Weight Watchers

  1. Has anyone used Weight Watchers program and how did you feel about it? What kind of results did you have? I am thinking about joining and would like to hear your opinions.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Not me, but my best friend from high school lost over 100 lbs and is now one of the "instructors", or whatever they call them.

    He struggled up to high 40s with his weight. He had a heart attack which finally motivated him to stick with it.

    He likes the support he gets and the positive feedback from going to the meetings.

    I think nutritionally it is a good diet if followed properly.

    Good luck.
  4. by   emily_mom
    I am joining next week (part of New Year's resolution). I had a friend on it that lost over 70 lb and looks wonderful. She really enjoys doing it, but does it on her own now. I've had other friends quit b/c they didn't have the willpower. I guess it all depends on how bad you want it.

    Kristy
  5. by   Beach_RN
    I just joined with my Husband! My H cousin lost 62lbs..... in 9 months... she looks fabulous!

    We cooked a couple of items for the week and froze them... and the Lean Cusines and Healthy Choices are on sale....... so stocked up on those!

    I have no choice but to stick to it! My daughter and I are bridesmads in a Family weding in June!
  6. by   nursedawn67
    I thought about joining the online WW. I'm on the computer most of the time anyway, and I don't really have the time to leave the house. While I'm online I can do laundry, dishes and such.
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    I did the online WW last spring. Lost 25 lbs in 3 months. I stilll have more to lose, but I got lazy and haven't been counting points. It's my resolution to start again.

    The first week was the most difficult, learning how to count points, but after you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. The thing I like the most is that you can save extra points for up to a week, so you can "cheat" every once in a while. I hate those diets that say you can't have something at all, knowing I can't makes me want to run out and eat it right then.
  8. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by RN2bNC
    I did the online WW last spring. Lost 25 lbs in 3 months. I stilll have more to lose, but I got lazy and haven't been counting points. It's my resolution to start again.

    The first week was the most difficult, learning how to count points, but after you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. The thing I like the most is that you can save extra points for up to a week, so you can "cheat" every once in a while. I hate those diets that say you can't have something at all, knowing I can't makes me want to run out and eat it right then.
    Did you like the online version....I mean did you find it helpful?
  9. by   CountrifiedRN
    Yes, I found it very helpful, even though I didn't use half of the services they provided. I mostly used the food journal (to keep track of my points each day) and the points calculator and exercise calculator. They also have a weight graph, so you weigh yourself at home and once a week log it in to the graph, and it shows your progress.

    I checked out the message boards there in the beginning, and they have some wonderfully supportive people on their boards. I think you can check out the message boards as a guest.

    I'm going to start back this week, on wednesday when my break from school is officially over.
  10. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by RN2bNC
    Yes, I found it very helpful, even though I didn't use half of the services they provided. I mostly used the food journal (to keep track of my points each day) and the points calculator and exercise calculator. They also have a weight graph, so you weigh yourself at home and once a week log it in to the graph, and it shows your progress.

    I checked out the message boards there in the beginning, and they have some wonderfully supportive people on their boards. I think you can check out the message boards as a guest.

    I'm going to start back this week, on wednesday when my break from school is officially over.
    do you remember the cost involved...and from the sounds of it it was worth joining..correct?

    Thanks so much for replying btw
  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    If I remember correctly, it was $60 for the first three months (There is a sign up fee, so it worked out to paying the sign up fee and two months and getting one month free.) Then it is $14.95 per month after that. Or you can sign up monthly for 14.95/month and a $30 sign up fee. Here is the website with the prices (for online), and you can click on home if you want to browse the rest of the site:

    https://www.weightwatchers.com/util/sig/step_one.aspx

    Oh, that doesn't include meetings. I think the price if you want to go to actual meetings varies by location, but I was never interested in going to them.


    I thought it was worth the price, mostly because I had been trying so many other things before starting WW. Some of the diet pills I had tried cost way more than that for a one month supply, and I had tried the Atkins diet, and that is pretty expensive if you buy the products and books, and because you end up buying so much meat.

    I think the biggest help for me is that it taught me what a serving should be, and how to keep track of what I eat in a day. I ate within my range of points, and at the time didn't really exercise outside of my normal daily activities, and I averaged a 2 lb loss per week. It sounds like a little, but it adds up.

    The more I think about this, the more I kick myself for not sticking with it.
  12. by   bewbew
    I went to Weight Watchers after having my baby, and lost weight initially, but then I became obsessed with point counting, and just general food obsession, as I was starting to crave the high point foods, therefore I just put the weight back on.

    If you have a steely will, I am sure it works........not for me...

    I found that when I had a lifestyle change, when I went to uni, the weight just dropped off...........and in retrospect I was actually eating less, exercising more.....all that sensible stuff that no-one (especially me!!) wants to hear when trying to lose weight.

    I know this sounds harsh, but this is just my experience.
  13. by   CountrifiedRN
    Originally posted by bewbew


    I found that when I had a lifestyle change, when I went to uni, the weight just dropped off...........and in retrospect I was actually eating less, exercising more.....all that sensible stuff that no-one (especially me!!) wants to hear when trying to lose weight.

    I know this sounds harsh, but this is just my experience.
    Doesn't sound harsh at all, you're absolutely right! We all know we should eat less, and exercise regularly, and we can lose the weight. For some, like me, it's finding the motivation and having the will power to stick with it. It's so much easier to order a pizza when I am tired than it is to cook and clean up after a healthy meal, and since I'm being bad anyway by ordering a pizza, why not go all the way and throw some pepperoni and black olives on it!

    I guess for me, when I was counting points, it helped me stay in control. If I wanted pizza, I could have it, but I had to save my points for it. But once I gave in and stopped counting, I eventually stopped worrying about portion control and the types of foods I was eating. I've gained back about 10 lbs of what I lost, and I hate it!

    No matter what type of diet you try, you have to find the will power to stick with it. It is definately a life style change that will get the best results, just going on a diet is a temporary fix, and often not permanent.

    (See, I know this, but why can't I apply it?)
  14. by   karenG
    I have lost 38lbs with ww- and am still going! only 10 to go to target. feels heaps better - the only problem is that with the weight loss and exercise (I fence and dance salsa!) my BP has dropped to 90/50! not sure if I should be worried about this or not!!!

    Karen

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