Weight Watchers

  1. Has anyone lost weight on weight watchers and kept it off?

    I seem to start out really well on the plan and then lose motivation. I have lost 20-30 lbs but then the second I go off weight watchers I gain it all back. I want to know if anyone out there has a better way to lose weight and keep it off?

    I know it's a lifestyle change but I always seem to fall back into old habits of emotional eating and stress eating. I lost a chronic pt today and came home and ate brownies and ice cream.

    Any advice would be helpful, I want to lose weight and be a role model for my patients.
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  3. by   Austincb
    You have to stay with it! I started eating clean 1.5 years ago, working out lost 60 lbs. I started school in May and eating clean wet out the window and 14 hours, 4 kids and exercise are tough, ESP with anatomy and chemistry Lon story short Ive gained to pants sizes, went from a 16 to an 8 to almost a 6 and am in a 12 my diet has gradually gotten worse. I know what to do I just don't do it!!!
  4. by   cn2007rn
    Thanks for your comment, I hear you on the size roller coaster!! What do you mean w/ eating clean?
  5. by   duskyjewel
    If you develop good habits that lead you to a healthier weight, then why do you stop practicing them? I am on WW Online, have lost 30 pounds in a bit more than 2 months, and plan to stay on it for life. It IS a lifestyle change, not a diet. If you treat it as a diet, it will fail long term, like any other diet. If it's a lifestyle change, then you make it your way of life.
  6. by   joanna73
    That's why you gain the weight back....emotional eating. There is no magic formula for weight loss. Balanced meals, exercise and treats in moderation. Works everytime. One way I keep my calories down is by drinking only water and herbal tea. No pop, juice, or booze. Well, booze maybe twice a month. I would rather eat that cookie, vs waste calories on juice or pop, as they all add up. And I'm an emotional eater, so I get it. Generally, I allow myself to eat whatever I want two days a week. The rest of the time I eat healthy meals, and a small treat every other day.
  7. by   joanna73
    Eating "clean" refers to eating small balanced meals throughout the day. Protein not larger than a deck of cards, with fruits and veggies. Limit starches, breads, sugars. Lots of water. I have one size of clothes. For me, once those pants get tight, it's time to cut back. I refuse to buy bigger clothes. Those cookies are not worth that much. My weight has always stayed the same, within 15 pounds. Any more and I feel too sluggish.
  8. by   duskyjewel
    Also if you don't have brownies and ice cream in the house in the first place, you can't binge on them when you are emotional. You set yourself up for failure when you make the choice to buy those things and put them in your house, just waiting for you.

    If you came home emotional and only had fruit, veggies, lean protein, and complex carbs in your fridge and pantry, then even if you binged you would be eating healthy food. Something tells me you wouldn't binge, though, because the preferred foods aren't there. Then you would be forced to learn to process those emotions..... and that's why you make sure there are brownies and ice cream in the house, to protect yourself from having to do that.

    When you learn to stop avoiding feeling by anesthetizing yourself with food, that's when you will break this cycle.
  9. by   itsmejuli
    WW is a life style and the only diet I've ever done.

    But...over the last 2 years I've been an eat, drink and be merry fool and managed to pack on some weight.

    I started my WW program a couple days ago and I'm going to stick with it. WW is great for really making you think about what you're putting in your mouth. But I can also budget my points to allow for going out for dinner and having some drinks.

    I plan to be 20lbs lighter by summer. I have some really nice clothes in my closet tht I can't get into.
  10. by   duskyjewel
    I save points for date nights and splurges too. If you ALWAYS deprive yourself, then you will fail. By saving weekly points and exercising a lot to earn activity points, I have plenty of room for dinner out and a movie, or pie and coffee, or Christmas or Thanksgiving. I am never violating my plan because I work those special days into it.
  11. by   joanna73
    Exactly. Weight watchers is based on the premise that you can eat anything, but in moderation. If you exercise, you can eat a bit more, and you should. But fast food, fried foods, and cakes should be limited. Sure, I splurge when I want. I ate lots of unhealthy food over xmas week. Now I'm back to my healthy eating. And bringing home the junk is limited, too, because if it's in the house, I'm going to eat it.
  12. by   itsmejuli
    As long as I faithfully do my grocery shopping I am good at sticking to WW. I've got loads of veggies and fruit and I made a yummy veg soup to snack on. I feel so much better when I'm not indulging in bread, butter and french fries.

    It takes a lot of effort for me to get groceries and cook. I live within walking distance of endless restaurants, pubs and coffee shops and bakeries and ..the list goes on and on. I think the novelty has worn off for awhile.

    I keep no junk food in my apartment....all I have is Kashi bars for 3 pts. Those usually do the trick for my sweet tooth.
  13. by   joanna73
    I also find I don't feel well when I'm not eating well. I'm tired and I have much less energy when I'm not consuming enough fruits and veggies. I have a major sweet tooth though....baked apples and bananas with cinnamon do the trick, and I also like those zero fat fudgecicles
  14. by   itsmejuli
    First week weigh in and I'm down 2 lbs. Yippee!!

    I also feel better when I'm eating healthier choices.

    Revelation this week...I discovered S Pelegrino sparkling water and lime to have with my vodka.