I am doing Weight Watchers but only doing the online portion. I have also started keeping track on here just to see where my points were calorie wise for the way I was eating because I was losing awfully fast. I am eating close to the right amount of calories and I am not hungry so I am not going to worry about fast loss for now. I do like the breakdown of the Calories, carbs, fat, protein that they do on spark though. I think for me I find tracking on WW easier though and I am more likely to keep it up. For now though since I have the money and the time to do both that's what i'm going to do.
current weight: 159.2
Fitness Minutes: (665)
1/31/14 2:13 P
I also did WW and it really does help you learn about portion control and how to eat. The meetings were okay, but due to school, I had to cut it out.
With that said, it's a great program, but the cost does add up. If you need assistance with how many points things are, you can try to get the WW point book from someone who has done it. Right now, I'm using SP, which keeps me in check with my calories. :) Good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (40,069)
1/31/14 1:52 P
I did WW around 2003. I didn't really care for the meetings (I already know that stuff), so after a while I just used the books and points info and did the program on my on. WW taught me portion control.
I did South Beach and really liked the foods. Then I kind of merged the 2, WW points focusing on SB recommended foods. SB taught me better food choices.
When I found Spark, I didn't bother with WW stuff any more. I like the detail the Spark nutrition tracker gives.
to me, WW is a good basic start. If it works for you, that's great. I just like more detail at this point in my journey.
So far the only think I don't like about Weight Watchers is that the website is not really compatible with Windows 8. I am sorry that my other computer went kerblooie and I had to get another, but I did.
Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.
Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.
STILLLIFE- you may want to check the WW store. When I joined upteen years ago, there was a slider in my getting started kit that would help determine points. You may be able to borrow it from a friend or have someone pick it up for you. I know the WW website also supplies a calculator but if you are not a member I am not sure you can access.
I did WW for a long time. I followed their point plan and did lose weight. I went to meetings instead of on line because I am a people person and needed the affirmations up close and personal.
Since I have changed my lifestyle (WW nor SP really supports it), I no longer "track" calories or points. I track nutrients.
If you ever decide to go to a meeting, i would suggest going to a few different leaders. The information they convey is all the same for the week, but the leader made the biggest difference for me. it was the leader that motivated and pushed me.
as far as the diet choices- SP and WW are similar if not the same. SP counts it as calories and WW counts it as points. However those points do convert into the same calories on the SP site.
I participated in WW for 7 months and ended up stopping due to a money issue, but i can say that I lost over 50 pounds and really enjoyed learning the things that I did. If I could afford it I would still be doing it, but that is the way it goes.
As a former Weight Watchers meetings leader, I can tell you that it is an amazing program and it does work. The accountability of weighing in every week and the support and motivation of the meetings is what sets it apart from most other weight loss methods. As far as eating goes, WW encourages you to choose what they call "power foods" over processed "fake foods". If money is an issue, I recommend going to one meeting when they are offering free enrollment (it will only cost you $13.) Get the materials and stay for the Power Start session after the meeting. Then you can do WW on your own and use Spark People for the group support.
current weight: 169.2
Fitness Minutes: (7,835)
1/10/14 9:03 A
There is a WW Team on SparkPeople that you should have a look at. The members have a lot of helpful information there. Many people, myself included, have an easier time counting points. Check out WW, like all diets, it's not for everyone. Keep looking til you find the one that clicks with you. Good luck!!
Points are really just a different way of counting calories. For most people, the "points" they are assigned correspond to the bottom to middle of the calorie range SparkPeople would recommend for them. If you can't afford WW, I would recommend just using the free tools here. Weight Watchers and SparkPeople have *extremely* similar approaches, but SP is a little more oriented to learning and to general health. The two work very much the same way.
current weight: 132.0
Fitness Minutes: (214)
28 1/10/14 1:49 A
ALSO! Are there any websites that help figure out points that anyone has used? I have found one that might be good to use which is: www.exercise4weightloss.com Which does explain how to use WW if anyone is interested! :)
current weight: 233.0
Fitness Minutes: (214)
28 1/10/14 1:47 A
Has anyone ever tried Weight Watchers before? My friends mom does it and has lost a bunch of weight. It has really worked for her and I was looking into trying it. I unfortunately don't have the money to afford to try it off their site. Nor do I have the time to learn from my friends mother. So instead I'm looking to see if there is anyone out there that has done it, or is still in the process of doing it. :) I have figured out the maximum "points" I am able to take in.
It would be nice to get some feedback on how what foods to mainly eat, and how much of it to it. I know there are many calculators out there to use, but I'm not overly sure how to use them!!
So a couple of questions..: 1. Who all is on WW, or is looking to start like me? 2. What's the process you use to count points and measure out food? 3. Is there any place online to figure out what foods to eat n what not?
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