I just started back on the Weight Watchers diet this past week and find it works best for me. Although the 15 lbs. I lost a couple of years ago on the program crept back on, I found it to be a sensible, nutritionally sound and balanced program, and when I attended the meetings, I found them to be inspirational and educational. I'm not attending the meetings this time, but am following the plan on my own using their "Points" system. I find that I must write down what I eat in order to lose the weight by keeping track of my points. (For those unfamiliar with the points system, points are assigned to a food based on fat, fiber and calories. A fast-food fried chicken breast is 10 points while a 3 oz. skinless, cooked chicken breast is 3 points. Most vegetables have 0 to 1 point and most fruit has 1 to 2 points. Also, the greater the fiber content in a food, the more you can eat. I found a bread that has 3 grams of fiber and 90 calories and each slice is only one point. Some soups have 8 to 10 grams of fiber and you can eat the whole can of soup for only 2 points. Weight Watchers gives you a sort of slide-rule device which can be used to calculate points from any food label. For my weight and for weight loss to occur, I'm allowed 25 points/day. Exercise is assigned points as well. An hour of moderate exercise equals 3 points-- 3 points more I can EAT!
I've never been obese but I've battled with my weight most of my life and am at the point where I know I must change my eating habits if I want to maintain a lower weight and quit the battle, and I believe Weight Watchers is my best and healthiest bet for the long haul. I could never tolerate a high-protein diet like Atkin's because I don't like meat that much and enjoy and feel the need for carbs. Here's a link to Weight Watchers if anyone's interested:
So, what diets have worked for you, your family and friends, or your patients?
Jun 10, '02
Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
I want QUICK results, so if anyone knows a way to get the weight off QUICK, SPILL...I'm listening! :chuckle
Get Mono or a bad case of the flu....
I tried doing a modified slim fast plan this past semester, just one shake a day in the place of lunch and eating a small breakfast and dinner...it worked well when I was busy during the day, but when I saw or smelled someone else's food I wanted to claw it out of their hands....My parents did great on the Atkins diet, but I love carbs too much
Oh, I also tried the 48 hr miracle diet....that is insanity, don't know what I was thinking, drinking orange drink for 2 days straight, lol.
Last edit by Lausana on Jun 10, '02