Good Morning! Everyone do the Friday dance with me!
This week went by like a tortoise for me - anyone else?
Today I am posting my review of Weight Watcher's Simple Filling plan - their alternative to the calculating points plan. Howevever, it is a bit anti-climactic because my diet didn't really change. I was already eating fruit, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. I used the same recipes I have always used and substituted power food options when I could.
What did change was my attitude. It was so nice to change things up and not feel the need to calculate the points of everything I was eating, and then add up what I had eaten the entire day.
I have to be honest here and say that I completely stopped calculating points / tracking. Although the SF plan includes doing so for non-power foods, I instead ate those in moderation and ate until I was satisfied.
Let me say that again - I ate in moderation and until I was satisfied. I have been trying to lose weight since I have been breathing and never, ever in my life have I been able to eat in moderation without measuring / calculating points.
I wish I could point to what changed, and the only thing I can think of is that I am getting the nutrients that I need by eating mostly power foods, so my body doesn't feel the need to overeat or binge.
In the six weeks I have followed SF, I have lost 6 pounds. I know that isn't ground-breaking to most, but a pound a week is recommended when nursing. Anything more could impact my supply and I don't know what I would do if Ina's rolls started disappearing.
Seriously - don't her arms look like sausage casings?!? They are so cute I could just eat them!
Here are some other positives I found about SF:
- Less calculating. I do know however, as I get closer to my goal weight, I will have to be a little more strict with tracking non power foods
- So much nutrition! I had no problem meeting all of the good health guidelines everyday.
- I weirdly rarely craved dessert - I cannot say the same for a glass of wine.
- SF is truly not a "diet" but a lifestyle. I could eat like this for the rest of my life and be a happy camper.
A few negatives:
- I jumped off the artificial sweetener train a long time ago - but WW hasn't yet. Although SF allows things like diet soda or fat free yogurt flavored with artificial sweetener, I chose not to eat those and hardly consider them "power foods."
- I love fat free milk, yogurt, and half and half. I can tolerate fat free sour cream. I don't do fat free cheese, so instead I had low-fat (in moderation) and it worked out just fine.
- I also don't think the low-calorie bread options are all that great nutrition-wise. As Dan says, it is just like eating air. So, when I choose to have bread, which isn't that often, I have a "real" piece of whole wheat.
Some SF resources:
Danica's Daily - a blogger who reports everything she eats and follows SF (and lives close to Nappa Valley - so jealous!)
Carol's SF Creations - a old-school recipe blog. I love it!
Lastly, I have a disclaimer. Although I am currently happy with the SF plan, I am sure that I will go back to calculating points later on in life. I think calculating points / tracking is a great option for losing weight and would recommend it to anyone. I am going to steal Katie's term and say this is a weight-loss project, and right now SF is the tool I am using to get it done.
Have a great weekend!