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FluffyGirl79
12-20-2013, 03:11 PM
How many of you use all of your weekly and activity points? I only used a few of them last week and actually gained a pound (first week!). Didn't exercise though. I'm wondering if I'm eating too few points and wondered if anyone had experience with this. I'm definitely going to be exercising this week, that's for sure.


Dixiemom
12-20-2013, 08:20 PM
I ate all my weekly points but on activity points and lost consistently. I exercise alot. I would get 25-30 AP each week. Everyone is different and you really need to figure out what works for you (keeping your individual cycle in mind, I was always up mid cycle but lost it a week later).

Koshka
12-21-2013, 03:19 AM
As a general rule I don't use my activity points and I use roughly 1/2 of my weekly points. Calories do matter. The program is designed so that if you use your activity points and your weekly points you will still lose. That said, you will lose more slowly than if you don't use them. Personally I need to eat a reasonable amount of my weekly points or I would find the program too restrictive and would quit. Theoretically I might lose better if I ate exactly 26 points a day, but as a practical matter I wouldn't because I couldn't stay on that program.

The idea that people are going into starvation mode and therefore are eating too few points and need to eat more is one that really isn't true. On the WW page there is a good article about how how starvation mode is really a myth.

The more typical reasons that people don't lose even when eating minimum points:

1. They live a sedentary life and don't burn as many calories a day as WW assumes they are burning. Therefore, they don't lose weight. For example, I have a fairly sedentary life so if I don't try really really hard to move around, I won't burn a lot of calories and I'll lose about 1/4 pound a week on average.

2. They don't weigh/measure food and get their portion sizes wrong so are eating more points than they expected.

3. They are making an error in how they count their points (common in new members) or aren't tracking every bite.

4. They eat too much zero point fruit/veggies.


FluffyGirl79
12-21-2013, 11:54 PM
Thanks for all the info. I will try eating half the weekly extra points and see how that goes, and go from there. Good to know others' experiences!! :)

VioletDolphin83
12-29-2013, 05:04 AM
The more typical reasons that people don't lose even when eating minimum points:

1. They live a sedentary life and don't burn as many calories a day as WW assumes they are burning. Therefore, they don't lose weight. For example, I have a fairly sedentary life so if I don't try really really hard to move around, I won't burn a lot of calories and I'll lose about 1/4 pound a week on average.


I have that problem. I'm mostly sedentary even with daily exercise according to my pedometer. Unfortunately I can't increase my activity level further until I lose more weight because my weight causes back and knee pain. So I'm stuck using less than even the minimum amount of points. It doesn't bother me too much though because my hunger seems to match my activity level.

Krissypants29
01-01-2014, 04:10 PM
I've lost 74 pounds without exercising and haven't used any of my weekly points for the whole time. Except this week of course because it was the holidays, but I don't like the idea of using them even though it's part of WW. I will be exercising very soon, I love swimming so I want to get into that just so I can be that much healthier.