I'm on weightwatchers (39 lbs as of this morning), and when I went to DL I decided to just eat reasonably and not worry about points. It's easier when you've been on program a while, since you get a feeling about how many points things have. For me, it's practically instinctive to think of salad dressing as 2 points/tablespoon and anything sugary as 1 point/tablespoon. When I go to DL, I walk a lot, and that burns a lot of energy, so I figured that if I was moderately careful, I could go for 3 days without gaining weight. I did well, only gaining a little bit of "sugar weight" that came off immediately. The first few pounds you lose when dieting are from the loss of stored sugars in the liver and muscles, which can add up to about 5 lbs because they are stored with a lot of water - after the body uses up these resources, it starts to really burn fat. This means that if I eat a lot over point one day, I can gain a couple of pounds, but I will lose it quickly (of course, doing this seriously slows down my weight loss, since I'm not buring fat during the day I eat too much, or during the next day or so).
Anyway, what I suggest is that you simply eat carefully and carry your points book so that you are aware of the points for whatever you eat. For example, if I had gumbo, I might count it as "beef stew", and I would know I had taken in 5 points for a 1 cup serving. I skip a heavy breakfast, instead having cereal in my room (6 points for a cup of raisin bran with 1/2 c milk). For lunch, gumbo from that place next to the blue bayou or teryaki sticks (about 1 point per ounce of lean chicken, 2 per ounce of beef) at Adventureland. Dinner - 1 piece of pizza (about 6 points for a moderate sized piece with veges), or an appetizer and a salad at a restaurant (10-15 points, depending on what I have). Avoid anything deep fried, although a few bites of a churro (about 4 points/churro) won't kill you. Share a dessert with a loved one, so you don't feel deprived. Cotton candy is only 3 points/serving. Focus on protein - it's really easy to skimp on nutrition so that you can meet your points target, and if I don't eat enough protein I end up feeling hungry all the time. You CAN enjoy some treats (and Should! This is a lifestyle, not a "diet"). And keep in mind that you are burning calories as you move about the park. Eating too little won't help you lose weight - it will send your body into starvation mode and slow your weight loss.
Good luck. I love the WW program. It's the only way I've ever been able to lose weight. It took me a while to get used to the program, but once I had done so it totally changed the way I look at food and nutrition.
Originally Posted by Tony P