(Closed) Any tips for speeding up weight loss on weight watchers?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not on weight watchers, personally, but I am familiar with it. If I’m wrong about the “rules”, just let me know 🙂 My response is based on friends’ experiences with WW & also what I find works in my own diet & lifestyle.

Personally, I know that fruit is unlimited, but I would try to stick with low sugar fruits (like berries instead of bananas) for faster weight loss. High sugar fruits stall weight loss in some people. I would also avoid white flour and refined sugar altogether, not just limit them.

For exercise, I’ve had really good experience with Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. I like that it doesn’t require a huge time commitment, but it definitely gets fast results!

HTH! Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree. If you eat a lot of fruit, like me, avoid high sugar fruits and smoothies. Eat more veggies and eat clean. I dont care what they say, but the WW food is BAD for you. It may be low in points, but it isn’t filling and it is full of chemicals. Stick with natural food, grains, and lower carbs. And WW says it’s ok to drink iced coffee and diet soda, but dont do it. Both of those help you retain water weight and make you hungry and more thirsty. Cut both.

As for working out, dont over do it. The more you workout, the more you need to eat to actually lose weight. Stick to an hour a day for 4-5 days. Give yourself a rest break every other day or so.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

These ladies have good advice. I lost 80 lbs in 5.5 months simply by cutting out all processed foods. No sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes or pretty much anything that comes packaged or premade. I ate huge amounts of veggies, low sugar fruit (tons of berries and melons…stay away from bananas, apples, pears, oranges and grapes) and lots of lean protien. Make sure you’re getting exercise too, 45 min a day of some form of cardio, and drink WATER WATER WATER.

The carbs like bread and pasta make you retain water to process them, plus they get turned into sugars in your body super fast and if you dont burn it off within a few hours it gets stored as fat.

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with not eating too much sugar and to avoid the weight watchers frozen meals. They are delicious (I love the Santa Fe Rice and Beans!) and convenient but agree they are not filling, are incredibly high in sodium, and don’t have a very good balance of carbs, protein, and fats. I was going to eat one today as a special treat (I used to eat them every day for lunch at the office but quit about a month ago) and when I saw what all was in it I decided to skip it.

Drink as much water as possible. Keep track of how much you are drinking. Chicken breasts can be your best friend. Cook a bunch at once and use them for snacks and lunches. They are high in protein, low in calories, and very filling. Try to get the majority of your carbs from vegetables. Some people swear off grains altogether when they are trying to lose weight fast. I don’t, but people who do tend to see big results quicker, or at least say they do.

As for exercise, I would do a mix of cardio and strength training. Squats, lunges and pushups require no equipment (unless you want to add weights, which is still minimal) and are some of the best workouts you can give your body. Deadlifts, chest presses, dumbbell rows, tricep dips also require minimal equipment but are a great workout. I never realized how much pushups and chest presses work your abs! I was not even trying to work on my abs area, just shooting to build my upper body strength, and my flabby stomach (I just had a baby in 2011) tightened up and flattened out without me even thinking about it!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have been losing about 1.5-2 pounds per week so far.  I try to not eat my weekly points and stick to just my daily and activity points.  I tend to eat a small breakfast midday snack, small lunch and then dinner is my bigger meal and that works well for me.

I also stopped drinking (alcohol) which has been a huge help.  The only thing I really drink is water.  Diet soda if I am eating out.  And a cup of hot tea (splenda and a touch of milk) on the weekends.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve had a lot of success eating a mainly vegan diet on weight watchers.  Because it’s mainly veggies, I can eat larger servings, because they’re good for me!  Check out Skinny Dish or Appetite for Reduction cookbooks.  I’ve lost ~2 lbs/week doing that with eating my extra and activity points.  Look for whole grains, beans and veggies in a bowl.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jackndiane:  I agree with the PP, additionally, not using the Activity Points you accumulate may speed up weight loss…

 

Good Luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Upping my cardio and not eating complex carbs after 5pm really helped me speed up the weight loss. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Exercise!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been eating bananas and other fruits as well as veggies and have still lost weight, but I went from drinking regular sugary sodas from the occasional diet soda and water at the same time so it was all VERY drastic, LOL.  

My first tip is to cut out as much caffeine as possible, as it is a stimulant.  This means it also stimulates hunger…so you’re more apt to have more snacks during the day (even if they’re only 1 point snacks, they’ll add up and take away from what you can have at dinnertime).  

Also, a friend of mine on WW recommended this as it worked well for her:  if you’ve stalled entirely, it could mean your body stalled and you need to rev it back up.  Take a day or two and go over your points, and the following day or two go under.  (for example, if you get 25 points a day, eat 30 points for 2 days and then 20 points for 2 days).  The ‘wave’ will help jump-start everything again.  I don’t know if this is healthy, and wouldn’t suggest it long term, but for a few days it might be just what you need to get it moving.  

And, like PP’s have suggested, use only your daily points (no bonus points or flex points) and excersize!  Weights will help tone up areas that are losing weight and keep them firm, and cardio will burn calories.  Plus, it’ll make you feel better!  

One last bit of advice, don’t entirely deprive yourself.  If you have a sweet tooth and one day you NEED a cookie, have the cookie.  You’ll be less likely to consume an entire box a few days later.  I find that by knowing I *could* have anything, makes me not care as much if I have it.  If I know I can’t have something, it’s all I can think about and I fall off the dieting wagon HARD.  

1/2 pound a week is still losing, so keep up the good work!!  Smile

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

  • Choose healthy options
  • Dont eat the cake
  • Cut sugar out
  • No processed foods
  • whole wheat , wholemeal or whole grain foods
  • Water down your alcohol (mix it with soda water) If you don’t cut it out totally
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Choose the dish with loads of vegies, cut the fat and cream and limit your carbs.
  • EXERCISE
  • Menu plan (loads of vegies and lean meat)
  • Give yourself specific goals. Break them up. Like I want to do exercise 4 days this week. if you focus on too big goals you will fail. I want to lose 500g this week is achievable. Losing more is mabye not so achievable.

I lost 25kg (55lbs) and am a lifetime member.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Fruit has 0 points but if you go overboard your weight loss will stall. Limit your fruit to 2 servings per day.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@agusia:  Yes especially high fructose fruits like banana or mango

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