(Closed) Which is better- My Fitness Pal? Or Weight Watchers new points plan?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I really like the new Points Plus plan. One of the big things is that most fruits are free, which definitely encourages me to eat more. It’s been hard to switch my mindset to understand that some things are worth a few more points. You also get more points, too. MyFitnessPal is great because it’s free, but I needed the accountability of WW.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m on MFP because it’s free but was on WW for a bit before that. I’d say WW taught me good habits which can be applied to MFP fairly easily. What I would say is that MFP underestimates the number of calories you need – I’ve been exercising (and eating the calories I’ve earned) but I’ve been feeling a bit weak and in need of food, so I’ve had to up the amount I’m eating. 1200 cals is NOT a lot…

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I swear by MFP.  All my friends who did WW ended up going to MFP and dropping the WW.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think WW is the way to go.  I LOVE WW and it really does teach you so many things. I agree with what others have said that the $$ you spend helps to keep you accountable.  I also really enjoy the support of the meetings (which I NEVER thought I would when I first joined!).  Either way, good luck! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I love love love MFP its amazing and has helped me to lose 32 pounds & keep it off and best of all, its free!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Evie19:  That, and I would go to the meetings. I needed to actually go there and weigh in. This way, I always had that lurking in my mind that weigh-in was coming up. I lost 35 lbs on WW. I stopped using good habits, so most of the weight came back,  but I’m wanting to go back and start again.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The only edge I think WW has is in-person support through meetings. But, MFP has awesome support through friends. I think it may be a wash.

IMO WW points used to be a good system because it was easier to track points than calories, when tracking by hand. But with a website/app like MFP there is no longer a need for points. They are actually an extra step instead of a shortcut.

I’ve lost 12 pounds so far with MFP, love it and it’s freeeeeeee!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I’ve done both and I chose MFP, and I’ll tell you why:

For me, it helps to have the complete picture of what is happening with my body. I want to know what goes in and what comes out, and in order to understand my weight loss I need to see that in exact numbers. Points were far too vague for me to wrap my brain around, and I felt like I wasn’t seeing any progress and I couldn’t understand why that was the case.

I don’t think there’s a “better” here – it’s all about what works for you. Some people are like me and need everything to be exact; others have trouble keeping track of that and like the simplicity of a system like WW points. If it works and helps you lose weight, I say do it.

Exercise and a healthy diet are key to losing weight, but motivation is also hugely important. If you’re using tools that don’t mesh with how you operate, you’re more likely to lose motivation and stall your progress.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Evie19:  I think it depends how much you have to lose and what weight you are to start with. I reckon you would probably lose at 1600 if you’re slightly overweight and/or you’re reasonably active on a day to day basis.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@Evie19:  I have my MFP set up to lose 2 lb. a week (I have 179 total to lose). That gives me 1350 calories right now, but if I changed it to 1.5 a week I’d have about 1600.

MFP bases the number of calories you’re allotted on your BMR – basic metabolic rate – aka, the amount of calories you’d burn just laying in bed all day. That’s known as your “maintenance” number. If you wanted to stay exactly the weight you are, you’d eat your maintenance number every day. If you go to “tools” on MFP you can calculate your current BMR – right now, mine is 1,913 calories a day.

Depending on how much you want to lose per week and how active your lifestyle is, MFP creates a deficit in your daily intake that will help you lose weight even if you’re not exercising. To lose 1 lb. a week, you need to cut out 500 calories a day (3,500 calories = 1 lb. and 500 x 7 = 3,500). MFP creates this naturally for you, so all of those calories are important for you to eat so you keep your metabolism up and don’t send your body into starvation mode.

If you exercise on top of what you’re cutting out, MFP will give you “exercise calories” – it’s important to eat back at least half of those, again to mantain your metabolism and ensure you don’t send your body into starvation mode.

Like I said, the difference between MFP and WW is the complexity. MFP gives you the tools to know exactly what’s happening with your body, which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it.

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