I have also lost more and maintained better using WW for tracking, WATERDIAMONDS! I love SP for the support and wonderful information. I only go to my live WW meetings once a month to weigh in for my LT membership, although I do love the support I receive from the members/leaders at the meetings.
Glad you have settled on a lower goal for weight loss /week. I think you will be happier with that.
Thanks for all the advice. I have decided to change my goal to 2 pounds per week so that i dont get disappointed. Im also setting another goal to work out at least 4 days a week. So far so good. I think tracking the calories is much easier than points too.
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Counting points does not work for me.
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I tried WW and SP about 2 years ago and failed at both. Trying to keep up with points and cals was too much and I didn't do either well. I came back to SP because I was sick of spending money and failing. Focusing on one program certainly helped. I am also satisfied with the "virtual" support instead of counseling sessions of a WW meeting.
There really is no one size fits all, right, or wrong answer. I would only caution you to reconsider 3 lbs a week a goal. Your first week, you may lose 6 lbs of water and then nothing for 2 more weeks. Try to find non-scale victories (NSV) to keep you motivated. That scale is a tricky little devil!
10/25/12 8:13 P
Seems I'm the only one leaning more toward WW than SP, but I've lost and kept off much more weight with WW than with SP. WW meetings are my greatest source of strength and motivation, and I find tracking both food and exercise far easier with WW. I'm especially excited abut the new body trackers at WW--can't wait to see my numbers on that!
I like SP for the friends I've made here and for the motivational blogs and message boards. For everything else, WW helps more.
But since we're all different, that's okay, right?
As far as the 3 lbs--I agree with most of the posts that you may be setting yourself up for disappointment reaching for such a large number. But only you can make the decision, so do what you think is right for you.
A change is as good as a rest, so switching is fine. However, you need to set realistic goals....if you are a big person then you may lose 3lb a week to start...you may not...but best to set the limit at 2...and that's if you have a lot to lose. Set realistic goals and then any extra is a bonus!
In my opinion, expecting a 3 pound loss every week is a prescription for disappointment. We all lose differently, and individually your weight can fluctuate DAILY up to 5 pounds because of water, exercise, etc. I would suggest instead of a weekly scale goal, it would be healthier to have a weekly "streak" goal. You can't control what the scale says, but you CAN control the choices you make. Pick something you want to try to do every day to improve your health, and when you string together enough healthy habits, the scale will follow.
I have also done WW, and I much prefer Sparkpeople. First, it's free. Second, I find the tools and support more comprehensive. But WW has worked for many many people. You have to pick what works best for you.
10/25/12 5:00 P
I think three pounds a week is unrealistic. I lose weight MUCH more slowly than that. But everyone is different. There will be some weeks where you don't lose anything, other weeks where you gain. I aim to look at the trend 1 month at a time because of this.
10/25/12 10:42 A
Yes absolutely, I was a member of Weight Watchers for years, even went so far as to get my Lifetime status, but that program for me is all consuming and I quickly put the weight back on. Once I decided that I needed a lifestyle change SP helped me learn about what I could eat when I didn't have the time to sit and think. I have this as an app on my phone and tablet, so i can always log what I'm eating and the best part - it's free!! This is definately the best plan for me!
As far as weight loss goes - my opinion is as long as its a loss, it's all good - the first week I started with my new eating plan, I lost 8lbs, then it averaged between 2 - 3+ lbs for the next few weeks, but I had a lot to lose, however now that I've passed the 50lb mark, that has slowed down and I'm averaging between 1-2 lbs a week. Don't put pressure on yourself to lose a certain amount, strive to eat healthy and move more and the weight will follow!
Yes I have switched. Even though I use some WW etools I prefer to track here. I like tracking my nutrients and it has been a big learning experience. WW's theory seems to be that they know the science so we don't need to. knowledge is power.
Yes and yes too. I have done WW and switched to SP. I had success on both programs - of course my greatest success was when I did it on my own - living alone so I had full control of food in the house, how it was cooked, and when and how much I bought and also ate. I live with my son and he finds SP helpful to calculate calories and help make nutrition decisions. He does the cooking and a lot of the shopping - so while I am doing okay, I am not nearly as successful as I was on my own.
The recommended average weight loss is between .5 and 2 pounds per week. Some weeks you may very possibly lose 3 or even 5 pounds, but to expect that is definitely setting yourself up for disappointment. At WW I averaged 5 pounds per week for 6 months and then the gaining back started and all the weight I lost returned in about 4 months. When I lost MUCH more slowly (about 1 pound per week) it took about 5 years to gain the weight back and I did NOT gain it ALL back even then.
10/24/12 3:52 P
Yes, and yes.
I was a member of WW online, and didn't want to spend the funds, and found the points counting to be less accurate than calories, fats, carbs, protein, etc. Not only that - WW also counts those things, but converts them to points, anyway.
While I don't really know how much you have to lose, I'd say setting yourself up for disappointment by setting a goal of three pounds per week is asking for trouble. Set a goal to be healthy, and 1-2 pounds per week loss. There are weeks it will be more; others will be less. don't let that defeat you, as you're striving for health and wellness, first; weight less second.
Has anyone switched on from weight watchers? I lost some weight and then counting the points for everything just became so much of a hassle. I think I enjoy counting calories much more. I was wondering if anyone has had success on thsi program after switching from weight watchers. Also do you think 3 pounds per week is to much? Thats my goal currently.
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