I FU every weekend! Any tactics?

(13 Posts)
delasi Tue 17-Sep-13 14:14:12

I found on WW that I was too focused on getting the most out of my points rather making better choices and at the weekend I would go all out on treats. So even if I was within my points, it wasn't the best approach, I wasn't happy with it overall, and in the end I would fall off the bandwagon.

It took a while for me to get around understanding a new way of eating - reacting to my hunger, avoiding trigger foods (chocolate fingers = mega feast!), eating foods that sate cravings but are better too. For example, I really didn't like the thought of nut butters (and peanuts make me feel sick), but read about how they contain good fats and are good at quelling cravings. I decided to give it a go and I now particularly like almond butter and hazelnut butter, I have some on toast and it is surprisingly filling as well as quelling both my sweet and salty cravings. Of course they're not super low in calories (or points, if you follow WW), but they are great as part of a normal healthy diet and overall help to keep you on track. I have lost and maintained much more this way than previous diet approaches.

I'm not saying you should ditch WW, or that you don't know how to be healthy! But if you haven't already, have a look on the web and sites like MFP about good nutrient-dense/calorie-dense foods, things that are filling, satisfy cravings, have a look at what makes you feast, if certain foods lead to others, if there are better replacements (eg tasty frozen yoghurt instead of ice cream). I don't know quite when it happened, but I've just sort of stopped eating lots of chocolate, popcorn, biscuits and such. When I do have them it's occasional and not much, but to be honest I prefer to have something really good when I have treat (like tiramisu!).

hazchem Tue 17-Sep-13 05:30:11

If you want those treats and snacks why not look into making them yourselves as part of the treat. S you have to bake the cake biscuits or make the dessert.

Have to admit I've joined the enemy now smile As I low carb.

hazchem Tue 17-Sep-13 05:19:43

I found I would use the bonus points during the week thinking I could be make up some activity points at the weekend or only use a few extra points at the weekend. But when I weighed on Thursday I didn't have many points so would have to be careful over the weekend until I'd earned some more.
Oh and diet lemonade and pimms is my tip for drinkers. Hardly any points that or vodka and soda water.

Talkinpeace Mon 16-Sep-13 22:30:16

see if you can cut out the snacks - limit all of your eating to specific meal times

OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 15-Sep-13 21:41:08

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servingwench Sun 15-Sep-13 21:15:14

Hi everyone, thanks for your replies. I think the issue is that the weekend comes, dh and I have film (have 2 dd's so we don't go out, not big drinkers or eaters out) and I just want nice things to eat. I do make healthy main meals but it's sugary things that I scoff! I need to get out of that frame of mind ie weekend = feastathon!
I'm not always hungry at bedtime...just when I save points (I have 32 as I'm tall) to eat sweets and all the bananas are green. I may try making some soup but as I work I already bulk cook at the weekend so haven't got much more time to dedicate to cooking.
What I need is will power, pure and simple!

OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 15-Sep-13 11:40:12

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hazchem Sun 15-Sep-13 04:29:47

I found when I was doing Weight Watchers if I had a weigh day later in the week say Thursday then the weekends were easier.

Also I would take out my food diary and just mark how many drinks I was having as I went.

TheFallenNinja Sun 15-Sep-13 04:09:29

Are there more opportunities to binge at the weekend than in the week and what are you binging on?

If you're eating out or in the pub at the weekends you may want to change that routine, alternatively some exercise in the week might bank enough points to mitigate the weekends.

Agree you shouldn't be feeling hungry though.

ZingWantsCake Sun 15-Sep-13 03:53:51
OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 15-Sep-13 03:02:44

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ZingWantsCake Sun 15-Sep-13 02:40:52

you should not feel hungry.
my best 3 best tips

1. eat more soup. zero points or very low points to fill you up.

try this: big pot of boiling water, chuck in some cut up carrots, leeks, garlic, butternut squash and stock powder.
cook until everything is soft, then blend the whole lot.

eat as much as you want, graze if you like all day!

I can't remember if the squash is zero points or not, but the whole pot will be a max of 3 points!

2. drink a lot of water. it will fill you up and suppress your appetite.

download the Hydro app, it will help you keep track of your water intake. you can join me on my water thread if you like.

I have increased my water intake and with no other changes I've already lost 2 kgs (4.5 lbs) in 3 weeks!)

3. track everything. that means everything!
every lick, bite, taste, sip - everything!
last time I was doing WW I did it online, and I was near obsessed about tracking every single thing (I always am)
I lost 2 stones in 3 months and was never hungry!

I must go to bed now, but will be back.

servingwench Sat 14-Sep-13 23:21:10

All week I'm ok (I'm doing WW) stick to points and go to bed feeling hungry! But the weekend comes and I literally binge and I can't break this habit.
I am so unhappy being overweight (need to lose 3st) so why, why can't I stop this sad

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