Living Healthy – The Avenues Are Endless

HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE WORLD !

I believe we are all beautiful in our own way. Today more than ever, there are many avenues one can go down to start his or her journey to living healthy. In my previous blog, I talked about the many health benefits of ionized water. Today I would like to touch on another way that we can learn to be healthier.

Dieting or Is It ?

When you think of “dieting”, what comes to your mind? Well, if you’re like me, I tend to think of it as limits to the foods that I can or cannot have. I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t like being told I can’t have something. With so much tempting food out there, how is one suppose to “reign it in” so to speak? While there are many ways to eat better, allow me to engage with one way in particular, as it hits close to home with me.

Watch your Weight with Weight Watchers

As the illustration tends to lend itself, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? I know I have been pretty silly when it comes to losing weight and trying to become healthier overall.

I’m going to be honest with you; I’ve tried several “diets” over the years myself and never could quite get the results I wanted.

Now mind you, I have never been terribly over weight for my 5’2 body frame until one day I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I had gone from my average weight of 120 lbs. to 164 lbs. in what seemed like overnight ! Now I know it didn’t happen overnight, but that’s beside the point. LOL There were a lot of factors that caused such a drastic change in my weight. (Mostly stress) With that being said, I knew I had to take measures to fix “me”. Now, keep in mind that this was the year 2011 when all this was happening to me and so started my journey on living healthier from that point on.

“You Are What You Eat”

Most everyone has heard this phrase, and I think it’s true to a degree. In all essence, it doesn’t take a lot of thought process to start living healthy, or does it? I would lean toward the opinion that quite simply, it does take somewhat of an effort and planning of some sort to stay successful on the road to losing weight and living healthier. So why did Weight Watchers work for me when nothing else would? Well let’s take a look shall we?

Planning Is Key

Just like reaping the reward of a good recipe or meal when it comes together, there are stages of planning that need to be tended to in order for it to be a success.

Below you will see a brief introduction to the plan that Weight Watchers has to offer.

  • To calculate how many points you will be getting on their plan, here are the steps:
  • If you are a female – give yourself 2 points
  • If you are male – give yourself 8 points
  • Ages 17-24 get 3 points
  • Ages 38-47 get 2 points
  • Ages 48-58 get 1 point
  • Add 1 point per every 10 pounds of body weight
  • Add an additional point if you are between 5’1 and 5’10
  • Add 2 points if you are over 5’10
  • Add 6 points if you have a labor intensive job
  • Add 2 points if your level of activity is moderate

(Zero points for being Sedentary)

Now you can add everything up to see your total Daily Points and you are also allowed 35 Weekly Flexible Points.

Next here’s how to calculate how many points are in food:

1. Divide the Total Calories by 50

2. Divide the Total Grams of Fat by 12

3. Add these together

then …..

4. Divide the total amount of Dietary Fiber by 5 and subtract this number from what you got from Steps 1 and 2 and this will show you how many points a food item will be.

If you need to know the nutrition value on food items that are not packaged, you can either ask a nutritional expert or google it.

This is just a small portion of what their plan is all about.

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

So here’s the thing…

As I mentioned earlier, I gave Weight Watchers a try in my younger years (in 2011) and even though their plan was just a bit different but not by much, it was successful for me. I started out weighing in at 164 and I ended up losing over 30 pounds in 6 months. (and then some) Their plan taught me to not only eat in moderation but to have a more balanced and healthier way of eating. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted but I gained the confidence in myself that I was always missing.

Have I been able to keep my weight off after losing it with Weight Watchers? Since 2011, I can honestly say that for the most part, as long as I stick to the main points in the plan, then yes I have kept it off. Have I fluctuated sometimes? Yes. The point is, I made a choice back then and now to live a healthier life and I would like to believe that I have probably curtailed some minor or maybe even major health problems along the way.

All in all I want to encourage all you beautiful people out there in the world to think about making a choice for yourself to live a healthier life, whether that be by trying Weight Watchers or just by eating healthier all the way around. There is only one YOU so take care of you the best and healthiest way you can.

Some people have different reasons they choose to live healthier and everything that entails.

Whatever your reason, I wish you all the best in your endeavors !!

Sqwirlgrl 🙂

28 thoughts on “Living Healthy – The Avenues Are Endless”

  1. This steps on weight watchers sounds really good and I have to say itisa must try for ke. Well I didn’t know much about this points thing but I know there is something like this that people make use of when it comes to achieving success. I think generally,indeed to watch what I eat. Having read your article, I can also say that truly, the avenue of getting healthy are endless.

  2. There are so many diet plans out there that don’t work, so it’s good to hear of one that does. But Weight Watchers has been around for decades, and programs that don’t work normally go out of business. What kinds of foods are allowed on Weight Watchers ? Would it be suitable for a vegetarian?

    1. Yes it would be suitable for a vegetarian because you can absolutely eat/drink whatever you want as long as you stick to your points, they say that any type of vegetarian diet can incorporated into WW but they do have some specific guidelines. 

  3. I totally agree with the phrase “you’re what you eat”. Gaining weight is one easy thing to do, it takes just a little while to see yourself adding up and having a different shape entirely, but losing that weight would be a herculean task. Dieting is difficult, yes, but with the right dedication of mind towards it, you’ll get your required result. When it has to deal with points which you have just given, this is my first time learning about it. Although I am in a shape I will call “great”, but ill love to see how it works for me and then share this idea to others. Best regards

  4. I have lived on the weight roller coaster for the last 30 years and I really want to get off this ride. 

    I believe I have finally found a solution but it is what we have all been taught over the years and that is to be careful of what you eat and get out and exercise more.

    I have recently moved to Colorado so getting out and hiking more is my thing and it helps a lot living here.

    The other thing is we all need to be realistic about our own bodies and not try to be like that perfect person on TV. It’s honestly going to be more challenging as we grow older but that just means we have to make adjustments, find ways to move more and be embrace our age.

    Thank you for touching on an important topic.

  5. Thank you for your post. It is a timely article for me. I am slightly over weight and would like to reduce my weight to normal level, since I have joint problem.

    Here comes your article. I like the quote you introduced “Your Are What You Eat”. This is absolutely true that the food we eat determine how our body looks like. 

    You are right that planning is key. To lose my weight, I have to have plan. I like the Weight Watchers plan, which give clear guidance on how to reach my lose weight goal, zero point. 

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.

  6. Hello!

    I love learning how to live our life in a healthier way. Our weight is a very important factor to consider. 

    As you explain, it has never been easy for me to follow a certain diet, I don’t like it either. Prefer to switch to healthier foods that contribute to my well-being.

    I find it interesting to follow the Weight Watchers plan that gave you such a good result. 

    Will try it and then I will tell you. 

    Thank you!

  7. Hello; if a hundred sixty-four pounds is too much for five feet two inches what about two hundred thirty pounds for five feet five inches? Delicious foods are tempting to the smell and sight. 

    One will always want to eat.  Not that for one’s health some form of resistance should not come into play but it is often easier said than done. While dieting to lose weight works; there are some things that I personally take into account. 

    Since stress causes weight gain for some folks, Dieting or no dieting, when the stress season is active, the weight gain will also become active.

    DorcasW

  8. You know, I had always heard of weightwatchers and that they have helped a lot of people.  I never knew they had such an intricate system of calorie intake, based off a point system.  I find that pretty cool honestly!  I might have to look into them because I have been trying to find a good weight loss plan.  Thank you!

  9. Hi!  Thanks so much for sharing your experience with Weight Watchers with us.  I’m happy it worked so well for you.  I know that my Grandmother, who has been dieting for decades, particularly has had success with it.  Of course, now that she’s retired and traveling around, she does find it harder to stick to it when she’s eating out at restaurants a lot. But she also really has had success with it.  Thanks again for sharing!

  10. I actually read a very informative and enlightening article. Proper nutrition is a very important fact for a healthy life. In today’s age, people are dealing with eating disorders, from adolescents to women who are menopausal and elderly. What you propose, about weight watchers, is a way for someone to control their weight, such as how to lose, lose and maintain their pounds.

  11. Weight Watchers plan worked really well for me as well.  The biggest pitfall I encountered was not planning out a meal.  I lost 25 pounds in 3 weeks staying strict to the plan but then I strayed a little bit and the loss of weight slowed down.  I still try to follow the point system to maintain my weight.

    1. Hi Bryan,

      So yeah, I’ve pretty much kept off my weight as well and even though I do not go to Weight Watchers meetings anymore , I feel I’ve learned enough to stick to it on my own. 

  12. I also know of a way of eating healthy in other to lose weight and that is through intermittent fasting. For anyone that has heard about it would know that there have been a lot of good things said about this way of losing weight. It is really effective and can be a game-changer for anyone trying to lose weight. 

    I have not heard a lot about weight watchers but it looks like it would be an effective way to help eat healthily and live a healthy life. 

    If I may ask, which do you prefer? Going through intermittent fasting or using weight watchers? 

    1. Well, Manuel since I have not tried the Intermittent Fasting, I will have to go with what I know has worked for me which is Weight Watchers, but I always try to keep my options open and am not opposed to trying the IF.  Thanks for the info. on it.

  13. Thank you very much for this information! I have never had the point system broken down like that! I have always loved food, so I struggle with weight constantly. You are absolutely correct, you are what you eat. When I am able to eat healthy I am able to lose weight easily, since I am a very active person, but when I do not I put on weight just as easily! Preparation is the key though, and with your information I should be able to work at getting rid of this weight again!

  14. Living healthy and maintaining a healthy weight is an important step to enjoy life to it’s fullest. Staying strong and lean can help the body feel and function better and it also does wonders for a person’s self-confidence as well. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder to Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.

  15. I love your point system, which could help me calculate my factors and compare them to the food I eat. However, how many points do I add if I’m between the ages of 25-37? 

    Another thing that I find particularly curious about weight-loss is that once I’m watching my weight and weighing myself daily, I don’t make any progress (I stay the same weight). However, if I ignore it completely, I tend to lose weight. Is this a psychological trick of some sort? It’s almost as if watching your weight prolongs it in some way.

    1. Hi Mikhail,

      Ya know that is a very good question, I had not noticed that there was not an age category of 25-37 – I would then choose maybe 2 points for that age group. I think sometimes that when we focus on something too much that it could potentially be a psychological trick of our mind. Do what works for you  With WW, you don’t have to look at your scales but once a week when you weigh in at one of their centers.

  16. What is the difference between Weight Watchers and Weigh Less?  Do you know if one method is better than the other

    You are right however. The key to losing weight is to eat in moderation and exercise regularly. Choosing healthier options is essential and weaning ourselves off of processed foods will also help a lot. I find it helps to change little things over time and the weight does come off as you adopt better food choices. 

    1. Hi Mechel,

      I don’t know if one is better than the other  — other than learning how to choose the healthier foods and I like what you mentioned about weaning ourselves off of the processed foods. That Does make a difference 

  17. Wow. The plan worked really incredibly well you. To have lost 30 pounds in 6 months is really hard work. I must commend you for your effort in following through with it. It’s really amazing to know that Weight Watcher plan works. It is sometimes difficult to understand that to live a healthy life is a choice. For some persons, losing weight is serious work. I think what we need is a degree of discipline. Pain is what brings gain sometimes.

    Another thing too is to start a plan and not following through with it. Sometimes we seem very determined at the beginning and just quit in the process. Please, what is your advice to someone who begins a plan and just quits in between?

    1. Temidayo,

      In regards to people who begin a plan and quit in between, I would say that even if you stop midway through, start again as many times as it takes. We all fall short when trying things. Practice makes perfect 🙂

  18. Thank you for this article. I have often wondered how Weight Watchers came up with the point system. Your writing does a great job of explaining the point system. I think that I finally understand it. Awesome job! I also like that you explained how the foods are assigned points. Congratulations that you had such success with this program. 

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