Aug 6, 2008

Weight Watchers Week Three: Volumetrics is definitely onto something

I'm loving Weight Watchers for the fact that I can work any food I want to eat into the plan. I can have anything I want, just not everything I want. Fair enough - life usually works that way.

But I don't have a lot of points left after eating foods like kalua pork, which is so good that my mouth waters just thinking about it. I normally eat kalua pork with white rice, but that's it's eight points for a mere four and a half ounces of pork and a half cup of rice. That's not enough for a meal for me. So I filled it out with veggies. Lots of veggies.

In fact, I'm eating more fruit and vegetables than I ever have in my entire life because they're low in Points. I sometimes feel like I'm on the Volumetrics diet, which is about filling up on foods that are low in calories. The idea is that people like to eat and to feel full, so they just have to do that on low-calorie foods in order to lose weight. Volumetrics just didn't appeal to me because I don't want to eat mostly fruit and vegetables. But of course, that's a big part of what I'm doing now.

I guess the difference with Weight Watchers is that the ability to indulge is built in. It seems I needed the structure that Weight Watchers provides, while still giving me the flexibility to eat what I want and when.

One fabulous site that was recommended to me by friends who were already doing Weight Watchers is Dotti's Weight Loss Zone. The Restaurants section lists the Points value for hundreds, if not thousands, of foods from restaurants and even some stores. If I know I'm going to grab something from a restaurant while I'm out, I consult this site before I leave the house.

1 comment:

JJ (Lady Di) said...

Just thought you might like to know that Barbara Rolls that developed Volumetrics helped to develop the current WW system (I have a feeling she helped with the Core list especially) - so if you feel like it's a bit like Volumetrics you're correct. :) And I found it helps if I chose foods from the Core list as my shopping list most of the time - if you look at a lot of the WW recipes they are mostly Core with a few non-Core foods thrown in. Just keep that in mind as your point head down towards the 19 points per day. :)