Hey there people! Happy Tuesdayyyyy I have some fun stuff to share with you guys today including a Weight Watchers review and a healthy holiday recipe so let’s get to it!
So a bunch of you seem to have some questions about Weight Watchers. Today I’m going to take some time to answer as many questions as I can, but I realize I might not be able to get to everything. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have more questions.
Q: Why did you choose Weight Watchers?
A: If you’ve read my weight loss story, then you will know this is not my first time on Weight Watchers. The first time I joined was my senior year of college, after my friend Catrina joined and lost 20 pounds in one summer. When she came back to school looking fabulous, I was impressed! I tried it out and was able to lose about 20 pounds myself.
I eventually stopped Weight Watchers for a number of reasons, but the main reason was because I felt like I learned enough to maintain a healthy diet by myself. While this was mostly true (thus sparking me on my journey to become obsessed with a healthy lifestyle) Weight Watchers provides me with more accountability for my actions than I can get on my own. This time around I’m learning a lot less (since I learned so much the first time) and am mostly relying on Weight Watchers to keep my actions in check. In other words, last time I used Weight Watchers to teach me how to eat healthy. I learned about whole wheat, fiber, fat and carbs. Now that I know all of those things, I’m using Weight Watchers as a tool to keep me from eating one too many cookies or that extra slice of pizza. It just holds me accountable.
Q: How does Weight Watchers work?
A: When you sign up for Weight Watchers, you fill out a number of questions including your age, height, weight, activity level, and goal weight. Weight Watchers will assign you a value for how many “points” you should be eating per day in order to achieve your weight goal. Everything you eat is assigned a points value and needs to be tracked. You can also earn extra points by working out.
If you track everything you eat and don’t go over your points, you should start losing weight at a healthy rate of 1-2 pounds per week until you reach your goal.
Q: What do you get when you pay for Weight Watchers?
A: When you sign up for Weight Watchers, you can either sign up to go to meetings or join online. I choose to do it online because I find it to be much easier and more convenient for my schedule. I then get access to all of the Weight Watchers tools and calculators. Some of these tools are online while some are on one of the two apps.
The first app allows you to track your points, use the calculator to determine a food’s points value, find restaurants and meetings, use cheat sheets, review featured recipes, and read success stories. I mostly use it to track what I’ve eaten that day.
Weight Watchers also has a scanner app which allows you to scan a food’s barcode and it will tell you how many points it is. While it doesn’t work for all foods, it does work for many of them and I find it really handy.
There are also tons of features available to members on the Weight Watchers website (I mean TONS) but I mostly only use the trackers. Here I can track my weight, my activity, and any foods that I don’t feel like tracking on the app (usually if I have to look up a new food it’s a little easier to do on the main website).
There is also a “Recipe Builder” function where you can type in a recipe, specify the number of servings it will yield, and it will tell you how many points each serving is. I have been loving this feature recently.
One of the main reasons I pay for Weight Watchers though, is because if I am paying for it, then I use it. Unlike free websites like CalorieCount.com or MyFitnessPal.com, I stick to Weight Watchers because I know I am paying for it. I wouldn’t waste my money by not using the tools, so it holds me accountable.
Q: How is Weight Watchers working for me?
A: I am happy to say that last week I was able to lose three pounds!! Although this is really exciting for me, I know that this rate is 1. not very healthy, as Weight Watchers only recommends losing 1 – 2 pounds per week, and 2. not sustainable. I may have lost that weight quickly because my body was surprised by the switch in routine, but from now on I’m sure I will be losing more slowly, as recommended. That’s a-okay with me!
Q: How long do I plan to be on Weight Watchers?
A: Although I originally joined to lose those extra five pounds, I’d like to continue for a while to see if I can get to my ideal goal weight, which I never usually get to. Although I was comfortable with my weight before, it wasn’t perfect and I’d like to see if I can make a bigger improvement. I know what a healthy weight is for my body type and I will obviously make sure not to go below that (I’m pretty far from there though). We will see how it goes, but I still don’t envision this being a long-term commitment. Maybe a few months or so, until I’m 100% happy with my body.
Ok so I hope that answered some questions for you guys and if you have any more feel free to leave them in the comments below!
Now for the recipe!!
Cranberry Apple Bread
I was recently contacted by a representative from Egg Beaters® who wanted to share a healthy holiday recipe with you guys! After taking a look at the recipe I think it looks delicious and I think this could make a great addition to your holiday menu!
Here’s her post:
If you’re at all health-conscious, the holiday season can sometimes be more intimidating than inviting. Watching your weight or calorie intake gets a whole lot more difficult when you’re presented with a tray of Christmas cookies or positioned in front of a fully loaded appetizer table.
It’s always okay to indulge of course, but since the holiday season does indulgence better than any other time of year, it’s easy to go overboard fast. So if you’re cooking this holiday, shoot for recipes that cut corners in terms of fat and calorie content so you don’t overdo it this season. Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, egg substitute for shell eggs, and make sure to use fruit and vegetables in any recipe you can get away with it!
This recipe for Cranberry-Apple Bread is great for anyone looking to stay fit holiday season; it hits the ideal balance between healthy and festive. Apples, cranberries and crunchy walnuts are some of the most popular ingredients during the holidays, and since you’re cooking with egg substitute and nonfat yogurt there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging (each slice is only 125 calories!).
Each loaf makes fourteen servings so you’ll have more than enough to go around if you’re expecting a crowd at your holiday dinner; it’s also simple to double the recipe. Serve this bread toasted with butter for a quick breakfast, alongside turkey and potatoes for a sweet Christmas side dish, or topped with nonfat frozen yogurt for an easy, healthy holiday dessert. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 2 ½ hours
Calories per serving: 125
Total Fat: 2g
- PAM® Baking Spray
- 1-1/2 cups Ultragrain® All Purpose Flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 medium apples, such as Bareburn or Fuji, peeled, chopped (2 med = about 2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons Pure Wesson® Canola Oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup Egg Beaters® Original
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside. Toss apples with oil in a large bowl until they are evenly coated. Stir in sugar. Add Egg Beaters and yogurt; mix well. Add flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Gently stir in cranberries. Stir in walnuts, if desired.
Spread the batter evenly into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Cut into 14 slices to serve.
This is a guest post written by Meredith K. on behalf of Egg Beaters®. For more holiday breakfast and dessert ideas, from breakfast casserole recipes to skinny cheesecake recipes, visit www.eggbeaters.com.
Please note I was not paid for this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.