I thought it might be fun to do a little series diving into some different tools and techniques that Weight Watchers has that people might not know that much about. Some ideas I have besides today’s topic are:
- Simply Filling Technique
- Activity Points v. Weekly Points – which to use first
- Activity Point Goals
- Weight Watchers for Endurance Athletes
If you have any others, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Upside Down Tracking
For me, from the time I get home from work on is the hardest time of day for staying on track. I am generally quite good during the day – I bring my coffee, breakfast, snacks and lunch to work and am usually good at sticking with what I brought. Unless cookies/cupcakes are brought into the office, but that’s another story for another day.
A few weeks ago, the meeting topic was all about tracking, and the idea of Upside Down Tracking was brought up, which I’d heard about but haven’t yet used. The basic idea is this: your daily PointsPlus target is the amount of points you get for a 24 hour period. For those of us who struggle more at night, you reset your points before dinner, and then based on how many you consume at night, you plan your breakfast/lunch/snacks for the next day.
So, for an example, I get 29 pts+ per day as my allowance. Monday night I had a (three hour) Weight Watchers training session, and here’s what I ate during and after the training:
- Sandwich Thin (3 pts)
- 2 servings pretzels (6 pts)
- 2 oz. turkey (2 pts)
- 1/4 cup hummus (3 pts)
- 1 banana (0 pts)
- 1 orange (0 pts)
- 100 calorie dark chocolate bar (3 pts)
If my math skills serve me correctly, that adds up to 17 pts. Since I get 29 a day, I’d subtract the 17 pts and am left with 12 to use between breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the next day. Then, the next day’s dinner, my points would reset back to 29. Make sense?
I think this technique is quite interesting and something that could really work to my advantage since nighttime tends to be the hardest part of the day for me. Rather than feeling guilty for having an extra snack at night, I’d just know that I had to make some adjustments the next day. If you’re a calorie counter rather than a Points counter, this same technique could work with restarting your counting from before dinner or whenever the hardest part of the day is for you.