September 12, 2014
Lovely Husband had a successful weigh in and is delighted with the results (He still can’t get over just how much of the “right food” he can eat and still be under his calorie allowance – he said he’s never eaten so much or so well). In fact, he’s almost as big a fan of WLR as I am now… but he is still learning lessons everyday when it comes to the issue of weight loss and weight management.
Lesson One - Read The Label (Carefully!):
LH is partial to lightly flavoured still water and so picked up strawberry and lime and lemon when we did our “big shop”. (Yes… I’m from “Peter Kay Country” we do a “big shop” and we have a “big light” in both the living room and bedroom).
He’s been having a 500ml bottle with him when he’s exercising and logging it religiously. He moved from lemon and lime strawberry and got a little bit baffled. When he looked at the bottle Strawberry was much higher in calories. He asked me to double-check what he had put in. I did... I pointed out to him that the lemon and lime variety was sugar free, whereas the strawberry flavoured water wasn’t.
It was a real eye-opener for him. Even though the strawberry came in at less than 100 calories for his 500ml , it was way higher than the 7 calories for the lemon and lime and 92 calories can make a difference (in my case it means I would have to forgo my treat of a skinny mocha when I get home from the day job). It was only when he looked at the bottles again that he noticed one was marked “sugar free” whilst the other wasn’t.
Lesson Two - Size Matters:
LH isn’t a huge fan of bread but he is very partial to a tortilla wrap. His lunch box now contains a salad-filled wrap which he really enjoys… and I knew the “WLR-way” was beginning to kick in when we stood in the bread aisle trying to work out which of the wraps to buy. He actually started reading the labels!
However what he forgot was that all the wraps were different shapes and sizes. He started comparing “per wrap” statistics… and I had to remind him that the best way of getting a good comparison was to go for the “per 100g” listings – which would mean he was absolutely comparing like-for-like.
It was another eye-opener for him. The variation in calories and fat content were marked and the couple of them which looked they would be the “healthiest” choice were actually near the bottom of the list when it came to WLR-friendly nutritional content.
The one that would seem to be have been ‘the bad guy’ (labelled as a Mediterranean herb wrap) turned out to be the healthier (and apparently tastier) option.
It was a good lesson for LH to learn. Not all products come in the same standard size or weight. A packet of six or a packet of eight mean that “one-quarter” can have very different values. LH now does the check against the “per 100g” and then studies the “per item” statistics as well.
Lesson Three: You Really Must Eat Exercise Calories (at least half of them).
He is still dubious about this one. I’ve tried to explain it to him and (as before) pointed him to the wise words on the forums… and he’s now making sure at least half of his exercise calories are incorporated into his daily eating plan.
Having had a really positive weigh in on Sunday he’s come to realise that the WLR strategies are tried and tested. They are based on sound nutrition and exercise principles and, most importantly, if you stick to the plan, and follow the rules WLR Works!
I am sure LH’s learning curve will continue and I have to say that I’m enjoying sharing the WLR-experience with him. It’s made me review and revisit my own use of the site. It’s made me realise just how much I have learned since I “joined up” and it’s made me more diligent when it comes to weighing, measuring, logging and checking.
If you get the chance why not take a trip around the WLR with “new eyes”… it could be a real eye-opener and you never know what lessons you might learn.
Have a Fabulous WLR-weekend
With a Hug
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