On October 4th, I took the plunge and started up the only weight loss program out of hundreds that seemed to work for me the best…Weight Watchers. I had my goal in mind, my gym membership lined up, did my research on the new Points Plus Program, I was ready.
Fast forward 2 months and the number on the scale being than desirable. Only 5lbs…can’t be right?! I’ve followed all the guidelines, stayed within my daily/weekly points (with a little Thanksgiving cheating) and even worked out 4-5 times a week. What gives?? I was so super frustrated that I was on the verge of giving up and trying some new.
Then there was Google. Something told me to do a little research before throwing in the towel and I’m so glad I did. Turns out that I wasn’t the only one having issues with the new Points Plus system. I found forums after forums of people complaining that the new program wasn’t giving them the same results as before. I felt a little better but continued to dig deeper. That’s when I discovered the issue…of course fruits and vegetables are 0 point items but not free for all. What exactly does that mean? Depending on the amount of servings and method of consumption, the point value of your item just might increase. It was my beloved green juice that was causing my demise. The easiest way to explain this is that when you take a 0 point orange and decide to juice it, you’re changing the nutritional value (particularly losing the fiber content). If you go to plug in an orange on your tracker, it will read 0 points. Now if you go to plug in that same orange as ‘fresh juice’, your tracker will read 3 points. Big difference!
After discovering that gem I decided to plug my green juice into the recipe builder (instead of listing each item individually) and it came up to a whopping 15 points!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? No wonder I wasn’t making much progress! I drink this concoction at least 3 times a week and always assumed it was 0 points because it was only fruits and veggies. I’ve been going over my points tremendously for the past two months and didn’t even know it…what a mess!
I’ve now made the decision to take a break from my wonderful Breville. I can no longer continue to sabotage my weight loss efforts. Don’t get me wrong, juicing is very healthy and can still be done on WW. Just realize that it also means you will have to sacrifice eating food for those points in the process. Call me crazy but I’d rather have the food!
30 Before 30…here I come 😉