I've written about Weight Watchers Freestyle program a lot lately, because it's working! I'm losing weight even though I'm 40+, I'm eating delicious food, and I'm enjoying life. That is what Freestyle is all about! Because my family follows a vegetarian diet, I wasn't sure if the plan would be easier or more difficult to follow. This Weight Watchers Guide for Vegetarians will help you realize what I did: it's easy to be a vegetarian on Weight Watchers!
Weight Watchers Guide for Vegetarians
Pre-track when possible
Start by downloading the Weight Watchers mobile app (it's free with your membership). Looking at the food you have in your fridge, or maybe even your menu plan for the week, try to pre-track what you're going to eat tomorrow. You don't have to be super specific, but putting in breakfast, lunch, and dinner will help you figure out how many points you have left for snacks and splurges like Starbucks (though I highly recommend using this Starbucks hack to take your drink from 15 points down to 2!)
Scan, scan, scan!
Your Weight Watchers app is your new best friend. When you're at the store and trying to compare items to see which is less points, use the scanner (it's on the main part of the app, next to the search bar). Using the scanner is the quickest way to ensure you're going to stay on track for the rest of the week. If you don't scan, you may end up bringing home bread that's 6 points instead of 2. Why waste the points when you don't have to? Think of points as currency. Would you spend $6 on a loaf of bread when there's a $2 loaf that is just as good (and healthier)? Of course not!
Don't deprive yourself.
Weight Watchers Freestyle program is about, you guessed it, freedom! I still eat cinnamon twists, apple dumplings, garlic bread, and yes, even cheesecake! There's no need to deprive yourself on Weight Watchers! The zero point food list combined with healthy vegetarian dishes (like this veggie foil pack) will keep you on track to safely achieve your weight loss goals.
Try new things.
Vegetarians are generally pretty open-minded when it comes to trying new foods, but if you aren't, now is the time! Check out the zero point food list and find at least one new food to try every week. Visit farmer's markets and use new herbs and spices in your dishes!
What about protein?
Of course protein is always a hot topic when it comes to vegetarian diets, but there’s no need to excessively worried about protein intake as long as you’re eating a well-rounded diet (which you will be with Weight Watchers). The zero point food list is jam packed FULL of high protein items that won't dip into your daily points. Tofu is 0 points, as are most vegetables. Because of this, you may find it difficult to use all of your points each day. Add healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado) to increase your points without eating processed junk food.
The bottom line? Weight Watchers is fun! Have fun with your meal planning, with what you're eating, and don't be afraid to go out to restaurants and eat what you'd like – that's what weekly points are for, after all. Yes, you can be a vegetarian and follow the Weight Watchers pgoram!