Originally Posted by VanZan
I'm going to go to my first Weight Watchers meeting on Tuesday. I have been cutting down in the last few days. Can I ask a question out of curiousity? Yesterday all I had was a Vegetable Burger from my local chippie and a single pancake. Today I've had one spare rib, a slice of apple tart and a ham sandwich. On both those days I've had no breakfast. I also had a 2 or 3 cups of tea with no sugar. Overall have I done good or bad? I know I'll get all the facts on Tuesday but have I clocked up many points?
Basically I'm a total weight loss noob and am very curious after reading some of the old threads here and the food diary threads. Thanks for any help and apologies if my post is inappropriate.
Well done on deciding to make some changes and to lose weight.
HOWEVER - the food you mentioned above is just rubbish. If you want to lose weight, number 1 change to make is to avoid the chippie completely. Just because something is called a 'vegetable burger' doesn't make it good. It's still fried in calorific oil, served with sugary ketchy on a starchy white piece of bread. It's pure rubbish and completely devoid of any nutritional value - as is a pancake.
Don't starve yourself - this will only make you binge eventually. Get into the routine of eating at least 3 set meals per day, with healthy snacks in between. For example, this might be a day's food:
Breakfast: Bowl of porridge / weetabix with low-fat milk
Snack: Piece of fruit
Lunch: Egg / tuna salad made with lots of lettuce, onion, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber etc
Snack: Handful of unsalted nuts
Dinner: Piece of chicken / fresh fish with steamed vegetables
If you must eat bread, then make sure it is NOT white. Eat wholemeal or wholegrain (I find the latter tastier). Try to avoid ham and cheese sandwiches - both ham and cheese are very fatty and won't do you any good.
If you are craving sugar, remember that fruit is packed full of natural sugars, so a bowl of fresh berries with some low-fat natural yogurt will satisfy your sweet tooth better than a chocolate bar.
Also remember that alcohol is crammed full of calories, so if you are a drinker I would cut back.
One more thing - Eating healthy is CHEAPER than eating junk. Vegetables are very cheap and so is most fruit. You will save money by eating better.