Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weight Watchers for free

Last year when I was getting ready to do my B-pics for Nick, one of my co-workers went on Weight Watchers. She was already skinny, but wanted to slim down for her wedding. So for 2 months she was pretty strict with the system and lost about 20 pounds. It's amazing sometimes how you look at someone and think they look great, and then they diet, and still look great, but your jaw drops when you realize how much extra weight they had to play around with and lose.

I did a lot of research about how to do it for free (because I wasn't about to pay for something I wanted to do for a month tops), but ended up not doing it because I really hate the word "diet." Just the thought of it makes me want to eat a doughnut...I wonder how I'm not 300 pounds...My co-worker said it was really easy, she was never hungry, she just ate smarter. The system is based on points. Each product you eat is worth a certain amount. You're allowed a certain amount per day based on your current and goal weights, height, gender, and activity level. You also get some extra wiggle room for those days you wanna splurge.

Now that we're getting precariously close to bikini season I know a lot of people will be watching what they eat and will be thinking about dieting. Weight Watchers is one of the most healthy alternatives (given that you eat healthy and stay active) as you're allowed to eat real food, and don't have to cut anything out to do it. Here's some tips about how to do it for free.

1. Calculate your points: There's lots of calculators that exist out there. This one will calculate how many points you're allowed per day (there's also an explanation of how the points work. This one will calculate the number of points for packaged food.

2. Get some recipes: There are tons of websites dedicated to point counts and recipes for Weight Watchers. All you have to do is Google them. This blog has a lot of really great healthy recipes that have point counts and this website has tons of generic foods like fruits, nuts, etc. and their point counts. This website has a whole list of 0 point foods.

3. Exercise: You get extra points back for adding activities to your day.

4. Get a group: If you need help, bring some friends together for your own informal meetings. Part of the reason WW works is because people meet once a week to support each other. If you need the encouragement, find some friends and lose weight together. Or you can always find a weight loss forum like this one.

Good luck!

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