(Closed) Help! Should I join Weight Watchers?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been doing it for two weeks, I am using the online WW program.

Basically, you keep track of EVERYTHING you eat online, as well as “activity” i.e. exercise.  Based on your height/weight, you are alotted a certain number of points every day, and each food you eat gets point value based on carbs, fat, protein and fiber (they have calculators on the website, as well as calculator apps for droids and iphones).

You are also allotted a set number of flex points for the week, so if you have a special occasion and go out to dinner or something and it would send you over your given number of points for the day, the flex points cover it.

You can also keep track of measurements and it makes a chart/graph for you of weight and inches lost.

I can’t really speak to how well it works as of yet, because I’ve only done one weigh in, and I only lost 1/2 a pound, but I decided to join based on the fact that lots of people I know, as well as quite a few bees, have had success with it.  

It’s not a quick fix by any means, you can expect to lose a max of 2 pounds a week, but as long as you are serious and stick to the plan as far as eating goes, and definitely exercise, it seems like it is a good plan.

Also, the website has tons of recipes and articles about foods, exercise tips, etc.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also, I forgot to add, you can sign up for a free one week trial if you want to give it a shot first and see what the tracking tools look like, the website features, check out recipes, etc.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m a lifetime WW member, and I think it’s a great program! I lost 26lbs in probably around 6 months, and have been maintaining for about 3. The one suggestion I would make is if you can find a meeting it does help to go to those if you are serious about trying to lose the weight, because you will learn about a lot of low point foods you wouldn’t have known about, you get support and accountaibility, however if you can’t do that I suggest trying to find a buddy to do it with online!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am on WW for the second time.

I really like the online program because it really educates you about food and nutrition as well as portion sizes.

First time I joined WW I lost about 20lbs and felt fantastic. Kept it off for over a year.

Then I changed jobs, stopped exercising, got complacent and gained it back.

I recommitted and am already down 9lbs.

WW is great because it really isn’t a diet, it just teaches you how to eat healthy and to have your treats but in moderation.

It’s a way of eating and living that is sustainable (rather than a crash diet or fad diet).

They just completely redid their program and fruits and veggies are 0 points so it encourages healthy snacking.

I say go for it. I love WW, it works, and there is a supportive message board community there as well.

ETA – There are also tons of fantastic recipes and meal ideas. Plus you can enter your own recipes into the online tool and have the points per serving calculated for you.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It has been explained here pretty well so I won’t reiterate. I will say that WW is a great program and it has changed my life. I lost 30 lbs on it about 6 years ago and have kept most of it off, save for the 10 lbs I gained when I got engaged and moved in with Darling Husband.  But I did the program online again and got back down to goal and am now maintaining again.

I have done both meetings (2004) and just online (2010). I think if you’re new to dieting, definitely check out a few meetings until you get the hang of it. When I first joined, I went home and cried it was so overwhelming. I had never dieted and I was sure there was no way I could do it.

But week by week, it all came together. It’s definitely a lifestyle change rather than a diet. And the best part about it is, no foods are off limits. It teaches you to prioritize, plan ahead, etc…so you can still enjoy foods you love.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@JrzyGurl: I don’t think you really need a WW cookbook. If you’re doing it online, there are plenty of recipes in e-tools. And if you google it, tons of websites with recipe ideas.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JrzyGurl: If you are not going to meetings, you need to get a scale.

Get a digital scale.

I have a Health-o-Meter and it’s great. You can set up your profile and have the scale remember your weight each week so it’ll tell you how much you gained or lost from the prior week.

One thing to make sure of is pick a time of day to weigh in and ONLY weigh in at that time.

Also, try to wear the same thing when you weigh in (if you do it at home, you can just be nude).

I usually weigh in first thing in the morning before I’ve eaten anything or had any water so that I’m weigh myself purely and not myself + stomach contents.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Theresa90405: I agree. I never got a WW cookbook. I use the online repository of both WW recipes and member recipes.

I also use a lot of recipes form http://www.cookinglight.com and use the weight watcher tools to tell me the points.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsStormy: I agree about the meetings!

I lost 33 pounds through WWs. It is a great program! I would find and go to a meeting in the beginning so that you have a physical person explaining the lay of the land to you, and if you need to ask questions you can. Plus it was HUGE motivation for me to weigh in in front of someone every week. It really held me accountable!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Love Weight Watchers online! Joined about 5 weeks ago and I’ve lost about 16 lbs. (Most of it I lost the first 3 weeks-I’ve been cheating the last two weeks a bit! Shameful!) It’s a great program. I bought a digital scale and just read everything online (tips, advice, recipes etc.) and haven’t had a need to go to a meeting/in person. If you think that’s better for you, then definitely pay and go attend a meeting. Good luck!!

Edit: Check out Skinny Taste website for great Weight Watchers recipes. Delicious!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the PPs who say get a digital scale.  Most of them do it down to the 10th of a pound.  

Also, you can definitely do without the WW cookbook, because there are tons of recipes online, and you can add in your own and find out the points values of stuff you already cook that way, as well as modifying recipes you already use to make them healthier, i.e. swapping out regular pasta for whole wheat, etc.

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