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Chowhound and Weight Watchers: An impossible match?

My love for food has resulted in an expanding waistline and consequently, my need to be on weight watchers.

Unfortunately, so many of the things they have in their program or in their products are disgusting and processed. So, is it possible to be on Weight Watchers AND still eat out (and eat well) in Manhattan?

The way WW works: All foods have point values, and you only have a certain amount of points allotted for a day. So you could blow your entire day's points on 1 indulgent piece of cake, theoretically. I usually already go to Japanese restaurants when feeling particularly conscious, but there must be more than sushi and soba that I can eat! Also I'm skeptical of even some 'grilled' stuff at restaurants -- you'd be surprised at how much butter and oil goes into things in the kitchen to make it taste yuuummy.

So i'm looking for places you guys love that have a tried and true option for someone who's looking to eat well but healthy. Other tricks that WW members use? Recommendations of particular restaurants and/or dishes that other health conscious gourmands enjoy?

The general rules are:
-No fried, greasy, or buttery stuff
-No coconut milks
-No huge amount of carbs
-No huge amount of oil
-Not too much dairy

Also generally downtown restaurants work better for me, around the East Village/Soho/W Village areas. Any type of cuisine is welcome, although I'm pretty familiar w/ the Japanese ones already.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Greek is good for WW, lots of grilled stuff, I'm not entirely sure where to go downtown but in midtown I like Avra. Lots of good restaurants have good salads and it works if you get the dressing on the side. When I was being really good about WW before my wedding I would go to steak houses and get shrimp cocktail and steamed spinach. Good luck.

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    1. re: belle

      On this board, please discuss only Manhattan restaurants that you think can accommodate folks on the Weight Watchers program. Thanks.

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