As I mentioned in my earlier post, I decided it would be a good idea to provide a very brief overview of each of the new books in the 2009 Weight Watchers Momentum Plan. In case you're unaware, when you join Weight Watchers, you get a new pamphlet/book each week for the first ten weeks that you're a member. Each of these books is designed to help you with some aspect of losing weight. Week two was designed to help with increasing activity. Week three is set up to help you stay ahead of hunger, which is the title of the booklet.
Book 3: Listening to Your Body's Signals
Stay Ahead of Hunger
It's been mentioned by several people that the Momentum plan is not a big change from the Flex and Core Plans used for the last few years. As a matter of fact, it's been called the "Flore" plan by some as it incorporates the best of both programs (IMHO). However, if there has been a shift, it's more in the direction of getting members to eat healthy as opposed to "lose weight." After all, one can be at her correct weight and still be unhealthy. But, if you're healthy, you will naturally be at your correct weight (whatever that is). One of the reasons I'm such a proponent of Weight Watchers is because they've never been an organization that's out to con people with quick fixes or false promises; it's always been about the health and changing habits. That said, this program takes it the furthest.
Table of Contents
This pamphlet/book/booklet (I don't know what to call it) has several section in the TOC:
- Understand the power of your body's signals
- Recognize hunger, satisfaction, and fullness
- Respond in a healthy way
- Your next steps
In this brief section, WW sets the stage for the booklet, pointing out how important it is to understand your body's signals about hunger and food.
These couple of paragraphs set the stage for the remainder of the book. There's also a very brief blurb promoting how Week 5 and Week 6 will be of value too. I think that's clever as it helps people realize there's more on the way.
Understand the power of your body's signals
This section (which includes a recipe for roasted fennel and carrots for zero points!) starts getting the reader to be aware of the "just right" feeling and provides a tip on the "Smartest Strategy" to accomplish it. They're trying to get readers to understand there is a wide gradient between empty and full. Extremes won't cut it.
Recognize hunger, satisfaction, and fullness
Now we're getting into the "meat" of the proposal with some specific steps understand where on the "hunger scale" you fall. In a nutshell (what's with all the food metaphors?) there are three basic stages: