Alexandra Schneider from Vienna and Tina Ausserer from Vorarlberg have been facing the summer challenge for two weeks. And can report on initial successes.
"I just ate too many carbohydrates," says Alexandra Schneider. The 44-year-old Viennese has always cooked herself, but simply dishes made from everything that was in the fridge. "Now the composition is completely different, I plan much more precisely, carbs are significantly reduced. Otherwise the daily number of points that you can eat will be used up straight away. I have to get used to it a little while shopping and cooking, but it is already showing Effect."
Practical points system
23 points per day are allowed. Weight Watchers has provided them with all foods. The classification is based on a simple principle: the higher your number of points, the more likely the food will hit the figure. At the top of the range of points is anything with alcohol, followed closely by sugary foods. Foods like salmon, most vegetables or shrimp, on the other hand, have zero points. You can eat as much of them as you want - provided you don't increase your score by preparing them with a lot of fat. And if you treat yourself to something extra, you have a total of 35 weekly points that you can use for it.
Off on vacation
Tina Ausserer started her summer challenge with vacation. In the USA. Not an easy patch for someone who wants to lose weight. But the Vorarlberg resident remained steadfast: "Sure, you get there and want a Starbucks Coffee with everything that goes with it. But I only got one and then switched to Cold Brew Coffee without sugar." She didn't even touch the burger, instead she often ate salad with chicken breast and consistently avoided sweets. "Every time I asked myself if I should allow myself to do this, my husband and two sons would ask me: And is that now also allowed with Weight Watchers?" the 42-year-old smiles. And that worked.
"This is the first time since I can think that I did not gain weight but actually lost weight while on vacation. Almost 2 kilos in total. Really great when the trousers do not stretch when flying home," says Tina happily. The extensive hiking and sight seeing program certainly helped. Whether Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco or Los Angeles, everything was done on foot.
Now Tina is back and fully motivated to turn her vacation success into an even bigger minus on the scales. You will soon read how she is doing here.
This is how the summer challenge works
In the big summer challenge from WOMAN and Weight Watchers, we accompany Alexandra Schneider (44) from Vienna and Tina Ausserer (42) from Götzis in Vorarlberg for nine weeks on their way to a leaner life. You get the full Weight Watchers weight loss program, recipes, motivational tips, access to the Easy Pass app, a weekly course attendance and, if necessary, phone calls with your supervisor.