Part 4 – PointsPlus® vs. Reality
Jennifer Hudson says you can believe in Weight Watchers® Because it Works™, but Jennifer isn’t looking fabulous these days because it’s easy.
With WW, the first hurdle is to lose your interest in food. If you want stay within points and drop pounds, you can’t indulge in more than an infrequent bite or two of anything that’s worth eating.
(Note: WW PointsPlus® values in parentheses.)
I no longer cook in oil (4 per tbsp.) or use real butter (3 per tbsp.). Cooking spray (0) is my new best friend. Screw the ozone layer.
This brings me to my biggest gripe with WW. To play the points game and eat enough to stay alive, you’re compelled to embrace the chemically-engineered low-cal, no-fat, sugar-free foods that caused this obesity epidemic in the first place. Or go vegan.
And fake food is typically more expensive than the real thing.
In 10 weeks I’ve lost 15 lbs., but I’ve given up some of life’s little joys…
- OREO® cookies (5 – 3 cookies)
- Nutella® and peanut butter (5 – 2 tbsp.)
- McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with cheese (14)
- Fried calamari (11 – ½ cup)
Almost every meal includes stuff I don’t really like, such as cantaloupe, grapes, carrots, lettuce by the head, and truckloads of zucchini.
I’m almost always hungry. Sure, I could binge on bananas, but what’s the point? I’d be hungry again an hour later.
WW wants you to eat plenty of nuts, but it’s a Catch-22. Twenty-three almonds are 5 points.
When I’m not destroying the kitchen preparing meals (every bland meal-for-one seems to involve at least 30 minutes of intensive chopping and a sinkful of dishes and pans) I do 10,000+ steps a day, either pedaling my stationary bike, walking around, or stepping in place in front of the TV while I watch it.
Yes, I know it’s all good for me, but most days I feel like I could bite the heads off geeks.
I bought a WW cookbook thinking I’d find some different, flavorful dishes. Wrong. The P+ on anything worth fixing make it not worth eating.
Frozen meals aren’t a viable option, either. Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® frozen meals aren’t particularly low-point — and the portions are measly. Ironically, the few beef dishes seem to have lowest points (4-6) because they contain an ounce of meat in a criminally-empty tray. Most of the meals are white-pasta-based, although WW preaches whole grains.
Desperate for crunch, I tried Seapoint Farms Dry-Roasted Edamame with Wasabi (3 – ¼ cup). Light and dry, like I imagine eating bugs would be, and too many points for what you get. And the wasabi scorched my sinuses like I French kissed a blowtorch.
Some evenings I make popcorn from scratch. One-quarter cup of dry corn (3) in 1 tsp. of olive or canola oil (1) is only 4 points, and I’ve got the perfect bowl that makes me feel like I’m eating a lot.
For protein, it’s mostly baked fish and chicken (1 per oz.) and a lot of faux Boca® Burgers (3) and Morningstar Farms® Chipotle & Black Bean ¼ lb. Burgers (5).
I never eat potatoes (4) or rice (5 per cup, white) unless they’re in a frozen meal.
Only someone who’s nursing an eating disorder can eat this way indefinitely. The fact is that most of the American diet is fattening, unhealthy — and DELICIOUS. Anyone who prefers WW is a pervert.
But I intend to stick with this chronic deprivation until I lose the weight.
My first payback finally came just this past weekend when some size 18W pants I had bought in May wouldn’t stay up.
As disgusting as my meals have become, becoming too small for “fat pants” makes it all worthwhile.