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MELANIEGRAF
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6/26/14 7:32 A

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Tried it years ago, didn't like the meetings.



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6/18/14 11:04 A

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I currently do WW and am a meetings memeber. I did really great and then last year some things happened and I didn't follow the plan like I should have and gained some back. I have to say it is THE BEST plan I have ever done and I feel like it's a realistic plan and it really can (and should be) a lifestyle rather than a diet. The support and ideas you get going to meetings is priceless to me, I would recommend it to anyone!



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6/10/14 12:48 A

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My sister did, she did great until she went off of it!!!! It does take alot of will power on any diet. She looked great but no will power.



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I used WW briefly and lost about 10lbs, I really enjoyed the program but I just can't afford to do it.



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Me, too.. Can't afford the cost of WW program right now and did "OK" on the original plan from years ago, the past 2 yrs. Need to refocus however and try to stick closer to the point limitations.

Real success, is measured by all the effort put forth for the past year/months, to try to reach our goal. Making it to our goal, is just a random number we chose when we started this venture.. How we got there, all which we did, & continue to strive for,is truly, the "Success."


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4/25/14 9:33 A

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Hi,

I have been doing the old POINTS program, before the flex and points plus. A friend gave me the points guide. It took a longgggg time to get down the weight, but it did come off, and it was my first time trying. I did well to drop 54 lbs in a year (slow for sure) and gained 9 lbs back now, which is the 2nd year, however overall, I'm OK with that as in the winter, we eat more and move less. I have thought about going to meetings and updating the program from what I'm doing, however I am not working and their meetings are very expensive. Friends have gone and quit, feeling they didnt' get too much out of it and have done it on their own. However, I had a friend monitoring me and when she stopped after i was going along ok, it seems thats when I put some of teh 9 lbs on, of course I'm italian and although I watch what I eat, I'm hooked on "goodies," more than I should. Would like to work with others here on trying to get us back on track to some extent.

Real success, is measured by all the effort put forth for the past year/months, to try to reach our goal. Making it to our goal, is just a random number we chose when we started this venture.. How we got there, all which we did, & continue to strive for,is truly, the "Success."


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MANDIETERRIER1
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2/3/14 10:44 P

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I'm using Weight Watchers and it I find it is easier than Spark People. It's also working better than Spark People. I do it completely online.

I have lost 10 lbs in four weeks. With Spark I would lose 1 pound, in four weeks and that is being generous.

I don't like the message boards. I like SP for message boards.

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Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

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1/19/14 6:44 P

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I'm currently doing Weight Watchers now and have had more success with it than any thing else. I've managed to lose 15 pounds in three weeks.

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I was on it back in 99-2000 and lost 100 lbs. I believe it was when they introduced the points system. I loved it, it really helped me. I gained it all back unfortunately. I think it was called "Winning Points" I did it a few years later, before it was called Points Plus and had success with it again. It really is a great program. I keep thinking about joining again, but cost is a factor.



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YASHLE
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1/12/14 8:34 P

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I have done Weight Watchers before, and it was great. I lost 20 lbs on WW back in 2008, but over the years I've gained some weight back. I'm just using SparkPeople this time because I have new motivations and a good support network, so I don't feel I need WW right now. I think it's great for those who are looking for people to support them in choosing a healthier lifestyle.

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1/12/14 5:40 P

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I do WW and for me I have to attend the meetings. You get great idea, motivation and support. I have the active link Brittany is speaking of it MAKES me aware of whether I am moving or a couch potato. If I haven't met my goal I get up and move. I am an active member but didn't go for 3 months. I gained 12 pounds. However, over the years I have kept off 57 lbs.
According to my doctor its the best diet out there. I also saw that on Good Morning America this past week.



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if you log on to http://www.dwlz.com she has all that information listed on her message boards in the ww old programs. hope that helps.



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8/27/13 4:35 P

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Hi, I am an old WW member and I lost my weight back when we banked points - the program prior to the Flex Points plan. I would like to go back to using the Momentum plan but I have forgotten how to figure my daily target points. Does anyone have that formula?

Thanks a bunch.

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8/19/13 10:12 A

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Watch the sodium in watch watchers..



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8/18/13 1:28 A

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I would be glad to help you with that! I am also starting to do the old WW plan I was on several years ago and could use a buddy too to help me stay on track. We could help each other, if you still need someone?



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AMBERMICHELE77
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5/24/13 2:32 A

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Yes and it helped me lose 83 pounds. Once I quit, I gained 30 back.



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BRITTANYS-FSAP
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3/13/13 7:29 P

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I doing instanity after work and walking during my 15 minute breaks at work.

In regards to eating, I try to eat almost all of my lunches and dinners on top of luttuce or another cruciferous veggie (cabbage, spinach, kale, etc). It makes my portion bigger without adding any points and I don't have to use salad dressing which saves on points also. You just mix the lettuce with the main dish and the lettuce takes on the delicoius flavors!

Good work joining WW!



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3/13/13 1:11 A

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I just signed up almost a week ago. I have been counting my points but feel like I am gaining already. I am on a tight budget. Any recommendations on foods that are cheap. Do you have to workout in order for this program to work. Stupid question...I know...but, thought I'd ask.

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BRITTANYS-FSAP
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3/9/13 12:50 A

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WW is awesome. People at meetings motivate you. You make friends. You can ask questions and learn from other people's questions. The point counting system is very healthy and easy to do. WW items are everywhere--even at certain restaurants. Each week they teach you a new skill for life. It is like AA, but for people that need help with their food issues. You laugh, learn, and struggle together. They also give you rewards and celebrate your success. Oh! And you can earn more points when you excersize. And they have this thing called an Active Link that you wear and it tracks all your movements and converts them into points! I could go on and on. You should totally join.



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I recently joined WW again in January and am currently down 14 lbs. I did WW about 8 years ago and lost 45 lbs. but then went back to the old way of eating and gained it all back. I've tried doing it on my own and using the Sparks board but wasn't successful until I rejoined. I'm loving it! I do both the online and meeting to weigh in. It costs a little more BUT once I reach goal, I'll only have to weigh in once a month at a meeting and have free online WW tools! I highly recommend WW.



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I've never done WW, but my friend did and had some success with it. I strongly considered joining a WW, as I feel it has more credibility and camaraderie than your popular diet programs... but there just weren't any meetings conveniently located to me, as I take public transit.
I think if you're going to pay for anything to lose weight, above the cost of a gym and healthy groceries, WW is the best way to go. It's a tried and true method, it makes sense, and it holds you accountable.



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I am not a member of WW, but I purchase smart ones, which are based off of WW. These taste great and will take the weight off.



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I am also one that loves ww. I hadn't joined for a long time b/c I was afraid to "commit" to it. It is so much easier than I ever would have imagined! Everything is so black and white, but at the same time you still have flexibility to eat the foods that you love. I've been doing it since October and I've lost 20 pounds so far. I love SP, but I didn't have accountability to stick with it like I do with WW. So, I am also one of the people that takes advantage of the great resources of SP while still tracking and attending meetings through WW. It's great to have the best of both worlds. :) Like someone else mentioned, you will not be successful with ANY life change plan (don't say the ugly word diet) if you aren't willing to give it 100%.

I started a new ww team. Any of you already on the program might want to check it out. It is called Weight Watchers & Sparkpeople = Perfect Team.

-Kim

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SABSCZ
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2/24/13 11:37 P

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Whenever I get "out of control", I join Weight Watchers. The meetings and the idea of being on a program help motivate me to take more responsibility for my eating habbits. Some people talk about how meeting with others once a week to weigh in provides them with a sense of accountability in eating right and staying active. This is true, but what really helps me is the support I feel in meeting with people who like me struggle with their food choices, want to be healthy and are actively seeking a healthy lifestyle. It can be hard to go it alone. Being a member weight watchers as well as sparkpeople makes me feel like I am actively taking control of my eating habbits. They both provide safe places to talk about something that can be a very sensitive issue. I feel comforted by having a network of people to celebrate victories with as well as recover from setbacks. Weight Watchers is not a quick fix, but a lifestyle change. The plan is easy to stick to and becomes second nature after awhile. I look up all my points online.



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Just had an idea. Are any of you interested in setting a weekly weigh in day, so that we can check in with each other--share our progress, and maybe new ideas that worked, or not, during that week? We seem to be a small enough group that I'm thinking it might just work! I know that I need to be accountable to someone and you guys seem to be the perfect people! I'm very flexible as to the day of the week, although I find that weighing in on Monday a.m. keeps me a little more aware over the weekend! Any ideas?



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It's been a couple of weeks since I posted on here, but I'm down 5#'s! I think that the basics that I learned in the original WW points system has really given me good guidelines as to what kind of foods are great "fillers" and also portion sizes. I'm glad to see so many of you that have been on WW know that what you learned and motivation to lose again are great starting points. I still feel that I need support from others, and cheering others on is one of those "feel good" things to do too--kind of like volunteering. It's a "win-win" situation. So, thanks to you all who have replied and Keep up the Good Work! I still need to learn more about using the SP pages tho. I just need to take the time to do it.



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1/29/13 7:30 A

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I'm doing WW online, and I'm actually having more success with the propoints system than I did on SP (but I love the SP community, so I'm doing both!). It all depends on you, though. For me, I hated tracking all the nutrients when I already know roughly how much protein/carbs/fat/fiber to get and how to get it. For others it's a necessary thing to have on the tracker, and WW doesn't provide that.

I don't do meetings, but I'm contemplating going to a few after hte wedding to keep up the weight loss.



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1/20/13 10:59 P

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Did ww for about 3 months, only lost 7 pounds emoticon
My third attempt at sp. The hard part for me is logging calories. Im so busy sometimes and forget to open app. I have about 40lbs to lose. Wish me luck emoticon



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I'm an on and off repeat WWer. I started about 3 years ago right before I met my fiancé, and lost about 25 lbs in 3 months. After we started dating I stopped paying attention and gained it all back. While I like the program - I haven't had as much success since they changed the plan around. Part of it, I'm sure, is due to my level of dedication. I'm liking SP so far .... the change of pace and what I track has been a lot better for me so far. I also didn't like spending the money for it anymore - especially when I wasn't 100% dedicated!



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I went to Weight Watchers about 11 years ago and was successful in losing 45 lbs. in about 18 months. Well I have gained back those 45 lbs. and was thinking about going back, but I really don't want to spend the money when I know what I should be doing to lose weight (smaller portions!) and have decided to give Spark People a try. This seems like such a great community and if I really put my mind to it, hopefully I can take off this extra weight!



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JOANANITA
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Yes, I was on the old WW also and was very successful. I have heard numerous complaints about the new points plus, so I will be using my old books and doing it on my own. I need someone to keep me accountable tho, so I need some someone willing to help me along, and hopefully I can encourage others. I am new to this site, so anyone willing to help me out, I would love it!



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Yes, never made it to goal although I have paid for the program 5 times. If you can find a speaker that meets your needs and is supportive without judgement I would say go for it. Each meeting place is different. The first two renewals I found it to be great but the female that led the meetings changed and the meetings were never as positive after that. I have friends that do the plan online and no longer go to the meetings.
My mother is in a different state and likes the WW meetings there. I have seen many healthy changes in her.
No harm in trying, many insurance plans cover WW, which will take a bite out the payments. Just make sure you are joining an international WW and the private ones very rarely accept the discounts that you see advertised on tv and in the newspaper.



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I am a lifetime member because I need tons of support.

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Hi, Gang! I am new to Sparkpeople after three years as a Weight Watcher. I found this forum by searching for WW - SP comparisons. Glad to know I am not alone. (congratulations to the brides, by the way!)

Like many of you, I ran into a wall with the Points Plus update after having lost 60 pounds. I had exceeded my original goal and was 5 pounds away from the recommended Lifetime Goal, and after a year of "maintaining", casual mental tracking, seeing auto-deductions from my credit card, and a slow gain of (only) 9pounds, I decided I needed to shake things up. I knew thatI would continue to take the short-cuts that had become habitual to me with WW, so here I am at the end of my first week as a "Sparker".

I like counting calories- the information is available on every label of packaged food and easy to find in the website for whole foods. I am enjoying the community. I love that I am not paying for something that I had stopped using. I haven't really lost any weight the first week, but I am an "as long as it takes" girl.

I had begun to suspect that WW had an agenda with the way the PLus Points were assigned, well-intentioned in terms of health, that didn't resonate in terms of weight - loss. Example - increasing points for alcohol, and incremental increases for multiple drinks.

I am excited to continue the self-esteem journey on a different road - and hope to be proudly reporting new losses as time goes by. I'll look forward to sharing this awesome experience of self-discovery with all of you.

If a man cannot keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Thoreau


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no. but have known those that did and were successful



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If your in a time crunch try 24 day challenge. www.nolafitchallenge.com takes you to the product page site. With order you will enter email and you will get challenge info, diet tips and recipes to help you reach your goals.



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I have been trying WW for a few months now and it's worked a little but I've only lost like 7 pounds. I feel like it's so hard to find the points for some stuff. Also, since fruits and veggies are "free" sometimes I think I was eating too many calories in fruit. I am getting really into sparkpeople now and am thinking of giving up my online WW subscription. I suppose it's worth a try because it works really well for some people.



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Hello everyone! I am currently a Weight Watcher online member. I have been on for 3 months and have lost 24 pounds. I really like it. I joined so that I could look my best for my December wedding. I heard of this site through my daughter and I really like it. I started using it for the exercise but I am very impressed with all of the tools that they have available and for FREE?? This is awesome!



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I also think it's worth mentioning that there are free apps for your phone that allow you to track your WW points. The one I use is Weight Watchers Diary. You do not have access to the food points, of course, but it has a food calculator. So as long as you have the nutrition information, you input it once, and save it as a Favorite. There is also a section for Activity Points. It is clear & very user friendly. The man who created it I believe has a wife on WW. He makes it available for free, but there is a section where you can donate if you'd like.

I'm sure there are other free WW apps out there. I find it a little easier & quicker sometimes to use the WW Diary app than the SP, but it really depends on whatever I need during that time period to keep me excited & tracking.

A trip to the beach for my father's wedding is my new motivation. It will be great to be healthy and full of energy! Okay God, I'll look to you to help me with temptation. Happy Summer!


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I did WW about 6 years ago and lost 17.2 pounds. I had great success with it, started at the beginning of September that year and was at my lowest by the end of January. I know I lost about 1-2 pounds a week (gained a little over the holidays), but overall it was a steady loss. I know I didn't follow the plans perfectly, but something clicked. By combining workouts with watching what I ate, that really helped.

I will say though, do your research first! I had bought the Food Companion and the Restaurant Guide months prior to starting, so I had a geberal idea of what I was doing. I re-joined for a couple months after the Points Plus plan came out, and got new books. VERY helpful!

I have a friend who has been doing WW a few months now (has lost weight), but she struggles with calculating her points still. Last week we went to Subway for lunch and she was hestitant to go because she was told that a 6" turkey sub would be like 15 points... so she'd always opt for places my McDonald's since she knew the point totals better. I advised her that most healthy subs from Subway would be less than 10, even with putting full fat mayo on it. She was also shocked to find WW items in the grocery store (which worried me, since I thought most people knew that stuff was available... Smart Ones?). I know she didn't do her research and probably still doesn't... but something is working if she's continuing to lose.

Howeverm I am here to help her with her journey and let her know that it takes time... but the time will be worth. And I agree, go to the meetings!! That was the only way I lost weight. Online is convenient, but going to a meeting keeps you accountable.

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Started WW 1/1/08 at 233lbs, and had reached my goal weight by Oct that year (down 60lbs). I am a lifetime member, and found this web site b/c I was unable to make the new points plus program work for me. I started the old points program on Sunday, and by Monday evening I had lost 3lbs. I still go to meetings to keep my lifetime membership, and to hold me accountable. My highest weight was 289, and I am now 164. You have to find what works for you.

My issue is quantity, and the old points system gives me the restriction that I need by giving point value to fruit (which I still eat). Preparation is key; do not rely on frozen meals. I make all of my breakfasts on Sunday, and make my lunch every evening. And before I eat ANYTHING, I calculate how many points I will have left for the remainder of the day!

Because I know as soon as I allow myself a "treat", I will fall off of the wagon- so what I do is go out to dinner on Friday or Saturday, eat whatever I want and be done with it. That has worked for me for 4 years.



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I tried weight watchers for about 4 months. Although I did see results, I found it difficult to follow because of my busy lifestyle. I was abusing my weekly points and snacking more than eating full meals. I also couldn't afford the meals after a time because they were so expensive. Even substituting lunches for smart ones on average for me and my fiancee added up to around $60 to higher for two weeks. That was just for one smart one at lunch! I really liked the plan, it just didn't work for me. I have a friend that has stayed on WW and she is close to loosing 100 lbs! It is working for her and I am hoping that SP will work for me. Spark people is a tailored program whereas WW gives you more freedom. With my personality I need this kind of structure. I wish you the best!



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AHAWKINI
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3/25/12 7:09 P

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I used ww old points and lost almost 20lb. After buying the scales etc they changed to points plus and none of the old equipment is any use now! So I Joined sparkpeople and lost weight until I got pregnant... now baby is 6 weeks old and I wont pay for WW when I did as well on sparkpeople site

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I have always had success with WW's and if I could afford it, I would be back in a minute. The whole principles behind the new 2012 are geared for success.

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This is my second day with WW. I am doing it to keep my insurance down. I was not happy about the conditions, so went in with a negative attitude. However, the meeting was great and looking at all the people who had lost weight, hearing the weight loss stories, how the group supported the ones who slipped and gained some weight back was really inspirational. I am going forward positively and will give it my best shot. Report back in a few weeks.emoticon



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I used the old plan and attended the meetings, and lost weight. Then I went to university and found it hard to keep up, so switched to online only, and gained more than I'd lost! I'd really recommend the meetings if you do decide to go after it, as the people there are so helpful and friendly, and it's really good for motivation. Good luck!



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I've used WW before (in 2007/8) and lost about 20lbs with it. Just like any meal plan, it takes dedication to work. It's pretty much portion control and healthy choices. If you add more vegetables and fruits to your diet, drink lots of water, and minimize processed foods, you should see a great difference!





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WW is good but just like any nutrition plan it comes down to doing it. It's based on accountability and honestly you could save $40/mo ($400 by December) and use the spark plan, track you foods, track your exercise, drink your water. But if you need a more physical presence, then WW could work. They promote the nothing is off limits/all things in moderation-think before you eat weight loss...I have had success on it in the past.
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3/3/12 6:29 P

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I used Weight Watchers for four years and lost 50 lbs. initially but by the time I quit I had gained most of the weight back. I just couldn't get motivated anymore and I started to dislike going to the meetings and weighing in. It's embarrassing to see the scale increase every time you step on the scale. Eventually it got to the point that I couldn't afford to pay that much money to gain weight.

Luckily, I've been able to refocus my efforts on weight loss using free tools like SparkPeople. I haven't felt this hopeful in years.

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I was a Weight Watcher for 5+ years until recently. I lost 113 lbs on the old program. I tried and tried (and tried) to make the new one work for me. But in the process I gained 40 lbs. I finally decided that this was just not working for me. And something someone on here resonated with me - why pay someone else to tell me to eat less and move more?

I have found everything I need here on SP. And, in the process, have lost 7 lbs this month. I am more than pleased. I did something on my here that I hadn't done with WW in a year and a half - lose weight 4 weeks in a row.

I am loving it here. The diet and activity tools are integrated so that I know how many calories to eat for the amount of activity I do. emoticon

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2/21/12 3:56 P

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My mom has uses weight watchers and loves it. She lost almost 50 lbs and has kept it off for 2 years now. The thing she raves about is the accountability. You get motivation out of going to the meetings and weighing in... being accountable. She is now using Spark because the WW program has been cut in our small rural community. She has said on more than one occasion that they are very similar. WW was a huge commitment for her and attending meetings weekly and it isn't free. They have a point system and an online community as well. If you are just considering using the online tool and not attending meetings i'd say you are wasting your money... all of those resources are here at spark. If it is the accountability that you want and physically talking and interacting with other people then maybe WW is the way to go.



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I used weightwatchers once for about three months. after a while it was just a chore, but i just did the online portion. helped me at first but failed later on.



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They have an activity points tracker I'm sure if you look On line for "activity points calculator " u will find it , it works on time and intensity of workout as well as your current weight, having said that when I did the flex plan I never used any activity points and it worked really well for me that way.



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I use the old plan. I had lost 79 lbs and after maintaining that I was considering going to the new plan but after hearing about it, I decided why fix whats not broken! lol

Only thing is that I don't know how to add in points for working out. I never got that far in the program, I was just dieting. So as of right now, I don't give myself any extra points for working 4 days a week. lol

I'd rather be hated for being me than loved for something that I'm not!

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I used the old plan for years got to goal and maintained for 18 months, then the plan changed and I feel off the wagon, gained back all 40 pounds I had lost and have been trying ever since to regain some sense of control- clearly the new plan is not working for me, I think I am going to try the old plan again, I still have a point calculator for the old plan but no longer have any of the other information, still I think after having done it for so long I can figure it out- I would love to join a group of people using the old plan!



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You could try the Isagenix 30-day program. Im doing it now and like it a lot!

I love inspiring and empowering people to live a healthy and happy life. Student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and soon-to-be health coach and NASM personal trainer.

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SAVE YOUR MONEY. My friend and I tried WW , and it did not work , we both felt the meetings were very one sided , and it was like a chat, rather than a class on how to re do your thinking about food. Mel and I are doing SP, and both of us, have done better here ! The REAL difference is WW is about selling products along with weight loss..but SP is about giving you tools and info- HOW to lose weight for real ...save your money sugar ! emoticon

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11/12/11 12:27 A

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I tried WW for a while, but I felt like it was too easy to eat too much and still be on track for points. Also, I don't think WW encouraged a balanced diet like SP. With WW, I felt like I could eat anything as long as I didn't go over points for the day. On SP, it gives me feedback about all sorts of nutrients, which makes me try to have a more balanced diet.



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SPACEYCHIK
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10/10/11 10:42 P

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Truthfully, I have found that all diets work if you don't cheat. So far I like WW online. I like SP for food tracking. The points with WW seem so simple and consise that I think I can stick with it.

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Good luck with your weight loss! I tried WW last year, and I lost 40 pounds. I couldn't afford the $14/mth and got off track. I basically just stopped tracking and had no motivation. I went to a few meetings, and they were not inspirational at all to me. There were only 4-6 other people there and they all seemed like they just wanted to get out of there ASAP. Maybe if I went with friends, it would have been better.

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Hi there!
I am a new user to SP and I really liked your post. I love Phil 4:13 and it is so powerful when working on my weight loss. I have really struggled with the new Points Plus plan as well and I'm going back to the old WW Points plan starting today.
I hope we can encourage each other to track and stay on program. I have been a WW since 1990 and achieved lifetime in 1991. I kept my weight off until 2001 and with many life changes (and, of course, MANY excuses...) put back on my original loss of 15 lbs. plus 15 more.
I have been living in "self hatred" for about a year and I am DONE with that. I am claiming Phil. 4:13 and getting rid of the stronghold of negative talk and self pity.
Blessings to you...and all of you who are walking this same path! DDemoticon



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SHAWON
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6/14/11 1:39 P

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i heard that WW is gettiing easier to use, but i wouldnt know, in ticking to SP



SHAWON
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6/13/11 6:43 P

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i agree, i like the simplicity of SP also.



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6/7/11 4:40 P

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Much more impressed with SP than WW. You can control how much info is put out to your community and the points system for WW is just difficult and way too much effort.



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SHAWON
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no i havent used weight watchers but know many who have. The new one alowsyou to eat more types of food in moderation. I just use the spark people:-)



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5/18/11 1:14 P

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I haven't been following it like I should, So I'm kinda of starting over on WWP tomorrow

"I can do all things through Christ who stenghtens me' Philippians 4:13



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5/17/11 6:41 A

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I, too, lost weight on the old WW program but then gained on the new one. I just started SP yesterday and I calculated what my WW Points Plus would have been had I been tracking that way: 49! I was only allowed 29 (the minimum number they allowed). Curious to see how this all works out after a month or so.



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5/13/11 10:56 A

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was on weighwatchers before....a lot of tracking to do...if you don't eat all your points, more than likeley you won't lose as much as you anticipated. It got too expensive for me....pluse, when they changed the program, it seemed like it stopped working for me.



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I plan on starting WW smartones tomorrow. I'm not going to pay the money for the membership but I will calculate through spark people which is free. Do they not know that we are in a recession?

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i used to pay for it and i still use it i just don't pay i just track using the pt system ..i dont really care for the new pt system..except some veggies and fruit are "free"

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I have been going to WW on and off, for years. When I went 'off' and stopped going to meetings, I gained weight, even on other diets.

I found a WW group leader who really inspires me, I realized that calories are key, whatever you call them (points or points plus) and the support is always there for me at WW. What's hard about any diet is that, ultimately, it's up to me.

I log what I eat every day, not even in the WW website (although I use that, too). WW calls this 'tracking.' For me, it's made all the difference. It's hard to argue with a number. What seems like very 'average' food for me is actually over 3,000 calories!

Just recently, I lost more weight on WW (yeah, doing those things, staying on track, actually does work) and the website tracker reduced the number of points plus I'm allowed. Bummer! You know what - I KNOW that as I get slimmer, I have to eat even fewer calories. It's not a radical reduction, but a gradual reduction that the WW website adjusts for you.

No other diet tells me this. I know this reduction of my calorie limit is a fact of life. If nothing else changes (exercise level, etc... and I'm pretty sedentary), my body is getting smaller (almost 30 pounds so far!) and it takes less energy to move it around. It's just logical, rational, and it's the science that WW is very good at!

When you're ready to lose weight, it's not hard to drop off the weight. I'm living the diet I'll be eating for the rest of my life and it tastes good to me. There's not a single thing that is off-limits to me. What I do have to do is eat my points plus allowance - that can be birthday cake, Wendy's fries, apples, ham slices, pancakes, whatever. Each of those things has calories and I have to know that!



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I lost 55 lbs on the old weight watchers program. I gained 10 lbs on the new points plus program (sticking to it and measuring). Needless to say, I am now on sparkpeople (for free) and losing again.

Best of luck to you on WW but IMHO the new points plus program is not the best.



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MELLYBELLY86
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I have used weight watcher in the past :) I had great results, but I had to stick to my daily point in takes... Or, I wouldn't lose! If I had the money I would be a weight watcher member again. I found it worked! I just can't afford the weekly payments.

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hello - i tried that WW 2x, and failed - its too much with all that counting points ! it makes more sense with SP - u count once - and its calories ..more logical . i now feel like they tried to re invent the wheel - and make a mess of it..counting the calories is the easiest and clearest way to count.

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My mother has lost 21 lbs using weight watchers and seems to like the program. I think a lot of it depends on if you need that structure or not. You can use it to without actually joining. I've lost 50 lbs, but I don't use any particular diet, just exercise and watch what I eat.



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I must admit it didn't work for me; when I saw how many poitns I was supposed to eat I was horrified! I'd never eaten so much in my life but I followed it to the letter...gained 1lb the first week, 2lb the 2nd...then I stopped!!



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Nope. This is my first time and I think I really like it. The points plus is great. I love how you calculate your points.

I have changed my life for the good and long term is for the better!


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I've had great success with weight watchers before. I am thinking about rejoining for a while to get a boost/reminder on portions control etc. I feel like I've lost my motivation - but I REALLY want to get this weight off. I also feel like I'm more accountable when the lady at the meeting is checking my weight than when I do it myself at home.

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SCTK519
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I haven't, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I always hear that it gets the job done, but isn't extreme like others.



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I have tried WW, and for the most part they have some really good pointers on how to measure food, stay accountable and if you get a really good leader it can help.

I lost a bit using it but I guess you get out of something what you put in. I have had alot more success here on SP than anywhere else. But I would say try it and see for yourself. We are all different. What did not work for me, might work for you. Best of luck to you in what ever you decide to do. And congradulations on your upcoming nuptuals.

"Never apologize for taking care of YOU!!!"


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WW is the only "diet" I've ever tried, so I can't give a valid comparison to anything else out there, but I can say it worked for me. I didn't have a lot to lose when I joined, so my weight loss has been slow (frustrating!!!!), but the program is very livable and easy to work with. Plus, I love my leader - she's hilarious and keeps all of us interested in coming back.



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I have tried it twice now and I found that it didn't work for me. I would come home from the meeting after weigh in and eat whatever I wanted, because for 1) I knew weigh in was a week away and 2) you starve yourself all day for that darn weigh in! A lot of my friends lost a lot of weight and have maintained it. It does work, just not for me!

You'll know if it's for you, so far I have done well with Sparkspeople so whichever you decide all the best!!



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my opinion...Don't waste your money! Use Spark people, all the resources you need are right here! Stay within your calorie guidelines and exercise guidelines and make sure you are getting the nutrients you should and you will do fine! WW wont tell you anything you cant find here... if you need the emotional support find a spark buddy or a friend who has a similar goals to motivate you!



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I bought my dress at the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement and got a $4500 dress for $250!! I bought it a few sizes too small and lost a lot of weight on WW to get into the dress the healthy way. You can read about my race to get into the dress on my blog (http://slimdownforthegown.blogspot.com/) and now I'm fighting the scale yet again (http://thegirlbehindthepounds.blogspot.com/). I've lost about 70+ lbs and I'm still going! WW really works for me :)



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OH..and by the way..I got engaged on New Year's Eve. Chris and I have been together for almost 9 years and have known eachother even longer. It is my second marriage but it feels like a first. However, there is no way I am walking down the aisle at this weight..I wish us all success and support



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I had to respond to this for I have had a lot of experience with WW over the years. WW is by far, supposed to be one of the best programs out there, because it is a lifestyle as opposed to a diet. However, I personally have done EVERYTHING and have the least success/staying power with WW. I will tell you why because it may help you make some decisions.
First, Not everyone is the same when it comes to food. The WW philosophy is one where anything is allowed as long as you stick with the points and have portion control. This is liscense for me to end up spending all my points on binge type foods or carb laden ones...keeping me hungry and unsatisfied all the time.
Next, and for me, the most important, is the fact that they constantly push their food products. The more I research and learn about food , the more success I have staying "close to the land"...that does not mean I have become some rigid vegan, but I find that the more of my food is natural, the more likely I lose weight AND feel good. WW foods are filled with sugar and processed. There is no such thing as ONE bar for me. That stuff for breakfast will keep me hungry all day. I am much better with Greek yogurt , or quinoa, eggs etc. I try to stick with things like figs or even dates to control my sweet obsession and it helps. Once again.not everyone is like me..but there are a lot of people who are and do not know it.
Last,...I am not great with group meetings. Personally I like online better..it fits my lifestyle and Spark has everything that WW has and it's free.
Just wanted to give you the other side of things. If any of this interests you..check out Adele Puhn who is a nutritionist I saw years ago..and changed the way I looked at food. Good luck...and once again..it is very personal and WW could be great for you!



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2/5/11 9:51 P

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I have and I think weight watchers and sparkpeople are very similar. I went to the meetings because the contact with the people was very motivating to me but they have online programs as well.

Every day WW improves upon their system and makes it more user friendly. They have a lot of reousrces to figure out points. It helps you to really get portion size and reading nutrition labels.

I think it is a very sucessful program but like any program, you get what you put in.

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I actually haven't found it difficult to find things to eat because their website is such a great resource. It really helps to "plan" your day in advance, meal wise. For example, I always check the cafeteria menu where I work before heading down to eat so I can see what my best options are. That way, I'm prepared and don't just grab something "easy".

Also, they have an entire section dedicated to going out to eat which is huge (including info on pub food/alcohol which I love!). To be completely honest, the weekends are what terrify me! During the week, I'm on such a regimented schedule that it makes sticking to the plan pretty easy (except late at night watching tv which is most difficult for me!). But we tend to go out/order out on weekends, and I also like to drink a bit.

For example, this weekend we're going out Saturday night (eat at a bar then dancing), then having people over for the game on Sunday. So I've already prepared some options for myself and will have to really flex my willpower muscles!

Like I said, it's not easy but WW gives you so many great tools! My only complaint so far is I like the "community" better here! WW seems to have a lot of bitter, angry women on their message boards and it's not what I was hoping/looking for! So I use the WW sight for my actual "plan" and this sight for encouragment!

I'll keep you posted & best of luck to you again!

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2/4/11 12:34 A

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Thanks for the info Shelly! Keep me posted on how the next few days go. Do you find it difficult to find things to eat? And how do you go about eating out? we have the tendency to have dinner outings on the weekends with friends and family, and im worry I wont be able to stick to the system if we're going out...

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Good luck MDILORETO3 and Shelly. You can do it :)



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Hello! I'm also a bride-to-be (Sept. 2012) and just started WW this week. I'm doing the online program since I have class in the evenings and work during the day and getting to meetings would be virtually impossible! Mind you, this is only day 3 for me but I'm already very excited about it and seeing results. It's not a "quick fix" by any means, but if you stick to the points I think it would be impossible to not see results! I've already lost 2 lbs! Let me know if you have any other questions and best of luck to you!

Edited by: SHELLYG915 at: 2/3/2011 (15:16)
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2/2/11 11:29 P

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Thanks for the info! Im trying to lose weight for my wedding... and Im struggling!! I went dress shopping today and was pretty let down with how I looked! So im looking for some help!

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I tried Weight Watchers two different times. Both times I started with good intentions but having a full time job and going to night school caused me to miss meetings. I did lose weight while I was actually doing the program. The point tracking started to get annoying as that information is not always readily available. My mom and sister started the Points Plus program a few weeks ago and are getting great results. I think if you have the time to invest it will work for you.



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Hello wedding friends! Ive seen a LOT of commercials for Weight Watchers and just read an article that said weight watchers is the most successful weight loss company. Has anyone used it? and is it worth the time and money? Im getting married in December and would really like to drop the weight. Any ideas or comments?

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