Why do we have to eat 2 t of oil a day? I’m new with this weight watchers thing.
I checked my Weight Watchers week one book to see why they said that we should eat healthy oil. Here is their explanation:
Healthy oil: 2 teaspoons per day
What counts? Olive, canola, safflower, or flaxseed oil. Avoid saturated and trans fats.
Why? Contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids. May help lower risk for heart disease and stroke.
That is the official story from Weight Watchers, but I’ve heard from WW leaders that the diet was naturally so low in fat, that they needed to add healthy oils. They’ve suggested a wide variety of ways to add healthy oil to your diet:
- Cooking food in the oil
- Using it on toast instead of butter (canola is good for this one)
- Adding it to smoothies (I prefer flaxseed oil in my smoothies because of the interesting taste)
- Choosing oil on your sandwich at Subway (they use olive oil)
- Eating it straight from a spoon like medicine
I have a particularly hard time checking off my healthy oil boxes unless I PLAN for it. Since I rarely do much cooking, I don’t have the option of adding it to my eggs in the morning, so I usually get it in with my smoothies. I have a great smoothie recipe here:
Of all the recommendations from WW leaders over the years, I don’t recommend eating it like medicine. Food is not only about nutrition and health. It’s about enjoyment and pleasure. If you HAVE to eat two teaspoons of oil every day, make them enjoyable. Use the oil to cook with. Use it to add flavor to your salad. Use it to make your toast less dry. DON’T muscle past your gag reflex and just swallow it like medicine. That’s just a waste of two points.
In the end, the Healthy Guidelines are just that: GUIDELINES. It’s possible to lose weight on WW eating four Snickers bars every day, but it’s not the best route to go. The guidelines are there to recommend a healthy and varied way to keep from getting bored.