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Old 01-05-2009, 09:43 AM
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Has anyone ever tried Weight Watchers?

I know it's kind of gimmicky but they're offering it at my workplace at a discount and I really could use to lose 10 lbs so I kind of want to try it. Has anyone ever done it?

Also, does anyone know if they will let you join if you are not technically overweight?
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:27 PM
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I have recently been on weightwatchers and reached my goal weight just before christmas It really works for me, not necessarily because of the tracking side of things, because I only tracked for the first three weeks, but because you know you have to go step on those scales and it's really annoying if you gain weight. I have lost a stone

Rigidly sticking to the diet and tracking does make the weight come off faster although I was quite happy to still pretty much eat what I want, just in moderation and watch the weight come off a bit slower.

They do the core plan too which suits some more than others, but I couldn't do that because bread isn't included and I know it's quite bad, but I do eat a lot of bread(unless you take it out of your 21points a week allowance-a slice of bread is one point)

I wasn't technically overweight, I was within the correct BMI range but at 5"7 and weighing 10st 12lb I was too heavy for my frame, particularly as I carry most of my weight around my top half. I think you need to lose around 10lb or 10% of your body weight, but I think you can still go if you need to lose less, they will just monitor you a bit more closely to make sure you don't lose too much

Of course, I am in the UK so I don't know if it is exactly the same where you are, but it must be roughly I feel and look so much better for it...Good luck!
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:45 PM
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Yes, they let anyone join even if you are not technically overweight. There were people who were lifetime members who were at their goal weight but still attended meetings.
At times it can feel like a 12 step program for foodaholics. I was horrible with writing down everything I ate, but I did learn some good tips and it felt good to have the support. I stopped going b/c it got expensive for what I felt I was getting out of it. I'm sure it depends on the instructor, but it started to feel like the same activities/advice every week. I would probably go back if I had a discount and there were more people my age at the meetings.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:31 PM
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I've never tried weight watchers but a lot of people i know have. They told me that for them it was all about figuring out the portion control and not overeating. That way they could eat what they wanted to as long as it stayed within their points. This way they felt more satisfied because they were able to quench cravings as long as they didn't overdo it.

Some of the actually just bought the points books but didn't bother with the meetings or anything.

To be 100% honest though, if you are just trying to loose 10lbs i would look for a different program where you may see more results. Something like Body for Life is a great type of program that includes the whole 40/30/30 ration of your macro nutrients with a good solid strength training program combined with cardio training.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:08 PM
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I tried Weight Watchers and I liked it because I could eat what I want. Well I went a little overboard and ate all my points and more so I didn't last on Weight Watchers too long. I think a more restrictive plan works for me because I'm not tempted to eat more "cheat foods."
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:28 PM
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I did it a long time ago (like when I was 13), but quit pretty quickly. I think it was because I was so young, and everyone at the meetings was older than me. Also, it's hard to get yourself to go to the meetings, so if you don't have a lot of time, I wouldn't recommend it. I think the most I lost on it was a pound per week, which you can do pretty easily on your own.

I've thought about using it again, but I've had the most success just using thedailyplate.com to count calories and track my exercise. I've always been better at keeping my diet in check than working out.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:54 AM
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I did weightwatchers ( still some so I can maintain). I got the booklet and points calendar then never went to the meetings. I was able to lose 60lbs without them. My mom, on the other hand, gains weight if she doesn't go to the meetings. It's so easy to follow, and I lost the weight so quick.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:39 AM
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60lbs Good for you!!
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:13 AM
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I've been on a similar eating plan for a while now. I've lost 80 pounds
I eat 20 grams of fat a day and 1,100 calories. And walk about three miles everyday and I do Zumba three times a week.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:10 PM
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i did ww after having all three babies (added some points for nursing) and it worked great. i personally like the flex plan better than core but that is just me. i liked the freedom and not feeling so deprived. i was usually "good" all week and then had a cheat day on sat (ie wine, pizza) it worked really well for me each time.
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WW has a new program called the "momentum" which is basically flex and core combined.
but I honestly wouldn't waste the money on WW if you only need to lose about 10 lbs.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:22 AM
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My sister in law lost 25 pounds on weight watchers and has kept the weight off after over 1 1/2 years, she looks great!!
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:53 PM
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WW has a new program called the "momentum" which is basically flex and core combined.
but I honestly wouldn't waste the money on WW if you only need to lose about 10 lbs.
I agree with Kelly for only 10 pounds its not really worth it.

I LOVE WW though....I did it online for about 3 months and now pretty much on my own, its just the teaching of healthier food is what was worth it to me, I never did meetings or any of that....I just needed a refresher course on how to lose weight and count calories and know more about good and bad food and the effect it has on me....
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:51 PM
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I needed something to lose my baby weight so I tried weight watchers. I think its probably one of the best programs out there since you dont have to deprive yourself from anything, just watch portions which is the healthy way to eat anyway. I still use its point system casually to gauge how much of stuff I should be eating. I am at my ideal weight but since I turned the big 30 it is harder to stay there so that is why I love the point system.
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