So, did you hear, changes are coming to Weight Watchers?! Beginning Sunday, Dec. 2, Weight Watchers will be unveiling their new program changes for 2013. I spotted this little teaser for it on the Weight Watchers website today.
Weight Watchers 360°
Now before you get all worked up, don’t worry. PointsPlus™ isn’t going anywhere. The changes to the program this time isn’t about food & exercise. Instead, it’s all about behavior changes and will be called Weight Watchers 360°. Rather than just taking my word for it, you can get it straight from the CEO of Weight Watchers, David Kirchhoff (note: it takes a few seconds to load).
If you were looking around on the site last week, you may have also noticed a teaser article for the upcoming changes from the Weight Watchers Chief Scientific Officer, Karen Miller Kovach. In that teaser, she discusses the science behind the some of the new changes.
I was specifically intrigued by her discussion of hedonic hunger which explains why some people eat even if they aren’t hungry and why certain foods “call our name” while others don’t. It can also be compared to an addiction much like alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc. It makes total sense to me because I feel completely powerless over my desire to eat at times. Here’s a snippet from her article that I found particularly interesting:
If hedonic hunger is triggered not by emotion but the exposure to abundance of palatable foods in our environment, it follows that efforts to control it are better spent in managing our environment than our emotions and feelings. There’s a focus to keep the pleasure center in the brain unstimulated as much as possible, because that stimulation, particularly when it’s over-stimulated, makes it very difficult (if not impossible) not to overeat.
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We’re incorporating new ideas and strategies that are not focused on having higher levels of self-control, but rather, simple strategies and tactics you can do to make it a lot easier to make a healthy choice.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited about these changes. I know what foods I should be eating and those that I should be avoiding. I also already know that I should be exercising. Learning, and more importantly, incorporating strategies and tactics that help me change my behaviors may very well be the link I’ve been missing.
I can’t wait for my meeting coming up on Sunday to hear more about it! My leader gave us a little tease about it at our meeting a couple of days ago. She said the first topic for the new changes will be all about snacking smart while on the go to help avoid things like going to a drive-thru, vending machine, etc. I’ll report back next Sunday when I get home from my meeting to let you know how it all goes.
UPDATE Dec. 1: If you came here looking for information about Weight Watchers 360, you might want to check my other Weight Watchers 360 posts!!
Skinny Snowman Challenge – Week 1 Day 2
Here’s my recap of how things went yesterday for the Skinny Snowman Challenge:
- Had a serving of veggies at all three meals (15 pts)
- Had three servings of fruit (10pts)
- Logged my food on the Weight Watchers website. (10pts)
- Write down 5 positives about my day (5pts)
- Went for two 30 minutes walks today (10 pts)
- Went meatless for Meatless Monday (10 pts)
- Caught up with coworkers about their Thanksgiving holiday
- Gave myself a much needed manicure
- Spent time outlining my Holiday Action Plan worksheet that I received at Weight Watchers on Sunday
- Drank 72 ounces of water (10pts)
This gives me a total of 70 points for Day 2. Adding that to my previous total, I’m now at 130 points as of Day 2 out of a possible 450 points for the week. I’m feeling pretty good about how I’m doing! Of course, my big challenge will be coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ll be in San Francisco with my friend Tracy for a week which means lots of restaurant eating. Thankfully, it also means lots of opportunities for walking, so hopefully that will counterbalance some of the eating.
Until next time …
P.S. – This post is part of my on-going participation in the National Health Blog Post Month challenge.