WW Food and Point Issues ...other than recipes

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Old 11-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #1  
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Because I am so heavy to start I am supposed to eat 45 points a day. I just can not seem to do it. Sunday I went to bed needing 9 more, and last night 15 more. I plan to talk to my WW leader about it Wed. at the meeting but I wonder if this is a issue with anyone else.
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I can only speak for myself, but there are some days when I have trouble eating all my points in a healthy way and other days when I make poor food choices and use up my points before I know it. The trick is finding that balance that will work for you. I find that keeping a food journal helps me and I keep a list of foods I really like and the point value next to it so I can plan for them
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I also do the journal. I have been really eating a lot of 0 point and 1 point things. Maybe I will look into finding healthy food's that have a few more points in them.
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That's the key right there - when you get a lot of points, de-emphasize the 0 and 1 point foods in favor of higher point foods so you don't have to add so much bulk to your diet to get the points in. Full-fat dairy instead of no-fat, nuts, seeds, avocado, non-"diet" foods... All of this stuff has a good role in your diet right now. Peanut butter is 2 or 3 pts for a tablespoon, and full of healthy fats and good protein - have two tablespoons on a banana and you've used 6 or so points, depending on your brand of PB!

There are two things to keep in mind:
1) WW would not give you points to use if eating them would lead you to gain.
2) The more you eat now to lose, the more you will be able to eat once you are at a lower weight and still lose. If you train your body to lose on 29 points now, when you lose 50lbs you'll need to take 5 away and you'll be losing on 25. If you eat at your recommended level, you will still have plenty to sustain you and help you feel like you are getting the food you need. Does that make sense?

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There are two things to keep in mind:
1) WW would not give you points to use if eating them would lead you to gain.
2) The more you eat now to lose, the more you will be able to eat once you are at a lower weight and still lose. If you train your body to lose on 29 points now, when you lose 50lbs you'll need to take 5 away and you'll be losing on 25. If you eat at your recommended level, you will still have plenty to sustain you and help you feel like you are getting the food you need. Does that make sense?

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That makes great sense! And helped me a lot! Thank you!
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I also do the journal. I have been really eating a lot of 0 point and 1 point things. Maybe I will look into finding healthy food's that have a few more points in them.
Maybe trying to up your whole grain intake will help. Usually a cup of brown rice or other whole grains is 4-5 pts. This will be nutritious and keep you full. Add a bit of veggies and/or meat and you'll have a nicely balanced meal. Just a thought...
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A serving of any kind of milk is 2 points, so I do not see the point in drinking whole milk over skim.

My friend has 35 points (more than when he did weight watchers a couple years ago) and he has a hard time using them. In the meeting we went to last Tuesday, someone mentioned making an omelet with an egg and an egg white. That's something I will try because I have 10 less points than my friend. However, since my friend needs to use more points he'll make his omelet with two full eggs.

He is eating a few more unhealthy things (like 1 point cupcakes, fiber one poptarts, and Special K bars) while my snacks are usually 0-2 points for cheese, fruit and veggies. He also can afford to have four meals in the day instead of just three. I've been managing 3 meals with 2-3 snacks a day. I've gone over a couple times (pudding craving, needed to get another milk serving in after dinner, and some miscalculations in counting points), but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I was too full to eat anything else after my gigantic 6 point dinner last night (lean cuisine, green beans, grapes). It left me with two points leftover. Haha.

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He also can afford to have four meals in the day instead of just three. I've been managing 3 meals with 2-3 snacks a day.
Your way is much healthier - 4-6 small meals and light snacks are far superior to 3 large meals.
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Use some different foods if you are truly satisfied with the quantity.

2% or whole milk vs 1% or skim

real salad dressing (there are many out there made with healthy oils or have no transfats) vs light or fat free

real mayo vs light or fat free

good regular bread vs low calorie bread

add a handful of nuts, or some avocado, or even some PB for a snack

But with the 9 good healthy guidelines of dairy and healthy oils that eats up 9-11 of your points right there. And you could always add another dairy.
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so I do not see the point in drinking whole milk over skim.
While nutritionist, RDs and USDA recommends 1% or skim for adults whole milk is not unhealthy. Skim and 1% are recommended because most of the adult diets are not low in calories. When we are trying to lose weight and are eating more healthy (especially the filling foods) we have already reduced our intake and the milk is fine.

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A serving of any kind of milk is 2 points,
and 2% is 3 points and whole is 4 points.

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I have the same problem. I asked at my WW meeting. They said, eat more fruits or higher point veggies. Also, someone has suggested that try higher fat healthy things like nuts and what not in portion. I also eat celery with all natural peanut butter.
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