I’m a stay at home mom (and part time grad student) who has about 20 lbs to lose. I tend to favor meals with lots of protein and whole grains (not doing so good on fruits and veggies). My biggest weakness is my sweet tooth. I LOVE sweet things and don’t feel like I exercise very good self-control when it comes to sweets. I don’t want 1 cookie, I want 5. I keep sweets out of the house for the most part, but still find excuses to bring them in. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for the past month or so and have lost about 5 pounds. So, it is working for me. What I am sick of, though, is counting points and feeling so “restricted.” I do believe that cutting calories is the way to lose weight and I just don’t know how to do that without feeling restricted. Do you think you can help?
You need to eat less to lose weight, but there’s a lot of ways to do that – some of which lead right to Crazytown and feeling restricted, and some which are less likely to make you feel that way.
Counting tends to add to the restriction factor because of the workload associated. Whether it’s points, calories, or whatnot, so I tend to favor learning to manage the overall quantity of food by hunger and satiety, physical sensations. You can reliably get into a calorie deficit using these tools, we’ve done it with hundreds of people already. I call it “letting your body do the math”.
There’s an added skill of learning what is hunger and what is just “wanting to eat” of course, but that’s a normal challenge that everyone needs help with.
It’s nice to know that Weight Watchers is working for you though, congrats on the progress you’re making with that program! It helps keep restriction feelings at bay to remember to keep your mindset tuned into the fact that you are in control and have complete power to choose. You are not restricted to your points total. You can blow it out of water. No one is forcing this on you. You simply have awareness that if you eat this much you will lose weight at a predictable rate and that if you eat more, you won’t. You can still choose whatever you want to do – you aren’t in a prison being denied food. If you want to keep losing weight, then the points system is helpful as a tool you can choose to use or not.
Sure, my coaches and I can help if you want to learn habits and not have to count points anymore, but if Weight Watchers is working, you might be able to keep it going and not feel so restricted just by adjusting your mindset a bit.
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