How To: Do the Weight Watchers Diet Without Meetings, Part 2
OK, now that we've got the basics out of the way... This is how you can actually do the diet!
You must must must have an easy-for-you way to keep track of your points, because if you don't have this, you'll probably stick with WW for about a week and then give up/forget/10 million other excuses. Some people use notebooks, some people use the WW calculator that you can get on Amazon or eBay, but I am a techy mamma so I found my own techy way. I use fatsecret.com and their companion Android app (Calorie Counter–you can even scan barcodes and it usually pulls up the food you're about to eat, and lets you log it right there!) to track and calculate everything. I had to tweak things after fatsecret cut out their built-in point calculation—I have the older version of the Calorie Counter app (it's v.1.12, I can get you the .apk if you email me) and a greasemonkey script in Firefox to make points show up in my calorie journal. Because I'm usually less than 10 feet from either a computer or my phone at any given time, I've been able to track my intake almost every day for the last eight months. I can't stress enough, though, that you have to find what works for you.
One of the best investments I made in the food-tracking area was definitely my digital food scale. It was about $20 at Walmart, and weighs food in kilos, pounds, ounces, and grams. Because seriously, I don't have the time to count out 14 chips and factor in breakage and everything? I've used it for calculating portion sizes for chips, rice, almonds, grilled chicken, and also for weighing out my curry paste when I'm making that. It's pretty much all-around fantastic.
You'll need to develop some low-point meal fallbacks. You know what a meal fallback is... It's 6:30, everyone is hungry, there's not too much food in the house but somebody has to think of something to eat. Will it be Husband, with his desire for a pound of cheese on everything he eats? Or will it be Child, who wants to go to Wendy's? (Or hey, maybe it's Husband that wants to go to KFC and Child that wants frozen pizza.) You have to have some fallback meals that are easy to prepare, yummy for the family, and easy on your diet. One of my favorite frozen meal fallbacks is those frozen skillet meals from Bertolli and Stouffers. If you're careful in your flavor choices, you can get one that is 5-7 points a serving. I have recipes for some of my favorites under "Recipes," and don't be afraid to experiment with some of your current fallbacks to fit your needs!
You also need some low-point snack fallbacks. Fiber One bars are amazing, and there's almost always coupons floating around for them! 100 calorie snack packs from Nabisco are great... Single-serving popcorn bags are great... Fat-free Pringles are surprisingly delicious, though they have Olestra, so make sure to watch your portions(!). Don't forget to let yourself splurge every now and then, because you deserve it!
If you have any questions for me, let me know!