Don’t know if you have heard or not but Weight Watchers has changed their program for the first time in 13 years. My back ground with Weight Watchers is that I was overweight and not healthy before I even found out I had MCTD. When I was diagnosed I had to make major changes. One of which was to get the extra weight off so I could take pressure off my joints. This is not an easy task especially when you are newly introduced to prednisone. I was seeing my PT who removed sugar but I needed extra help. I joined Weight Watchers because it was a program that worked and I needed something to work. There was no flash to it other than don’t eat more than your points. This worked for a few years and the weight came off. I had started in Aug of 2003 and by May 2006 I was down 55 lbs and feeling really good.
At this point I was exercising and burning way more calories so eating a mere 1200 calories a day was not in my regiment, therefore, I quit Weight Watchers but have been successful on my own every since. My body today needs about 2200 calories and needs lots of fruits, vegetables, protein, good carbs, and good fats.
I have an office full of women who many have tried WW and given up or felt hungry and have come to me to say why can’t I make this work. What I learned by talking to these women that I consider my friends is that they were giving up bananas with 2 points and having high fiber English muffins with butter spray for 1 point. Even when I would explain to them that the banana was doing so much more good for their body and it is high in fiber and it will actually burn way slower than an English muffin it is was falling on deaf ears.
I had been doing some research and came across the grand change for WW starting November 29th. I had the day off and curiosity got the better of me so I joined to see what this was all about. Finally, the program has changed and encourages people to eat fruits, vegetables, and proteins. It no longer attaches 1 point for bread items and takes into consideration carbs. It still doesn’t register the difference between good and bad fats but they do have many articles encouraging people to eat peanut butter, avocados, nuts, dark chocolate, and use EVOO.
I came back to work on Wed and the water cooler talk was about WW and the increase in daily points, weekly points, bread items, no points for all fruits including bananas. Some couldn’t figure out how this program was going to work so many women had lots of questions and we just took them one at a time. I tried to explain why they increased the number of points on bread because your body metabolism it differently and they are trying to get people to eat more filling foods. All vegetables are zero points unless of course you are referring to potatoes, corn, peas and other starchy vegetables. They can’t be zero points because no one should be able to eat an infinite amount of these foods and not gain weight.
It was a very interesting week full of questions and skepticism but I think if my co-workers stick with it and realize they need to eat to lose and reach for the fruits and vegetables they will believe the system still works it is just better. Check out weightwatchers.com for more information. If you want to learn to eat right and lose weight this is a great way to get started. Once you know how to eat and what your body needs you will figure out your caloric need and pick foods that get you there. Everyone has to start somewhere and especially those of us that are always on a prednisone need help from time to time. I’m still on prednisone and will probably never get off but it doesn’t affect my weight. It 100% affects my appetite, my husband and I joke that I am truly hungry all the time and I think about food 24 hours a day even while I’m sleeping I will dream about food. This is a just a side effect that has never gone away for me but I don’t beat myself up and just make sure my metabolism stays strong and roars like a bon fire daily.