25 Jan 2012
I vividly remember the days of wolfing down 100 calorie packs of sweets for a snack or dessert countless times, and then tapping the crumbs directly from the packet into my mouth to make sure I got every last scrap from the bag. While I still struggle with being able to cancel my membership to the Clean Plate Club, of which I am an active member and have been for as long as I can remember, the way that I approach eating now has changed quite a bit from my old ways.
When I first started losing weight with the Weight Watchers plan, 100 calorie packs and sugar-free, fat-free anything were my jam. I felt safe buying prepackaged food that had the nutritional information printed clearly on the side of the box. In fact, I shied away from buying anything that didn’t come in a box (besides fruits and veggies), because it was hard to figure out how many Points were in it and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to track it correctly.
This system actually worked quite well for me, for a while. I was able to eat sugar-free jello, fat-free, sugar-free ice cream, low-fat cookies, fat-free cheese, air-like bread, and fat-free lunch meat and lose weight pretty consistently week after week. In fact, I lost the first 50 pounds with this type of eating.
But then, as I started zoning in on my goal weight, I struggled a lot to break past those first 50 pounds. I only had about 10-15 left to lose, but for the life of me, I could not break past the plateau. Besides that, my daily Points allowance was dwindling as the pounds came off, and I was struggling to feel satisfied with the lower daily target that I was allowed.
I realized it was time to start figuring out how to feel satisfied with less Points, so it was time to start looking not just the nutritional facts (and Points value) of foods, but rather the ingredients the food contained. My focus needed to be on how to eat healthier, not just to lose weight, because the changes I was making were ones I wanted to be able to keep forever.
I made this transition by tackling one meal at a time – starting with breakfast – before moving on to the next. You can see the Whole Foods Weight Watcher Breakfast Ideas, Snack Ideas, Quick Meal Ideas, and Dessert Ideas that I came up with, and it was only after I made this transition to a largely whole foods diet that I was able to not only break through my weight loss plateau, but to feel more satisfied and healthier for the long term.
Now I am not saying in any way that I never eat processed food – I can likely eat you under the table in French fries or nachos, so take your pick – but once I made these changes most of the time, my body adapted and I was able to embrace the real change I made towards eating real food, and my body thanked me for it.
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