(Closed) Opinions/Thoughts/Experience with Weight Watchers?

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Honey bee

I used the app for a while. It did work and it didn’t take me long to figure out how many points things were, which is the worst part about starting a new program IMO. I did find it challenging to go out to restaurants, so a lot of times I would just cut my portion in half and not sit there and try to count ingredients. Ultimately I gave it up, because I started eating more processed foods just to keep counting simple, and I much prefer eating healthy, whole foods instead. Just doing the app gave me access to their recipes online and that was all I needed to get going…no hidden fees, no talking to people. The way I like it.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did it for months and never lost a pound. I did the online version. It wasn’t restrictive enough for me. MyFitnessPal was free and worked. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

My mom did it and lost 90 pounds, she went to the actual meetings, I am doing online and finding it hard to keep on track. I think it worked for her because she had the coaches and “team” feeling. I pay $20 a month for online which isn’t a lot but kind of stinks that I’ve only lost 20 in a year, but I havent been consistent, which in any program is the key

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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stephaniee24 :  I did weight watchers a few times and I lost a little of the weight but put it on again plus some extra kilograms. The program is good but I hate counting calories and points so it really was never sustainable in the long run for me. I did the meetings as the ap was new at the time.

I lost a great deal of weight about 6 years ago and I’ve kept it off and continued to drop about 3-5kgs every year since. I’ve lost about 50+kg in total. Cutting portions, eating whole foods, exercising and changing my attitude towards food has helped me keep it off. Programs and counting don’t work for me because as a person who loves food all I was doing was thinking about food and all it did was make me focus/give in to my cravings. 🙂

The program is good on teaching you about portion sizes but ultimately any  sound nutritionally based program will be successful if you are 100% committed to making a change. Weight loss is all about head space unfortunately…. Good luck in your health journey.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

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stephaniee24 :  I went to meetings. It helped to an extent. I gained all the weight I lost back, however the point system stayed in my brain and helps with snack choices.

That said, it got to be too time consuming to try to figure out the points for homemade items. I say it’s good for a while, but I wouldn’t do it long term. That said again, I have a friend who swears by it and uses it all the time and has used it for years with great success. Might be worth a shot to at least get an idea of portions, etc.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I did it for awhile, I didn’t find it more helpful than just counting calories and like 

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whitums found that I was eating more processed food in order to keep the point counting simple.

My friends who have had success with it attended meetings.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

PROS: 

enjoy the meetings (we have a great leader) and it’s nice to talk to others in the group, great support system

if you tend to be either feast or famine, this will keep you at a happy medium

love many of their recipes and ideas

no hidden costs, buying any of their food or products is entirely optional

weekly weigh-ins by someone else kept me accountable

CONS

sometimes have made low point choices that weren’t as good as higher point choices- ie having Diet Coke (zero points) as opposed to a glass of milk (3 points), having 1 point yogurt (fat free, contains aspartame) as opposed to Greek yogurt (3- 5 points)

their restaurant guide doesn’t contain many of the Canadian chains

I find (though this is my bad) that if I miss a meeting or skip tracking (writing everything down), I tend to fall off the program as well. 

Results can be slower than many of the programs out there which can be discouraging

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I loved it, I lost 30 pounds in like 4-5 months. I loved calculating the points and writing down everything I ate, but I guess thats not for everybody. I think it depends on your personality. Sometimes if I’m trying to diet, I’ll still losely base my meals around the WW plan and calculate things into points.

I would def do it again in the future if I felt like I needed to lose weight. I did it previously though work and went to the meetings, but if I were to do it again I might pay for an online membership but probably wouldnt go out of my way to seek out meetings.

ETA: I agree with PP about a con being that they encourage you to eat a lot of processed foods. IMO WW shouldnt be a forever lifestile change, but it works if you’re trying to lose weight like for a wedding or something.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I tried it twice and hated it after a week each time.  I would be ok at first and then develop headaches, and really wanted to binge eat, which is not something I normally do.  The points are far too low if you are active.  You can use the “fitpoints” you accrue but the app now has this calendar that will make you feel guilty for going over the recommended points.  

I agree with the idea of it not being a lifestyle change. I don’t like to eat meat-based dishes for dinner more that 4 days a week, but I found myself doing that on ww.  Carbs were too heavily penalized.  There’s some good recipes on the web site though.  

I had slower results, but longer lasting using myfitnesspal.  Also, plant nanny is a good app for tracking water consumption which helped me lose weight.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I’ve has success with it, it works better for me than counting calories because it takes other things into account. For instance when I’m only counting calories I tend to overreat carbs and sugars but stay within my daily calorie limit which results in slower weight loss. I’m also the kind of person who really needs a structured system so the points program keeps me on track. I will say the new program is a lot harder and I quit when they changed over because it felt like less of a true lifestyle and more of a diet, things like sugar and carbs are more highly restricted, which leads to quicker weight loss but it’s not as easy to follow long term. After my pregnancy I plan to give it another shot though.

I’ve only ever done online.

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