Mar 27, 2008

Weight Watchers Tips to Lose Weight



Helpful Weight Watcher Tips to Lose Weight

1. Keep a Food Journal - Record everything you eat and drink immediately including the sugar in your coffee. You will start noticing where your bad eating habits are and how to change them. Write down the points next to everything you eat so you can monitor how many points you have consumed.

2. Drink 6 Cups of Water a Day - I find it helpful to always have a glass of water near me at all times.

3. Eat More Greens - There are so many nutrients in leafy greens like carotenoids, folate, calcium, and fatty acids. Put them in salads, soups, dips, or eat them as a side dish. They are delicious cooked or raw and they are zero points.

4. Cook With Fat Free Broth
- I like to keep chicken broth stocked in my pantry. I can make a quick soup by adding vegetables, or I use it in place of oil when I cook vegetables or rice, to give food extra flavor without the added points.

5. Eat Whole Grains - Switch to brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta whenever possible. These foods are loaded with nutrients and fiber.

6. Measure Everything - Know your measurements or you will be consuming more points than you think. The only way to get an accurate point count is by measuring everything.

7. Use Skim Milk - You should have 2 servings of milk a day. Using skim milk instead of whole will save you half the points.

8. Take Your Time Eating - Cut your food in small portions and enjoy each bite. It takes 20 minutes before the stomach can tell the brain it is full. You will eat less if you take your time.

9. Use Smaller Plates - This tricks your brain into thinking you are eating more food.

10. Exercise - Exercise doesn't have to be boring! Take a Zumba class or if you aren't comfortable with lifting weights take a weight lifting class. You'll burn lots of calories, build muscle and feel great! The more you exercise, the easier it becomes and the more calories you burn, which means you can deduct points for food you can eat! Make sure to eat the amount of points recommended. If you burn 5 - 7 points during an exercise session, make sure you eat.

11. Eat More Seafood - I was so happy to learn that shrimp and scallops are low in points. Get the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids when eating fatty fish such as salmon.

12. Use Meat as a Condiment - You don't have to give up meat to lose weight. Use lean meat as a flavoring instead of the main ingredient. Make stir-fries with lots of vegetables.

13. Eat More Fiber - Eating fiber is key for weight control because it fills you up with fewer calories. Foods like beans, plant foods, whole grains are all high in fiber. The higher the fiber, the lower the points.

14. Eat More Vegetarian Meals - Plant foods are rich in phytochemicals, fiber and protein. They are low in calories and saturated fats. I like to make vegetable soups, stir-fries, pasta primavera, and salads.

15. Eat Healthy Snacks - The best way to make your metabolism work faster is by eating smaller meals, so in between your regular meals, snack on zero to very low point foods so you will not feel hungry throughout the day. Snack on crudites, fruit, fat free popcorn, salsa with baked chips, whole grain crackers, bruschetta. I like to buy Weight Watchers Smart Ones desserts and Weight Watchers ice cream bars. They taste great and are low in points. Also, Skinny Cow, Philly Swirl Sugar Free Swirl Stix, Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cups are all low in points. I have a link at the top right of my blog, 1 POINT SNACKS, that I like to get ideas from.

34 comments :

  1. I started with the food journal today! I'm reading the rest of your tips..

    Thanks!

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  2. These are all good tips. I'm struggling with keeping sweets out of my mouth. I lose weight, I gain weight. I'm not overweight, I just have fat. -15 lbs would help me get into my pants better.

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  3. Thanks for the comments!
    Starting a food journal is so important. I learned so much about where those extra points were coming from. I love my coffee in the morning. I learned I was wasting so many points on half and half everyday. I switched to Coffeemate original fat free creamer and it tastes just as good with 0 points. I'm saving 3 points a day with that alone. Also, I find I will workout more so I can eat more. If I take an aerobics class, I know I can eat 4 or 5 more points that day. We all love sweets and you shouldn't deprive yourself. Don't eat them everyday or eat low point meals to allow yourself a dessert.

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  4. great tips -- i need to drink more water :P

    Would love to see you listed on Herblogdirectory.com

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  5. Love your tips! I need to drink more water! I forget. I read somewhere when you feel thirsty, it's because your body is already started to become dehydrated. I believe by 20%! I know it helps in losing weight and drinking a full glass of water before a meal i know helps me eat less. Thanks again!

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  6. Gina- I love your blog!! I am going to be linking back often! Thanks for taking the time to create and share all this awesome info!

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  7. Lizzy...
    I am so excited that i found this web site and your daily meals, and blogs left by everyone who has benifitted from this. I was upset, I was married a year ago and I had gained the weight that i worked so hard to take off before my wedding, with this website I have been able to get back on the right track. Ths has encouraged me and My husband to live Healthy. Thanks Gina!

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  8. I am so happy you find my site useful. I too gained weight after losing everything before my wedding so keeping up this blog really helps me keep it off. Good luck!

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  9. I'm so excited to have found your blog...it's awesome!! keep up the good work.

    can't wait to try some of your recipes...I'm drooling just waiting!!

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  10. I just started WW about 2 days ago, and I just found your website while looking for something for dinner tonight. I can tell I'll be using all your tips and recipes alot. Great job, and thanks for making WW easier!

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  11. I have already hit my own magic number (160 lb) down from 210 and this page has helped me a lot. Actually many dishes have already become classics in my table.

    Thanks

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  12. That's wonderful! Any favorites?

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  13. Hi Gina, Emma here I've Stumbled upon your website and I'm feeling very positive. Joined the gym this am and planning food shop for tonight ready to shift this excess baby bulge. Thank you for setting up this excellent site, the visuals are mouth watering. I'll be back every day. Emma

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  14. Hi Emma, good luck and welcome!!

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  15. OMG I love this website!! I am definitely going to book mark it. I overhead someone talking about your website on the train so I decided to check it out. I was overweight as a child and finally lost the weight as a teenager. Gained some back when I got pregnant but finally lost it. Counting points and trying to maintain my weight is just a part of my life. Your tips are great and I can't wait to try some of your recipes - I can't decide which one to try first!!!! They all look delicious. Great job on a fabulous website!

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  16. Glad you like it, thanks for leaving a comment. Just wondering, when you said train, The Long Island Rail Road?

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  17. can you get a low cal recipe for chai tea and white chocolate mochas from starbucks,,,

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  18. vahillbilly10/8/09, 6:57 AM

    Another satisfied reader...it is so hard to really have good things to eat when dieting. I believe if it tastes good and is low fat low calorie great I will choose it but if not who wants to eat it? I took the wight watchers pineapple angel food cake to a luncheon yesterday the man who is dieting loved it but ate 3 pieces, whoops too many points there!
    Thanks Gina and keep giving us the "good" things to eat!

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  19. I love, love, love your site! So many fabulous recipes and tips. It's great! I especially love that all your recipes aren't full of fake fats and sugars...but real food. I try to cook healthy meals for my family (which includes an almost 11 month old, who eats what we eat, and a 2 year old). I don't like to give them too many processed, or fake, foods. I know I'm doing a pretty good job, because my 2 year old loves veggies, especially broccoli, and often goes back for thirds and fourths. :) Thank you for taking the time to post your recipes and tips. You're awesome! :)

    One question though...you mentioned that you have a link to 1 point snacks. Where is that link? Am I completely missing it? I'd love to read it, b/c I need a snack around 3:00 (while my kiddos are napping) to get me through the mid-afternoon slump. :)

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  20. I love your site! My daughter found it and sent me the link. Just started week 7 of WW. Am down 10.2 lbs so far. Excited to try some of your recipes.

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  21. Hi Gina,

    As a new weight watchers member I want to tell you your blog is inspiring and I cannot wait to try your recipes. Thank you so much for posting.

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  22. Your welcome! Good luck!

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  23. I think you should join Tumblr and open your blogspot to automatically posting on their site! I would definitely follow you and I know a lot of people who already have like and reblogged the mess out of your featured recipe on http://lacuise.tumblr.com

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  24. Your link didn't work.

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  25. I was listening to 92.3 the other day and the DJ was talking about being on weight watchers. She mentioned that she got a cupcake recipe from Gina and said, "I don't know who Gina is but she rocks! Thank you Gina, whoever you are!" And I knew she was talking about this blog!! So congrats Gina :)

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  26. That's so cool!! Thanks for sharing, I would have bugged out if I heard that!!

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  27. Most of your recipes call for butter, can it be switched to margarine?

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  28. Sure, you can substitute margarine if you wish!

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  29. Hi Gina, I am living in Katherine in the NT and i cant find a meeting place. I need to join can someone let me know if there is a WW meeting in Katherine. Great page sure i will be using this post often. Some very handy idears especialy the coffee mate. Cheers chat again soon. Wendy

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  30. I'm not sure but if you can't find one in your area, you can join online.

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  31. gina,just came across you web site and can't wait to try your receipts. have been on ww for 5 yrs.but now i'm doing it on my own. dolores

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  32. Great tip list.. I think that good habits of sport may make it all happen for the best.. and to add some special flavor to the efforts, I recently improved my coffee drinking habits - with a new product line of healthy coffee ( combined with Ganoderma see this link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingzhi_mushroom ) that has an effects of healthy weight loss as well.. I purchase the coffee as a distributor so its not only coffee, its also coffee that pays.. You may try it yourself - have a look at my website to learn about the products or even signup to make some profits out of it..
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