...food type requirements.
HSGD is a certain number of calories per day, with free fruit and vegetables, varying calories from day to day.
Weight Watchers basic minimum points diet is 26 points (basically 1100 calories), with free fruit and vegetables. It is healthier than HSGD with similar results because it requires certain foods to be eaten each day for a more balanced low-calorie diet.
Points are calculated using a proprietary equation, which is something like this: PointsPlus = Protein/10.94 + Carbohydrates/9.17 + Fat/3.89 - Fiber/12.49.
You can also find smartphone apps to calculate points, or use a rough estimate that a point is 40 calories.
The bare minimum points is 26 per day (remember that fruit and salad-type veggies are free).
Here's where it becomes a bit more challenging: you MUST eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day (1/2 cup raw vegetables or 1 cup lettuce-type raw greens). You MUST eat 2 teaspoons of liquid fat (and deduct 2 points from your daily total) and 2 servings of dairy (about 140 calories of dairy and deduct 4 points from your total).
Sooo...how can blend this with HSGD? Like this:
Every day, you eat the required foods above plus the HSGD daily calories, count the oil and dairy calories toward the daly total. You'll know you're getting good nutrition (and PLEASE take a vitamin every day!) while keeping the calories low. I've been doing this for eight months (using the minimum WW points rather than calories, because I go to WW meetings), I've lost nearly 50 pounds so far, and I'm healthy enough at age 52 to run circles around younger girls. I even still have boobs (though that's largely because swimming improves the pectoral muscles.)
There's no point losing weight if you're not alive to enjoy the compliments! I also want to keep all my hair! (Cuz it's already too thin thanks to @#$%& menopause.)
I'm always looking for big girls age 18+ who are following a strict but healthy diet. I'm in the US. I don't kik, but I'm always on facebook and e-mail.
I would love to see HSGD fans try this, because it's so much healthier while still being a genuinely badass diet.