Updated on 5/4/20
Today, I am going to share with you all the rules I break on Weight Watchers yet still lose weight every week. Now, remember, this is what I do. Every “body” is different and thus far breaking these rules have NOT affected my weekly weight loss. Could I have lost more if I didn’t break these rules, maybe, but it would have been minimal. And, the way I figure it is, I am training my body to adapt to this way of eating for life. Not just for summer or a vacation, but for life. I would much rather fiddle with what works for me now, than lose all the weight only to regain it back through trial and error.
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Rules I Break on Weight Watchers Freestyle Yet Still Lose Weight Every Week
Nonfat Half & Half
If I have coffee, I don’t count the couple points I use of nonfat Half & Half. My reason for this is it’s nonfat and I rarely finish the entire pint of coffee I drink.
This past weekend, we were going to church on Saturday night and I was ravenous. I didn’t want to eat dinner before Mass, so my husband offered me one of his Rx Bars. I initially said no since a small bar was 7 points and I did not want to give up my points set aside for my dinner out. Then, I looked at the “4” ingredients on the bar which consisted of: 3 Egg Whites (0 Points), 14 Peanuts (2 Points), 2 Dates (0 Points for farmer’s market dates (Medjool Dates counts as points)). Since egg whites and dates were 0 points and the 14 peanuts was 2 points, I only calculated the points as 2 not 7. It was definitely more enjoyable and fair (to me) doing it this way. If I happen to eat another Rx Peanut Butter Bar again, I will still count it as just 2 points.
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If I happen to marinate chicken or fish, I do not count the marinade that I am using. For the most part, I use light or low fat salad dressings and I discard all the marinade that remains. Most times, I have the same amount of marinade remaining in the dish as I started with.
No Fruit Count for Smoothies
If I make smoothies, I do not count the fruit that I add to it. I know you are supposed to, but I only add the amount of fruit that I would eat in one sitting if I wasn’t making a smoothie. In other words I do not put 8 bananas in the blender for a smoothie, I just use 1-2 bananas.
I always use light salad dressing. My favorite is Olive Garden’s Light Salad Dressing which is 1 SmartPoint for 2.5 Tablespoons. I usually use 2-3 tablespoons, but if I’m having an especially large salad, I will NOT count it as more than 2 SmartPoints. Why? Because most times it settles to the bottom of the bowl and remains unused. If for some odd reason or other, there was none left after adding extra, I’d record the points.
*Update: I have recently come to love the Walden Farms Dressings. They are all 0 Calories. Yup! 0 Calories and they come in an array of flavors. 0 Calories = 0 SmartPoints too. If you do count SmartPoints for marinating meats (unlike me – see above), then try these Walden Farms Dressings for marinating meats:
Walden Farms Pear and White Balsamic Vinaigrette – SIMPLY DIVINE!
They also have the creamy types of dressing too like Ranch, French, and Caesar. As a side note, they have fantastic syrups too. Here is a 4 Pack for a great price for their 0 SmartPoint Blueberry, Caramel, Stawberry and Chocolate Syrups.
Disregard Points “Jumping”
If I am making chicken salad and I add 1 tablespoon of Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise, it is 1 Point. But if I want 3 tablespoons, it jumps to 4 points. I disregard the 4 and record it as 3 points. The reason for doing this is that when I first started the program in January, I would mentally calculate the points as I was doing my weekly menu and I didn’t realize that it jumped to 4 points. Even so, I lost 6 pounds the first week and I do it every now and again and I have had no problems with it. To me, it’s simple math 1+1+1=3 not 4. Now if every food I ate in a day was ahead one point, I would calculate my points correctly. This is not something I do everyday, but every now and again if I need an extra tablespoon of mayonnaise, I use the 1:1 point ratio.
I recently made fresh lemonade for my son and knew I would want a few glasses as well. Since I did not want to use sugar, I used Splenda instead. I thought Splenda was 0 points no matter how much you used, but I was wrong. One cup of Splenda is 3 points, but since we were sharing the lemonade I chose not to use any points for my glass. Regardless, a glass would be less than 1 point anyway. If I drank the entire pitcher, I still wouldn’t count it because I would most likely not drink it all in one sitting.
Remember that this is what works for me right now. I do NOT do these “cheats” everyday and I know that when I move closer to my goal weight, doing this might not work anymore. But for now, I am happy with the way things are progressing.
Do you break any rules on Weight Watchers? What are they?
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