Ok, before anyone gets mad at our title and says that we should want to be “HEALTHY”, instead of “SKINNY”, let’s just say we want BOTH! In 2016 we both worked out crazy amounts (5-6 times a week or more) and burned a combined 172,588 calories at Orange Theory alone. If you divide 3500 calories (one lb of fat), technically we should be about 50 pounds skinnier. We have been in weight loss groups for the past year and have really watched what we ate and drank and tried to do well. We would eat 1200 calories a day and workout twice at Orange Theory and still the scale wouldn’t budge. I will say that we both gained a ton of muscle, but we couldn’t lose the weight.

That was until NOW!!!! We are super excited to share why we think the new and improved Weight Watchers is the way to go. 

We tried Weight Watchers last May with our friend Amy, but neither one of us could get into it. We got lazy about counting our calories.

Why try it now and what is the difference between the new and old Weight Watchers?

We decided to give WW another chance because:

  1. We know lots of people who swear by it.
  2. WW has revamped their program so that instead of alotting points based on calories, they base your points on the nutritional value of food.

Side-note: Our dad just retired from 40+ years in the grocery business. About a year ago he was telling us about a new system called NuVal that was being implemented into grocery stores across the United States. The NuVal® System scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal® Score, the better the nutrition. NuVal is not a diet, but just a guide (created by a leading team of experts) that allows you to understand how good or bad (nutrition wise) food is.

For example:
Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Blueberries, Bananas = 100 points
Birds Eye Sweet Corn & Butter Sauce = 17 points
General Mills Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal = 33 points
Cap’N Crunch Cereal = 4 points
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies = 1 point

How does the NEW WW smart point system work?
Everyone is given a minimum of 30 daily points (this is what I get) plus an extra amount of cheat points that you can use throughout the week (mine are 28). Dave gets 32 daily points and 42 cheat points.

We finally get that it’s not about counting calories, but instead what you put into your body (I know a ton of you already realized this, but we  finally get it). The old WW program would give you fewer points and base the points on the caloric value so that a 100 calorie snack pack would have the same points as a large apple.

Many people are upset about WW changing, but the idea is that instead of giving you 22 points a day (and everything having fewer points), they would give you more points a day (30), let fruits and vegetables have 0 points (not true in the old program), and then assign high points to foods that are not good for you.

For example, if you think you are being good by ordering a small fry, hamburger, and coke at McDonalds, it will cost you 24 points. There is no way that a kid’s happy meal is worth almost an entire day’s worth of points!

Instead, you can have 6 oz of chicken breast (4 points), an apple (0 points), vegetables, and a salad for a total of 5 points (1 point for olive oil used cooking the food).

So far we are both almost two weeks into the program and are feeling great!  The three of us (Christa, Dave, and myself) have already lost a combined 12 pounds!  We can even have a glass of wine (4 points) or two if we are smart with our food choices. You earn extra points for working out, but we have decided to not count those so that we can optimize our weight loss ability.

What is the hardest part of doing WW?
You have to take the time to plan out your meals and to meal prep (cut veggies, cook protein, etc). You also need to have a digital scale handy for all of the proteins you need to weigh. 

Do you find yourself eating differently?
Yes! We both are less inclined to grab a handful of goldfish, eat our kid’s fries, or eat a brownie (15 points). Instead, when opt for an apple and 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (1 point) or a piece of angle food cake, fat free cool whip, and strawberries (5 points).

Will you fall off the wagon and eat and drink a million points?
Of course, everyone falls of the wagon. But if you get back on, then you will be better off than before.

How much does WW cost?

We pay about $4.00 a week for the app (I signed up for the month by month and Christa signed up for 3 months).  We have heard that paying the extra for an online consultant is not worth it. We have used the free myfitnesspal app to track our calories for the past year, but actually prefer the Weight Watchers app because we are tracking nutritional values, rather than a caloric number. 

Do you have any tips for being successful on Weight Watchers?
Try and find a friend (or two) to do it together, limit your fruit (even though they say you can have unlimited, berries and apples are better than melon or pineapple), buy a water bottle diffuser to place fun mixes in the middle, don’t waste your points on processed foods or fast food, don’t freak out if you have a really bad day with points.

What have you been most surprised about the new Weight Watchers? We are surprised by how easy it fits into our busy (often social) lives.  We have already had several social situations that we normally would have blown by drinking a ton of wine and eating a million calories.  We still eat everything, just are smarter about our choices.  We are also excited that our kids are actually enjoying less junk and more nutritional items. 

*** We recently hosted a freezer meal pj party/potluck at my house.  We knew we would be eating/drinking, but just planned our points accordingly.  Nobody even noticed when Christa and I were pouring our wine and spirits into a measuring cup throughout the night!

What are your favorite Weight Watchers dishes so far?

Curry Chicken salad (I make this and divide into 4 portions for 2 points each)

White Chicken Chili (4 points)– This IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!

Grilled veggies with olive oil/salt (1 point)

Shrimp, Tilapia, Cod (1 point for 3 oz)

Grilled chicken (2 points for 3 oz)

Butterfinger Dessert (4 points)– This dessert is shockingly delicious!

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash Potatoes (2 points) 

So there you have it, our plan for being both skinny and healthy in 2017. We know that we haven’t been doing Weight Watchers long,  but we are determined.

Our two question for you include, who wants to do this with us, and what Weight Watchers recipes do you recommend?

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