I haven’t really talked much about my specific diet strategies on here much. Normally, I try to eat appropriate amounts of healthy foods. That has resulted in some nice body recomposition, and consistent progress. But, when I got hurt last summer, I needed something more structured to help me maintain my weight (or even lose some) while I was unable to exercise. I wasn’t (and, frankly, still am not) able to just intuitively eat to maintain my weight. I wasn’t really sure how to figure out my expenditure and make a good plan, so I decided to join Weight Watchers. I had heard good things, and I really wanted someone to tell me just how to do things.
It worked too, while I wasn’t exercising. Once I started exercising, though, it was very difficult to follow their points system and see results. I think it overestimated my activity when I tracked it (sometimes a run might count for 30 points – which is more than some people eat in a whole day) and then I tended to be more lax with my diet – since I had the points. Or, if I ignored the activity points that I earned, I found that I felt completely depleted and underfed. My recovery started to suffer. It just wasn’t working.
My other issue was that it focused so much more on QUANTITY rather than QUALITY. I think they try to get people to focus on healthy choices, but I don’t know that having that much freedom of choice is good for me in a deficit. I tended to gravitate toward a cookie rather than a granola bar or greek yogurt if they were the same amount of points. I have a way to go in resolving all my food issues, and I think I make better choices overall if I am focusing more on eating good, healthy foods to fuel my body, rather than just focusing on staying below a target.
So, I decided to quit. A part of me felt like I was giving up, but I am getting back to basics with my diet. I’m re-embracing all the strategies that I used before (with success). I shouldn’t have let so many of them go – I don’t feel as healthy as I used to, even though I am at a smaller weight. I went to the grocery store today, and re-stocked on all my old staples, and am ready to hit it hard tomorrow.