Thursday, December 03, 2009

Good Health Guidelines: A scary story

I was talking with a woman in my meeting who was almost to Lifetime. She just has to maintain for one more week to make her goal weight. "I'm doing really well," she said, "but I've lost a lot of hair." She said her daughter had lost hair too.

I said, "I remember I heard that's why they added the healthy oils guideline, because people were losing hair."

She said, "Really? That's the one I never get."

So seriously, Weight Watchers, cutting back on fat is a great way to cut calories, but keep it within reason. If you seriously can't stand to spend two points a day on oil, make the first two teaspoons of healthy oil a free food. I doubt you will see much of a dent in your weight loss by adding two points a day. Or at least make sure you're eating some foods with healthy fats, like peanut butter (not PB2, which has no fat), fish, avocados, or nuts. Your body needs fat to make hair, not to mention brain cells. I have had good weight loss on weeks that I followed all the GHGs to the letter even when I went a few points a day over. I think this was partly because I was skimping on real foods to make room for things like fat-free popcorn and treats like dark chocolate and wine. When I eat real food, I'm more satisfied and less likely to go grazing through the pantry.

Being at a healthy weight is important for health, but so is giving your body the building blocks it needs to grow and repair itself. It's easy to lose sight of the real goal: Feeling good and being fit to live an active, happy life. Take care out there.


  1. Oh my goodness, this is shocking! Is losing hair really a common problem in the WW groups? Wow.

    I can understand it, I guess. So many people are afraid of fat! I never have been, but see all the literature that pushes people in that direction, and it scares me!

  2. Ohhh my goodness that is scary. I agree they need to be stronger in the FAT IS OKAY! message. Yikes...

  3. Loved this post. When I did WW at work, our meeting wasn't until 2:00 in the afternoon, and some people would not drink or eat before weigh in!

    I typically have three meals a day, and rarely snack because my meals are so filling - with real food! :D

  4. Thanks, I needed to read this today. I have a friend who just lost a bunch of weight by pretty much starving herself. I, on the other hand, trudge slowly along with the eat right and exercise formula. I seriously felt like I should quit the exercise and just stop eating too(I can't exercise if I am not eating, no energy), but you reminded me that while I may fool the world into thinking I am healthy, my body knows the truth, that I would just be thin.

  5. Current point counting for first 2 tsp of oil. It is in there. Week 6 I believe.

    I read it to say that no counting with the "Simply Filling" tech...but my leader said it was for both.

  6. Here here. I love oil (and my hair).

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