Monday, April 13, 2009

Extreme Weight Watchers--Lose up to 16 pounds in 1 week?

This is what greeted me at the checkout counter magazine rack. Of course I had to get it!
I'm on Weight Watchers and I know that 16 pounds per week is certainly not encouraged so what was up with this headline?

I'm going to spell this out for you so you won't be tempted to buy this if you see it at the grocery store.

The article is a mini interview with Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien. By the way, you can view ALL of the pictures of the recipes from her new book plus get the points values here.
In the article she gives us some tips that you have probably already heard:
  • eat high fiber food
  • eat larger quantities of high fiber food rather than low fiber food because it's more filling

The folks at Woman's World had a group of ladies try "Weight Watcher style menus" built around Hungry Girl's newest recipes. They lost 5, 7 and even 16 pounds in one week.

So our friends at Woman's World had a week's worth of menu for you to try and YOU can lose that much weight too!

OK, here's the deal. The average points you are getting per day is 22. You and I both know that WW would not put every single person on a 22 point allowance. A 300 pound person and a 145 pound person do not have the same nutritional needs. I think it's irresponsible to give out this menu and claim it's Weight Watchers. It's not!

This whole thing reminds me of a "get rich quick" scheme. "Just follow this menu and you'll lose tons of weight." Weight Watchers is not like that at all. It's not a 1 week plan or a 2 week plan. It's a lifestyle change. To be represented as anything else is just wrong and does not represent the Weight Watcher way of life.

I am going to give you the menu plan. This is not so you can do it and lose 16 pounds in 1 week. It's just to give you some options in your daily menu and maybe give you some ideas of your own. But I would like to state again that Weight Watchers is not a "lose weight quick" scheme. It's a change your life forever plan.

Breakfast (choose one daily) *=recipe at end of post

  • Creamy Crunchy Freeze-Dried Frenzy * and 1 Tbs. sunflower seeds or 2 tsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup puffed cereal or 1/2 cup cereal flakes and 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute scrambled with 3 Tbs. crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese and 1 cup diced veggies; 1 cup seedless grapes

Lunch (choose one daily) *=recipe at end of post

  • Philly Cheesesteak Lettuce Cups*, 1 baked potato with 2 Tbs. fat free sour cream and chives to taste
  • 1 frozen entree (up to 250 calories) and 1 cup vegetable soup topped with 2 tsp reduced fat Parmesan
  • 1 cup vegetarian or turkey chili, 20 baked tortilla chips and 1/2 cup bell pepper strips

Dinner (choose one daily) *=recipe at end of post

  • 1 serving Extreme Mega-Supreme Pizza Pocket*; 1/2 cup steamed spinach, 2 tsp olive oil and lemon wedges; 1 cup melon balls
  • 2 1/4 cups low fat minestrone soup with 1 cup added veggies; 1 lite English muffin toasted with 1 tsp olive oil, dash of garlic powder and 2 tsp reduced fat Parmesan cheese; 1 1/2 cups pineapple
  • 1 serving Tomato Basil Chicken*; 2 cups salad greens with 2 tbs fat free vinaigrette; 1 small whole wheat roll with 2 tsp olive oil for dipping; 1 cup Silk Light Vanilla or Chocolate soy milk

Snacks (choose one daily) *=recipe at end of post

  • 1 serving Swirls Gone Wild Cheesecake Brownies*
  • 3 Weight Watchers snack cakes, any variety
  • 18 almonds or 40 pistachios
  • 3 wedges Laughing Cow lite cheese
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 snack cup Jell-O pudding
  • 1/2 cup Dryer's or Edy's Slow-Churned Light Ice Cream and 1 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Creamy Crunchy Freeze-Dried Frenzy

Layer 3 oz fat free vanilla yogurt, 1/8 cup freeze-dried fruit and 1/6 cup Fiber One bran cereal. Repeat.

Philly Cheesesteak Lettuce Cups

  • 3 oz lean beef steak
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 slice fat free American cheese
  • 2 leaves romaine, butter or green leaf lettuce

Slice steak into thin strips. Coat medium pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add mushrooms and onions; cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes; stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly browned. Set aside.

Remove pan from heat and re-coat with nonstick spray. Cook steak strips over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, flipping halfway through. Break cheese slice into small strips. Place cheese on top of meat--still in pan--and continue to cook until cheese melts.

Remove from heat; mix beef strips with veggies. Serve in lettuce cups.

1 serving

Calories: 197; Protein 23.5 g; Fat 7.5 g; Fiber 1 g; Points 4

Extreme Mega-Supreme Pizza Pocket

  • 1 La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious Low Carb, High Fiber large tortilla
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow light swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbs each: chopped green bell pepper, onion and mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce with Italian seasoning
  • 4 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • 3 Tbs shredded fat free mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm tortilla in microwave for 10 seconds. Lay flat and spread cheese wedge down center.

In a medium bowl, combine vegetables with tomato sauce. Place mixture over the cheese on tortilla. Sprinkle pepperoni on top of veggie mixture. Top with shredded cheese Wrap tortilla.

Coat a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and place wrap in the pan, seam side down. bake for 10-15 minutes, or until tortilla is slightly browned.

Servings 1; calories 196; Protein 19 g; Fat 6 g; Fiber 13 g; Points 4

Tomato Basil Chicken

  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat frying pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add onions and cook over high heat until they begin to brown.

Pour half of the tomatoes into a medium baking pan. Lay chicken in the pan and top with onions. Pour rest of the tomatoes over top. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Servings 4; Calories 175; Protein 28 g; Fat 1.5 g; Fiber 2 g; Points 3

Swirls Gone Wild Cheesecake Brownies

  • 1 (18.25 oz) box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
  • 6 oz fat free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin. Stir until completely blended. Coat 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter into pan and set aside.

Mix powdered creamer with 2 Tbs. warm water until creamer dissolves. Add cream cheese, Splenda and vanilla. Whisk vigorously until free of lumps. Spoon cheese mixture over brownie batter and use a knife to swirl. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Servings 16; Calories 133; Protein 3 g; Fiber 1.75 g; Points 2

That's it. Now go lose 16 pounds this week. ;-)


  1. Thanks for breaking down the article for everyone. A sixteen pound loss in one week is just too extreme for anyone!!

    If I had not read your post, I would have probably bought the magazine too. Even if it did sound too good to be true.

  2. Wow, Kelly - thanks so much for sharing all that! I am always enticed by those headlines! However, since I already eat 22 POINTS a day, I'm thinkin I might not lose 16 lbs. this week - lol!!
    But, A GIRL CAN DREAM .... :)

  3. I loved this post Kelly! It brought back memories for me of another Woman's World cover and inspired my post on my blog this morning. Thanks for sharing this. Woman's World is such a rag!

  4. So happy that you brought this up! I almost bought this yesterday, and realized that it was pulling me towards an old urge to see how fast I can lose this weight! Having the Weight Watchers name on it made it that much more tempting, since I love their plan.

    Grr this is poor advertising, I'm so happy that you reviewed it! I'm wondering if WW really did endorse this menu...

  5. I saw this the other day, but didn't have time to investigate. I was very curious, and I appreciate you doing the work for me. The headline is definitely reminiscent of a get rich quick scheme. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!

  6. I would think if WW had endorsed it they would have it and a link on their website. No such there. This is not a realistic and maintainable eating plan unlike WW.

  7. I probably would have bought this magazine too--thanks for sharing!


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