Post # 1
So my mom is doing weight watchers, and doing VERY well on it (35 lbs down). I desperately need to drop about 45 lbs, 25 to be healthy again as I am WAY over my ideal BMI, and in a high risk zone. I’m disgusted with how badly I have “let myself go” in the last 3 years. Reality hit when I started my weddin g dress shopping and I was a size 18!! I’ve always been a solid 12, sometimes 10 if I’m working really hard at it.
So, I am contemplating Weight Watchers…tell me your story. Did it work, did you feel starved and deprived all the time? Was it easy to keep up with?
Post # 3
It worked for me I was on it for 3 months lost 35 pounds then started doing it on my own. I lost an aditional 25 pounds in 2 months. However I do not eat processed foods. I eat very healthy but don’t deprive myself. I also turned vegetarian which made all of my IBS and Constapation problems disapear (tmi?). I would just say weight watchers gave me the jump start I needed it helped me to realize how I was eating and correct the habits. I also exercised 6 days a week. Now I run I am training for my first marathon right now. I reached my goal weight Dec 2010.
Post # 4
FI and I did WW for a few months and I’d say we probably lost 10 pounds or so each. We just weren’t that motivated and eventually “fell off the wagon”. My mom, on the other hand, lost like 80 pounds on WW. She went to the meetings and weigh-ins every week, walked a few miles a day and ate healthy. She cut out carbs and only allowed herself a nightly treat of some kind of frozen yogurt/berry concoction she came up with.
It does work but you really need to be committed which we were not.
Post # 5
@Take The Reins: WW is a terrific weight loss program! I have followed it “to a tee” in the past, counting my points and monitoring my weight on a weekly basis at meetings. Within three months, I lost about 14 pounds which is really healthy weight loss (they say 1-2 pounds per week is the best in terms of maintenance). I really loved that I could eat ANYTHING I wanted. It taught me to really watch proportions and think about what I was putting in my mouth. My Mom had a significant loss using WW in the past. I believe she lost about 80 pounds in a year! Good Luck!
Post # 6
I know lots of people who have had great success on WW, incuding both of FI’s parents, my mom, and a couple of friends. As with anything, it’s a matter of dedication and sticking with it. I think WW is a great way to lose weight because it teaches you to eat healthfully in a realistic way so it’s more likely that you’ll make it a lifestyle change.
Post # 7
@UpstateCait: Exactly what Cait said. It does work, if you’re committed to it. I lost 35 lbs in a span of 4 months. It stopped working for me when I stopped following the plan. I’m getting back on it now. They have a new Points Plus program. Something I like about it is that fruit is now 0 points, as it used to be 1-2 points. I hated giving up points for something healthy! I’ve gotten back on now and lost about 2 lbs in the first week.
If you’re going to start the program, you really have to be committed. For me, attending the meetings each week religiously was what helped keep me motivated. It really is a good program, it does allow for some treats, but not all the time.
Post # 8
I’ve almost lost 30 pounds with it. I’m trying to lose another 30 before I need to order my dress.
Post # 9
I would consider myself a weight watchers success story, but YOU have to be ready to let yourself be successful. This is the third time I’ve done weight watchers. The first time I lost 35 pounds in less than 3 months. I gained it all back, plus an extra 40 pounds. I wasn’t ready and I got too comfortable not taking care of myself. The second time I did the program, I lost 37 pounds in about three months again. I gained 25 pounds back. And then I started again the beginning of this year. Most things will work when YOU are ready to take a hold of your bad habits and start to break them. I started weight watchers again at the beginning of the year at 300 pounds. In the past 29 weeks, I have lost 57 pounds, and I am still losing. Of course I have a lot to lose so that’s why I’m still dropping about a pound a week, but I don’t feel deprived at all. I eat what I want, when I want for the most part. For the first few weeks, I didn’t exercise at all, then in April I started hitting the gym hard. Now I make an effort to go to the gym for an hour a day at least three to four times a week. The eating right will only take you so far. You have to add exercise too. I also really recommend going to the meetings. It’s make a huge difference when you know that you have to stand on a scale and show someone else your weight. It also makes a difference to know that there are others out there who are struggling just like you are with the same issues that you have. They’ll give you tips to deal with problems you may be having and provide support and information. Online is great too if you can’t find a meeting, but I would definately start off going to meetings to learn the new program. It works, and it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I hope my experience proves helpful.
Post # 10
I’ve also had great success with WW, I’ve lost 50 lbs in about 6 months. It’s definitely a lifestyle change BUT it’s one that is very easy to adjust to! I think the hardest part is the intial “detox” and adjustment to tracking everything that goes in your mouth. Now, though, it’s second nature and I’m much more aware of the nutritional content of the things I eat and am able to make much better choices for myself. Good luck!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the info! I am still contemplating it, I have lost a few pounds on my own, but it’s a real challenge!
I appreciate all the input!