Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gaming the WeightWatcher System or How to Justify that Goodie

We're trying to start this year's backpacking season with less weight before we put the backpack on. The training regime is not doing it fast enough, so we have resorted to WeightWatchers. If you are not familiar with it, this system gives you points for various kinds of food, and you are limited to a certain number of points per day.

The point calculation is a little complex, as the amount of fiber and fat grams in the food make a difference in the number of points. They even go so far as giving you a little sliding calculator, where the fiber grams in a serving reduce the total points, and the number of fat grams increase the points.

I'm watching Susan as she is, after the fact, sliding the calculator and reading the horrifying values for the PopTart that we had used for a mid day snack on the morning's hike. My inspiration was, "what if it had more fiber, would the points be less?". That turns out to be true. Each gram of fiber up to 4 grams reduces the calorie count by 10 with a corresponding effect on the points. Slightly over 1/4 cup of wheat bran contains 4 grams of fiber. You can guess the rest.

Chocolate pudding - add bran, stir, drop calorie count by 40, etc, etc, etc. PopTarts are a little more difficult. I suppose you could mash them up and add bran, but maybe a bran chaser would also work. An aside, we've been getting some unattributed taking of blog content so inserting © 2009

I send this idea out free to all you starving WeightWatchers.

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