I did. Protein makes you feel full longer, which helps the rumblies in your tummy to stay away. It’s also needed to build muscle…muscle burns more calories than fat.
Fruit has a 0 point value now, so you can eat more of it without having to sacrifice a point. There are some old favourites of mine that have increased in point value. My oatmeal used to be 2 points, now it’s 3. A 4 oz glass of wine was 2 points, now it’s 4 points (it takes in account the sugars in alcohol, which increases the carb count).
Another thing that is different is that you get more points than before. It’s a trade-off though, for those foods that have increased in value. On the old program, I would have got 24 points to start. On this program I have 30. I also get 49 extra ‘points plus’ to use or not use as I see fit. You can use them for the occasional treat…I am going to use some of them this weekend when we take Amy out for her birthday on Saturday.
Overall I am enjoying the program and I am not feeling deprived. If I really want the ice cream, I will have it, and make sure I track it and use my points.
Three and a half pounds is a great start! It’s 5% of what I ultimately want to lose, LOL!