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weight watchers - not eating enough

I'm looking for advice from any weight watchers memers/followers.
I find myself eating less during the day trying to save up my points for a good supper and evening snack. But, after a healthy supper I discover I haven't used all of my points. I feel like I'm not eating enough, but I don't want to stuff myself after supper just to make sure I meet my points level. And, I'm afraid if I use too many points during the day, I'll get hungry later in the evening, but have no points availble.
How do you "balance" your points to insure your getting enough calories? I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, which tend to have lower point values.
Any advice would be great.


Thu. Feb 9, 9:46am

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Just an idea...

I just started WW on Monday evening, so I'm not a pro... :)

I'm not sure what you have been using, but if you are using lower fat milk and stuff, you could switch to whole fat. Same with sour cream, coffee creamer, yogurt, etc. That would give you an additional point or so per serving and boost that daily total up. I have heard that if you don't use all your points, then you won't lose because your body goes into starvation mode.

Good luck!

Bradway

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 11:00 AM

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I feel the same way. I have been giving myself small treats, like a handful of M&Ms or a pudding cup, to satisfy my sweet tooth and use up those extra points. Also, are you eating snacks? I've added a morning and afternoon snack to my daily routine and I've found those use up the extra points too. I keep 1/2 cup portions of unsweetened applesauce, wasa crackers, and low sugar granola bars in my desk for snacks. They add 1-2 points each.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 11:35 AM

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Here's my breakdown

Maybe it can help, as I distribute my points (22) evenly throughout the day:

breakfast- 4 pts
Fiber 1 (at 60 cal & 14 g of fiber I count it as a zero point food), 1 medium banana, 1 c skim milk

lunch- 5 pts
Turkey (2oz, 2 pts) on low fat/high fiber wheat or multi-grain bread 4 pts
baby carrots 0 pts
a piece of fruit 1 pt

snack (between 5 & 6 pm) 1 pt
no fat yogurt sweetened w/ splenda 1 pt

dinner- varies in points
salad w/ lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, red pepper
dressing either 1 tsp olive oil w/ tsp balsamic and 1 tsp soy, or 2 tbsp Newman's Own light balsamic, 1-2 pt
Lean Cusine or healthy Choice entree- 5-8 pts depending

After dinner, extras (something to consume the extra points):
Low cal dessert- usually Skinny Cow ice cream product or FF pudding
will have toast or crutons with dinner, usually not both
another glass of milk
a veggie with points (peas, etc.)
another piece of fruit

Hope this is helpful.



Thursday, February 09, 2006, 2:25 PM

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Try this: PLAN your dinner ahead of time. Then you will know how many points you need for it. Even if you aren't a meal planner, it's just 1 meal a day. Then it will be easier to budget out the rest of your points for the rest of the day. Also, don't forget to use some of your weekly extra points and activity points. If you only stick to 22-24 points per day, you may be starving your body and you won't lose any weight.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 4:03 PM

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weight watchers, unless you're eating a ton of vegetables, is not enough calories. 20 points, in many circumstances, depending on fat content, can only add up to a 1000 calories.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 4:18 PM

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