United States Department of Agriculture
On June 2, 2011 the USDA officially retired the Food Pyramid (its been around since 1982 - doesn't it seem longer than that?) in favor of MyPlate.
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
I guess this explains Weight Watchers newest program, PointsPlus, where fruits and veggies are free.
My cousin Debbie Sue has lost over 61 pounds on Weight Watchers and looks great. We went together to WW meetings years ago and I lost over 30 pounds but found them again. I also tried NutriSystems, lost over 30 pounds on that one too and found them again.
I've been toying with the idea of joining the Weight Watchers Online plan but I'm a little worried that I won't be able to afford the foods that I will need to eat. Okay, that's a cop-out... I am on a fixed income but the real reason is that I don't want to cook - I hate cooking (and the cleanup).
I have to think about this some more. Anyone have any suggestions?
Update: I joined Weight Watcher's Online Program on September 19, 2011.