I followed WW back in 1999/2000 and was very successful (yea yea and 12 years later here i am again! but! i kept it off/maintained for MANY years).
Anyways. I enjoyed the simplicity of counting points. I never would have counted calories because that would have required way too much effort in a paper-and-pencil journal and having to look up nutrition information in an actual, physical book. WW was easy to do with a little notebook and limited/no online resources. It's the "journalling" part of it, I think, that is the most helpful - just the same as the nutrition tracking with Sparks - LOGGING WHAT YOU EAT is kind of... instrumental for success, i think - no matter what system you use to do it.
When I did WW, non-starchy veg were "free" but FRUIT WAS NOT. And in fact, at the later end of my WW journey, there was a big "thing" where it was decided that CARROTS would move from "free" to "1 point" status (what?! were people failing to meet their weight loss goals due to untracked/overconsumed carrots!? really?!!). I have to admit, I wonder how making the fruit free is beneficial to the process. Because I honestly CAN eat 3 pounds of cherries in a single day (which is... about 1200-1300 calories).
However, they have been using "free fruits" for quite a while now, so....who am i to say! Maybe I'm an anomaly with my fruit-consumption-abilities, and the average person just never really would think to eat fruit by the pound?
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
| current weight: 174.0