Thursday, September 25, 2014

3 things I learned at this week's Weight Watchers meeting

1. I'm holding steady since last week, though not where I'd like to be. I want to get back down to that low summer weight. I want that 10-pound star!

2. Weight Watchers is not only emphasizing its Power Foods, it is also steering members away from higher-carb foods. Hints at things to come?

3. I miss my regular leader.  I haven't been able to get to her meetings. 


  1. What do they consider higher carb food? Do you have a sense that someone is (finally) looking at diabetes numbers?

    1. I'm just seeing hints at this point that they are encouraging lower (not low) carb choices. As an example, in the weekly they suggested making peanut butter "sandwiches" out of thickly-sliced apples instead of bread.

      Obviously, apples still have carbohydrates, but they also have more fiber.

      I don't think WW will ever become a truly low-carb plan. If they do, I won't stay -- I like that the program is flexible, and If it loses that flexibility I will just go back to a free calorie app. Different people seem to do well on different kinds of diets, and I seem to do best with a moderate-carb and moderate-fat (but low sugar) diet.

      WW currently really discourages fats, too, with the way points are figured. I'd be happy if that changed.

    2. I am NOT low carb. Never have been. My carbs look low, in comparison to the general population, because they are proportional. That is just how skewed the general population now is.

    3. Are they distinguishing between fats or treating them all the same?

    4. Not in the points formula. The good health guidelines specify two teaspoons of "healthy oils" but nuts, avocados, or other foods with healthy fats don't count.

  2. I'm catching up on blog reading, so I'm a bit late with comments. I also like that WW is not truly low carb. It is flexible enough so that members can eat carbs, but within reason...either at a lower level or moderate level. By the nature of the program, you can't consume an overabundance of carbs without going way over your designated points. I tend to watch the amount of sugar on the nutritional analysis of food. Doing this, along with moderating my carbs, has taken me from a definite Type 2 diabetic to have a blood sugar and A1C in the normal range.


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