A complete change in “diet”

Note I use the term “diet” loosely – I’m a huge believer in finding something that is a change for life and not just a quick faddy thing.

As mentioned before I have been on and off the Slimming World wagon more times than I care to remember and as much as I love it I find it incredibly hard to stick to long term.

The cost and food preparation is a major pain in the bum hole.  And I’m not keen on the encouraged use of artificial sweeteners and things packed with chemicals, I’d rather use syns than go crazy on the extra low-fat shit packed with e-numbers and it just wasn’t working for me.

Plus the PCOS issue means that carbs are not my friends and the free reign with pasta and rice is not a good thing for me.

So I took my nan out for lunch last week, it was her 86th birthday and she loves a day out.  She has always watched her weight and yet I’ve never seen her deny herself anything.

After lunch we were having a chat over a cup of tea and she was telling me how she had gained a lot of weight in her mid thirties and how she tried calorie counting and all sorts and she couldn’t get her head around it.

She decided to attend Weight Watchers with her best friend and she told me it was the best thing she ever did – she could eat whatever she wanted but she stayed within her points and became more mindful of filling up on healthier food.

She said she had followed the plan ever since and although she doesn’t track points anymore she buys their yogurts and applies the principals she learnt all those years ago.

I have attended meetings with other “diets” before and they aren’t for me – the anxiety I get from being weighed by a stranger and sitting in a room full of people is horrendous and it does me more harm than good.

I decided to buy a one month trial with Weight Watchers and see how I get on.  It’s all done through the app, which is taking a lot of getting used to, I can’t get my head around it and it seems too simple to be true.

Everything you consume has a points value(Smart Points) and when you set up initially it tells you how many you can have, which for me is 34 a day.

They say:

  • Every food is assigned its own SmartPoints value — an easy-to-use number based on four components: calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein.

  • Protein lowers the amount of SmartPoints values that something “costs.”

  • Sugar and saturated fat increase the SmartPoints values.

You can scan bar codes or enter the name to search for food and drink and add it to your diary for the day; it’s quite handy and seems okay.

It’s so different to SW it’s all a bit alien but I’m hoping it clicks in soon, it’s so simple and it’s already making me think twice about what I eat and making my points count.

Will keep you updated 🙂

*Please note – I am reviewing Weight Watchers as a paying customer, I have not been asked to do this, it’s all off my own back.

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