(Closed) Weight Watchers or Tracking Calories?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’ve had luck with WW points (the old system, don’t know the info on the new one), but am comparing both calorie counting with an app on my iPhone with counting points to see if one gives me a better picture of my intake than the other.  I like that I can see better how my workout-calorie burn is reflected on the calorie-counting App (Lose IT) than on my WW clone (iWatcher), which kinda relies on my judegement about how hard an exercise is to calculate my “points added” for me. 

If you can juggle numbers going up to about 2000 per day, or are good with writing things down and/or use a website or hand held device to help keep track, then either system is for you.  I found that after a while I could keep up with the WW points in my head (after I’d been doing it a while) because each food serving is assigned a points value, and once you find what you can eat a lot of and not go over your points, you kind of remember that a Fat Free yogurt of about 60 calories = 1 point, while a milkshake = 20 points, etc.  WW points just convert fat, calories and fiber (old system) into a smaller range (Instead of counting up to 1500 – 2000 calories you’re looking at 18-30 points per day).

I can PM you info from some free website if you like with WW points values from basic foods you’d find at the store, and also a website that has both WW and calorie info on restaurant foods, along with how to figure your WW points range. (Could never afford the program, so found lots of free resources online.)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

To me it seems like WW is good for teaching people healthy habits, if they are unfamiliar with how to eat well. If you already have that down pat, and you generally know what foods you should/should not be eating, then I would go with calorie counting. I mean, WW really actually operates on that too–they just calculate that a certain amount of calories equals a certain amount of points.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I personally prefer tracking calries with dailyplate, caloriecount etc. I find the weight watchers point system to be random and I don’t like that because I feel like I would have to depend on WW for life which I don’t want to. I prefer to just do teh mathematics.

Eatingwell.com is a lifesaver in that respect.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@roxy821: Hmm that seems strange then…is it stuff like chocolate/dessert stuff? I find it weird that low calorie foods can be high in points! But I admit I never actually followed WW, so I don’t know all the rules ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: WW recently changed and the way they calculate points no longer puts calories into the equation.

Points are now calculated based on fat, fiber, carbs and protein. If something is higher in carbs or fat it will have a much higher points value even if calories are low.

 

Also, the new system gives you a lot more points to use. On the old WW I got 19 points per day + 35 weekly points. The new program allows 29 points per day +45 weekly points so the allowances have been adjusted upwards to go with the new points calculation.

Last time I did WW I lost over 20lbs and never felt deprived of anything. I have recently started again and am having a harder time (but that is mostly because I cannot exercise due to injury so I don’t have the extra activity points to use).

I also like WW better than calorie counting because the site has easy tools to use to calculate the points value of a recipe you make at home and you can save your recipes and pull them up as a regular food after you enter them once.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011: That seems weird to me, considering that weight loss is, at its core, about calories in vs. calories out. But I guess as long as it still works for people, it’s all good.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

sparkpeople.com is a good free website if you’re interested in that. I’m not sure about the new WW points system, but if you need a strong motivator to lose weight pre-wedding, perhaps paying for WW might help?

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: Calories are still indirectly calculated because there is a pretty normal ratio of calories/gram of fat, cal/gram of carb, etc but the new program is focused more on the whole food and the ration of carbs, fat, protein, and fiber that you need to maintain a healthy diet.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

i like WW better than calorie counting, because it is way easier in the real world. however, i think that calorie counting is good if you NEVER eat out because then you’re making everything yourself and can write down exactly what goes in it.

however, ww has such a large database of food and with the zero point fruits and vegetables, it makes managing your weight easier.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@roxy821: that’s surprising, because with both systems, it seems like you would be able to have a small amount of something without it “killing you for the day”

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I wanted to add one more thing – especially if you are routinely exercising – don’t ONLY look at the number the scale is telling you – it cannot tell if your thighs are slimmer, it can just tell you how much everything in your body, from bone, muscle and organs to fat weigh.  You can burn off fat while building muscle and slim down and the scale MAY NOT MOVE AT ALL. 

I did Power 90 last summer becaue I’m too much of a wimp for P90X, and for 60 days I did not lose 1 LB, just like many on their website support forums, because I was burning off he fat while building muscle at the same time.  Muscle is good for you, no matter what the scale says.  People will see you slimming down and becoming more tones, they won’t whip out a scale and ask you to step on it ๐Ÿ˜›

I was happy measuring my waist, hips, arms and thighs and seeing THOSE numbers shrink, and being able to fit in smaller clothes. 

As women we often feel pressured to be a particular weight, regardless of how trim we might already be – I’m supposed to be about 135 according to those height/weight charts – there’s no way in hell my body cold get that light without some serious starvation.  I’m healthiest at about 150-160, and that’s with my hip bones almost sticking out.  That sounds high, but but my body build is such that that’s the way it is, so don’t get bogged down in only charting your progress by the scale.

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