As you all know, the writers here are total foodies. In other words, we’re gluttons. We love to cook and eat good food, but usually too much of it.
I’ve heard a gazillion times that low-carb is the way to go (and it is), but I’m confronted by the problem that I have zero appetite-control. I just tend to eat and eat until I feel absolutely stuffed because I’m stressed and exhausted, so portion-control is a non-negotiable with me.
Enter Weight Watchers.
I absolutely love this program, especially the older version of it. But I’m a cheapskate, so I just do it on my own. I created a spreadsheet where I have my daily points allowance listed (23/day, 14 on Fridays for fasting, 35 extra per week), along with a sheet listing the points for my favorite foods, and another sheet tracking my weight. If I stick to the allowance, I lose 1-3 lbs per week, even without exercise (30 minutes of exercise adds a point to the allowance).
This is mildly painful, but I can maintain it reasonably well and I’m encouraged by the weight loss. Anytime I stop counting points, I immediately begin regaining the weight because I go straight back to stuffing my face. I tried counting calories, but I end up even hungrier than on WW because it doesn’t take fiber into account and there are no zero-calories items.
To give you an idea of how this works in practice, here is a sample menu from a normal day with points listed:
|Oatmeal with whole milk||4|
|Coffee with cream and sugar||2|
|Canned green beans||0|
|Surimi lettuce wraps||6|
To give you an idea of the impact of such a diet, here are the daily values from my diet versus the national recommended diet:
As you can see, I’m not eating very much, but my carbs are lower than would the result of simply cutting the “normal” diet down.