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. 



6 comments:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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. http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=2071

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  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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