If you thought you cannot eat out while on Weight Watchers, think again! Weight Watchers restaurant guide can be your best buddy while dining out. Read on to know more...
Disclaimer: The team of Weight Watchers keeps updating the program, according to the requirements/feedback of their members. The program has been updated many times, the latest one being the Weight Watchers 360° program, which was unveiled on the 3rd of December, 2012. The program teaches members how to manage their food environment, claiming that we tend to eat what we see. It also guides people on ways to control their temptation, and to avoid pleasure eating. Weight Watchers has not increased their rates for this new approach, and all the meetings, eTools, and apps are included in the total fee.
The content in this article explains the Weight Watchers program in detail. The details of the current program are exclusively available to the paid members of Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers is an effective weight loss formula, which has helped millions of people lose weight and maintain it, over the years. Such is the popularity of Weight Watchers that restaurants like Applebees have started giving out Weight Watchers dining out points for their menu. However, not every restaurant that you visit has a special Weight Watchers points guide for fellow diners. This may force the dieters to go off their diet plan every time they eat out. Considering that an average American eats out for at least 4 times a week, exceeding their point limit can prove to be very expensive for dieters. Besides, it renders the entire weight loss approach useless. To overcome this problem and keep the dieters on a weight loss track, Weight Watchers has introduced a special restaurant guide.
Weight Watchers Restaurant Guide
The Weight Watchers restaurant guide is a comprehensive list of thousands of chain restaurants across America. This booklet has a page dedicated to each restaurant. You will find a compilation of restaurant menu and the corresponding Weight Watchers points for each food item. Thus, every time you eat out, all you have to do is simply open the page for the respective restaurant and look for the points for the menu you intend to order. This way, you can organize your meals for the rest of the day and keep a track of your daily points consumption. In this guide, the Weight Watchers serving is mentioned for the particular food item, so that you know how much you are allowed to eat.
Apart from this, the guide includes several features and additional benefits. The best part is that the booklet is very compact and can be easily fitted inside a handbag or pocket. The restaurants are arranged in an alphabetical order, which makes browsing easier. However, the most exciting feature is that food items are color coded according to their respective cuisine. For instance, all French food items are assigned a red color code, whereas Greek foods have a purple code, Jewish food items are a light green and so on. Thus, the dieters need not waste a great deal of time in sifting through the exhaustive list of food items.
The little guide also includes three appendices, one including the list of Weight Watchers core foods which the dieters can consume without any regard for points. Another appendix includes the list of common restaurant foods which can be found anywhere. This feature helps you to track your points even when you are eating at a joint not listed in the Weight Watchers restaurant guide. Another helpful appendix includes the list of food items according to their ethnicity. In this list you can find everything from African Enjera to Vietnamese Spring Rolls. This feature can be useful for globe trotters who wish to be on a weight loss track even while on the run.
Weight Watchers restaurant points are based on calorie count, fiber and fat content only. There is no mention of nutrient content of the food items. Thus, you are likely to receive no nutrients from some of these foods. Hence, the responsibility of making a healthy choice ultimately falls on your shoulders. Besides, you should also keep a watch on side dishes and dips. Although the main courses may not have too many calories, they may come loaded with cheese or mayonnaise dips.
Thus, Weight Watchers restaurant guide can be a very useful feature for dieters. You can buy it during weekly meetings or online. However, do not rely completely upon it while dining out. Use your common sense and make a healthy food choice for yourself.