When I first started Weight Watchers, I had a vague concept of how many points were in certain things. Some of the blogs and cooking websites that I read give the point value for their recipes and some pre-packaged items have it printed on the label. So, though I did sort of know, I didn’t really ever think about how to put together an entire day’s worth of food and have it fit into my allotted point value. That’s really what this diet has taught me more than anything. If I go out for lunch, maybe I should skip the rice at dinner. If I have an afternoon snack, maybe I could skip dessert. That’s not to say that there aren’t days that end up being both not either or, but it’s given me a greater understanding of how it works together, if that makes sense.
I get 26 points a day. In addition, I get 49 extra weekly points that I can use throughout the week however I see fit. Everyone gets a different amount of daily points based on what they weigh and also their height, I think, but everyone gets 49 extra points. You can also track activity and get activity points, but honestly, I try not to eat into those and really it’s not hard.
Most days, I actually do go over 26. I’d say on average, I probably eat 28 points a day and then more on the weekends, taking from the extra weekly points. My weigh-in day is Sunday. This is good and bad. Bad because the number on the scale does tend to be a bit higher after a Saturday evening. But good because it allows me to save up my extra points for that bigger Saturday meal. I figure if I’m seeing a downward trend, the actual number doesn’t really matter.
Here’s a day where I did manage to only eat 26 points. I thought it would be interesting (or not) to show what that looks like. There are lots of estimations here. I do use a food scale for a few things – peanut butter, hummus, soy creamer – but with things I’ve cooked, I just estimate. Seems to be working fine.
Green Smoothie (6 points). Fruits and veggies are weird. They are no points if you eat them on their own, but if you figure out the nutritional information for a recipe that’s mostly comprised of fruits and veggies, it calculates the point values from that, giving them points. This smoothie was a little too green. I know people say you can’t taste the green, but I could. It was very earthy.
Coffee with soy creamer (1 point). The point is for the creamer. You can have two servings for one point. I actually do measure this out because it’s very easy to add a lot and you don’t even really need it. Also, this is why I don’t like drinking smoothies in the morning. Hot coffee with a cold smoothie? It just doesn’t jive.
Grapefruit (0 points).
Forks Over Knives Bean Chili (5 points).
The best yogurt EVER (4 points).
Junky snack because the best yogurt EVER was not the most filling yogurt EVER (2 points).
Lemon-djion tofu and potatoes atop a bed of kale (8 points). That’s my latest thing, putting things on top of steamed kale. Volume, people, I need volume.
So that’s what 26 points actually looks like in terms of food and serving size. Sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it’s not, but that’s what it looks like.