Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

So I didn't grow the food that led to my scale victory, but this picture still seemed fitting, since I feel like I won a major battle this week, and it was "Victory Garden" (aka my "Victory Produce Aisle") that helped me get there.

After struggling with the same 3 pounds for 3 months now, I've finally broken out of that rut with a 2 pound loss!  I made some major changes this week - I switched from Points Plus, the new Weight Watchers system, back to their "old" system, Momentum.

The new plan was sold as a way to get you to "eat cleanly" - healthy, whole foods had a lower points value than processed "junk" with the same number of calories.  The problem was, I was already eating almost all whole foods.  Matt and I just don't eat a lot of processed food.  So when the foods that I ate the most of went down in points, I ended up eating a lot more.  And eating a lot more meant some serious stalling at the scale.

I've had people ask me how I can eat a plants-based diet and still struggle with my weight.  There is so much literature out there that pounds just melt away when you cut meat out of your diet.  And for some people, that's true.  But what I've learned in the last 6 months of doing WW on a vegetarian diet is that calories are still calories.  If you eat more calories than you burn, those calories turn into fat.  Keeping this math as simple as possible is what helps me lose weight.  So, at least for the foreseeable future, it looks like I'm back on Momentum.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience; I'm a frequent poster on the VB and I'm also struggling with not losing since Dec/Jan. I've been looking at what could possibly be causing it, and finally I'm back to just tracking calories on Sparkpeople.
    I find it frustrating and a little sad because WW has always worked for me as an easy way to keep my intake in check and lose when I needed to. Let us know how this goes for you!