I did actually give the Smart Points programme a whirl when it first came out a few years ago. Back then it was slightly different in that daily and weekly point allowances were a bit higher but fewer foods were zero points (just fruit and veg as opposed to the fruit, veg, chicken, fish, eggs, pulses etc. of the current iteration).
I was against it from the start. I lost weight very well on the Pro Points programme (this was the version of WW prior to Smart Points). In fact, when I was going to meetings in 2014, I lost a stone in my first four weeks of Pro Points, which is pretty impressive. So I already had a natural resistance to the change.
And I do stand by what I thought then which is – Smart Points is more restrictive than Pro Points and it does feel more like a “diet” if you try to eat in exactly the same way. I remember that when I was doing Pro Points, I found it pretty easy to eat sensibly and still have a piece of chocolate after dinner or a mid-afternoon biscuit. A daily treat.
But I think my mentality is slightly different now because my focus, my absolute priority at the moment is my health rather than weight loss (although no, I'm still not quite over my disappointing result - I'm only human!) My poor old body has been rather through the wringer and I want to treat it well, to nourish it. Coming at Smart Points from that angle has made me realise that the very phrase “daily treat” is a total oxymoron. The dictionary definition of a treat is: an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure. Out of the ordinary! Which probably doesn’t – or shouldn’t – mean daily.
Realising this has made me far more receptive to Smart Points. When I look back over my first week, I can see that the quality of my meals improved markedly, particularly with regards to vegetable and protein content, and snacks mainly consisted of fresh fruit. There was a bag of salted popcorn on Friday evening (deliberately chosen and enjoyed) and that was it. Other than the chocolate truffle I had to end my meal on Saturday evening, I don’t think that I had any sweet stuff (again, apart from fruit).
First week fervour obviously helps make this easier but I think that bearing this in mind will really help me get along better with the Smart Points programme. It will be interesting to see whether or not the scales come round.