Thursday, January 3, 2013

Weight Watchers Tips & Tricks

If you follow me on Instagram {@rellasbellas} then you know my love for weight watchers.

Last year I lost 22 lbs between January and April. I gained about 5lbs back over the last 3 months, so I am kicking off 2013 getting back into my hardcore WW tracking. 

I do not go to the meetings, I do it all online and track in on the WW app on my iphone. 

Their website has a lot of great yummy recipes and on the app you can add the recipe to a shopping list and it tells you everything to buy, genius! 

I created a pinterest board for many weight watcher friendly recipes I frequently make. Check back often as I will be adding more as I find new favorites.

If you are starting WW or any other healthy eating plan my biggest piece of advice is to throw away all junk food, meal plan and grocery shop to restock your fridge. For the most part all fruit and veggies are zero points on WW. That means you could eat carrots and bananas until you can't stand to look at them anymore. Stock up on carrots and celery to munch on when you want the crunch of chips. Another alternative that is only a few points are the baked chips and also the Pops chips. 

Another life saver is the reduced fat 94% fat free microwave popcorn.  2 cups are 1 point. I think the entire bag is only 2 or 3 points. Add a bit of hot sauce {i like tapatio} to it and boom you have some flavor.

Meal planning is key. The first few weeks are the hardest because your body is adjusting so knowing what you are going to make each night helps to ensure you don't end up ordering a pizza or eating junk. I also usually end up eating some fruit and or veggies around 330-4pm so I am not starving before dinner and do something silly like pull out a bag of chips and stuff my face. 

Soda and juice are things that can get you into trouble. An 8 oz glass of OJ is 3 points. When I started I was allotted 26 points per day and then about 40 or so extra points for the week. To me 3 points is a lot for a glass of juice. A can of Pepsi is 4 points, I'd rather eat the 4 points.  To curb my cravings for juice or soda I add things like lemon, basil, strawberries etc to my water. I also sometimes drink club soda with lemon if I am craving the bubbles from soda.

 If you have any questions I'd love to help you or just encourage you!


My Traveling Troop said...

Oooh! I'll definitely have to check those recipes out after I have my baby! Thanks for sharing!


Kendra Pahukoa said...

weight watchers is amazing. my sister lost over 100 pounds on ww. she is now a tiny little healthy thing and living life to the fullest doing things she could never do before. ww works for sure. congrats on your weight loss- very inspiration to me to eat better since i have been seriously lacking in that department!

Louise said...

I too lost about 10 pounds using the WW online app last year! Unfortunately, I gained it all back and then some last year after I broke my foot and was immobile for about 6 months... so back on WW I go! I'm really antsy to start seeing results but I know it will take hard work & patience

xx Louise
A Little Beauty Luxury

Chelsea said...

I've heard SUCH great things about Weight Watchers-- and if I know you, I know you'll do great once you get back on track! I use MyFitnessPal, or used it in the past, and it REALLY helped me. So I'm thinking I should start that back up and start being more conscious of my eating again. Thanks for writing such an inspirational post, girl!

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