Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Green Diamonds

Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting on January 12, 2010.

Remember that those lovely green diamond foods are usually the lowest in points, pack the most nutrition, and keep you satisfied for the longest amount of time. I can’t find a downfall with them. I sure don’t like being hungry. Remember that most of the filling foods can also count towards your good healthy guidelines. Ha 2 birds one stone.

Super-Satisfying Temptation Tamers
Other mealtime tricks for pumping up the volume in your food to maximize your satisfaction on fewer calories:

• Start meals with a first course of broth-based soup, vegetable juice or a salad with reduced fat or low-fat dressing. Make sure that first course isn't more than 100 calories. Otherwise, you could end up eating too many calories at that particular meal.

• Eat more vegetables, such as leafy greens, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, summer squash and onions. In fact, stash them in stews, soups, pasta sauces, pizza and meat loaf. They're high-volume, high-satisfaction, low-calorie superstars because they're loaded with water and fiber.

• Limit very dry foods, such as pretzels, crackers and chips. Dry foods lack water and thus are low in volume. These dry foods pack a lot of calories into a small portion and are easy to overeat. Plus with foods like this….it seems like 10 minutes later you are hungry for something else.

• Choose foods you enjoy, personal satisfaction is the key to long term weight loss. You are more likely to stick with this program if you spend your points on the foods you enjoy. When you deprive yourself of the foods you want you are sabotaging your success and eventually you will give in to those foods and binge. Take advantage of your 35 points. They are your friends, learn to love them!

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