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On eating your full points allowance

I've been doing Weight Watchers for six weeks now and I've lost one-and-a-half pounds overall. The lady who joined the same week as I did has lost 24 pounds in the same timeframe and got to her 10% goal today. When she found out my progress, she remarked that she was surprised that I was still smiling and determined, as she'd be in tears if that happened to her. She didn't say this in a mean way but the conversation turned what was a small frustration in the back of my mind into a real sense of disappointment that my progress has been so slow and I left the meeting feeling deflated.

I've spent the afternoon thinking about the positive aspects of my weight loss journey. I am happy that I'm eating and feeling healthier, that my weight loss is going in the right direction and that my clothes are fitting better. I'm not looking for a quick fix to my weight problem because I want to lose my excess fat, not water and muscle, and at the end of the day I want to be strong and healthy as well as slim. I'm also pleased that I am learning how to deal with emotions like stress, boredom or sadness in a way that doesn't involve eating and enjoying a much healthier relationship with food.

I've also been seriously thinking about why my weight loss has been slow, and what I could do this week to achieve better results. We didn't have our usual Leader this week and the stand-in wasn't as good at timekeeping, so unfortunately I had to rush back to work as soon as the meeting finished and couldn't get some individualised advice and support on where I might be going wrong. One area where I suspect I might be going wrong is that I'm not quite eating my full points allowance. I have a daily allowance of 22 points but tend to eat only around 20 points because I eat a lot of filling foods. Our Leader also encourages us to not eat the Activity Points we earn, so I have a bank equal to a day's worth of points left each week. Do you think that this is undermining my weight loss and should I make an effort to eat exactly 22 points each and every day this week (or treat myself to something really high in points values one day) to see if that makes a difference?


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Jun. 30th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'd always say eat everything you're allocated; it's set at that rate for a reason and even a reduction of 14 points a week could be making your body feel the hunger more. You say you're not eating AP's - are you exercising too? If you are then DEFINITELY eat the whole 22, your body will need it.

If nothing else, it's worth a go for a couple of weeks, right?

I'm very impressed with your dedication and determination, I'm sure your insides are too. :) Well done.
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I eat all my points every day - I eat all my 5 a day, milk, wholegrains etc.etc., then I fill the remainder of my points (if any) with whatever I like (which tends to be healthy choices anyway like low-fat yoghurts). If you're exercising, then eat all your normal points, and maybe half your APs (providing you're not earning like 10 per workout!)

If I have a blow out one day due to a party or something, and go over, by say, 6 points, and I have 3 days till WI, i'll make it up by having 2 less points per day for the next 3 days.

Jun. 30th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
oh, and well done. your determination WILL pay off, some bodies are just more stubborn than others :)
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Ahh I joined at the same time as you! I think you definately have the right attitude towards dieting. It's only been 6 weeks and to lose anything is, like you said, only going in the right direction. You've already learned a lot and feel better about yourself, which is a great foundation to getting the results you really want.

Your friend may have lost 24 pounds but do you really want to lose so much weight so rapidly? That can't be healthy, and it's probably going to be easier for her to put it back on, whereas you have a nice steady rate of weight loss. There are other factors though... I started with a friend who has only lost 2 pounds whereas I've lost a bit more, but my BMI was much greater than hers so it's more of a change for me. If that makes sense.

Have you thought about talking to a doctor to ask why you haven't been losing much weight? I think thats what I would do in this situation as I do remember reading that you don't have to eat all your daily allowance as long as you eat over 13 points worth a day. Good luck :)
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
you say your clothes fit better? maybe you should start measuring your inch loss as well as it is likely that you are losing inches instead of pounds (muscle weighs more that fat etc etc)
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
i think you´re doing really well, you have a good, healthy attitude to weight loss. personally i wouldn´t want to have a quick and dramatic weight loss because i suspect it would be easy to put it back on. if you´re exercising you could be building up more muscle as well which will affect the speed of your weight loss but yet you would see changes in your body shape.

good luck and keep going.
Jun. 30th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think you have done wonderful. Dont let someone elses remarks bring you down.

Our bodies lose weight on their own terms. Sometimes if you dont eat enough It will hold onto the weight though. maybe you should try and switch up your points to see if you can fool your body into letting loose of some more weight.
Aug. 25th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
I usually save 4 points a day ready for the weekend but if I'm exercising I try and eat my points allowance but not my AP. Maybe if you are doing activities then try and eat all your points. If I'm really not hungry but have lots of points left I might have a pineapple juice or something as that can be a few points. But I also think if you're not hungry why make yourself eat - that's why I had to join ww in the first place haha!!

And you're doing well, no one else should comment on your weightloss everyone looses weight at different rates. Also agree with what others said about exercise - measure inches and muscle weighs heavier!
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