Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I hate it. 🙁 But I’ve always been resistant to change.
My issue is that it doesn’t even count calories anymore. And I liked that I used to be able to look at an item and know that, for the most part 50 calories = 1 point (give or take depending on the amount of fat and/or fiber). Now, I have to use the calculator for EVERYTHING.
I’m sure I’ll get used to it. But right now, I don’t like it.
Post # 3
I am interested to give it a shot. It does seem weird that it ignores calories now…but chances are if it’s low fat/low carbs and high fiber/high proten…it’ll be low points. I think after awhile we’ll be able to estimate pretty easily what points are for things…especially if they are things you eat over and over again.
My mom hates it though. She’s a lifetime member as of May of this year…but she lives off of carbs and HATES fruit. I know, it’s weird. But I really do think they are trying to make the program healthier…so hopefully I’ll maintain my steady weight loss, if not increase it.
Post # 4
You could try using dailyburn.com. It counts calories, fiber, protein, fat, and fiber. It’s really useful, but it doesn’t use the traditional points system. Worth checking out!
Post # 5
I am liking it so far. I have 1 1/2 cups of melon to snack on all day. 😀 Although it’s hard to get used to things having higher point values.
I’m used to spending 3 points max on breakfast, and under the new plan that doesn’t quite seem possible unless I eat only fruit & veggies.
Post # 6
I am not yet a fan – mostly because I could go to the grocery store and knew exactly what all of my point values were. On the upside, I used to feel guilty eating fruit, especially a banana, so I think it is good that I no longer feel like I am “wasting” points on something good for me.
My aunt is a WW instructor and she said it took a bit of getting used to, but she has lost 7.8 in the last 8 weeks, and that is after she met goal, etc and didn’t have a lot to lose, so here is hoping!!!
Post # 7
I’m very excited about it. I think it’s closer to how I want to eat for life, so I’m interested to work my way through it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I don’t hate it but I am also usually resistant to change, so I understand where you’re coming from, Sloth. I also think it’s a little weird that they don’t count calories, but my guess is that they’ve tested this program A LOT before they released it, and their whole Public Service Announcement is that “they look at where the calories come from.” Basically, I’m just superpumped about being able to eat fruit whenever I want! I spent a bunch of time exploring on the website yesterday, and I feel confident about the program.
@sloth: are you still doing the “Wendie plan”? I inadvertantly tried it last week due to thanksgiving, and I think it works. I am still curious if it matters when your high point day is as compared to your weigh in day, but not going to worry about it for now, with Chanukah in the middle of the week and those latkes and jelly donuts abounding!
Post # 9
@la boome: Exactly! I was on the old plan 2 years ago and lost 20lbs. It worked great. But I tried to avoid a lot of lean cuisines, 100 calorie packs, etc because it just didn’t seem like “healthy” eating even though it was “within my points”.
The new program may be a bit harder, but I feel like it is stressing the right things rather than just because able to eat smart ones breakfast, lunch, and dinner and still “fulfill” the plan requirements.
Post # 10
Anyone care to elaborate on what the new plan details are? I lots 40 lbs a couple of years ago on the plan…but lost interest when I got more educated on healthy, wholesome foods…WW seemed to steer people towards processed/packaged stuff and not real foods.
It seems like they are trying to change that!
Post # 11
@hermitcrab: I think they still are measuring calories – maybe just not in the traditional way. I think they are doing it based on the breakdown:
- Protein contains 4 calories per gram
- Carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram
- Fat contains 9 calories per gram
At least – that’s what I read on the boards 🙂 And it seemed to make a lot of sense.
Post # 12
One of my bigger issues with it is that I don’t want to be on a low carb diet. If I wanted to be on a low carb diet, I would have found a low carb diet, lol. But the new points FORCE you to eat low carb.
Post # 13
It hasn’t been properly introduced here yet, but by the sounds of it I like it. It had bothered me for a long time that you could have a silly sugary mallow wafer type thing, for half a point, and an apple was the same. It didn’t seem to incentivise healthy eating enough. I’m going over to the website now, for a nosy, but I think I’ll be giving it a go in January. Bit spooked about a serious drop in the carbs though!! EEEK!
Post # 14
I don’t have my meeting until friday…but I think the low carb will work for me because I’m diabetic, and my blood sugars have been fantastic since I starting cutting out some carbs (trust me I still eat carbs, just cut back…I LOVE BREAD!)
Post # 15
I am also resistant to change. I’ve found it very frustrating. It’s hard because I have no idea what a point means anymore or how much it can buy me. I didn’t have access to my tracker last night and had to wing it for dinner…and because I felt like I had no control, I had a small binge, which is my eating issue. Not a huge binge, but a binge none the less. I’m giving it 2 weeks and if I don’t adjust, I’ll cancel my membership and go old school pen and paper with the old points system.
Post # 16
I guess I resent that they had to change the entire program to try force people to eat cleanly. When I started WW I ate a lot of processed foods, but with further education on nutrition, I phased most of them out. Of course there’s still the occaional treat, but I’m grown up and smart enough to make the smart food decision for myself. I never feared a banana. I eat a banana almost every day…before they were 0 points. I agree people should eat whole foods whenever possible, but don’t make me a baby again after I spent 6+ years mastering the plan.