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11/21/14 1:29 A

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SparkPeople is my anchor. Weight Watchers gives me human beings to sit with and be with. I need both.



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10/19/14 10:27 P

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I learned to cook healthy fresh and frozen foods from Weight Watchers but I have a lot of weight to lose and I could never lose it eating Weight Watchers. Spark people is cheaper and easier to lose weight because you are actually counting calories and other things. I try to stay on target with spark people I really prefer it to Weight Watchers.



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10/15/14 6:51 P

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I'm thrilled to just stay right here at SparkPeople. I have learned everything I need to know to lose weight and keep it off.

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10/15/14 11:16 A

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I do both



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ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,788
10/15/14 10:52 A

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There are foods at Weight Watchers that don't add up to any points: fruits and vegetables. Are you talking about Simple Start, or Simply Filling? People seem to love those plans (they don't involve counting and it also allows you to eat until you are 'full' but not feeling stuffed). I do the Points Plus because I love veggies.

There are also the bonus points that you can use if you tend to 'go over' your limit. They are like a safety margin. You can't save them up from week to week. You have to use them during the week if you are going to use any of them because the number is reset when your new week starts. I use them up - at a restaurant meal, usually. If I don't go out for dinner, I just think of them as the buffer points that keep me on target.

I'd never complain about not having enough to eat - I don't try to 'translate' it to calories. The way they 'weight' the points, it pushes you toward more fiber, more protein, and less dense foods but high nutrition. However, everything is allowed. Halloween is coming up. Who in the world would expect some candy NOT to be eaten - but it does get counted. No Food Police attitudes. But you can discuss at a meeting what contributed to your weight gain, if you want, if you did gain weight in a week - it might be too much 'healthy' food (calories!) The leader would have to look at your food tracker and maybe other factors (medication?)

It's very difficult to 'game the system' and try to make Weight Watchers do anything more than what it is - a calorie reduction diet with physical activity. The Spark Diet does the same, and is balanced, so the only thing about Weight Watchers is its emphasis and support in person at meetings. And the cost! Whatever works for you.

At each Weight Watcher meeting, the leader has any new people (or people who just want to review or clarify understanding) meet after the main meeting in a small group with her (or him!) Simple Start has been so successful that they start newbies with it and then go on to Points Plus. And - because they are flexible, anyway (there are people who use the old Points still!) - if you want to start with counting Points Plus, you can do that too. No one forces you to only do one plan, even - some people flip back and forth because life changes and one works out better than the other.

What you can't do is try to mix and match features of all the different plans and then say you are following the program and expect guaranteed results. You can't do Simple Start (which doesn't count points, doesn't count, period- they just use readily accessible food to mix and match and make healthy meals) and then use those wonderful Bonus Points for a night out. If you can somehow manage to do that and lose weight, all the more power to you, but no one will ever tell you that you can count on that working steadily for your weight loss. You can't 'out-think' the plans and try to make them work differently.

When you think about it, you go to WW for the plans and the support and the commitment to stay on track with your weight loss. If you're not there for those reasons, why would you ever want to even be there?

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 10/15/2014 (12:28)
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10/15/14 10:24 A

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I signed up for WW and went to the first meeting but when I was counting points when I compared them to calories it seemed like they didn't meet the 1200 calorie level. Maybe it was just me but it didn't seem to have enough calories which is obviously why you lose the weight. I need to just get back to SP and get my act together and start doing what I need to do to lose weight. I am 60 years old so time is definitely not in my favor as far as losing weight. Good luck to all.

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10/2/14 9:06 A

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Hello, I am back using SparkPeople but I am doing the weight watchers to. I use the old version and lost over 40lbs. Will not use the new version. I eat very healthy so the old version works for me. I know Weight Watchers changed the point system to make people eat healthier which is great but do not like the fact that there are no points in fruits. Many veggies already had a 0 point value. Most fruits are 1 or 2 points due to the calories. Not sure about the 360 version. Did not bother looking up once I was aware of the first changes. I like the fact I can eat whatever I want but I do know that eating healthy means you must limit certain things but eat as a once in awhile treat. Any way Weight Watchers works better for me but I use sparkpeople to for an more motivation. Oh I do the Weight Watchers on my own. I bought the book on Ebay and just followed it. No meetings can't afford. Spend my time and money for the gym earn more points that way.

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9/1/14 11:06 P

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I've not done WW, but SP works for me.

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9/1/14 7:15 P

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Both are good



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I will be doing the same I getting bore with point counting at weight watchers I am going to track here and still go to the meeting. emoticon

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2/9/14 10:08 P

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Over the past couple of months, I've realized that I love Weight Watcher's meetings, but I don't like the plan itself.

I'm currently on a 3 months at 50% off deal for the monthly pass, and in March, I'm going to resign up with a 6 month deal. That way, I'll have meetings paid through September. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep tracking on here.

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2/9/14 4:17 P

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I have no doubt that they get a commission from the products they sell that are available at meetings, usually at a table or shelf in the room. However, you can buy most (probably all) WW food products in the supermarket. They give out samples at the meetings, those that I've tried have been fine - but they are low in calories. I usually just stash the sample in my purse and eat it when I'm hungry while driving!

They tell you what the snack is and how many points plus it is (which is basically a calorie count modified to reflect fiber, fats, etc. in figuring out the value). I have never heard a hard sell.

If WW makes money via food products, it would be the frozen meals they have in supermarket freezers. Some of these are excellent. I have even seen a WW tuna salad sandwich packaged fresh at a deli counter, and it was delicious, like my mom would make when I was kid. I have looked for this and not found it again at my local supermarket (I saw it in a supermarket in a neighboring town).

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 2/9/2014 (16:19)
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2/9/14 3:37 P

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They get a commission for products they sell. I found after eating some of their snacks it made me ravenous and wanting more so I stopped buying certain things that had that effect.

Isn't it funny how all of a sudden you can look down at your stomach and wonder to yourself, "Who put that there"?


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11/26/13 12:15 P

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Before points plus, there were just plain points. They gave you a little slide rule thingy that lined up a few things (fiber, for example) and then you read the resulting points. It was extremely easy to use because the information required was basic nutritional information.

You can still use that little slider rule thingy (whatever it's called), use the old plan with your old limit - WW is about support, motivation and problem-solving. Spark people offers the same, without a points system (which is essentially calories) but just doesn't have flesh and blood scheduled meetings like WW does.

There are some people at WW meetings who even like the old 'here's a list of what you can eat every day' type diet that WW started with. You counted servings. Some people still like that and WW leaders will say, 'fine, whatever you find easiest.' If you have that old list around, go for it. The very old list-type diet still works. It was/is balanced. People lost weight and still do lose weight on it. What has changed for WW, in my opinion, is the emphasis on exercise (walking is quite popular - my area has organized walks) and distilling the calories into points with emphasis shifted to vegetables and fruits.

WW has great cookbooks. Gotta say - look for them at local library book sales or get used copies on amazon. I like cookbooks that have just a few ingredients or vegetarian cookbooks. Then there are quick-cooking cookbooks and cook ahead cookbooks. WW has been around a long time. Lotsa cookbooks.



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Why does everything have to this VS. that? Why can't look at the healthy aspects of WW, and SP, and fit these healthy aspects of BOTH diets into our lives?

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 11/26/2013 (07:54)
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11/26/13 7:38 A

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I was a member of WW for two years. I did lose; however, I regained every pound. I got extremely tired of counting points. If the points weren't listed, you had to calculate each item.In addition, many of the foods I would attempt to locate online for the points plus value were not listed. I have found that SparkPeople has everything listed. The message boards are friendlier and it is free! This website seems to have much more than the WW website. I'm sticking with SP!

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11/25/13 4:17 P

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I have also done WW quite a few times. Last time (a few months ago) I coudn't stick with it, got discouraged, and gained about 10 pounds.

I like SP better, so far anyway, because I love the message boards, community, and articles.

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11/25/13 3:50 P

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I like the WW tracking online. I usually end up making 'meals' that I use over and over again. The downfall of the current Points Plus system, I think, is not the free vegetables and fruits. Those are great. It's that the things that are NOT fruits and vegetables in a lot of cases have gone up in points values. This can be daunting.

The idea is to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fine. It's REALLY hard to get that to happen. Just judging from my own household, I can look into the refrigerator and find exactly 3 fresh vegetable items. Everything else is leftovers, bottled items, dairy stuff, The fresh Brussels Sprouts will keep for quite a bit longer than the bagged lettuce that was so expensive and that my husband tries to stretch into two days. The second day, that lettuce really looks the worse for wear. Then he has some 'fresh' beets that came in a package - he can't buy the raw beets and peel, cook and store them, too messy and too expensive. If you're going to buy something pricey, at least use a coupon and get the convenience plus a lower price - that's his method of shopping.

To really enjoy the fresh clean taste of the 'free vegetables and fruits' bonus WW gives you, I'd have to go to the supermarket daily and buy enough so I'm not dealing with food rot. I'd have to throw out all those condiments - I can do that, but my husband would take some convincing. I'd have to make my entree simpler and really load up on those lovely fresh veggies (hey, a nice big freezer would help for plain frozen vegetables on sale - I don't have a freezer!)

The intent of WW is great. It's healthy great stuff. They lay it all out for you. But putting it into practice is another thing.

P.S. Of course my husband can buy the raw beets and clean and cook them. But he's just not gonna!

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11/25/13 3:38 P

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I recently did WW Online as well and had a little success with it, but I'm switching to Sparkpeople because this is free and from what I've seen so far the software is much better.

I think WW making fruits and vegetables "free" is a really bad idea because if people by and large had "common sense" and could just use portion control then they wouldn't need to quantify their food by points and wouldn't have to be on WW in the first place. Maybe this worked for some people but I've noticed a lot of people on the WW boards and just in doing searches on Google complaining about how the latest version of WW "gives them too many points" and they aren't losing weight. I suspect many of them are gaming the system by over-eating on bananas and things like that. I know I had to watch out for that myself.



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6/25/13 6:32 P

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I have done WW several times before and did lose weight. However emoticon because of the community and support, that is something that I never felt at WW. They say that they support you, but I have never felt support like I do from my spark friends. emoticon

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Thanks LDHAWKE. I posted a couple of times in the WW forums -- never again. Meanies there. Lol

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I have done Weight Watchers several times - and hands down, I like the Spark plan much better! I love that I can do it online, read all the articles and get support from other friends. emoticon

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Kim, go to the Recipe Review Board. We are a heck of lot friendlier than folks on those other boards.



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I joined WW a few weeks ago and have lost 4 lbs. I am enjoying counting points rather than calories. I tracked on My Fitness Pal for two months before WW and never lost an ounce.

But I will say that the community here is MUCH friendlier than the one at WW's. I find those boards to be sometimes downright hostile! :-O

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6/5/13 6:35 P

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That is what I have told my sister but she has always said that she doesn't eat enough for it to count.

To my mine, lets say a pear is 40 cals and a an orange it is another 40. Add to this a salad of 125 you are talking of over 200 cals. Free with WW but 200 cals with SP



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6/5/13 6:24 P

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When WW announced that fruit was free, it turned into a free-for-all!

Fruit is free up to a point and each individual has to control that point.

If you find that you are gaining weight during weeks you gorge yourself on fruit, thinking it is free, then you need to start to record your fruit intake. You are eating too much fruit.

If you are losing weight while eating fruit that you are not recording then kudos to you! You are doing the right thing.

Weight Watchers claim that "fruit is free" is not a "free for all."

Use your common sense and monitor what you are eating on a daily basis.



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6/5/13 6:18 P

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I have not tried it myself but I know a few who have. Most don't seem to stick to it and put the weigh back on. My sister is with WW and is now having trouble loosing any weight at all and she is sticking to her points.

I don't believe that she get the support that I have on SP. I am not say that is true but the way that is seems to me.

I am lucky as I am at my goal with all the help I got every day on SP.


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.
Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.
See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.
Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.
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I think making fruit unlimited on WW is dangerous. I like that spark counts all calories. That's really what works best for me.

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weight watcher works but find the points annoying
cuves works as does jenny craig
nutrisystem for me and going to stop 17 pounds but not moving anymore
Tops for almost a year weigh ins cheap and fun ladies



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6/4/13 2:09 P

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If you follow the program, Weight Watchers obviously works -- it has worked for me in the past. But what I found most inconvenient was always calculating points. I like the SparkPeople approach of tracking calories/fat/carbs/protein, etc. and staying within those guidelines. It's easy for me to pick something up off the grocery shelf or out of the pantry and decide if it's something that fits into my "diet" for the day. I use "diet" because I don't see either WW or SparkPeople being diets, but more lifestyle changes. No matter what path you choose, you have to be committed to healthy living, eating a sensible, balanced diet, and exercising more.

Plus, I didn't see the sense in paying the WW Online fees when I get everything that I need to be successful on the SparkPeople website, or the iPhone and iPad apps.

Just my two cents. :D





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6/4/13 9:48 A

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I have done WW a few different times and for it just did not work out. I have type 1 diabetes and between counting points, counting carbs, and doing my insulin the numbers just got to be too much. I have found that just by counting calories here on SP and inputting it into the calorie tracker I get an accurate number of carbs making my life a lot easier. I also didn't feel as supported in the group meetings as I do here. I can check in on a daily basis here. WW it was basically just once a week. Everyone has their own way of doing things, but SP just works much better for me.

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I joined WW last month. So far so good. 3.2kg in 3 weeks is not too bad. Find the program easy enough. Much better than a previous weight loss programme where I had to weigh each and every bite. So I am not able to make a valid comparison. But I see a bubbling community here with SparkPeople and WW does not have that. Whatever we do that works for us is fantastic. I like being with like minded people. And no matter the program that I follow I hope I can find the support of others and implement good ideas and habits from here. It all starts with the mind. And when it is in order I know the weight will drop off. emoticon

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Weight watchers is my old standby. I enjoy the meetings and the ease of counting points and tracking on their system. I find the nutrition tracker here very cumbersome. I think if I spent the time putting in my favorites, I could get used to it but I prefer the WW tracker and point system to calorie counting. I also use the activelink. It costs $5 per month but it has been very motivating for me.

I like this site because the message boards and support is incredible. I can get great recipes and fitness tips and while the ww site has those things as well, I tend to spend more time with the online community here.



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I have been a WW member since Jan 2013 and have lost about 23 lbs. Unfortunately, I cannot continue paying, so I am on my last month. So I decided to join Sparkpeople. I believe that any program you do will work as long as you are focused and consistent with tracking what you eat and exercise. Good luck to you. I will see how this will work out for me, I need to lose another 14 lbs and am willing work hard to do it. Lets see.


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WW just uses points instead of calories. If you take one day of what you eat to get your points, and input them into your SP tracker, how close do you get to your ranges. My guess is pretty close. You have to eat a certain amount to lose weight, and no matter how you track it, it is the same amount of calories. Just because you use points does not mean that you aren't still eating in a range.

The only difference is that you are paying to count points, instead of calories. If you have been on WW for any amount of time, you have a set of daily meal plans that you eat. Let's say you have 14. Write them down, check if they are close to SP, and if so, just use each meal plan once every 2 weeks, and you won't need to be on WW, unless you want to pay for it.

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I've done both, but I like Sparkpeople better because it allows me to easily track vitamins, nutrients, and minerals (esp sodium, iron, etc). SP helps me to make healthy food choices because I can see how many carbs, fat are in each item before I eat it.

Also, I like the message boards better on SP.

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5/24/13 7:12 A

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I love spark, especially since its free. but it's what works best for the individual.

Your encouragement is greatly appreciated!


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5/24/13 6:48 A

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This is a really interesting thread! I have been with WW for just over three months, lost 12 kilos (2 stone, 28 lbs), but am now starting to struggle. So Sparkpeople here I come, and I shall do both approaches until the summer to meet my goal weight. I do find the WW weekly weigh-in a good discipline, and I have a good course leader and nice group But I think I need to pay more attention to protein levels, and the SP website and members seem very supportive. Best of luck to all on this thread.


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5/24/13 4:52 A

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Any food plan can work with Spark People, maybe it does not have to be a competition, maybe it does. Spark includes alot, a food plan is just a portion of it, well maybe a double portion!

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5/19/13 4:00 P

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I CAN ADMIT IT I DO USE WW ALSO, BUT I LOVE SP ALOT BETTER. FOR ONE I LIKE TO KNOW MY CAL, CARBS, ESPECIALLY FATS IN FOODS. I LIKE SEEING HOW MANY CALS I BURN AFTER EXCERCISING AND THE SUPPORT I CAN GET ANY TIME DAY AND NIGHT. WW IS TO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT THEY PROVIDE.

STILL GOING STRONG


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5/19/13 12:08 P

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WW points system just didn't work for me. Fruits and veggies have calories and should be counted or you could eat hundreds more calories per day/week than you should to lose weight. I also don't like being sold something every time I walk through the door.

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5/19/13 9:48 A

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I was a member of WW for a very long time, lost 50lbs but I left because of the COST and how bored I was with the program(s). I was getting frustrated because I NEVER really knew about how many cals, carbs, fat and I was consuming with the WW program. I read about SP in our local newspaper. I have been a member of SP for 2 years and I AM NEVER BORED, I am FINALLY learning about my carbs, cals, fat and love the fact that SP has a plethora of information on this website. I LOVE SP far more than WW. I have turned tons of my friends onto SP. One thing my friends ask, well how much is SP,I tell them that it is FREE and they don't believe me until they come to the site. They are also amazed at how much information, guidance there is here vs. WW. Personally, I think SP is FAR BETTER than WW. SP has such an amazing amount of info on their site and it truly teaches you! I love the fact that I get a pie chart showing me where I have eaten the most of my food carbs, fat, cal etc. Having that report has taught me so much more. Yes, I know it is about food choices but sometimes, you don't realize that what you think is good could also be higher in certain areas than you would like them to be. There are many plan for many types of people. You truly have to find what works best for YOU! This is YOUR journey NOT someone else's. So what may work for your friend, family member or co-worker may not necessarily work for you. But I feel that SP is truly the total package. I still keep track of my food online as well as a manual food journal. I also keep track of my fitness online as well as manually but everything is now thru SP.

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I won't let fear clip my wings and tell me how high I can fly!


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4/25/13 9:56 A

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As a vegan, I have a different perspective on WW as well. While they do promote lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables, they still have that pesky dairy requirement. Also, I'm rather outnumbered in the meetings and get bored listening to people share the latest, greatest meat or dessert recipe. Again, not the fault of WW, still think it's a good program and do-able for anyone even w/dietary restrictions, just not for me at this point in my life.



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4/25/13 9:44 A

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I think it's a personal decision. My mom loves WW and is a lifetime member. She had great success with the program. I did Spark for a few years, then decided to try WW and found it didn't work- I lost some weight mostly because I was focusing, not because of their techniques. The meetings didn't do anything for me- after years of Spark I knew everything they were talking about already and what's the point in paying for a web membership when Spark is free?

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Ultimate goal: 180-170

Currently working and going to grad school. Given my stress level and time constraints (and with my doctor's blessing), I'm not trying to lose a lot of weight, just be healthy and not gain. Once I get my degree I'll pick things up again.



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4/25/13 9:36 A

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Different things work for different people at different times imho. I am following a Paleo food plan and enjoying Spark People a lot!

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4/25/13 9:31 A

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I have a strong preference for SparkPeople!

When I went to WW a couple of years ago, I found the meetings very annoying rather than inspiring (mainly because of the overly-perky leader who grated on my last nerve). It also felt like a sales pitch every week as they pushed their product of the week, which wasn't cheap (even "on sale") and was yet another form of processed food.

What I love about SparkPeople is 1) it's free (which still amazes me!); 2) there are so many resources! I feel like I'm learning something new every day; 3) We are eating REAL, non-processed food. I like that because I can do this for life. It's a sustainable approach to eating and cooking; 4) the recipe database has so many new ideas; and 5) the community is very supportive, yet real. And I guess I could go on and on, but those are the main reasons. There's no way that I'd give WW another dime when SP is working so well. I am a fan!

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4/24/13 10:17 A

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As an on-again/off-again WW subscriber, this post helped me make the decision to leave for good. Nothing against the program, but I'm not losing weight and suspect the free fruits/veggies may have something to do with it, as well as, frankly, boredom. I'm going to commit to SP and see how it goes. I've never done a calorie-counting diet so I'm a bit nervous, am glad you're all here to offer support!



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2/18/13 5:18 P

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I'm a lifetime 'WW member, but was really disillusioned after trying the at home program. It was supposed to include a years subscription to their magazine, which was going to be my at home "leader", and it never came, even after I called them about it. Now I combine TOPS and Spark People and have lost 25 pounds. It's been slow, but it's been steady. And it's a whole lot cheaper than WW, and much less fiddly. It's just a matter of finding what works for ones self , for some its WW, for some its Spark People. And then sticking with it.

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rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
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2/16/13 11:30 A

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I used to do WW. In fact, did it for 2 years and lost 25 pounds. HOWEVER, once I got in the Less to Lose category (only 5-10 pounds to lose), their P+ program stopped working for me. And let me tell you - I am diligent and dedicated. I weight and track everything. I am a clean eater (lots of fruits and veggies). In my opinion, there is something wrong with their points calculation and the program just doesn't work as well for many women with only a few pounds to go.

So I made the switch to Sparkpeople and lost the rest of the weight that I wanted to lose within 3 months. Never looked back!

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2/11/13 12:06 P

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Honeylissabee - you may have written this a while ago, but I hope you read this.

I remember you from WW. I remember your posts on the message boards. And, here's the thing. Any program will work when you finally embrace it. You know exactly what I'm talking about. ;)

I truly hope you find what works for you and lose the weight.

Eat for the body you want, not the body you have.


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