I'm new here. Never thought I would say that I would be counting calories, but here I am on Weight Watchers.
I'm 25 years old, female, 5'5", currently 168 lbs. I started Weight Watchers about a week ago, now. When I started, I was 170 pounds or so. So I guess it seems to be working so far.
Anyways, what I am wondering is... am I starving myself? Is Weight Watchers just a widely accepted form of starving yourself? Because the numbers are just... baffling.
I am allowed 27 points per day. 1 Weight Watchers point is almost exactly worth 40 calories. That's 1120 calories per day. That goes below starvation mode! Then I come on here, and people are ranting in the forums about NOT using your weekly points, or to just use a few, or to NEVER use your activity points. How do these people function with so little calories and food in their stomachs?!
I'm always hungry! People say to fill up on veggies, but they just don't fill me up. I can only eat so many before I get sick of them. Another way to stay full is by whole grains and proteins - but they eat up so many points, so I can only have a little bit before my points run out.
I do eat very healthy. I also go to Bootcamp five days per week. But it just seems that my points are pretty much gone before I know it. And I am not using it on crap. I also notice that Weight Watchers seems to promote artificial sweeteners - sure, it's low in calories, but what it lacks in calories it makes up for with lots and lots of chemicals and added crap to make it that way. I've never had a diet soda in my life.
I even have myself a Weight Watchers cookbook, but cannot use half of the recipes because the ingredients they use are just diet crap. I'm not going to use a cup or two of fat-free egg substitute from a carton - that's just wrong. I think people see something as fat-free and get so excited, but they don't seem to wonder *how* they made it that way. I've went to the grocery store and got to see most of the ingredients on a few official Weight Watchers products. It's kind of gross, actually!
I really don't get it. I really do feel like I am starving myself, and in the process I feel like I am being encouraged to buy into all this low-fat chemical laden crap. In the end, I'll be skinny - but will I be healthier?
Thanks for listening to my rant. I'm sure this made one heck of a first impression, huh?
I want to lose weight, but I also want to be healthy. But I am not sure 1120 calories per day is going to get me there...