In my humble opinion, this is what it’s ALL about!
When I started focusing on eating healthy, nourishing foods (that mostly grow or walk!) I really started to feel satisfied and the weight came off. Now I don’t even need to count points because I know and trust my body to tell me when I’m hungry and when I’ve had enough.
I love that I don’t have to feel guilty to eat a banana.
This delicious Butternut Squash and Apple Soup—topped with Fat Free Greek Yogurt—is a Weight Watchers Power Food.
When I first joined Weight Watchers (in 2001) I remember my mom asking me why I never ate fruit. Well, I didn’t tell her at the time, but the truth was that I didn’t want to “waste” points on an apple when I could rather eat some sugar snap peas and then save my points for the Weight Watchers frozen treat every afternoon and the giant bag of popcorn I would eat every single night.
What I didn’t realize was that the natural sugars in beautiful fresh fruit would have stopped my cravings for sugar and treats.
I also used to cook everything without oil and didn’t want to spend a point on parmesan cheese.
What I didn’t realize was the fat free food is not satisfying and you end up eating more to compensate.
I would choose 1-point “lite” hamburger buns instead of “wasting” two points on an egg.
When the Core Plan was first introduced to us as Weight Watchers leaders—the guinnea pigs, before it was marketed to the general public—we could NOT believe that we could eat as many eggs, avocados, etc. as we liked.
It seemed to be too good to be true.
Well… it was!
The people who ate 6 eggs and 2 full avocados a day (I’m not completely exaggerating!) of course, did not lose weight.
Here’s a good rule of thumb to live by: if it seems to be too good to be true, it usually is!
Here’s another one that I used to tell my members: if you feel like you are over-eating, you are!
The key with the Core Plan back then—and the Simply Filling Technique now (choosing all Weight Watchers Power Foods)—is to eat (satisfying foods) until you are satisfied. (Not full!)
For Weight Watchers newbies, this may seem daunting. My advice would be to start off counting points so you get a good idea of how much you should be eating, and learn what foods are higher in Points values and should be eaten more sparingly. But still try to choose the bulk of your foods from the Power Foods List, because this will keep you satisfied and keep cravings at bay.
Once you have mastered this, I urge you to focus on Power Foods and use the Simply Filling Technique, concentrating on your body’s signals for when you feel hungry and when you feel satisfied.
There’s something very freeing about not counting points obsessively all day. It is also empowering to give yourself the message: I trust you and I know you will just eat to fuel your body and know how and when to stop.
Emotional eating is of course an entirely different topic, which we will discuss ad length another time.
Since the Core Plan, Weight Watchers has streamlined the idea of choosing mainly Power Foods and is now focused on behavior modification, as well as how foods affect our cravings and the subsequent choices we make.
The New Weight Watchers 360 Program is by far their best yet. IT IS NOT A DIET! It is a way of life—changing your habits one day at a time, and living a happy, healthy life in the process.
The key is to buy and make new and interesting foods and enjoy the process.
I guarantee you that the weight will come off and you will enjoy how you feel on the journey.
Please let me know if you try the Power Foods or Simply Filling Technique and how you do!
Orna Purkin is a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador.