I have been on the Weight Watcher’s staff for a few months now and I have also been a member for the past few years. I have lost over seventy pounds, more than fifty of which were with Weight Watchers. Twenty of them I have lost on the new Pro Points plan. I have not only used all of the excuses and mistakes below, but now that I’m staff, I am hearing them from other people over and over. Hopefully, bringing them to light might help make Weight Watcher’s aware of their habits that can slow their weight loss goals.
1. Eating too much fruit and vegetables – Fruit and veggies are zero points now but that doesn’t mean you can just stuff yourself full of fruit and vegetables in addition to your daily points. Sure, have plenty of them, but if you eat a five pound bowl of fruit every day, it’s not going to help you much.
2. Not tracking correctly, not pointing correctly – Work out the points you are using before you eat not at the end of the day. If you sit down at the end of the day and try to remember everything you ate you will have a bit of “calorie amnesia” and forget some of the things you have eaten and also it will be too late to figure out that you are going over your limit.
3. Not drinking enough water – I have seen this one time and time again. Drinking one and a half to two liters of water daily will speed your weight loss. Having not enough water will hinder your weight loss. Your body needs water to metabolize calories. If you don’t drink it, you can’t burn it.
4. Not measuring portion sizes – Eyeballing how much cereal is going into your bowl or how much margarine you are spreading on your toast can be detrimental. Use a scale or measuring cups or spoons to determine proper portion sizes. Also, see your Weight Watcher’s materials for determining proper portion sizes for meat and potatoes and other items. You would be surprised at how much extra food you have by not weighing things properly. This adds up quickly into excess points used unknowingly.
5. Not coming to meetings – One of the biggest mistakes that I have made in the past is not going to my meeting because I thought I’d gained weight or hadn’t lost. Now that I weigh people at my meeting, I see the fear and dread in some of their eyes before they get on the scale. Let’s face it though, if you were good at losing weight, you wouldn’t need to come to Weight Watchers. Your leader is there to help you and offer encouragement, not to berate you or make you feel bad. If you gain weight, she will ask you if you know why and don’t be afraid to say no or to tell her your feelings. That’s why we are there and we genuinely want to help. It also helps to hear the talk and to be with other people in the same boat. You aren’t the only one worried about if you’ve lost and if you are having a bad week, you are not the only one as well. You will feel better after the meeting and hopefully take away encouragement and a renewed spirit.
6. Not eating on time or at regular intervals – This is my biggest pitfall. I do it far too often. I go too long in between meals and don’t have snacks and when I finally remember to eat, I eat more than I should and still feel hungry. Eating your regular meals and snacks will keep your stomach full and working and keep your energy levels up. Not only that, but it will help keep you from going off the rails later.
7. Negative self-talk – I am also guilty of this one. Beating yourself up in your own head does nothing for your confidence. Try to give up negative self-talk for one week and you will notice how much you actually do it. Replace the negative with positives. Instead of saying “you are so stupid, why did you eat that chocolate?” say “I had some chocolate, but that’s ok, I need to point it and maybe up my exercise today and tomorrow to compensate. I can do this!”
My leader, Paulette Lailey-Blunden, in Essex, UK, has been my best ally in my weight loss. She is always there to give me encouragement and advice. There are so many different classes. If you are in the Southend on Sea area, come and join us on a Wednesday night. If not, go to the Weight Watcher’s website and attend some different classes and find a leader you respect and admire and that encourages you and stick with it. You can do it!!