Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Remote Control Buttons That Help Me With Weight Loss

This week at Weight Watchers has all been about staying in control when we socialize. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I’ve been using a remote control as a way to offer tips to help with weight loss.

Remotes tend to have the same buttons. There are certain ones that help with weight loss more than others. These are the ones that help me.
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The Rewind Button

This is so important for weight loss, whatever plan you follow. It’s worth rewinding and looking back over your journey.

The next time a social event comes up, think back at how you handled them in the past. Did you lose weight and how did you do it? If not, what did you do that you could do differently this time?

I regularly use the rewind button. It’s what I love about tracking, especially through my Weight Watchers app. There’s the chance to look back over years of tracking.

The Fast Forward Button

Fast forward to think about where you want to be in the future. What do you want to get out of a social event with your weight loss? What problems could you face?

Fast forwarding like this helps you plan for the events. How will you handle the buffets? What can you do to handle those who tell you “just one more won’t hurt?”

Change the Channel

With Weight Watchers, we have two plans: The propoints plan and the filling and healthy approach. Could it be worth changing the plan that you’re following for your socializing events? Could that help with your weight loss?

Whenever I go to Toby Carvery, I’ll follow a filling and healthy day, even though I usually propoint. It gives me more freedom and means I get to enjoy the day out.

Those are the three buttons I use to help me with weight loss. What buttons can you use to help yours?

Friday, 6 March 2015

Why the Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy Plan Works for Weight Loss

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This week, I’ve been speaking about Filling and Healthy. It’s one of the two plans on Weight Watchers, and leads to many questions about how it works to help with weight loss.

The whole point is to not track or point. You focus on the foods that are “filling and healthy”. These are the ones that are highlighted in green in the plan.

So, how does it work? How do you not need to worry about portion sizes but still lose weight?

The secret is in the food

Yes, really. It’s all about the food that you’re eating. These are foods that are high in fiber and protein and lower in fats and carbohydrates. No, it’s not the Atkins diet or anything like that. There are still some carbs, after all whole wheat pasta and bread are on the list. They’re just lower in the simple carbs that burn off in the body quickly.

The foods break down slower, so they take longer to leave the system. That means you feel fuller for longer. If you had a banana rather than a chocolate biscuit, you’ll find that you don’t need another snack as soon as you would have done if you made the other choice.

Self regulating foods

There is little risk of over-eating. The benefit of the Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy plan is that the foods are all self regulating. That means your body tells you when it has had enough.

You do need to listen to your body, though. Don’t eat until you are fit to burst. You want to be comfortably full. You’ll find it hard to over-eat anyway when on this plan.

Lower pro-point valued foods

Another benefit is that the majority of the foods are lower in pro-points. A lot of them are even zero pro-points because fruit and vegetables are on the list.

How great is that?

So, even if you eat lots of them,  you’re not likely to go over your pro-points allowance.

Could the Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy plan work for you? It could be something to consider if you hate the idea of tracking and pointing. It really does work for weight loss and the secret is all in the food you’ll eat.