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Changing the Changes

Yesterday laurie_robey and I mutually decided to abandon South Beach and switch over to Weight Watchers instead. There are various reasons for this, but in my case it was because the "practically no-carb" phase one of SB was leaving me constantly starved and headachey. It was also leaving me craving Starbucks like a junkie and was just setting me up for "deny, deny, deny, BINGE."

The WW approach, of "You can have whatever you want, but you have to pay for it..." is much more likely to be effective for me. The gamification of the points budget, even if it feels a bit corny, really does boil things down into an easy-to-handle program that still gives you wiggle room.

Using the food tracker also makes for some eye-opening moments. A giant plate full of grilled shrimp? 1 point. A blended margarita? 11 POINTS. O.o After a few such moments, you quickly learn what in your diet is actually causing you to go over. My small bowl of mixed nuts, which I thought was a pretty sensible snack, was 12 friggin' points, my biggest hit for the day!

Laurie has actually been on WW for a while now and has been seeing results, a fairly steady reduction in her weight as long as she stays "on the wagon," and I have a good feeling about it in my own case. There are only a few things in my diet that I actually WANT, and everything else is negotiable. If I have to "pay" for those things in the dietary budget, I can do that.

Now if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna finish my morning mocha.

-The Gneech ("Aaaaaaah.")

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sirfox
Jun. 20th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Alcohol, especially cocktails and strong liquors, are also often pretty high sugar, too. 6___6 tasty, though.

Find some veggies that are low-carb, tolerable snacks. If some lowfat dip or dressing helps, pick a good one. Have you tried roasting spaghetti squash? It honestly gives something that you can swap in for pasta rather tolerably.

*hugs*
usagiweaver
Jun. 21st, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
Being in control makes more sense as you can take into account what you really want then adjust around it. Then you don't feel deprived. Much. XD

I went strictly calorie tracking, which I've probably mentioned before. It took a year to lose 50 pounds. But 4 years later and I'm still within 3 pounds of my initial goal weight. I stopped actively tracking years ago but have a decent grasp on how to eat now. I weigh in a couple times a week to make sure I'm not creeping up without noticing.

c_eagle
Jun. 21st, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
WW is a bit more of a known quantity yep!
mausmerryjest
Jun. 22nd, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
WW worked *great* for me... until they changed to their new, more complicated system where you basically had to look up food equivalences in their overcomplicated index, instead of being able to calculate them manually. I lost thirty pounds on their previous system... their new system didn't really work for me.
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