I understand what you mean by accountability. I do weight watchers and track my food on spark people. I want to make sure I'm getting a healthy balance of nutrition, not too much salt, etc. and spark people gives me a bigger picture.
However, weight watchers gives me that one day I week where I have to face the choices I have made. It makes a difference for me and I like the real life camaraderie of the other people at the meetings.
I do track my food on weight watchers but not as diligently.
I love love love my WW group. I have thought about quitting several times just to save money, but I cannot bring myself to do it. I finally just told my DH..."really, where else will I be able to get 'therapy' up to 7 days a week for only $42 a month?"
Think of it aht away, you actually come out ahead in the end. LOL.
Honestly though, the interaction of the other members and the leaders that have also walked in your shoes make it so helpful.
I do both. The WW meetings keep me focused on my goal - no distractions or wandering off and taking a break from the diet when I know I have weigh-in and a meeting coming up! Maybe that's the 'accountability' you mentioned. In the end, you're only accountable to yourself but the weigh-in is definitely a 'moment of truth.' Those scales are frequently calibrated and checked and the results recorded (online in personal e-tools, and in your booklet). If anything, there are times I dread weigh-in because I feel like it's going to be bad news, only to find that I've stayed the same or lost. Other times, I'm shocked that my weight actually went up a pound when I've been so 'good'! This only points out to me that 1) weight fluctuations are not serious and 2) as long as my weight loss graph shows a downward trend, I'm OK.
The results are private, too. When weight loss results become public, it's because members bring them up themselves at the meeting. Or weight gain!
Hearing and SEEING the progress of other members is motivational, along with the talk from the WW leader. If you don't like one meeting or leader, you can always try another (it's all included in the membership). Some people go to several meetings a week to get through a rough patch, even though the topic for the week's meeting may be the same.
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I did WW on-line. I am not that fond of meetings. I feel more motivated here. I love the Spark Coach. But you have to find what works for you.
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What I have always loved about Weight Watchers is the face to face interaction.
I think it really helps when you can talk with people face to face. Don't get me wrong, I adore this site and all of my friends on here, but I wish we could meet face to face
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Then you should go for it since you will get the benefit of the in-person interaction. It's a good plan. They have a support board to help you with the points and figuring stuff out since their system is based on a formula.
I guess the accountability wasn't the best word to use... What I meant by it was the interaction with others to keep me going I guess... I do better that way than I do on myself.
But, thank you.
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Weight Watchers works and so does counting calories. However, you said something that I think will be important no matter what you choose to do. You mentioned accountability and switching to Weight Watchers won't make you accountable. Only you can make you accountable. So consider first what will make you accountable with the WW plan versus what you already have been doing.
For some people, it's the in-person interaction that helps, so that may help you. Whatever you do, if weight loss is what you are looking for, don't give up.
I am looking into starting Weight Watcher on top of using Sparkpeople.. I have been doing Sparkpeople for awhile but don't feel like the results have been that good because I haven't been that accountable for it.
My work cover's 75% of the cost of the program and I am looking for something to help me get a grip of my weight because I just can't deal with it on my own anymore. And I was just wondering what (if any) were others people experiences with WW...
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