WW, two months in...
Sunday, March 20, 2016
So, I've been on the new WW plan nearly two months, and I'm seeing some things.
First, joining WW encouraged me to reconnect with Sparkpeople, so I've also been logging all my foods here as well. This has led me to some observations.
First, WW is a great plan. The new Smartpoints design urges you to whole foods, veggies and fruits. In fact, Veg and fruits are 'free foods' with no points values (unless you blend them, which makes no sense to me). Meats are usually low in points, when lean.
Fast food and sugary snacks are higher, no matter the caloric content. In this way, you naturally veer toward the healthier foods, to stay within points. That worked great for me, it was a buffer/line in the sand. I loved it. To a point, I still do.
But now, I'm seeing where logging ALL my daily food on SP leads to a 1000 calorie day, but on WW, I'm over points and using weeklies. Even though I've only eaten a thousand cals. Kind of crazy, but I get their reasoning. Still.
Today I had a mini pack of skittles (80 cals) and a serving of boiled peanuts with my son (100 cals). Each was 3 points on WW, and took me over points for the day. I haven't even counted the half cup of corn kernels I'll have at supper. (I did count them here on SP).
So I'm out of points at 1000 cals for the day. Not cool. I'm leaning toward not renewing my WW membership at the end of April and just sticking with SP and calorie counting. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what I need to be eating and doing to get healthy and fit. Kind of like I've 'graduated' out of the points system.
I mean, if I want skittles, I'll have them. But the guilt over being out of points is weighing on me. Like I failed the day, you know? But b/c of SP, I see that I haven't overeaten at ALL! Rather eye opening.
So, I'd say that WW is great to get you started, but it's NOT a true picture of what your eating calorie wise. A backup like SP is great to put it all in perspective. Funny thing is, I chose WW at first b/c calorie counting was nerve wracking! But like I said, I think I've learned a lot about what to eat and how much, and I think I'm ready. Wish me luck!