Most of you know what Weight Watchers is all about. WW uses a point system that gives you a certain amount of daily points that you must meet and stay within. The amount of points you get per day depends on your gender, height, weight, and general day-to-day activity level (sedentary, active etc.), and it changes as you lose weight. Your expected to lose anywhere from .5 to 2 pounds a week. Simple, right? One would think that it’s all about the numbers…but it’s not.
As you know, I have been unhappy with my rate of weight loss. I have been losing about 1 pound a week, but this has been discouraging since the last time I was on WW (before the new points plus plan), I was losing a minimum of 2 pounds a week. But, there has been one crucial difference in my thinking. I discovered that there are many not so great foods that I can eat throughout the day and stay within my points. Well, I have been doing that….a lot. My reasoning was, “hey, I’m staying within my points, so I’m good!” Right? WRONG!
I started thinking about the foods that I was eating the last time that I was on WW and I realized that I used to make much better food choices. Unfortunately , sometimes we can get so caught up counting points, that we forget that its not just the amount of food we eat, but the type of food. Don’t get me wrong, the numbers do matter. I have still been losing weight even though I haven’t been eating that great, BUT I could be losing more at a quicker rate if I coupled counting points with healthier food choices. Not to mention exercise (more on that later). Also, there is something to be said for having the freedom to have that occasional treat and not feel guilty about it. It helps to stay on plan if you’re not constantly feeling deprived or like there are foods that you CAN’T eat. Nothing is off limits…BUT we shouldn’t be going crazy here. Just because something is permissible, doesn’t mean that it is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23).
Going into the next week with renewed resolve to make healthier food choices daily. Prayers are welcome and appreciated! 🙂