(Closed) Some questions about Weight Watchers…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Should someone who doesn't have very much weight to lose join weight watchers?
    Yes, you should do it! It is a heaven sent gift! : (15 votes)
    58 %
    Use a calculator online to figure out how many points you can have, but don't join. : (5 votes)
    19 %
    Join but only to get started since you don't have much to lose. : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Just grow some will power lady! If you don't have that much to lose, why join? : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Other, eloquently described below... : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Well, I just joined a week a go, and I only have 15-20 pounds to lose. I asked this same question, and finally I just decided to go for it and not care what anyone thinks.

    Points are basically a way of counting calories. They’re calculated based off of 3 things: calorie content, fat, and fibre. In your first week they give you a little booklet, and at the end there is a sliding rule for counting points for any food by reading the label. I’ve found that really helpful!

    You can find out online how many points you get in a day, just google it!

    I go in person, because I feel more accountable that way.

    I think the cost varies by region but I am paying $50/month.

    Hope that helps!!!

    Post # 4
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’m a WW user and love it. I do have more to lose–but WW can be for anyone.

    Okay, so here is why I think it’s great: IT IS NOT A DIET. It’s a lifestlye change. I swear I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, that’s truly the best way I know how to describe it. it gives you all the tools that most people need. It makes you accountable for what you eat (you log in your foods), provides a support community (you can use message boards if you are online or go to the meetings), and is premised on the fact that long-term success means slow weight loss and incremental changes. Everything DOES have a point value and you can calculate the points value for anything. You will have a daily points allowance which is based on your weight and age and lifestyle (they calculate this for you). You eat that number of points per day, no matter what. Then you have 35 extra points that are elective to eat over the course of the week–you can divvy them up however you want, eat them, lose them, whatever. And when you exercise, you earn extra points to use (it’s based on again how much you weight, the intensity, and how long–they have a calculator for activity points too). And NOTHING is off-limits, even though you are accountable for everything you eat. I’m going out for my b-day tonight and I’m going to have lots of yummy pasta (that’s where the weeklies come in, for example).

    Now, you can research online and figure out how the points are calculated and all that, but I tried that and it didn’t work, compared to me being IN the program. I think that the tools they provide make a big difference. And for a lot of people, the meetings are a big part of it–the support really helps.

    Post # 5
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I used it a while ago and it worked really well.  We just got off track and then ended up not needing to put that money towards the subscription every month but we learned a lot about what’s healthy and what’s not.  Ours was $60 the first month then $16 a month/person after that.  I lost about 12 lbs before we got off track (154 to 142) if that helps (in about a month or two but we were really bad about it sometimes – I lost 5lbs the first week).  

    Post # 7
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I just joined a few weeks ago and I love it. I’m not a dieter. My favorite thing about it is that I can eat whatever yummy food I want. The first week I ate a hamburger from mc donalds and a chick fil a sandwich, and still lost 4.5 pounds b/c I stayed within my points.

    I do it online. For me, I’m my biggest judge so I know I’m not going to get off track, and I feel like having other people see my weight won’t matter as much to me, as I don’t care what they think. I only care what I think.

    Post # 9
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @MandaMack: There are plenty of small thin women at my meetings. I haven’t noticed any nasty comments–especially because the leaders and the people who log you in have all reached goal on WW, meaning they’re all likely to be thin.

    It’s a month-to-month contract.

    Post # 10
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @MandaMack: I thought I would feel the same way when I went last week, but seriously there was no judgement! To answer your last question, I am paying the monthly fee because I can stop any time with 20 days notice. Usually you just pay weekly, I think you can also just stop going if you do that.

    Post # 11
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    One of my friends was thinking about joining the USN, in order to accomplish that she needed to lose 10 lbs ASAP so she joined WW. She definitely drank the kool-aid and passed the cup to me! lol

    Whereas she decided it was in her best interests to join and attend meetings, I have no desire to do that plus I have a very erratic work schedule that prevents me from making regular commitments such as that. I also decided that since PenguinGuy and I are trying to save money that I didn’t need to spend it on WW. Thus, I went online found out how to calculate points and started tracking everything myself. I am down about 7 lbs in 2 weeks.

    WW really is about lifestyle changes. I also firmly believe that for some people it isn’t necessary to attend the meetings, although it helps for many. I pesonally use the livestrong.com myplate website to track my food/calorie consumption and then use an online point calculator to convert it to WW points to track those. This works well for me because it allows me to track food, such as my own recipes, that don’t come with labels. It also makes me accountable for everything I eat. Plus, there is a myplate app for my android! 🙂

    Post # 12
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Oops wait, let me clarify: I am an online user and it works great. Some people really need the meetings and that’s great (online is cheaper than meetings though) so try both.

    When I was talking about doing stuff online I meant just googling how points are calculated and constructing the program through your own research, rather than actually joining. It’s possible to do that, but I think that the tools being in the program provide are worth the .65/day or so.

    Post # 14
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Private home

    @MandaMack: they’re happy to let you do that too!  You can get a month to month membership and switch to online when you feel ready.

    Post # 16
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Can anyone post some of the free WW resources that are available?  It doesn’t look like they have much to offer on their site. 

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