I weighed myself at 6am this morning and found that I’m 211.1lbs. That’s an increase of 1.1lb over Christmas.
Not bad, but still not good.
In a fit of desperation I decided to rejoin Weight Watchers Online again. The reason why I stopped using it in July was that the activity points for running were way too low.
They still haven’t fixed it either.
To give you an example, I’ve inputted the average time it takes for me to jog a half marathon (130 minutes) into the Activity Manager.
According to the calculator 130 minutes of jogging only ‘earns’ me 13 Activity ProPoints.
Now, just in case you aren’t familiar Weight Watchers, you can use the Activity Points that you earn to ‘buy’ other food that you can then eat or save for later.
13 Weight Watchers Activity Points buys me this.
A Big Mac. One Big Mac.
Now there’s something inherently wrong here. As a 210lb runner I burn between 1500 and 2000 calories (depending on the source) during a half marathon.
A Big Mac in the UK contains 490 calories.
I understand that the point of Weight Watchers is to create a caloric deficit, but this is unsustainable.
Whilst this didn’t matter for their users dieters who aren’t quite at the stage of running yet, it makes the program almost impossible to adhere to if you run a lot.
The workaround is to mark all of your running down under the ‘Running – interval training’.
As you can see from above for a half marathon I’d earn a more respectable 32 points for running a half marathon.
That amounts to 2 and a half Big Macs or about 1,200 calories which is still a reasonable deficit going by even the most conservative of estimates for the amount of energy I burn during a half marathon.
Sustainable is the word!
The key to any successful weight loss regime is for it to be sustainable.
Before the points were reduced in 2012, I stayed on the Weight Watchers programme for the first few months of my marathon training and lost 7 pounds by using the old Activity points.
Since then I’ve tried the diet multiple times and I’ve never lasted more than 3 days because of the reduction of points.
That’s why it makes sense for me to keep to the old Activity system.
But it’s something that you might have to experiment with yourself after each weigh in. I think my body might just be fucking weird..
by Matt the Angry Jogger
Angry Jogger loves running to lose and maintain his weight. He started running as an obese man and is now only overweight at 200lbs. He started off at 280lbs.