I know I said that I was going to give the WW program one more week, but I have made some discoveries today about the program and I am now making some IMMEDIATE changes.
Let me say before I go any further that these are my opinions, there is nothing scientific in my findings and I am certainly not saying that Weight Watchers does not work...I am simply saying that for me, a woman weighing in at 419.8 lbs., I may need to make some changes.
I decided to do an experiment. I went back to a day in my WW tracker I consumed ALL the points that I am allotted, which is 65. I took the food from that day and tracked it in Spark People (a free site that a lot of people use who preferred the old WW program). I also tracked a day where I ate significantly less than then number of calories allotted, 52. HERE IS WHAT I FOUND:
On the day that I ate 65 points, I consumed 2786 calories. WHAT?!?!?!?!
On the day I consumed 52 points I ate 2163 calories.
I was, and continue to be, flabbergasted. I know my body, and there is NO WAY I can lose weight consuming 2800 calories a day. NO WAY.
When I was on Jenny Craig several years ago (which was very effective for me, although very expensive) my target caloric intake was 2000 calories - I weighed 355 lbs. at the time. When I went back weighing in at 410 lbs. they told me that I could choose to move to 2300 calories or remain at 2000 - they stressed it was my choice. I stayed at 2000 because I had always felt very satisfied there, and it produced good results.
ANYWAY, I decided to do some calculations to make sure the 2800 added up. I took 2800 calories and divided it by 65 (the points allotted to me each day) and that came out to an average of 43.07 point. I then multiplied 43.07 by the lowest number of points recommended by Weight Watchers, which is, 29, and I got 1249. 1200 calories is the lowest recommended daily caloric intake and very few reputable programs will recommend any participant go below that amount of calories in a day...so I knew that the 2800 calories that I came up with at 65 points was right in the ballpark.
BOTTOM LINE...I cannot lose weight and consume 2800 calories each day. I just can't. On the old WW program I was consuming about 2300 calories when I ate all my points, and I lost. I started that program in 2010 weighing 439 lbs and I lost 73 lbs before I let emotional eating get the better of me. This time around I started lower, 430 lbs., and I'm eating approximately 2800 calories each day. It. Is. Not. Feasible. For Me! NOT FEASIBLE!
So I am making adjustments.
I am a believer in the calories in calories out theory!! I really am!! I do like the points system, it makes me pay attention to other nutrients in food and I like the ease of using points. BUT, I am lowering my daily points target to a range of 48 - 52. That should put me in the 2000 - 2300 calorie range each day.
ALSO, I am DEFINITELY tracking fruits.
On the new PointsPlus system WW has made all fruits 0 points. Here's the thing, if I eat 3 pieces of fruit in a day that can add up to 200 - 300 extra calories!! No matter how healthy, those are still calories that my body has to handle and I need to track them. On the old program ALL FRUIT was tracked. ALL OF IT! Theoretically, I could eat 65 point, be around 2800 calories, eat a few pieces of 0 point fruit and before you know it I am over 3000 calories!
NOT. GOING. TO. RESULT. IN. WEIGHT. LOSS!!!
I am not going to lie, I feel so relieved to have uncovered all of this. I thought I was going NUTS! Seriously, I kept thinking..."Am I eating something that I am not tracking...am I tracking incorrectly...Am I not assigning enough points values to certain foods, etc." End of the day, I was simply eating too much.
NOW TO PUT THIS TO THE TEST!
Let's hope I still feel this relieved on Saturday, come weigh in!