For the past week, I’ve been following the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan. It’s a plan without a plan, in my head. I’ve done very little tracking, but I’ve been sticking to the power foods on the Weight Watchers list.
Basically with Simple Start, you are given a list of power foods you can eat. You don’t count those points. You also have 7 points to “splurge” with every day (49 points for the week.) They give ideas of how you can splurge. I chose the Weight Watchers ice cream bars (but you could have a glass of beer or wine, if you preferred.)
I thought I was going to starve on day 1. At breakfast. Have I ever mentioned I’m not a huge fan of eating eggs? I’ll eat them in foods (baking, and as a minor ingredient for recipes don’t bother me.) I just don’t like them. I almost ate them when I was pregnant. Almost.
So on day 1, I was thinking I could at least have a smoothie with my toddler. I was wrong. Orange juice is not one of the power foods. Neither is turkey bacon. I ate a bowl of strawberries, and then “splurged” on the turkey bacon because I was SO HUNGRY. Lunch that day was a little better and by dinner, I was getting the hang of things again. (Though I did eat jelly beans right before dinner, because I don’t think I was very prepared – and I shouldn’t have had the darn things in my kitchen.)
Day two was much better. I picked up some of the Weight Watchers smoothies Sunday afternoon and drank one for breakfast (with skim milk) the rest of the week. I also had a lot of fruit either with breakfast or as a morning snack.
Each evening I splurged. On Tuesday when I got home from work, I couldn’t contain myself and ate cashews because I was just so hungry. I thought I had just killed my whole day, but the next day I realized I was still losing weight.
Most days I did really well sticking to the meals Weight Watchers had listed in their Simple Start booklet. We meal plan regardless, so it was fairly easy to go through the booklet and choose what I thought would be easiest to make and the most feeling.
At the end of the week, I had lost 3.6 pounds. I probably could have lost a little more, but I was still unsure of the plan as a whole. I didn’t eat all of the points I had each day, and I didn’t know if I should eat more on days I had a lot of activity points. (I’m still getting conflicting information on the activity points – eat them or don’t? I have no idea.)
I’m not a fan of how many low-fat, no fat foods are recommended on this plan. I hate the idea of eating fat free cheese, and I’d prefer to not have to purchase two types of milk (because this plan recommends skim milk and I’d rather my son drink something with more fat.) Other than that, I don’t have too many complaints.
The husband is all in for week two of Simple Start. He was traveling most of week one, so it’s been nice having him plan with me. Next week I’ll be back to tracking points since I’ll be traveling. I don’t think I’m going to be able to make smoothies as easily. Or other foods. I’ll be at the mercy of the hotel my conference is hosted in.
Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? What about the Simple Start program as a part of Weight Watchers?
Note: I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers, other than I’ve been a Lifetime member for a really long time. They did not compensate me for this post, and honestly, they probably don’t have a clue who I am. And that’s ok. All opinions here are my own.