2008/04/26 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Commentary, Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, weight loss | Comments Off on Discipline
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As anybody who’s trying to lose weight knows, it requires an incredible amount of discipline. Perhaps the most important area in which discipline is tested is, and not surprisingly, food intake.

When I first started Weight Watchers’ Points program I found it quite difficult to navigate through their book of Points Values for every food I planned on stuffing in my mouth. But I persisted and kept a notepad with me at work where I would write down the food and Points Value for each meal.

There had to be a better way. I was willing to keep track of everything but figuring out Points Values by sifting through a book then writing them all down was a bit tedious. (That’s where Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone comes in handy for restaurants.)

After much searching online, I found a Points calculator as well as the formula for determining Points for anything. I also came across a weight chart that gave the recommended Points Value for your body weight. I decided that since I have everything, it was time to bring them all together.

After much tweaking I created an Excel chart that lets me plan my daily meals, enter the Points Values for each (including snacks), tells you how many Points I’ve used for the day and, most importantly, includes a calculator for simple Points determination of any food you like (provided you have the calories, fat and fiber values for each).

Interested? You can download it here via MegaUpload:

(Link deleted. No time to handle questions or be tech support. Sorry!)

I keep this chart on a flash drive and take with me to work. When I get there I enter the Points Values for each meal and snack. I leave dinner open so that I have an idea of what I can have based on the Points I’ve used at work. I usually end up with between 9 and 12 which, if you’re eating right, is plenty.

Yes, I’ve been doing this each day! If this sounds too far-fetched, it’s not. This is the chart and program that’s helped me lose the weight and keep it all off. If you’re following the Points Program, I hope you get some use out of this and if you’re not but are curious, download it and enter the information for your favorite meal and see how it rates.

Enjoy 🙂


Note: The information on the Excel chart was gathered online from various sources. It may have been updated since the author complied the information and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. This chart has not been endorsed or approved by Weight Watchers.

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