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Weight Watchers - Is it for ME?

There are a lot of diets out there. Sometimes it seems like they are more interested in your money than your health. But Weight Watchers has been around since 1961 and they continue to tweak their program as new nutritional and fitness research comes out, and their flexible plans reflect this.

WW has a couple of plans to choose from. In the Points Plan every food has a point value and you can eat only a certain number of points a day. You can offset your point total with exercise, which I think is great since working out is how you maintain weight loss. With the Core Program you can eat as much as you want from a core group of foods (similar in design to South Beach and Atkins). Both plans give you the opportunity to splurge within reason.

Still curious about the plan? Then

They encourage dieters to attend a weekly meeting, citing that folks that go to meetings tend to lose 3 times as much weight. Yep, support is key to successful weight loss. If you don’t have time to make a meeting, they offer an online service. The site helps you track your food consumption and exercise, and has recipes with points and/or core info. But contrary to popular belief you can do their program without buying their WW brand foods.

WW is a business though, so there is some expense attached. There's a $20 registration fee, and the drop in fee for a meeting is $12 - but the first one is free. There is a monthly pass for $39.95 which includes use of their online resources. If you are just using the web, the first three months are only $29.95 and $12.95 per month there after.

Any testimonials out there? Please do comment below.

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ericag4514 ericag4514 9 years
I love it! Nothing else has seemed to work before this. I will admit that the first two weeks were terrible, but then you kind of get addicted to losing weight (if you need to).
kcreson kcreson 9 years
I would like to join the ww program, but its kinda expensive!
onesong onesong 9 years
I just completed my first week of weight watchers, and will be going to a meeting tonight for the weigh in. So far, I am THRILLED with the program - you literally do get to eat whatever you want. The first couple days I freaked out and ate only salads, and my body was not happy with that...but the awesome thing was, I was able to look at my quick tracker and see what I was/wasn't eating, and what my body was missing. This one week has been such an eye opener for me in terms of how I eat, when I eat, what types of food I eat. I actually just realized today that I had miscalculated my points by one point...but the interesting thing is, I averaged being one point under what I thoguht were my points all week. The good news is, where I wasn't, I was able to use my flex points to compensate for the mistake. I think the best thing about it so far is that I don't feel like I am on a diet, at all. All I'm doing is being more conscious about the choices I'm making in regards to food. I'll let you all know how tonight turns out!
AnneLillian AnneLillian 9 years
I swear by WW. It is a fabulous program if you stick with it. It is not a quick cure.
PRgalmojito PRgalmojito 9 years
I do weight watchers and it is SUCH a good program, I lost 5 pounds in the FIRST WEEK ALONE! And I ate regular food while doing it. After starting WW I realized how terrible my eating habits were before. Now that I eat better and lighter I sleep better, I have more energy, honestly everything is just so much better, my skin even looks better! I would suggest it to anyone. I've tried other diets, a million of them it seems and this is the only one that's healthy and sure fire. The meetings and the whole WW community give you so much motivation and encouragement which makes losing weight so much easier. P.S. Not to mention, I will NEVER smoke again in my life, when you get rid of the "bad things" you put in your body you just feel and look sSOOOO much BETTER!
justjaime27 justjaime27 10 years
Thanks, chibarosa! I've started walking the 5 flights of stairs each morning, to our apartment, rather than taking the elevator, and that alone is helping me want to quit smoking even MORE because by the time I get to the 5th floor, I'm out of breath, coughing, and feeling terrible! The cough is NOT sexy at all...and so many friends of mine who quit smoking have told me it's like night and day...the much BETTER you feel, etc. So it's time...maybe I'll invest in a good pair of workout clothes and just start running. Thanks for the advice!
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
Oh, JustJaime27: to quit smoking, I took up running. It was hard as heck at first, but the freedom that running gives me is more liberating than smoking. It motivates me to not sneak a smoke, because I know it will make my lungs hurt. Plus, the cough just ain't sexy.
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
I'm also a lifetime WW member. I joined when I was 17 years old and I lost 80 pounds. WW taught me how to live a healthy lifestyle, because I'd never been taught that at home. I'm now 31 and although my weight fluctuates a little, I plan to never be that big again. As a lifetimer, I just have to weigh in once a month, and as long as I'm not more than 2 pounds over my goal weight it's free. My goal is to never pay them again. WW4L, baby!
justjaime27 justjaime27 10 years
That's the great thing though, about W.W., is that you don't have to go to the meetings if you don't want to. ;) But they are very encouraging and motivating. They also offer great tips and advice. Sometimes, they can be cheesy, but then again, sometimes I can be cheesy ;) I tried the etools, liked 'em, as long as I was still weighing in at the meetings. Otherwise, when I tried it online alone, it didn't work as well for me, I need a PERSON to help motivate
JennaV JennaV 10 years
WW is a great program and really works if you are ready to be committed. I HATE the meetings though....I don't mind sitting back and listening but I don't like when we have to break into groups and do stupid little projects :oy: I may try the eTools.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I have friends who are members.
miss-matilda miss-matilda 10 years
I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. When I joined I was only 8 pounds away from making Lifetime but I couldn't lose an ounce to save my life. I actually could stand to lose about 25 but only needed to lose 8 to make lifetime. I too lose quickly at first then you do level off to 1-2 a week is the average and sometimes its only .5 a week. But it is an AWESOME program. I can eat whatever I want when ever I want. But its all about portions. I just count the points!!! I highly would recommend it for any one who wants to lose 2 to 200 lbs!!!!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
justjaime, you are amazing with this info. and thanks fit, I guess you saw my blog post in your suite. all this info is great!
justjaime27 justjaime27 10 years
I forgot to mention one thing. With Weight Watchers, since you are slowly losing the weight, & are learning a healthier lifestyle, you are less likely to gain the weight back. I kept the weight off for 3 years!!! I'm actually thinking of going back to Weight Watchers though, I want to lose maybe 10 more pounds. Because it's time to show those skinny little 21 year old's how sexy 27 can be, and who's REALLY in charge of that dance (I know, I'm such a dork
justjaime27 justjaime27 10 years
I absolutely LOVE Weight Watchers! It's the only diet I'll ever do, because it's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle. And it's great and so easy to stick to once you get the swing of it, because you can eat ANYTHING you'd like, it's just about eating in moderation. I started Weight Watchers after I got married. I'm going to be honest. I'm 5'7", and after my wedding, I started to gain weight. I was up to 168lbs. Luckily for me, I'm tall, so it spread out more evenly throughout my body, but still, none of my clothes fit anymore, and I was getting depressed over the weight gain. I joined Weight Watchers, after a friend told me about it. Without excersizing, I lost 25 pounds, within 6-12 months. I was SO HAPPY!!! If I HAD excersized, I would have lost even more, but my excuse was that I was too tired after my work day, excuses...excuses. Whatever, I still lost 25lbs!!! :) The first 3 weeks of my starting the program was great. I would lose between 2-4 lbs every week. Then, after my body started to adjust to the program, I averaged losing about 1-2lbs a week. Still not bad. Some weeks I'd only lose 1/2 a pound, others I wouldn't lost any. Some weeks I'd even gain a pound. But I stuck to it. Let's face it, we're all going to have that "hard week" where it just didn't happen, but no reason to be disappointed, just more reason to try harder next time! I found it most helpful going to the meetings to weigh in each week. Sometimes I'd attend the meetings, which were usually great but sometimes were really cheesy. But going into the Weight Watchers meeting place to WEIGH IN was the BEST thing I did for myself to stay motivated. Sure, I could weigh in at home for free, but then I didn't have to "answer to the weigh-in lady" if I didn't lose that week. Not that she'd ever make me feel bad, but I much preferred getting praised for my weight loss, like kids getting praised for good grades on a report card. So I weighed in each week. And she'd mark on my little notecard chart thing how much I lost. It was great to look at, to see just how much I'd lost so far. My other advice is to MAKE SURE you keep track of what you're eating each day!!! That way, you can better keep track on staying within your points. The booklets they give you are really helpful for figuring out points at fast food places, restaurants, and even for grocery shopping. Plus they give you a little tool to use to figure out the point value of each food. SO easy! Forget all that stuff at home? It's ok! Just round up to what you think it is, and if you're not sure, well you can either choose something you KNOW is healthier or, use your "FLEX POINTS"! The points work like this. Depending on your weight, you get so many points per day. For example, if you weigh between 150-174lbs, you get 22 points each day to use. The more you weigh, the more points you get to use daily. On top of that, you'll begin each week with 35 "FLEX POINTS". You can use the Flex Points however you please...don't use them at all, use some, divide them evenly over the week, or spend them all on a weekend splurge! Once the week is gone, they're gone. It's kind of as if "Flex Points" are there for you so that when you "cheat", you aren't really cheating. Because you can just dip into your Flex Points if need be! :) You can also earn "ACTIVITY POINTS" by excersizing. Say you only have 22 points for that day. And you use 15, so by dinner time you only have 7 points left to use. And the meal you have planned will cost you 9 points. No big deal! Just excersize before or after your meal, according to their guide, and you can earn your daily points back by getting Activity Points! For example, if you walk briskly for 30 minutes, and you weigh 168lbs, you earn TWO POINTS back! The Activity Points are based on the intensity of the excersize, how many minutes you did it for, and your body weight. The little tool chart then figures out how many points you earned back. Or, even if you DO stay within your daily points, the activity points you earn but don't spend only help you MORE because it'll help you lose weight even faster by excersizing along with eating healthy. Win/Win! :) Here's a few other tips and pointers, from my experience. These are things I did for myself to ensure success. 1. After grocery shopping, take the food & measure it all into individual serving sizes. Then put them in a ziploc bag, label the bag with a sticker that says the point value of that serving. When you go to eat next time, you'll automatically know the points value you're about to eat! Easier to keep track and not over-eat that way. 2. The office brought in coffee cake, your favorite, and you REALLY want some. So have some! But instead of taking a whole piece, cut a tiny little bite off, eat that to ease your sweet tooth, and sit back at your desk knowing how much you ROCK for satisfying your sweet tooth AND losing weight at the same time! One bite can only be maybe 1-2 points, but a whole piece could have cost you a whole lot more. So good job! 3. Dips, butter, spreads, cheese. Love them. Eat them. Only, do it better! Instead of pouring that entire ounce of ranch dressing all over your salad, order your dressing on the side, dip your fork into the dressing, and then eat your salad, do that with each bite. Same taste, only less fat! 4. Reward yourself. For each week you lose a pound, treat yourself to a pedicure or manicure or something small. For every FIVE pounds you lose, treat yourself that cute top you saw on sale the other day! For every TEN pounds you lose, buy yourself a HOT new pair of jeans. Why? Because NOW you can fit into them! Keep rewarding yourself. It helps you stay motivated and happy, and well, because you DESERVE it!!! Did you FINALLY reach your "goal weight"? Take a weekend trip to celebrate! 5. Stick to it. Even if you gain a pound one week, or even 2 weeks in a row, just MOTIVATE and try harder the next week. Everybody falls down. You just have to get right back up, because you WILL lost the weight. Also, if it seems like you've "plateaud" and are maintaining your weight but not losing, it's normal. You might maintain for a few weeks, or even a few months. Maybe think about excersizing, that will help you. Phew! That was long! But I just really wanted you all to see how great Weight Watchers is. It's worked not only for me, but for so many of my friends and family members too. So go check out a meeting. See if it's right for you. I wish you all the best of luck! If anyone needs help, or has questions, please feel free to message me, I'd be happy to help! Now, if somebody could help ME quit smoking, well, that's my next Happy Holidays! ~Jaime :)
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