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Have your cake...just not too much.

  • Apr 21, 2009
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I have struggled with weight, superficially, practically all my life. In fact, it's a common issue with the women in my family and we have all tried many different methods for losing weight whether it be Jenny Craig, Body For Life, or nutri-system, etc. but none of those weight loss programs offered the freedom and flexibility that Weight Watchers does.

I know many may be thinking, "This is just another fad diet plan" and I used to think the same thing until I tried it myself. The commercials don't lie when they say "Stop dieting. Start Living" because that's exactly what Weight Watchers allows you to do.

The concept centers not around providing you with prepackaged foods and special shakes (although Weight Watchers does have a large variety of food products and cookbooks), or eliminating carbs and kicking up the protein intake, or only eating certain kinds of food, etc. but around making weight loss easier and more suited to your individual needs.

The way it works is through a points system. Each day you track your food according to your daily points allowance which is determined by your current weight, age, and average level of activity. For instance, my daily points allowance is 21. So for breakfast I drink a cup of coffee, 2 points, and eat a rice bar, 2 points. That's 4 points for breakfast and I have 17 points left for the day, and so on. You also need to fulfill certain dietary requirements i.e. you have to have at least 5 fruits or veggies per day, 2 dairy products, 2 healthy oils, 2 lean protien, 1 whole grain, etc. They also help by advising you to consume foods that help you feel fuller. You can even earn points for exercising. The amount of points you recieve for activity depends of the intensity and duration of your activity.

Tracking points is easy and can be done by writing it down or by using the eTools which is what I do. I just log on, track my points for the day, determine what I have left and plan accordingly.  And what if you run out of points for the day and you're having a big birthday party the same day? Or you need just a couple more points for this day or that? Aaah, the beauty of Flex points. Each person gets 35 flex points per week with which they are able to do what they please. I usually save mine for the weekend since I'm a little more lax during that time.

You can also attend meetings and meet other people who are struggling as you are. This is a little more expensive though. However, I would recommend going to meetings if you've never done weight watchers before. I don't go anymore because I was feeling like I was hearing the same thing over again and because using the eTools is just easier and cheaper (about $15/month vs. $40/month for meetings too) for me.Also, a good thing about going to meetings is accountability--you have to weigh in with a staff member and she records it.

I love weight watchers. It just makes sense. Eat right and in moderation, exercise, lose weight. Imagine that! No food to order every month, no shakes to mix up, no pills to take! It's just the way we were meant to eat and exercise in an easy, organized program.


 
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April 23, 2010
Nice review. I've known a few people who have had great results with Weight Watchers. Like you say eating right and in moderation and exercising is the way to go. Thanks.
 
December 17, 2009
Two WTW points in one cup of coffee??!! That's roughly 120 calories. It's not coffee that has those points. What is it? Cream? Sugar? Nice Review. Qigong Bear
 
July 09, 2009
I just rejoined weight watchers, I also love it. It really works if you stick to the plan. I also feel that the weekly weigh ins keep me so accountable. I weigh in on Sundays so I don't splurge all weekend. Great review!
 
May 09, 2009
Outstanding review, Shugrshell. I think you gave a really good overview for people who've never tried WW. I'm currently back on points (for the 2nd time) and I love that it allows me to go out and not be tied to frozen meals or some crazy restrictions. It's basically just the old "get a healthy, well-balanced diet and get some exercise" line with some extra guidance in the right direction! Have you read Such A Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster? She has some pretty funny observations about WW & the fear of birthday cake.
 
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Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
Inspirational commercial by Weight Watchers with Jennifer Hudson tonight on Dancing With the Stars, " I Can "
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
I found this to be an effective program that helps individuals relearn about food. The membership price is costly. Check to see if your health insurance or employer offer discounts. My HMO offers 12 weeks for $24.
Quick Tip by . May 26, 2010
Great Organization. Teaching people how to balance Food Groups and loose and maintain weight.
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Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) is an international company that offers various dieting products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. Founded in 1963 by Brooklyn homemaker Jean Nidetch, it now[update] operates in about 30 countries around the world, generally under names that are local translations of "Weight Watchers".

Weight Watchers encourages members to select a goal weight that results in a body mass index generally accepted as healthy (20 to 25), although a member may also establish a goal weight outside of that range after providing a doctor's note to that effect. In the United States, in order to join Weight Watchers, one must weigh at least 5 pounds (2.3 kg) more than the minimum weight for his or her height.

Once a member reaches his or her goal weight, he or she starts a maintenance period. For the following six weeks, the member gradually increases his or her food intake until the member no longer loses or gains weight. If, at the end of six weigh-ins during the maintenance period, the member weighs in within 2 pounds (0.91 kg) of his or her goal weight, he or she becomes a "Lifetime" member. A Lifetime member may attend meetings free of charge as long as he or she weighs in at least once per calendar month and, at any weigh-in, does not weigh more than 2 pounds (0.91 kg) more than his or her goal weight. If the member weighs more than 2 pounds (0.91 kg) over the goal weight at a ...

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