I've been doing the PointsPlus program for about two months now. Service providers were introduced to it at the end of September.
What I had trouble with at first was the concept of "Free" fruit. Wow! Bananas and mangos are back on the table. I ate fruit like Obama was going to take over the fruit industry tomorrow. (It's a joke, lighten up!)
And my weight went up.
Then I learned how to do it right.
You're ready for a snack. You have a choice between a large apple and two sticks of a Kit-Kat. Both are crunchy and sweet and both have two POINTS Values, but the apple is more food/filling and the Kit-Kat is chocolate.
I say again, the Kit-Kat is chocolate.
I would grab the Kit-Kat. But when I was done, I was still hungry. For what? As often as not, I would take the other two stick of Kit-Kat, because I was still hungry and mistook my hunger for an urge for chocolate. Four sticks of Kit-Kat were, not 4, but 5 POINTS Values (Weight Watchers Math). And I probably would still be hungry and eat the apple. BOOM! A whopping 7 points.
Same set up under PointsPlus:
You're ready for a snack. You have a choice between a large apple and two sticks of a Kit-Kat. Both are crunchy and sweet. The apple is 0 PointsPlus Values and the Kit-Kat is 3 PointsPlus Value. Now I grab the Apple first. Once I eat the apple, I realize I still want the Kit-Kat, not because I am hungry but because I still want chocolate. But this time I only eat two sticks because I am not mistaking my urge for chocolate for real hunger. I have only consumed 3 PointsPlus Values.
That is a real world application of the "free" fruit as I have experienced it.
Only eat the fruits and veggies until you are satisfied, not to full or over-full. Remember, they still have calories from carbs.