If you have been ponding the thought of getting healthier in the new year but aren’t sure where to begin, let me tell you what personally worked for me… Weight Watchers! Yes, before I found out I was pregnant, I had lost over 15 pounds using Weight Watchers and plan to do it again in the new year.
With that being said, there are some Weight Watchers Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Points that you need to know and I am sharing them below!
Going on a diet is NEVER easy. It takes self discipline and education in the diet and foods you choose to partake in.
Should you choose to use Weight Watchers, there are ways getting around the limited amount of points you have all while enjoying your favorite foods and not feeling deprived. In case you are truly just getting started, check out 10 things I learned my first week with Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Points
Use Zero Point Foods to Allow Using More Points Later
Foods such as chicken, eggs, fruits, veggies and seafood are worth zero points. That means you can eat as much of these as you want without sacrificing your daily and weekly points. These come in handy especially in the beginning when you are training yourself to eat better and avoid sweets. You are basically creating a “bank” of points to use later.
The issue many people have is giving these foods more flavor so that they aren’t so bland without sacrificing too many points. The solution: seasonings.
Most seasonings are zero points so you can add those into these once bland foods to add bursts of flavor. That way you can skip using your points now and have a stockpile of points later to use to treat yourself to a snack of your choice (within reason) all while sticking to the program, losing weight, and even getting that donut or soda fix that’s been on the back of your mind ever since you started dieting.
Weight Watcher Food Hacks
Here is a list of some great ways to save on WW points simply by using some smart alternatives to your daily food choices and recipes which will save your points too!
45 calorie Sarah Lee Bread instead of other kinds of bread.
Worried about carbs and wasting too many points on some toast or a sandwich? Luckily Sarah Lee makes 45 cal bread that is only 1 point per slice! Score!
Truvia instead of sugar.
Do you need to sweeten up your coffee in the morning or maybe you have a recipe that calls for sugar? Try Truvia instead of unhealthy point heavy sugar. It’s just as sweet and is worth zero WW points! Pro tip: Buy the big box at Costco, you are going to need it!
I Can’t Believe It’s Not butter instead of regular butter.
Most recipes call for some sort of butter. The problem is, that butter is worth a lot of points. Instead use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (the light kind). It’s made with oil which is lower in points and tastes the same as butter when mixed with other ingredients. Trust me, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Use non-stick cooking spray over oil as much as possible.
Whether you’re cooking on the stovetop, baking, or barbecuing on the grill many of us rely on vegetable or olive oil to cook with. It’s essential so that food doesn’t stick to surfaces when cooking. Oil is worth a ridiculous amount of points but cooking spray like Pam is zero! That’s right, zero points! You may not be able to eliminate all use of oil but using cooking spray instead as much as possible will really save on those precious points.
Deli turkey and ham for breakfast dishes.
When it comes to breakfast many of us use bacon or sausage because we like to have some meat with our meal and sometimes protein is necessary to our daily survival. A simple and tasty alternative is using deli turkey or ham on your breakfast sandwich or omelet instead. You can actually get away with using 2 to 3 slices without using any points!
Greek yogurt ranch.
Are you someone that needs a little something to go with your veggies or maybe you prefer ranch over other dressings on your salad. Try Greek yogurt ranch over creamy fatty ranch. It’s delicious and you’ll never go back to traditional ranch again!
Mozzarella for times when you need to be cheesy!
Mozzarella is light on points there is even fat-free mozzarella that is zero points for your cheese fix. Even the Walmart’s fat free shredded mozzarella is really good compared to other fat free mozzarella’s at other stores (some tasty like rubber – yuck!). Even light mozzarella string cheese is only worth one point per piece! Now some light string cheese admiringly are not very appetizing but the string heads brand is our personal favorite. We actually prefer the light version of this brand over the regular one.
Soy or almond milk over regular milk.
Whether you have a bowl of cereal or using milk in a recipe, simply using soy or almond milk will eliminate the ridiculous amount of points that you would have to use with real milk.
Try switching to light versions of products you use regularly.
Light sour cream may taste noticeably different on its own but you won’t be able to tell when it’s mixed with other foods like with an omelet or in your chili. Even light mayo is unnoticeable in deviled eggs or on sandwiches and saves on points like you wouldn’t believe.
Use ground turkey rather than ground beef.
There are so many recipes with ground meat such as chili, meatloaf, spaghetti, burgers, and tacos. Simply make the switch from ground beef to ground turkey and save yourself some points.
Zero point drinks that aren’t water.
Water is zero points and of course it’s a good idea to drink as much as possible and stay hydrated but sometimes you have to switch up and have some diversity in what you drink throughout the day. The problem is that most other drinks like soda, milk, and even fruit juices are heavy with points. Diet sodas are zero points which is nice but still not a good idea to drink on a daily basis due to the artificial sweeteners. Instead, try something like VitaRain flavored drinks and Fresca for your fruit drink and soda fix. Any of the carbonated flavored waters are zero points too!
Use cauliflower in place of potatoes.
Even though potatoes are delicious and versatile, they are packed with starches and worth a good amount of points. You know what’s just as versatile and is worth zero points? That’s right! Cauliflower! Try using cauliflower in place of potatoes in you favorite dishes. Dishes like mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and hash browns can easily be made with cauliflower instead of potatoes. If 100% cauliflower is a bit too much for you, just try doing half potatoes and half cauliflower. It tastes amazing and will save on those precious points.
What is your favorite Weight Watchers Hack?