Today was my Weight Watchers weigh-in day after doing this for five weeks. I was very successful the first two weeks and lost one pound each week. After that I lost half a pound, 0 pounds, and then gained half a pound back. So the total weight loss is only two pounds in five weeks. I'm disappointed, but after doing some numbers analysis, I'm not surprised.
According to Weight Watchers, I get 29 daily Points Plus food points per day, plus 49 weekly points. You can use the weekly points all at once (one big meal on a weekend), or you can use some of it every day. So that means I get 252 points per week to eat (29x7)+49=252. You also earn points for Activities. For example, 45 minutes of lap swimming is 6 points, as is 40 minutes of running. A 30 minute walk is only 2 points. You can trade in your Activity Points for food points, but I never do.
My food and activity points versus my weight, by week.
Graph: WW Points I've eaten versus Weight
Learning #1: it looks like I should eat between 200 and 220 points per week to lose weight. The last two weeks I've eaten 251 and 242 points respectively, and have not lost weight. I am perplexed how Weight Watchers can give me 252 weekly points and think that I can lose weight if I ate all my points. It does not look like I can eat more than 220 points per week and lose weight.
Graph: Activity Points versus Weight
Learning #2: I need to exercise more if I want to eat all my points. I should aim for at least 25 activity points per week. That's a solid 40 minutes of vigorous exercise for five days a week. You can see that the last two weeks I've not only eaten more, but exercised less and have not lost any weight, but gained 0.5 lbs.
Graph: Net Points (Food Points minus Activity Points) versus Weight
So if I can stay below 200 net points either by eating less or exercising more, then I can be successful at losing weight. You always hear the "Eat Less, Move More" to lose weight mantra, but here it is in plain numbers to prove it! BUT, I still can't believe WW gave me 252 points per week and expects me to lose weight. That's too much. That is a false sense of security, LOL!
Learning #3: Carbohydrates cost a lot of points. I need to eat less carbs and more whole grains.
Learning #4: When eating stuff that I know cost a lot of points, I need to cut back on the portion. It is okay to save half my food for later meal, or toss it.
Learning #5: Need to continue to fill up on mostly vegetables and some fruits too. I'm not doing too bad here but can do better.
I gotta say, being a numbers person, I really love the charts and graphs that I put together, LOL. I hope to be able to report better results in the weeks to come. :)
PS - I already know I'm not fat, or even over-weight by many people's standards. But I'm 8 lbs over what is my most comfortable weight for my active lifestyle and what I used to weigh 4 years ago. You don't have to leave me comments about how I don't NEED to lose weight. I already know that.