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Posts: 421 2/17/07 11:54 A
ok great! I know that's the healthy way to lose I just didn't want to gain I'm going to be getting started today! And am very excited!! Thanks for all of your answers to my questions!! You don't know how much I appreciate it!!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 955 2/16/07 11:25 P
You got alot of good answers here. I really have nothing more to add except to say if you follow the plan to the letter, you WILL lose weight. Weigh and measure everything. And Journal everything. Good luck!
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current weight: 244.0
Fitness Minutes: (640) Posts: 2,008 2/16/07 3:46 P
You have great info given already-since this 65 year old gal been introduced into the computer lingo-meaning learning a little-hubby and I made chart (using one for each of the food group)columns titles- Description, Serving Size, Points, Calories, Total Fat, Sat.Fat, Trans fat, Chol., Sodium, Potassium.Total Carbs, Dietary Fiber, Sugar, Sugar Alchols, Protein. I've use different colors to highlight columns used to figure WW points, and any other column I need to watch levels(sodium). Sheets-Food Charts MEATS-POULTRY-FISH-DRY BEANS-EGGS-NUTS:FRUITS--VEGETABLES: MILK-YOGURT-CHEESE; BREADS-CEREALS-PASTA-RICE; i CAN EMAIL YOU SOME WEB SITE-THAT YOU COULD USE(CHECK ON mY sPARKS pAGE iF INTERESTED).
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I just wanted to tell you not to feel bad about doing Weight Watchers at home. I've been on the plan here at home, off and on, for 5 years. This September I really committed my weight problem to God and I'm back on track(for good, I hope! This has to be a life change, not a diet!) I've lost 63pounds, leaving 113pounds to go. It's a long way back, but I love the support I've found here at SparkPeople! I think the hardest thing I've found about Weight Watchers is knowing how many points to take for food I cook at home. DON'T let yourself get discouraged about this! If you feel stuck, just do your best based on what your food companion book says for that general type of food, and move on. I've fallen off the plan more times than I can count because I gave up over this. Also, if you can afford it even temporarly, go to www.weightwatchers.com and join WW on-line. They have a RecipeBuilder tool that's very helpful for recipes you've created or found to use at home. I've entered nearly every recipe I use into it now, and never have to "wonder" how many points to take for the meals I serve! Good luck on your weight loss journey! You're already on the right track!
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current weight: 371.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,576) Posts: 3,813 2/16/07 1:01 P
Wow - that is cool - thanks for this link. I have just saved it in "MY Favorites". I am a lifetime member - going back to 1968. Have basically lived the plan all these years, but age and stress caused me to gain about 10-15 lbs. Now I am struggling to get it off, working on it. Using core program, and trying not to use too many extra points. The exercising is difficult to get to for me. Today I used a tape called "Fat to Firm" from Prevention - had it a while - have not done it in a while and I am aching, but that's good.
Have a great day, and again thanks for the calculator.
Thanks so much for all of your help everyone! Once again. Now I have another question, Are there any weight watchers threads for weight loss goals? I know there are many for support (I just found one) You guys are soooo nice and I appreciate all of your help! You may get asked more questions over time, so be prepared. I'm always full of questions!!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 276 2/16/07 11:44 A
Regardless of which version of WW you use you will lose weight. I know some that still use the oldest WW program and it works for them. I'm on the program that they had right before they introduced the CORE plan. (flexpoints). Here is an online website where you can find the WW points calculator:
Some tips: -Use whole wheat and multigrain products as much as possible. -High fiber foods have less points than low fiber foods. -Thomas English Muffin Light Multigrain is 1 point for the entire muffin -2 slices of Light Whole Wheat Wonder Bread or any of the WW breads are 1 point -If you want to try whole wheat/multigrain pasta try Barilla Plus (Yellow Box). It is multigrain, has both protein and omega 3's (it has flaxseed, lentils and chickpeas mixed w/ the flour & eggwhites). The texture is also not gritty like some other whole wheat pasta's and a small amount fills you up. Tried it last night and it was great. -measure your food to make sure you are eating the right amount. -You can have up to 3 eggwhites for 1point! -1 eggwhite is 0points, 2 eggwhites is 0.5 point! - a good nonstick cooking spray is Mazola Pure. No alcohol and gives food nice buttery taste. Or you can get the Misto spray can from any William Sonoma or BB&Beyond or similar store and use Olive Oil in place of butter. It sprays a very fine mist so you use just a little. -Chicken souvlaki sandwich is about 8 points. -a plain pizza slice ranges from 6-9 points depending on size and crust. Load it with veggies and one large slice can be very filling. I have them put broccoli, onions and peppers on mine and they put so much you can hardly hold the slice in your hand! keeps me full all afternoon. -drink lots of water -include fruits and veggies in your meals throughout the day and as snacks to help you get the amount you need for the day. -most 100 calorie packs are 2 points
Hope this helps!
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Starting Weight: 185lbs
10% Goal: lose 18.5 pounds = 166.5lbs
2nd 10% Goal: lose 16.65 pounds = 149.85lbs
Final Goal 130lbs
Posts: 2,418 2/16/07 8:51 A
Welcome and Hello! I would reconmend measuring cups and spoons for protion control. WW is not a diet but a life eatting change. Diets come and go but WW wants to help[ us for a lifetime. Support is important also and Sparks can give you that. We have many who don't weigh in at WW so that is OK find what works for you Use WW as guide line, sparks for support whatever it takes to be a healthier slimmer you!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1,089 2/16/07 3:50 A
The UK version of WW doesn't have flex points. Not sure why that is, but I have never found need for them either.
Because the WW formula for calculating points is patented it is in public domain - meaning if you do a search for weight watcher points you'll find links that give you the actual formula.
simply put: points = (number of calories/50) + (grams saturated fat/12) - (grams of fiber [up to 4]/5)
Moderation in all things - including moderation.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,134) Posts: 248 2/15/07 11:09 P
Congrats on taking the first step!
I also purchased the started kit on Ebay and was a little confused and overwhelmed. Go to the Weight Watchers website, click on Community. Here you will find a TON of info from getting started, Flex and Core Program, recipes etc.....huge help!
Posts: 1,828 2/15/07 7:34 P
Did the materials come in a blue bag that looks like a lunchbox? My WW leader has been trying to sell us those at our meetings for about $25. They're called Starter Kits and I didn't think they had anything I needed. That three-month journal you got is just three month's worth of the food journal type booklets we get each week at meetings (though it could be helpful if you're not going to meetings).
In my opinion, you absolutely need the Pointsfinder scale. I use it a billion times a day to figure out how many points my food has (based on the calorie, fiber, and fat info I get from the nutrition facts on the package, or from sparkpeople's nutrition database).
Good luck and keep asking questions - I sure did when I started a few weeks ago. People here are sooo helpful!
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Posts: 13,512 2/15/07 7:24 P
Welcome Bexo920 WW is great and Spark helps so much to follow the program!! Best of luck to you!!!
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Fitness Minutes: (11,576) Posts: 3,813 2/15/07 6:17 P
Hi - Congratulations on taking the steps to take care of you and get your weight down. I believe in the Complete Food Guide about page 10 or so, there is an "exercise" where you have to put in inforation - age, height, wgt, gender,and amount of exercise you do. When you calculate this it will give you the # of points you need to eat daily. Also, in addtion to that #, you can have 35 extra points per week, use them as you like 5 per day, 10 per day, or save them for a special dinner out on the weekend. Also in that book it give you the info on the Flex plan - counting points--- and the Core plan - no counting of points, just eating from the specific list of foods. You do get the 35 points on core also.
Let me see if I can help. I've been on the WW program for a little over 2 years and have found it a terrific program, as is SparkPeople.
First of all, I think you should have gotten a few more materials. According to my most recent WW magazine, those 'kits' are sold, but the list of items included was longer than the one you gave here. Re points - if you're following the Flex plan (the one I'm familiar with), you get your daily allowance of points (based on what gender you are, your age, current weight and activity level), plus you get 35 Flex points per week to use as you wish. You should log your food intake (and activity) each day and figure how many points you are eating. You should 'ideally' use all of your daily points each day. If you have a special occasion or eat something that causes you to go over your daily allowance of points, you then use (and log in your journal), the Flex points that you used. Some people use them all at once and some people divide them out (example - 5 per day). You should also have some sort of 'activity' information/scale in your package which gives you an idea of how to acquire activity points. Again, different people use them or don't use them in different ways - they can be used to get back food points (hope that makes sense).
I hope I've answered at least some of your questions. I'm sure you'll get lots more answers, but hopefully I've given you something to start with. Welcome and good luck.
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Posts: 1,074 2/15/07 6:12 P
There is a new quiz that helps you determine a more personalized amount of points based on your daily work situation, age, height, gender - but the old plan which also worked VERY well would put you at 26 points I believe per day. WW also allows you 35 "flex" points per week - points you can use if you are hungry or have a special occasion or such. Some of us use our flex points some of us don't. I use about half of mine most weeks but some weeks I eat all 35 and some weeks closer to none of them. Activity points are based on your weight, duration of exercise and how strenuous it is. You can earn up to 4 activity points per day (well I suppose you can earn more, but you are only supposed to count 4 of them) - You can eat these points or not eat these points. Sometimes what works for one person's body doesn't work for another's - I think that is why WW introduced their latest revisions. You may have to play around with the points to find what is best for you. The complete food companion and dining out companion will be quite useful to you to determine what different points each food has. You would probably need a point calculator - there are still floating around online a couple of free ones, but ww is a stickler for its patent to the point system (not saying that I blame them) and so you will find a lot of dead links if you google ww point calculator - a lot of threatened litigation, I do believe. Good luck on your journey!!
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Posts: 86 2/15/07 6:12 P
Hi, I can understand that for some people attending meetings isn't an option. Either due to financial reasons or simply because it's not a format with which they are comfortable.
It's great that you want to take back control of your eating habits. If you would like to know if what you've found online is accurate and if you're on the right track I'll be more than happy to help you out. It can all be a little confusing when you first start out.
One little gadget that I would recommend that you try to find on ebay is the points calculator. This is wonderful for when you're grocery shopping and wanting to know how many points something is.
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Posts: 421 2/15/07 5:52 P
Hello! I just received my Weight Watchers materials today in the mail. I ordered it from ebay for convenience issues and I'm totally confused. I know that I need a certain amount of points per day and found a chart online that says how many I need so I'm hoping that much is right. I know nothing about flex points, activity points or Weekly Points allowance. I really want to do Weight Watchers and would appreciate any help possible. When I ordered it off of ebay I was told that it was everything I needed to be successful with the program. In my package I have the Three month Journal, Meals 101, Dining Out Companion, and the Complete Food Companion, is there anything else that should be included? Please help me. My weight is ruining my self esteem and I don't want to give up on my weight loss. I feel that Weight Watchers will help me succeed easier than anything else I have tried. If anyone can help me please please help. Please don't judge that I'm not going to meetings. Thanks again for any help!!! If you can't post it here please sparkmail me. Thanks
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