For those of you who have done weight watchers, what has your experience been?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I first started weight watchers 4 years ago, I had gained about 60 poiunds and was uncomfortable in my body. I went to meetings (first with my mom) and lost about 50 pounds in 6 months. It wasn’t always easy or fun, but the plan makes it doable. I lost another 10 pound over another 6 months, and have been able to stay within 10 pounds of that since then by using their online system. I know a lot of people who have problems with “diets” but for me, keeping track of my points and activity helps me be accountable.

 

For reference, I have run 4 marathons since then and still use it to lose weight when I notice the scale creeping back up. I’m a fan of weight watchers for sure!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m in a similar weight gain situation. Damn my FI for being to eat all the pizza and ice cream and never gain weight! Hahha.

Back to WW…..I’m two weeks in, down 4lbs. 26 more to go. I understand you only want to do online, but with so many meetings  available, I think you should try to find one that you can attend. The accountability aspect of WW meetings, and doing the weigh-ins is what’s motivating me. If I was just going about this online, I doubt I’d be as serious. But, that’s just me. 

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I lost 30 lbs on WW 3 years ago. I swear by it. It’s worry every penny. If you work the system correctly, you’ll hit your goal weight in no time. I can’t recommend it enough!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

buzzingbridex:  If you’re just going to do it online, you might want to try out the free MyFitnessPal app first to see if it’s a kind of system that will work for you. The app sets a daily calorie limit (simiilar to WW’s point limit) and just as with WW, you enter your food/activities and it adjusts that limit. I did WW for a few months awhile back (online only) and then cancelled since I stopped having willpower and have been using MyFitnessPal recently because I’ve been trying to save money.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’ve done WW both with meetings and online. I bought my online membership a few months ago, used it for about a week, then stopped. Sooooo there’s $150 down the drain :S I need to get back into it.

honestly I would recommend either meetings in person or just using a free app like My Fitness Pal. Meeting in person kept me accountable, which is something I personally need. WW online doesn’t offer anything MFP doesn’t, so if you want tonly the online route, save your money. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

I lost 15kgs/~33 pounds about 5 years ago with WW. It took me 5 years of making bad choices to gain that weight back. I joined again a couple of months ago and have lost around 13 pounds. The system has changed to the propoints system so it took me a little while to learn what I can and can’t do. It definitely works. After trying shakes, phone apps, food plans etc, WW is the only thing that works long term for me.

I definitely recommend trying it!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Haven’t done WW, though I am considering it. I did do MyFitnessPal for about 2.5 months last year and lost about 15lbs. It helped me recognize my food intake and calorie burning.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My experience was good at first…but after a few months I could never stick with it.  Calorie counting is tough for me from both a practical and emotional stand point, and I was always hungry and deprived.

I also got really frustrated with all the sort of “fake food” I was eating.  Low fat this, sugarfree that (aka, full of aspertame), etc.  I decided to ditch the WW and go for more of a real food diet.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

cbgg:  why were you eating fake food? I’m on WW and I’m eating the best I’ve ever eaten in awhile. Everything organic, clean, and non-processed. I’m also never left with a feeling of a hunger. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did WW about 8 years ago and lost alost 20lbs. I gained some of it back, but was able to get back down to the 10% weight over the last few years just working out and watching what I ate. I would sign up for WW Online once a year, but never saw results.

However, I still recommend it to anyone – but go to the meetings! I did that the first time around and had great success. I felt that weighing yourself every week and having it tracked by someone kept the accountability. I also learned a lot at meetings, including finding new recipes and new workout ideas that others were doing. It was a good experience!

Doing WW also taught me what I should have shouldn’t eat, in general. Portion control! I ate a lof of hamburger helpers growing up (hello convenience by my mom), but when I realixed that 1 cup was 8 points… I said no way again. That barely kept me full and I could have had something else more filling for just as many points. It allowed me to make smarter choices since I knew what was better – although the occasional splurge was OK.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I lost 30 lbs on WW about 3 years ago. I’m at the lowest weight I’ve ever been (including high school). I stopped counting points, even on maintenance after a year, and I’ve maintained my weight. I think WW is amazing. It teaches you how to eat right and portion control, which was something my diet was seriously lacking. I would recommend it to anyone, but I highly recommend going in person, at least at first. The meetings really help motivate you. I’ve never tried it online only, and i’m sure it works, but I think having something/someone to be accountable to really helps. It’s worth every penny based on my health alone. I am so much healthier now.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

buzzingbridex:  Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about the program!  It all depends on what method you like, and what works for your lifestyle, etc.  I had tried myfitnesspal, and counting calories, but would become lazy with it.  With WW online, which is the program I have used, you can type if your food item and it gives you points.  Much easier than reading every single label, in my opinion.

I started the program last year, for approximately 4-5 months (diligently using the tracking method).  I also work out, which does not hurt anyone, and actually gave me more points to work with week to week (bonus!!).  I lost approximately 30-40 lbs, with a combination of portion control, better food choices (because all the fruits/veggies are 0 pts, so when I was hungry would tend to grab an apple as to not waste points, rather than a handful of chips!!), and running (an exercise I learned that I LOVE!). 

At some point, I became ‘lazy’ with my tracking, so cancelled my subscription, but had enough knowledge to still utilize portion control.  The 9 or so months afterwards, I ebbed and flowed within 5-7 lbs (gaining, losing, gaining, etc).  I still maintained my running, however.

I am 3 months away from our dreamy vacation, and re-subsribed to the program. I am motivated to break that 5-lb barrier, and then some, so I look and feel my best on the beach (AND, before we are  start TTCing).  Two weeks in, and I am down 5 pounds.  IT WORKS, if you put in the time, and are honest with every morsel you are ingesting 🙂  I do not feel hungry, or lack energy either, AND I can still eat ice cream and pizza occassionally.  It just means I have to be more diligent the next day!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I just do it online/my phone and I love it. As long as you stick to it you lose!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I did WW after both my babies and it works if you stick to it.  I’ve gained a few pounds and need to go back on.

IMO, it works best if you exercise too.

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