Well, I never imagined a day would come when WW decided to drop the No Count plan for new members. Ever since the news trickled out on social media a few weeks ago, I’ve thought of little else. At first, I just couldn’t believe it but eventually I started thinking about a way forward with ideas continuously racing around my head. However, when I finally thought I’d made a decision about what to do, I’d change my mind a few days later. I was thinking: Do I want to continue with No Count? Could I change to Flex? Could I leave WW? Could I join a different weight loss company?
I’ve lived and breathed No Count for the past two years and, as many of you know, I’ve finally cracked yo-yo dieting after decades of it! Do I really want a change at this stage?
I did consider trying WW Flex, while still choosing the same NC foods I’ve been enjoying, and have tentatively tried pointing a few days over the past couple of weeks. It’s a great plan, but it’s just not for me. Since following No Count, there are so many foods that I don’t eat now and I know I would be tempted to fit them in with a daily points allowance. It’s hard to go into great depth at explaining the success of No Count but cutting out many processed foods has certainly helped.
So this is the dilemma I’m faced with (and I’m sure many of you are too): I have a lot of loyalty and support for WW. My life has changed so much for the better since I joined them – I’ve never felt so good, enjoyed such great food on a weekly basis or been as active and enjoyed new challenges as I have in the last two years. I’ve made many lovely friends and have thoroughly enjoyed helping many of you out with No Count through the website, Connect, Instagram and Facebook.
But…I still want to follow No Count – the plan that’s not just helped me to lose weight but has enabled me to maintain that weight loss too – and it’s not going to be easy without the support of the app.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Zoe and Greg at WW HQ with Lisa Coleman and her friend Vicky. It was good to hear first-hand about what’s going to happen with No Count and to be reassured that some support will still be there. Here are the key points from that meeting:
- Weight Watchers, as a global company working in 11 different countries, has decided to just have one plan to follow in all their countries, and here that will be Flex.
- WW are aware that many people follow NC and have had great success doing so. They would like to continue to support those current members who decide to continue following NC.
- WW coaches have undergone training recently and should be giving NC support to those who would like it. Similarly, the online chat facility should still be offering NC help to those who ask for it.
- Unfortunately, the app will be set for Flex only with the NC option stopping on 6th September 2018 for those who are currently following NC. If you are not currently following NC, I don’t think you have that option on the app any more.
- No second plan is going to be introduced to replace No Count.
I think I’ve known all along that I’ll carry on following No Count and, for the time-being, I’ll still be a WW member. Even though I’m gutted about WW decision, we need to be able to deal with change and put a positive spin on it. If you want to continue following No Count, you can still use the app to track your weeklies and this website will be here (you can now find the No Count list on the No Count Explained page). I also suggest following Lisa’s ‘No Count Friends’ group on Facebook: this is a closed group and a fantastic NC support network.
I know there are many of you out there who’ve probably been through exactly the same thought processes and really wish NC were here to stay. I hope you can continue to enjoy NC and help to keep the NC ‘flame’ alive.
Wishing you all the best and a massive thank you for all the support and messages I’ve received this week,
I’ll still continue to love No Count and I hope you can too:-)
Hi everyone! I made this on Monday - adapting a recipe in this month's WW magazine - 'Tomato and Parma Ham Pasta Bake' - and it was absolutely delicious and well worth trying if you're looking for something new to add to your menu. It is really quick and easy to make so ideal if you're having a busy day. You can make it free on No Count by using 25g of grated Protein cheese per person, instead of the feta. With the feta, it comes in at 1sp per portion on No Count and 10sp per portion if following WW Freestyle.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 280g wholewheat fusilli pasta
- 16 bacon medallions, cut into strips
- 200g young leaf spinach
- a garlic clove, crushed
- 700g passata
- 40g feta
- 270g cherry tomatoes
- a tsp mixed herbs
- Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water.
- Meanwhile, pour the passata into a deep frying pan/wok and add the garlic and mixed herbs. Bring to a simmer before adding the bacon medallion strips and cooking for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and spinach and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.
- Drain the pasta and stir this into the tomato/bacon mixture.
- Serve immediately and top with cubes of feta cheese.
Apologies for the incorrect link. This one should work: www.lovingnocount.com/lemon-and-poppy-seed-muffins/
Hope you all have a fab day!
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This pudding is absolutely divine and at just 1 point each on No Count, it’s worth having a No Count day just to try it! If tracking, it’s 4 points per serving. (I’ve done a variation on this recipe for next week.)
Ingredients (makes 4):
- 100g Ready Brek
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp Splenda/Canderel/Truvia
- 2 eggs
- 16g Flora, melted (4g per person is free)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5 tbsp skimmed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 tsp Choc Shot
- a tin of mandarins in juice or an orange, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp MyProtein sugar-free maple syrup (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
- Put the Ready Brek, Splenda and baking powder into a bowl and mix.
- In a separate bowl, add the olive oil, Flora, eggs, milk and vanilla extract and whisk. Then pour this mixture into the Ready Brek mixture and stir until the consistency is smooth.
- Mix in 4 tsp Choc Shot.
- Share the mandarins/orange between four small pudding bowls and add a squirt of sugar-free syrup (optional).
- Put the mixture on top of the mandarins/oranges.
- Make a hole in the mixture and add a tsp of Choc Shot into each one before covering it up.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Can be served with low fat natural yogurt, Skyr natural yogurt or Yeo Valley 0% crème fraiche.