About a month ago, I made the decision to go back to Weight Watchers. I tried giving Keto another try. However, after getting my gallbladder removed, the diet was just not the same for me. I knew I wanted to stay low carb still. With Weight Watchers, I am able to eat low carb…I’m actually able to eat any way I choose, so long as it’s within my points. With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought I would give you my Weight Watchers tips for staying on plan!
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About Weight Watchers
When I signed up with Weight Watchers a year or so ago, they had the Freestyle plan. Basically things like chicken, eggs, fruits and veggies are zero points. I really liked that I could eat healthy things and not have to count the points for them. Now they have three plans so you can basically choose the best plan for your lifestyle.
- Blue Plan (Freestyle)
- Green Plan (Points Plus)
- Purple Plan (Simply Filling)
Each plan has their own list of free foods. The more free foods, the less tracking you have to do. Both my husband and I signed up. I am doing the Blue Plan. Since I eat a lot of chicken and eggs, I didn’t want to have to count them. My husband is doing the Green Plan. He likes to track every single thing. If I ever decide to try another plan, I would try the Green Plan with him.
Weight Watchers Tips for the Holidays
Since coming from the Keto diet, I am well versed in strict tracking and discipline, when it comes to what I eat. I did the Keto diet for 3 years and made it through many holidays and birthdays without cheating at all. Right now I am in a place in my life where I don’t want to be super strict. Life is crazy and stressful and I need to be able to roll with it. So, without further ado, here are my Weight Watchers tips for surviving the holidays.
Tip #1 – The Veggies
Pretty much every holiday gathering you go to will have a veggie platter. If you’re unsure as to whether there will be a veggie platter, offer to bring one! Mix up this delicious, zero point (on the Blue Plan) veggie dip, and put together a yummy veggie platter. Fill up on veggies prior to dinner and you’re less likely to overdue it during dinner.
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Tip #2 – Cheat Day
One thing I find that helps me stay on plan all week long, is to give myself a cheat day. I typically pick weigh in day as my cheat day. By allowing myself a cheat day, I am less likely to feel deprived. I also keep myself on track during the week. Take a look at your calendar and determine what days you have events during the holidays. Allow one day during the week to be a true cheat day. If you happen to have two events during one week, use a few of your weekly points.
Tip #3 – Water, Water, Water
I know this is something we hear all the time, but I really can’t stress how important it is to drink your water each and every day. While I don’t eat much sugar at all, I do have one vice and it’s Diet Coke. One thing I make sure I do is drink two full water bottles before I allow myself to drink a Diet Coke. This way I know I’m getting a good amount of water in first. I finish my night with water, as well.
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Tip #4 – Utilize Your Zero Point Foods
Don’t forget about those zero point foods! Have a couple small meals or snacks during the day before your holiday celebration. Eat solely from the zero point list. This way, when you go to your celebration, you have ALL of your points available, as well as your weekly points. While I wouldn’t eat this way all the time, I think that doing this for special occasions can really help.
Tip #5 – Get on that Scale
Is your weigh in the day after Christmas? If so, get your butt on that scale. Avoiding the scale doesn’t really do you any good. So you don’t face reality for one week. What does that really help you? By getting on the scale, you are able to see how you did during the holidays. If you only gain a pound or two, you can feel happy that your plan for success worked. Likewise, if you ended up gaining, no worries. It gives you time to tweak your plan for the next holiday.
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Tip #6 – Tomorrow is a New Day
If you happen to throw everything out the window and just eat everything in sight, that’s OK. Move on. Tomorrow is a new day. You didn’t put this weight on overnight. So making lifestyle changes take time. Forget about the 15 Christmas cookies you ate and start over again the next day. And remember tips number three and four. Get your butt on that scale, own what you ate, and drink your water.