My Weight Watchers Food Vices
Many people begin Weight Watchers and within a few days, decide to quit the program. If it's not due to a lack of motivation or lack of instantaneous weight loss, it may be due to having difficulty choosing foods that fit within their POINTS range. Some people choose to stick with the Weight Watchers entrÃ©es to easily calculate their points and stay within their points budget. This can be a problem, considering that the weight watcher entrÃ©es are not exactly healthy for you. They're loaded with sodium and other junk that you really don't want to put in your body in excess. In addition, they are expensive, with the average entrÃ©e costing three dollars or more.
I have been on the Weight Watchers program for two months straight, and have not â€œfallen off the wagonâ€ even once. I attribute this to keeping a few of my favorite â€œWeight Watchers friendlyâ€ foods on hand in my home at all times. These foods have become staples in my diet and I make sure to always have a plentiful supply on hand for when I need them.
Â My top 10 Weight Watchers â€œGotta Haveâ€ foods
Â #1. Air popped popcorn. Yes, I purchased an old school hot air popcorn popper and it was the best investment I've ever made. It was inexpensive (about $15) and I have gotten more use out of it than my favorite pair of jeans. You can eat plenty of air popped popcorn for minimal points, and it's very filling. On those days where you have the munchies, eating popcorn can help prevent you from going off program.
Â #2. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. This stuff goes really well with #1, and I use it liberally. I never realized how much this stuff actually tastes like real butter. The best part is, it doesn't have the fat and calories that real butter has but gives you a pleasantly realistic taste. While one serving of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter doesn't have any calories, it is important to keep in mind that if you use the entire bottle, it certainly does have calories. Like most things, be sure not to use this in excess, and you'll be fine.
#3. Pringles Light sour cream n' onion potato chips. These things are so darn good, and you can eat an entire serving for just 1 point. Yes, you can eat 14 yummy Pringles for only 1 point. They make a great snack, especially when you're craving potato chips.
#4. Weight Watchers lemon creme snack cakes. These things are so good, it's ridiculous. I probably would've eaten them before I started Weight Watchers if I had known about them. I wrote a detailed review about how yummy these little snack cakes really are by clickingÂ here. One lemon creme cake equals 1 point. But remember, two cakes does not necessarily equal two points. Be careful; everything in moderation, especially prepackaged snacks such as these.
#5. Lipton diet iced tea. I realize that not everybody enjoys iced tea mix. Well, I do. My husband used to tease me because I used to make iced tea from a Â mix so strong that you could actually crunch on a few granules while you were drinking it. Anyway, Lipton diet iced tea mix is a great go-to drink. Sure, it does have 5 cal per serving, but it's hard to complain, considering what you get for those 5 little calories. The moral of the story is, don't go overboard. It is a great supplement to your water intake and can help make sure that you drink enough liquids while you're losing weight.
#6. Fresh eggs. On this diet, I eat a lot of eggs, and I mean a lot of eggs. Do be careful with eggs; for those who have done the Atkins diet, you may have grown accustomed to eating these white shelled wonders in excess. When you're doing Weight Watchers, you can't do thatâ€“always remember that one average egg equals 2 Weight Watcher points. Feel free to add a little bit of hot sauce or pepper to live in your eggs up a little bit.
Â #7. Jell-O sugar-free pudding cups. My favorite flavor is the Dulce de Leche â€“ and it's so creamy and delicious. It easily fulfills my craving for sweets, while keeping me on track. Double check the labels before you buy them, but the ones I buy are only one point each. A very sweet indulgence for a very low points value.
#8. Arnold's wheat bread. Again, read labels carefully. The bread I buy is whole-wheat and I can have two small pieces for one point. Sometimes, for variety, I will buy a different type of bread that is thicker and hardier, but I can only have one piece, instead of two pieces for one Weight Watchers point. Always read your labels carefully before you make your food choices.
#9. Polaner sugar-free fruit preserves. I love this stuff, especially on my wheat toast in the morning. It has lots of extra fiber, which keeps the points value extremely low. It comes in strawberry, apricot and peach. I will sometimes use a teaspoon of this in my oatmeal in the morning as an added treat.
#10. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. Oh my goodness! I wish I had found out about these a long time ago. For only two points each, these sandwiches are absolutely delicious and completely fulfill my craving for ice cream, when I have one. I don't crave ice cream too often, but these really do hit the spot. They come in different varieties, including vanilla, Mint, chocolate and cookies n' cream.
I am not saying that all of the food items on my top 10 list of Weight Watchers vices are healthy or good for you. I am not saying that you should use all of your daily points by limiting yourself to these food items. If you want to succeed on Weight Watchers, the exact opposite is true. You need to eat a variety of foods that are healthy and wholesome in order to make up the majority of your points budget for the day.
Sure, you may lose some weight by sticking with processed foods within your points, but are you really developing healthy eating habits? The goal of Weight Watchers is not only to help you lose weight, but to help you develop and reinforce healthy eating habits. This includes not only portion control, but making healthier choices. I love Weight Watchers for the flexibility that gives me, however, I realize that everything is good, as long as it is in moderation.