I lost 70 lbs. on Weight Watchers about three years ago, and have kept it off. I haven’t lost any weight in the past year or so, but at least I kept off the 70 lbs. I still have 40 or so lbs. to go.
Initially I went to the meetings because at that point in my life, I was the heaviest (and most depressed) I’d ever been. I truly needed the support of the weekly meetings, the weigh ins, etc. I also had a fantastic group leader. After nine months or so of doing the meetings, I had lost perhaps 40 lbs. and I dropped out of the meetings and did the program online. I lost another 30 or so pounds with the online program.
So yes, it can be done.
The thing I loved about Weight Watchers is that you can pretty much have whatever you want, within reason. You just can’t eat and eat and eat. It’s all about portion control and budgeting for your cheat days or dinners out. My thing was wine. I love having a glass of wine or a cocktail a few times a week. There were some weeks when I would have my 5 oz. glass of wine every night and I would still lose weight, because I planned for that wine.
I have recently re-joined the online program because now that I’m married and settling in with Darling Husband, I really want to knock off some of these last 40 lbs. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to goal weight, but if I could just get halfway there it would be a nice start.
The thing I love about the online program is that it is so easy to keep track of your points on the website. You just type it in and the website saves it. I found that most weeks, I went over points by as much as 20-40 points, pretty much the equivalent of one day’s worth of food. And I still lost weight.
If there is one piece of advice I could give to you — and to myself (LOL) — it’s that you HAVE to count points DAILY or the program WILL NOT WORK.
LOL! It is so easy for the points to rack up if you are not keeping track. You can still cheat here or there, but if you don’t keep track it gets out of control really fast.
The program is actually very easy to follow if you’ve done your planning. The legwork is the part I struggle with — taking the time to plan the menu, grocery shopping for whatever, cooking the special meals, etc. And it is time consuming to sit down to the computer to track points throughout the day.