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I've never been on WW, but my mom started it about a month or so ago and has already lost 5% of her body weight. She seems to like it. WW is better than some, if not most, weight loss plans out there, but I'm still not a fan. For one, I don't like that some foods have zero points. I think it's good that it encourages members to eat more fruits and vegetables, but for them to not assign points to them is bizarre to me. My mom eats SO MUCH FRUIT because it's zero points. Two, you're not really aware of whether or not your diet is balanced. I think a balanced diet is important for long term success. Also, calorie dense foods that are generally good for you, like avocados, nuts, seeds, etc., I feel like members shy away from these kinds of foods because they have so many points. Three, the activity points - I feel like a lot of people think "oh I can have this food for 4 points then go exercise and get 4 activity points so it's like I never ate it" - at least this is how my mom thinks. Four, the weight watchers frozen meals, ice cream, snack cakes, etc. are so incredibly processed (AND SO EXPENSIVE). Five, Jessica Simpson is a spokesperson and I just don't like her. (Kidding. Kind of.)
The meetings are good, motivating and helpful, and they do encourage portion control and moderation but I don't know...after counting calories for so long, I look at a food that has 2 "points" and I'm like, "what does that even mean?" It's just silly to me.
I really think counting calories is much better for long term success. Plus, Spark People is free.
Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 4/8/2013 (19:29)
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4/8/13 6:50 P
I successfully lost over 35 pounds on WW and I am now a lifetime member, so I am a very strong proponent of their program. HOWEVER, it is absolutely true that the method of tracking points DOES NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE and that's ok! Find whatever works for you and stick with it and keep in mind that ultimately, the best way to lose weight and stay healthy is to consume whole foods (most of the time!), especially green leafy veggies, berries, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. That's just my humble opinion though!!
Edited by: KESTES200 at: 4/8/2013 (18:50)
4/8/13 12:39 P
I was going to post pretty much the same thing as ALGEBRAGIRL. A big part of WW is portion control. I weigh and measure everything. Fresh fruits/veggies are "free" to encourage you to eat more of those. If I fill up on those, I usually don't even use all of my daily points. If you do it right, you will lose weight.
I have been doing both WW and SP at the same time. I am usually below my calorie goal on SP, but I am never going hungry.
I was off and on WW for 12 years. I did great on the old points system. They changed it to Point Plus and I gained 30 pounds on it. Free fruit, my butt. I am sticking to counting calories and trying to watch what I put in my mouth.
4/8/13 11:40 A
Calories are not invisible in WW. WW goes out of its way to say you eat fewer calories to lose weight, and you also move more (in addition to the diet).
Count your calories and then figure the points plus for the foods. It works out to be the same diet. The thing about WW is that it gives you free foods (vegetables and fruits) and so encourages you to eat more of those. You're eating more 'expensive,' calorically-speaking, foods when you eat fatty foods or food packed with added calories (easy to do when sugar is added). And when you eat those foods, they go in your 'tally' of points plus. So, they had better be worth it!
Some people find that their weakness is for desserts, or mayo, or prepared food (don't want to prepare a meal because they are strapped for time, or tired from working). If WW offers a less-caloric version of these, all the more power to them. It's not as if this is a recommended menu. In fact, WW meetings usually have WW cookbooks stacked somewhere in the room, for sale, and passed around during meetings, that have recipes that are reduced-calorie. For: let's see - comfort foods, fast foods, simple foods, low-fat foods, etc.,etc.! But you have to prepare them.
I've found recipes that I would make because they taste good, not just because they were in the WW cookbook. The recipes are online at the website, too. BTW, the old 'points' method works fine for me when I see it mentioned in some blog recipe. It's a few points less than what the current points plus value would be, but I think that's because the spoken and unspoken message is: heap your plate with vegetables and fruits.
A diet is a diet. Is a diet. Can't get around it. If it were easy for people to eat fewer calories, they would. If it were easier for people to eat fewer calories, there wouldn't be so many people with 'weight problems.' If walking around the block a few times made the pounds melt off, and that was enough, there wouldn't be such a pervasive obesity problem in this country. Dieting is hard. WW doesn't change the message of any of this, they just give a plan, offer support, and help you chart your progress. Not unlike Spark People.
WW was the perfect thing for me for the beginning of my WLJ. I really took to the pts counting and was very successfull with losing the first 80 lbs. The issue for me was that I got on a long plateau and came to realize that at my highly active level of fitness, I was not consuming enough calories and not even 1/3 of the amount of fat and protein I needed. That's when I switched to sparkpeople. I had also become disenchanted with them when I realized that the pts were taking me down below 1200 cals a day and would only have me at 1300 on maintenance.
I think that WW has its good points and is very helpful for those who really need help. I've moved on, though, and am far healthier keeping track of all of the nutrients on sp.
Edited by: KARA623 at: 4/8/2013 (11:19)
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4/8/13 11:09 A
The last time I did Weight Watchers (at work) I gained 10 pounds !!!
I just don't think all the processed/low cal foods work for me.
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9,707 4/8/13 10:59 A
I can't stand WW. Not that it doesn't work for some people, but I don't like the idea that some calories are invisible, and that I need someone else to do the math for me.
Counting calories is very scientific, and I like that. For all I'm an artist, I like numbers, and the numbers on the calorie chart soothe me. ;) Maybe I'm odd.
My mom did WW, and never stuck with it the way she does just eating healthy. I think I prefer to learn what I am eating this way, the SP way. I'm sure WW is great, I have a friend on it and it has helped her lose 50+ pounds. I'm just trying to eat RIGHT. I don't want a fix, I want to fix why I overeat, and I want to make healthy choices. I can't do that any way other than confronting it.
I have been on and off WW for years. I don't like the new plans-- such as free fruit. I don't really like points either. I remember a time when they counted exchanges and that still worked better for me. Now I just count nutrients.
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