Freestyle Pros and Cons

I’ve been doing Freestyle for a few weeks now. It has some ups and downs, as all changes do. Below are some of my thoughts on what’s working…and what’s not.

Pros

  • With the addition of zero point chicken, meal preparation is easier. Crock pot chicken, chicken on salad, chicken wrap, omelette with chicken, chicken soup, …the list is endless!
  • When I first started Weight Watches, I was really energized by learning about new foods and options. These changes resparked that same interest. I have been discovering lots of uses for fat-free plain greek yogurt (used as sour cream, with fruit, on pancakes). It’s been fun!

Cons

  • Eating out is harder! With the addition of zero point foods came a reduction in daily points. This makes eating out so much more difficult. The commercials say this is easier on freestyle, but that has not been my experience. Have any of you had success on freestyle eating out?
  • I don’t know about you but I have lost a little confidence in the points. I used to feel really confident that zero point foods would lead to weight loss. Apples, celery, lettuce, etc. lead to clear weight loss. No matter how much I eat, I knew I would lose.  Are you really telling me if I eat eggs and chicken breast all day every day, I’ll lose weight? I can’t imagine so.

So, what are your thoughts? How is freestyle working for you? I don’t know about you, but I am interested in results. I trust research, and these changes are research-based, so I’m stickin’ with it. I’d love to hear about what’s working for you!

2 thoughts on “Freestyle Pros and Cons

  1. I understand where you’re coming from about eating out. I don’t eat out much. But I’ve been saving my weeklies for going out this weekend. I ate out once since starting, it was breakfast so it was easy to pick foods that wouldn’t break the bank.

    Then you have yesterday. I ate what I felt a lot, I didn’t get my blue dot so I looked to see why. I ate a lot of 0 foods. Eggs, chicken, veggies and fruit and ended up only with 14sp total. I didn’t need more food, I was statisfied. I had an apple with PB and chocolate. It was a good day.

    I think the thing to remember is not to overeat, remember portions. I can’t eat 2lbs of chicken breast in one sitting just because it’s zero points. Freestyle gives some freedom, but it comes with responsibility to not abuse the system by eating portions that are out of control. It’s nice to have the some many zero options especially when you eat all the daily pts and I still need a snack!

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    1. I’m so glad your finding success! I’ve been doing better figuring out low pt bk items which allows for more to use later in the day if needed.

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