I attended a Weight Watchers meeting this morning and weighed in for the first time in two weeks. I lost 1.2 pounds to get to 145.4 pounds, a new low. For me, SmartPoints seem to be helping me to stay on track:
I didn’t actually have to weigh in again until January, but wanted to weigh into day for a few reasons. I’ve now been following SmartPoints for 3 weeks, and wanted to update on my results. Also, this is the first time I’ve been below my goal weight of 146 pounds since got back to goal on July 31. I’ve been within no more than 2 pounds above my goal most of the time, but just hadn’t been below goal since then. Finally, this is my lowest official weigh in since the early 1990s.
I do credit SmartPoints with most of this. SmartPoints hasn’t been a huge change in eating for me, but it has helped me to keep focus on what I’m eating and the lower weekly points have made a big difference. This seems to have helped me to get off my plateau.
Just a few comparisons, from dual tracking on MyFitness Pal. This is from last Saturday through yesterday, and is my average per day (this does include 0 point foods):
Calories – 1217
Protein – 94g
Sugar – 26g
Sat. Fat – 14g
Carbs – 97g
Fiber – 33g
Fat – 60g
Sodium – 1833mg
Comparing SmartPoints to Points Plus for that period:
Average PointsPlus per day – 30.1
Average SmartPoints per day – 31.4
Weekly PointsPlus used – 30, so I would have 19 left
Weekly SmartPoints used – 20, so I would have 8 left
Just a couple of comments on this. As you can see my sugar total averaged 26g per day, including both natural sugars (like those in fruit/veggies) and added sugar. While I did have chocolate a few days this week, I just don’t eat much sugar. My saturated fat is actually a little higher than I would prefer, but isn’t that high either. I got those numbers from MFP, but you can get those numbers by going through your Weight Watchers tracker and adding up the sugar and saturated fat grams (unless you use Quick Add).
Because my sugar and saturated fat is low, I struggled to get to 30 SmartPoints on days I didn’t eat out. In fact, I didn’t get there on 3 days. On those 3 days, on Points Plus, I would have eaten 26, 28, and 25 PointsPlus. So, I was at the minimum on PointsPlus on all but one day (and on that day I was close and had a lot of veggies). So I don’t feel that bad about not getting to 30 every day. Had I gotten to 30 each day and used the same number of weekly points I would have averaged 32.9 SmartPoints a day.
Also, as you can see from my macros my total carbohydrates eaten averaged 97g which is lowish carb, although not all that low. I eat quite a bit of fiber so my net carbs per day average was 64g. Note that I wasn’t actually trying to limit my carbs this week, it is just how it ended up working out. I do have a specific amount of protein that I am for since I’m trying to build muscle. If I hit that protein goal, then I tend to eat fewer carbs. And, most of the carbs I do eat are not refined carbs.
One more thing:
After out meeting we ate out at Genghis Grill. My entire meal was 14 SmartPoints. We shared an order of Chicken Potstickers. That was 5 SmartPoints for 2 1/2 potstickers. Then, I made my bowl:
One reason I love Genghis Grill is that I get to put in the bowl exactly what I want to eat. I put in my bowl today:
Chicken, 3 ounces (1 SP)
Egg (2 SP)
Dragon Salt, Garlic Powder, Ginger (0 SP)
Broccoli, Red Peppers, Asparagus (0 SP)
Brown Rice (3 SP)
Khan Pao Sauce (3 SP)
The entire bowl was 9 SmartPoints and was very filling. I don’t usually have the Khan Pao sauce, but I wanted a change. It was the highest sugar sauce they had. Next time I will probably get something different. Nonetheless I was happy with the point total.