The Five Least Helpful Weight Loss Adages

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As you may have guessed, I spend a fair amount of time reading books and articles on weight loss.  It’s a hobby, not a profession (well, perhaps an obsession).  In the decade since I started losing weight for the last time*, I’ve tried to pay attention to what works and doesn’t work for me and for many.  In my research, I keep coming across buzz words, sayings, mantras, or whatever you want to call them that get repeated over and over until they become the law of the weight-loss-land.  But not all of them are true nor helpful.  Here are just a few that irk me.

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The Oscars

The Oscars!!!!
I originally wrote this post in 2012.  Here we are, three years later, and I was about to re-post this in honor of the Academy Awards show tomorrow night.  In re-reading it, I found it very interesting that virtually all of the foods I list in the categories, I no longer eat.  
Weight loss journeys evolve, but never end.    Teri
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The Academy Awards are this Sunday. In honor of this annual tradition, I thought I’d do my own version of categories for WW Awards. Unlike the Oscars where I haven’t seen every movie nominated, I HAVE eaten every food in the following categories. You get to decide the winners.
Best Breakfast - the nominees are:

1.Greek Yogurt with fruit

2. Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter and Banana
3. Egg White Veggie Omelet
4. Mini Quiche Cups (recipe previously sent)
5. Dunkin Donuts Veggie Egg White Snack Wrap
Best Mid-Morning Snack - the nominees are:
1. Fruit
2. Hard Boiled Egg
3. Apple with Peanut Butter
4. Yogurt
5. Smoothie
Best Lunch- the nominees are:
1. Smaller portion of last night’s dinner
2. Salad loaded with fresh veggies garbanzo beans (or other beans for protein, or chicken or tuna)
3. Panera’s Black Bean Soup (apple vs baguette on the side – tough choic
4. Buffalo Chicken Breast on Arnold’s Sandwich Thin with sliced avocado and pepper-jack RF cheese
5. Progresso Light Soup with 2-point wrap filled with FF refried beans, RF mexican blend cheese and salsa
Best Mid-Afternoon Snack - the nominees are:
1. Hummus with Baby Carrots
2. Fresh Salsa with celery sticks
3. Banana or Apple with Peanut Butter
4. Turkey Pepperoni with 75% reduced fat Habenero Jack Cheese (Cabots)
5. Wasabi Soy Almonds (or Wasabi Peas)
Best Dinner – the nominees are:
1. Quinoa Pilaf with roasted root vegetables
2. Stir Fried Chicken and Veggies over Brown Rice
3. Home Made Soup with salad
4. Grilled Kebabs (pick your protein with tons of veggies)
5. Pasta Primavera
Best Evening Snack - the nominees are:
1. Baked Apple stuffed with slivered almonds and craisins
2. 94% FF popcorn mini-bags
3. Granny Smith Apple and RF cheddar
4. Slim-a-Bear 100 calorie ice cream sandwich
5. 1/2 cup sorbet
Other awards were presented prior to the show…. the winners were:
Best Place to Shop for Clothes while Losing Weight – consignment or thrift stores
Best Ways to Treat Yourself for Reaching Milestones – Mani/Pedi or a new belt
Best Way to Stay on Plan – tracking everything (the good the bad and the ugly)
Best Motivator for Staying with the Program – attending meetings
Why not make up your own list of “nominees”, or choose from the above and enjoy!

Weight Watchers – Help With the Hard Part

help with the hard part

I’m mainly a fan of the new ad campaign for Weight Watchers.  Most of the ads are fresh and edgy, and try to tackle the truth that weight loss is hard.  It’s a refreshing change from the usual ads we see for diets, that tout that you can easily shed unwanted pounds quickly by following the diet du jour.

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