Weight Watchers – anyone try it before or something similar?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@CocoClassic:  im doing weight watchers and I love it! it definitely makes you think twice about your habits without really making you miserable over a diet. You can have essentially whatever you want, in moderation. sometimes that splurge is worth the point value ya know? it gives you boundaries and a plan without making you feel like you are really restricting yourself. I have only been on it officially now for a few weeks and I lost 7 lbs so far. I have a lot to lose though too so they say it comes off faster at the beginning. Plus I added in a pretty strict work out regimine with it so that’s helping too.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My sister is losing weight with weightwatchers and seems happy with the results.  I lost 10 lbs with the advocare 24 day Challenge (I’m down 14 total so far) and my FI has lost 25 lbs (he lost 15 with the 24 DC) I have a huuuge sweet tooth and FI loves salty foods…so together we were in trouble.  I also wasn’t sure how I was going to do without my daily coffee but between the mocha flavored meal replacement shakes for the taste, and the spark for the energy boost…i was impressed how fast the cravings went away!  Might be something to check out 🙂 http://www.advocare.com/130448825

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@CocoClassic:  Yeah, WW works if YOU work it. It will not eliminate your weak areas but it will give you tools to overcome them if that’s what YOU want to do.

I’ve done WW before where is worked awesomely and I’ve done it too where I didn’t work it and so the plan didn’t work. If you are committed to making it work and sticking to the plan, it will work.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did weight watchers for 6 months and never lost an ounce. I’m now doing myfitnesspal. It’s free and it works. I highly recommend it. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have been doing Weight Watchers since January 2012.  Since then, I lost around 35 lbs.  One thing to know about them is that it is not a quick way to lose weight.  It really is a lifestyle adjustment.  What I liked is that it basically taught you the consequences of what you eat.  You can still have pizza, cheeseburgers, etc., but you have to be careful.  I did not care for my group after a point so I decided to go online.  As others have said, you need to be committed in order for it to work.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I’ve successfully lost 55lbs. last year and the only tool I used was Calorie Count (http://caloriecount.about.com) – it’s similar to My Fitness Pal, but I prefer the interface/design of CC.  They have a huge database of food, but they also have a “custom food” function where you can punch in the information on nutrition labels, the amount you ate, and it does all the math for you.  They also have an extensive database for exercise and it’ll calculate how many calories you burn based on your stats (weight & activity level) – but I take those figures with a grain of salt since it’s impossible to know how many calories you’re burning.

I briefly contemplated doing WW but chose to lose weight on my own instead because it’s free and because I was interested in the nutritional aspect of what I was eating.  CC has an analysis page that lets you see if you’re on track for the day in terms of vitamins, fiber (which was a huge one for me), sodium, sugar, etc., so it’s particularly helpful for people who have other health concerns, too.  This is really important to me because I can easily stay under a certain caloric limit, but I may not be nourishing my body properly.

The first few days of eating properly are always hard, but it becomes a habit, as cliche as that sounds.  If you want to make the transition easier and not shock your system too much (read: shocking your system into binge-eating and giving up, for example), make small changes and introduce them very gradually.  Cut out pop/coffee for the first week, then maybe cut out late night desserts the next week, etc.

Good luck – you can do it!!! 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@CocoClassic:  They have some really good recipes on their website.  My FI and I were doing it at the same time so we would just pick random things to try.  We’ve made fettucine alfredo, various chicken dishes, etc..  I would just play around with it and see what you can find.

They also have a whole eating out section so you can plan.  One of my favorites is doing a thin and crispy crust at Pizza Hut with light cheese and veggies.  You can’t tell the difference and it’s 3-4 points per slice.  I tell people as long as I know and can plan, I’m okay.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@CocoClassic:  WW is similar. Weighing and measuring everything. Both take dedication. Either or, good luck 🙂

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I’ve been doing WW for 8 months, and have lost almost 70lbs. It is AMAZING, but only because it seriously forces you to analyze your issues with eating and face them head on. It’s totally doable – nothing crazy. I highly, highly suggest it. 

 

I’ve gone a couple weeks (on my birthday and vacation) where I didn’t track, but still made the best decisions I could – and I didn’t gain. It’s alll about creating a new lifestyle!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Weight Watchers has always worked for me. I’ve done 3 rounds. I’ll likely start my 4th round this Fall/Winter. I always do the Online program. There are message boards similar to the Bee. 

If you follow it, it will work!

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