I probably won't keep this up for long, but out of curiosity, I have been double-tracking in Weight Watchers and Lose It! to see how many calories I'm getting in a given number of PointsPlus. It really depends on the food, of course. A 250-calorie bag of almonds has 5 points, exactly 50 per point. A teaspoon of olive oil is 40 calories and one point. The 3 ounces of steak I had on my salad yesterday was 236 calories and 3 points, for 79 calories per point. For me, it works out to roughly 50 calories per point in the course of a day.
It would be possible for someone to eat so many fruits and vegetables that they were getting thousands of extra calories, but I doubt that they would want to eat as much other food if they did. My husband and I were trying to imagine how someone could binge on fruit. I have never eaten more than one banana in a day, and bananas seem to be the most binge-worthy fruit -- sweet, relatively high calories for fruit, and easy to eat. Seedless green grapes seemed like another possibility. I think I'd be sick if I ate more than a cup of grapes, though. Same for vegetables, though I remember hearing in a Weight Watchers meeting that some people would got a 1-pound bag of baby carrots and munch them all day. Their bellies must be more iron-clad than mine, that doesn't even sound palatable.
I think it's interesting how Weight Watchers changed the way they talk about fruit from the last time I was doing the program. When they introduced the 0-point fruit, they talked about it as "free" fruit. That made a lot of people upset, because it obviously has calories. This time, the materials say that a "reasonable amount" of fruit has already been precounted into the PointsPlus allowance, to encourage members to eat it. There isn't a definition of "reasonable," but I'm sure it doesn't mean eating a bunch of bananas at a time or a whole pound of grapes.
I'm trying to spread my points fairly evenly through my meals and snack, instead of doing what I remember a lot of Weight Watchers talking about -- eating as many low- or no-points food all morning so they could have a bigger dinner and dessert. Whenever I tried that, I would be so hungry and grouchy all day that the evenings would be a disaster. I would rather have a bigger breakfast and lunch and a lighter dinner. I'm also spreading my weekly points out through the week, rather than trying to hoard them. However, I did find something I need to try to stretch out my points a little:
toledolefty ZOODLES!! got this handheld spiral slicer for nine bucks on Ebay. 0pp! #Fitbloggin… http://t.co/WushafG84pI accidentally bought three of them, so I hope they work well. I think these will be great in the summer when zucchini are everywhere.
— Margo Porras (@ShesNachoMama) May 1, 2014