Just make sure that all the points you have access to are from the same plan (Points Plus or previous programs). Some foods have more points plus than on previous plans. If you have access to the nutritional information, plug it in to get the points/points plus values.
Oh, and for Points Plus values, you need the fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein information, rather than calories, fat and fiber for the previous programs.
Thanks guys for all of the advice! I started making a food plan with points using my old book and I got my daily points from a site online and I'm going to try and follow it. A friend of mine gave me a HUGE word doc with recipes (points included) so that should help. Maybe once I can save up some money then I'll join because I like the idea of going to the meetings to help keep me accountable. We shall see what happens in the next few weeks! :)
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It is absolutely possible to do Weight Watchers on your own. That is you can do the points plus values, and the tracking, and all that but one thing you will be missing is the group dynamic. That is what makes Weight Watchers, Weight Watchers. Without the group, doing it on your own, you might as well be doing Nutrisystems, or Jenny Craig or South Beach (out of a book!).
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Yes, it is possible to follow the plan on your own. However, I've been doing this since 2002 and whenever I get to my goal range, I think I can do without meetings (go to the first meeting of the month and the last meeting of the following month); I wind up going off-plan so often that I fall back into the gaining mode.
I know people that do online only and on their own (with the paper information) and do it well, but sadly, that is not me. I find I have to go to a meeting every other week, at a minimum.
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Yes it is possible. You have to figure out what your daily points would be. The new plan you have to have a calculator. The old plan you don't need it. If you have the book that shows the points to the foods that would be helpful. You will have daily points, weekly points, and activity points. I would be really helpful if you could join when they have the free sign-up and do weekly meetings. Go a couple of weeks and then quit. That way you would have the basic info. You can buy all the stuff online at ebay cheap if you are patient and bid low. Good luck, I am doing it on my own. But I have joined and quit more times than I care to admit. I went and bought little spiral notebooks for about a dollar at walmart and set them up as my food journal and weight journal. Keeping track of everything that goes into your mouth is the key. It helps you see where you need to cut or increase. Fruits and veggies in the new plan are free, well some of the regular ones anyway, corn and peas are not but they arent that high in points. Have at least a fruit and 1 cup of veggies at each meal. Small protein portions about 3oz. to 6oz. lean meat chicken, turkey, extra lean ground beef. Look online for recipes, sparkpeople have good ones, hungry girl also has good ones, check your local library for other cookbooks, some weight watchers are good also. Follow the health guidlines with the protein, grains, veggies, etc. Sparkpeople also have a meal plan available to help also. to keep within your calories. Post online and we are here to help.
I've been doing WW on my own, and I've lost about 40lbs so far.
I use the application "Ultimate Weight Waters Diary" on my phone, and I really like it. My neighbor (who goes to WW meetings) checked my app and said that it's almost identical to the WW app, only she liked mine better.
I also use an app called "Restaurants and Weight Watchers" which not only gives the Points and PointsPlus for most items at MANY popular restaurants across the country, but it also gives calories/fat/other nutritional information.
I know that meetings are best for information and support, but I also google "Weight Watchers Point Plus" and read websites, and lurk on message boards to learn information that might be helpful for me to know.
ETA: O! I forgot to mention! I was talking to my neighbor about the "divide the calories by 40 and round up" method of estimating points that we were talking about here www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes sa geboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x47675853 , and she said that a friend of hers uses that all the time. He uses an online WWPP calculator to find his daily points (plus he has his 49 weekly points, of course), then divides the calories in whatever he eats by 40 and rounds up to find his points and logs it that way.
Now that's not the "right" way to do it, and there are issues with doing it that way, but she said that he was pretty happy with it right now, so live and let live, I guess.
My Aunt has done WW for a few years now and has lost a significant amount of weight. I would like to try it but cannot afford they gym membership and the WW meetings/online forum. I would like to try it by myself and I have some of her old books for point values but that's it. I was wondering if it was possible to do this on my own and what all I would need. I would appreciate any help given. :)
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