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Old 05-09-2007, 10:57 AM   #1  
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Hi, I decided to rejoin WW, but the at-home version, because of the variety and accountability the program offers -- plus the wealth of recipes, information, and support out there. I have been on another, more restrictive program where I lost 20lbs (gained back 10 in 3 months), and have been having a hard time going back to it because of the restrictions.

So here I am. I started yesterday with my old WW books until my order for the new 2007 version arrives. My problem with WW before and why I strayed is that I would eat my points for the day of mostly carbs -- bad carbs. I figured, hey! it's a XX points and I can eat 'em as long as I stayed within range! Didn't work. The bad carbs would then lead me to binging and using up the 30+ extra points in more bad carb eating. Needless to say, I didn't lose, got discouraged, blamed the program and not my choices.

I know I need to restrict the bad carbs but I like the idea that I can have something sometime. How do you use your points for good carbs, more protein?? Any menu suggestions?? Any other helpful hints would be great!

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I think in the old books it had the 8 Healthy Guidelines too but they will be in your current book but it is:

1. Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
2. Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.
3. Include two servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day.
4. Have some healthy oil (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed) each day.
5. Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or dried beans each day. Many dairy products are also good sources of protein.
6. Limit added sugar and alcohol.
7. Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
8. Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.

If you follow this before you eat junk, simple carbs you'll do fine. You can also utilize the Points Pies to help you divide your points up to help you too:

Balanced (under 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 8-9 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 6-7 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 0-3 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 2-3 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

20-28 points a day

Higher Protein (under 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 5-6 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 9-11 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 0-1 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 2-4 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

20-28 points a day

Higher Carb (under 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 9-10 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 5-7 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 1-3 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 1-2 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

20-28 points a day

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Balanced (over 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 11 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 10 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 3-4 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 2-3 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

30-34 points a day

Higher Protein (over 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 8 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 12 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 2-3 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 4-5 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

30-34 points a day

Higher Carb (over 250 pounds)

Complex Carbs/Grain Based Foods – 13 points a day
Protein-rich Foods – 8 points a day
Fruits and Veggies – 2-4 points a day
Fats, added sugars – 3 points a day
Milk and Milk Products – 4-6 points a day

30-34 points a day



What I also do is use my daily points for the 8 Healthy Guidelines, use my activity points for additional dairy or protein and use my FlexPoints for whatever.
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The info you replied with is great! Thank you so much!!
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