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Thread: Anyone go to Weight Watchers?

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    Senior Member BARES's Avatar
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    What do you like most about it and what do you like least? What are your general thoughts? Is the "points" system hard to follow?

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    Iam going to follow this board. I have been thinking about joining too.

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    Junior Member vanessa's Avatar
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    I am not a member of Weight Watchers right now, but am thinking about joining.

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    My mother was on weight watchers. She started in 2005 and was trying to meet her goal weight by my brother's wedding in August 2006. She met it and loved it. She worked out at a gym before work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She said the point system wasn't that hard to follow. When she went to a restaurant, she would split her meal in half, so she could take half home for lunch the next day. Sometimes, she would go ahead and get the to-go box, to put it in, so it wouldn't be in front of her. And wouldn't be tempting to keep eating. Once she met her goal weight, she did not go to the weight watchers meetings as often because she said that the stories and lessons were getting old. She said the "leaders" would repeat themselves after a while, and there got to be where there was nothing new to be said. I hope this helps!

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    I enjoyed going to WW, I lost the weight while I was going, after I stopped I started to climb again. If you record all that you put in your mouth, it will work for you. Just make sure you write it down and stay within your allowed points.........Michele Thinking on joining again for the support

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    The program absolutely works if you stick to it. What I like about it is that all the foods you need are right there in your grocery store. Doing it with a friend is very helpful because you can compare notes and share recipes. What I don't like about it is that it doesn't have enough chocolate for my liking! :thumbup: :lol: All kidding aside, if losing weight is what you want to do, this is a wonderful program that does work if you stick to it.

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    i was on it 3 years ago and lost 25 lbs. You eat everyday food and it makes you aware of what you are eating. Example you can have a 2 small pieces of candy or an apple, which will fill you up more? I was discouraged at first because i felt like i was hungry all the time and the first 2 weeks my weight wasnt coming off then all of a sudden it was 1lb, then 3 lbs and each week after i was steadily losing. During the holidays this year i got off track because i LOVE baking and had too many sweets, but i am now watching what i am eating again and hope to lose the 5 lbs i put on. Stick with it and be accountable for what you eat and it will work.

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    I didn`t go to meetings but I did join WW online, and use the online tools for tracking food etc. It`s a great program for teaching you about portion sizes and making better choices. What I didn`t like was the cost. There are many free websites that provide basically the same service. I am currently using www.sparkpeople.com to track my food and weight and I like it better than WW.

    I didn`t like the idea of having to go to meetings and be weighed in so this works for me. It`s much easier to be accountable for what goes in your mouth when you`re keeping track of it.

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    I started going last week. I don't have any comparison between the new system & the old one. However, I do like the new points because a lot of the fruits & veggies are zero points which encourages you to eat more of that.

    You do get extra "bonus" points for splurging, but I haven't really used any of them.

    The only bad part I'm having at the moment is figuring out points for some stuff. As soon as I learn that, it won't be hard.

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    I love the program!
    Just a little background on me- I have lost 95lbs in the last 4 years. I lost 37lbs of that with WW since the end of March 2010. I am currently 6 lbs from my goal weight.
    I really hate a regimented exercise program, so I don't do one. I do things to incorporate exercise into my day such as walking the dogs, taking a walk, and parking farther away from the store.
    We just switched over to the new pointsplus program which I think is even better than the previous.
    Now- What I love about WW- I can eat whatever I want because it all fits into the program. The points system is easy! You make the choice about how you want to use your points.
    There is nothing I don't like about it, except maybe tracking all your food intake. But, it keeps you honest with yourself and when I do track I consistently lose weight each week.
    You get a set number of points for each day to use on food, you also get a weekly points allowance and you can earn activity points that you can use that day or save for later in the week.
    What really makes my WW group so special is our leader Pat, she is kind, compassionate and just hilarious!
    I urge anyone that is thinking about joining to go check out a local meeting. You can go sit in on a meeting or try several meetings with different leaders. WW also has the program online so if you don't like meetings you don't need to attend.
    Check it out! What do you have to lose except some unwanted lbs?

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    I use their online program. I've lost 12 lb since December. You have to be willing to weigh, measure, and track your food intake for it to work.

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    Thanks. Sounds like the biggest problem is the tracking and weighing/measuring. However this would make it better to know exactly what you are eating. I didn't get fat by measuring what I eat. It would make you aware and not just eating because it is handy. Sounds like what I need at least to start with. It is so hard to do alone and the support system would hopefully make it easier. Also having some great recipes for me since I cook for hubby and he is very meat and potatoes. Maybe I can get him to eat better too. Well one can hope.

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    I was on WW. Had to quit because it was just too expensive once DH lost his job and it was just me working. The points system is really easy to follow. I'm thinking I'm going to start doing the program on my own since I still have all the books and stuff.

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    I lost 17 several years ago and whenever it creeps back up--I follow points carefully and it comes right off. If it doesn't--I'm cheating. :wink:

    My d-i-l has lost over 40 now--and feels wonderful! It's a life changing program--one that's easy to stick with forever. She's changed everything about how she thinks of food--how she shops--everything. And it shows.

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    I found all the WW cookbooks with points at the library and knew I couldn't go over 25 points a day. No brainer. Lots of great WW recipes all over the place online.

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    I joined WW the first of this year. The first week was the hardest cause you are learning the program adn figuring out what you can eat etc. Im 3 weeks into it and have lost 6lbs. My husband is following it with me. at first I had a hard time eating only 29 points and now I have a hard time eating up to 29 points. I bought a scale at Walmart and they are pretty cheap. I also bought a WW calculator which you will need.
    Im not a meeting person. I kinda hate them. but the meetings are short and informative. I havent gone yet this week as work has been really busy for me.
    I would say give it a try! it cant hurt and anything will help. Its so hard to do it on your own. Good Luck!

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    That should be food scale at walmart. you can get one for about 10 bucks.

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    Was thinking of joining in my small town W.W. but just cant bare to dish out $40. each mo. Currently following the New Atkins diet.Pounds coming off and not hungry.........

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    I've been on WW for about 14 weeks now and I'm not as enamored of the new points system as I was of the old. It seems like you must you use e-tools or the special new calculator (which you must purchase) to calculate points. But I have to say it DOES work. I'm just shy of a 20 lb weight loss. Tracking points is a pain in the butt, but I have to say the most useful thing was learning WHY I eat. It really makes you examine if you're eating out of boredom or emotional eating etc.

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    I have been on every one of their programs since the days of mandatory liver several times a week - The new Points Plus is the best especially if you are not a careful tracker - I have lost without thinking about it a lot this time. Fresh fruits and veggies are free which makes it easier to go out to functions.

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    I have been on every one of their programs since the days of mandatory liver several times a week - The new Points Plus is the best especially if you are not a careful tracker - I have lost without thinking about it a lot this time. Fresh fruits and veggies are free which makes it easier to go out to functions.

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    I've been a member for 8 years this past Thanksgiving. I think it's a great way to learn and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    I started at 250, my goal is 160. I'm currently at 175. I don't follow the program most days, or I'd be at my goal a long time ago; but, I've maintained this weight give or take 5 lbs for the last 5 years.. with the way I like to eat , I'd say it's a success. I guess one day it'll become important enough for me to lose the other 15 , and I'll knuckle down. It's mostly the things you learn about healthy eating, and the support of the other people in the meetings... You know there's more than one person the feels the EXACT way you do ; you don't have to explain why you ,( I) feel compelled to eat every last Oreo in one sitting, they know.

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    I am a weight watcher and have been on the program since Oct 2009, I have lost 50 pounds and love it, the new pointsplus value is easy to follow and most fruits and veggies are free , I am working on becoming lifetime now so I don't have to pay anymore.. LOL

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    I am a Lifetime Member for over a year but, I must admitt I DO NOT like the new Points Plus program.
    I continue to follow the momentum program. I have all the tools to follow and will not buy more updated ones again just because they changed their plan (marketing).
    I also sub to WW site to do my tracking. They have a message board but the gals there can be very cruel and snarky I dont go there anymore.

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    I recently re-joined. I found the new program easier to follow, since it forces me to think about what I am eating. I now eat more fruits and veggies as these are free. At night I will now have a banana instead of a popsicle. At least it is healthier. I have lost 9.8 lbs in two weeks and hope to continue. I don't enjoy going to the meetings, but I need to check in with someone until I get it down pat. I will then try it on my own. If you have a "smartphone" there is a free app that is the points calculator. Love the app. I can check points on items before buying them.

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