It was like a sign i got the email from w. Love your blog and your recipes - keep them coming and thanks. But the two are pretty dissimilar. Water is my best friend as it keeps you filled up when you think your thirsty. And I weigh myself every day You are such a star for this!
GETTING STARTED with WEIGHT WATCHERS
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How can we improve? The majority of the participants on Weight Watchers stuck to the diet and lost twice as much weight as the doctor-diet group. Finally, the American Diabetes Association has studied Weight Watchers and found that meeting attendance combined with an emphasis on healthy eating—including veggies, fruit and high-fiber, low trans-fat foods—makes it a good commercial diet choice with better, and healthier, results.
How about Weight Watchers reviews? A picture is worth a thousand words, and for me the before-and-after of performer Jennifer Hudson is all you need to see to know Weight Watchers works. She lost 80 pounds. And though she ended her relationship with the company after about four years, she lost the equivalent weight of a healthy year-old and said in interviews that Weight Watchers changed her life.
What each of these has in common, too, is that all successfully lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, and in the case of most—if not all—have kept the weight off, in some cases for years. But what about regular people? The most candid and compelling review I located was posted on SparkPeople. So my humble opinion on WW, I believe it works great if you stick with it.
She said while on Weight Watchers she ate a lot of high-fiber foods, a lot of vegetables, lean meats and fish, light breads, fruit and drank a lot of water. I would like to lose 76 pounds. I know this woman. I am this woman. But trinkets, tools, and good old-fashioned customer service help the spell work. The allure, or Weight Watchers charms, are many. I loved the gadgets and many I still have, including the old Points slide thingamajig. Back in the day, free recipe cards and cookbooks, coupons, and trinkets to help remind me that I was accountable; a key chain, pocket guide, measuring cup, and non-toxic plastic water bottle with Weight Watchers emblazoned on it—those little talismans made a difference.
She had no problem canceling and she said Weight Watchers customer service was great. Based on our research people frequently try to compare Weight Watchers to other brands. Often the brands and their products are different in many ways which makes it hard to compare apples-to-oranges. This is our attempt to compare below 5 and pick the winner. Please take this information with the grain of salt and do your own research. If making dietary changes we recommend consulting with your medical doctor.
Coaching and networking, weighing in and showing up, online or in person—like I did back in the day in a church basement with a couple of dozens other folks fingers-crossed on the scale, chatting together, sharing recipes, and listening to a motivational leader. I understand the attraction to Weight Watchers. Been there, done that, and, I have been successful.
And that's the point; the weight didn't stay off so I, like millions more, yo-yo diet. On the Trim Down Club website, club members like the women I met every Saturday morning at weigh-ins in the days of yore meet up with other club members; the supportive and active Trim Down Club community. More than 1 million members and a social media following of nearly , cannot be wrong.
Many people who search for diet information about Weight Watchers also check out the Ketogenic system. Like many, I have done similar diets where you put your body into Ketosis—like Atkins. Comparing it to Weight Watchers is a bit of a stretch though given Weight Watchers does not severely restrict carbohydrate intake. But the two are pretty dissimilar. Not a good match. Nutrisystem is another diet that pops up in searches for diets similar to Weight Watchers likely because of the prepared, packaged or ready-made meals and snacks.
Weight Watchers has really cornered the market on prepared foods found in nearly all of your supermarket aisles. Nutrisystem , though extremely popular, relies on pre-made, processed and packaged foods. As I mentioned, Weight Watchers encourages but does not restrict carbs. Just about every frozen Weight Watchers entree has white pasta or white rice with a smattering of protein and lots of carrots.
I know this because for years, on and off, I ate them regularly. And finally, the 21 Day Fix is a diet that often appears when people are surfing the Web for diets like Weight Watchers. But they are about as close as fifth cousins.
The 21 Day Fix is wildly popular and trendy and among the most searched diets. And at 21 days, it couldn't be more dissimilar to Weight Watchers which has only your goal weight defining the duration. The Trim Down Club helps folks make the change for life. If you follow the diet religiously —and it is very doable—you absolutely will lose weight, usually in the neighborhood of a pound or two a week. But hopefully the habits learned while on Weight Watchers will stick.
I mean you can , you can lose. In , Nidetch sold Weight Watchers to R. I suppose that was a smart move on her part and made her filthy rich. Heinz, obviously, is a mega-food producer and one of the kings of processed foods, and while it sold most of Weight Watchers to a European entity about 17 years ago, it still produces Weight Watchers packaged foods under the Weight Watchers label and Smart Ones brand. And I am here to tell you, I ate my share and then some of those so-called Smart Ones frozen pepperoni pizzas, and I did not do myself any favors.
So go on, try Weight Watchers. But please buy and prepare your own meals using fresh whole foods. Do not buy their crap Sorry, Oprah. And finally, since loss-gain-return, loss-gain-return is the cycle for the vast majority of people on Weight Watchers—and the money-counters hope you do keep coming back—consider this a word to the wise: Can you access this program off line anywhere?
I would also like to join the WW support group, I think it would be very helpful! Thanks for taking the time and expaining the new plan for us. I would love to be included in the support group.
Looking forward to our meeting tonight. Heard that is going to be easier to follow. My leader said she lost 5 plus lbs the first 2 wks.
Hope I can do it too. I would like to join the support group also. So the weeks to come will be key in proving me to be a skeptic… I pray to god that I am so so wrong. How about pictures of food, much like the egg on toast and apple picture.. Has anyone seen the Points value for Vitatop Muffin Tops? They are one of my staples and my meeting is not until later this week. And how about a shout out to Starbucks with a Grande Skinny Latte weighing in as one of the free power foods — Way to Go!!
I dropped out of WW three weeks ago as I was doing so badly. MY own problem not WWs. Felt like I was wasting my money. A bit embarrassed at weighing in. I joined 40 years ago and did so well and became a Lifetime Member. Even worked for them as a clerk. I am so ashamed of myself for not having better control over what I stuff in my mouth. Hopefully this new programme may do the job.
I did my best under the original programme but then again I was 40 years younger. What I would love to see on weight watchers would be simpler recipes and cooking just for two as well as families.
Sandra in Ca — Thanks — I scrolle dup and saw that Viatatops chocoloate also my favorite went to 3 points — but like you said, wih free fruits and veggies, who cares! If you like oatmeal, you may want to try this: Follow the Quaker Oatmeal box directions for serving quantity.
Start with 2 sticks of whole cinnamon in the water. Add 1 cup of Steel Cut oats great fiber and 3 cups of regular not instant oatmeal. While that is bubbling away, add a splash of vanilla extract to taste. Keep stirring every few minutes and while that is happening cut up an apple or two remove the skin , lay in a glass pie dish and add ground cinnamon and a few shakes of Butter Buds or Molly McButter this is real butter just dehydrated to the top.
Add a little water and microwae on high for about 3. When the oatmeal is done, add the apples and stir well. The cinnamon will have thickened just a little and will over the next few days give even more flavor the oatmeal. You can add a little more ground cinnanmon to taste. After the oatmeal cools, you can store in the fridge — it will last for about 1 week you will have just about enough for 1 cup a day.
This is really good and you can take it to work in a plastic container — I travel with this even when visiting relatives so that I can have at least a decent breakfast.
I admit, as a Lifetime Member who has recently gotten back on the wagon I fell off I was more than a little freaked out about the change! But I will perservere! Oh, and I would love to be part of the support group! I now do WW on-line, and miss the support of the meetings!
I really enjoyed your take on the new program. I am a lifetime member and need support! I would really like to join your group. Thanks for all the information about the new program.
I am excited and looking forward to a good change. I need to lose about 80 pounds so I will need all the encouragement I can get. Would love to join your support group.
I went to the meeting today and got the new material. It is going to take some getting used to. Please sign me up for group too. I made lifetime in and thought I could do it myself. Went back in January of I love the new program for some of the same reason others are nervous about it. It makes me feel like a newbie again and re-motivates me. All the past programs have worked if you follow them, but now it seems that new program is much more healthy oriented but still permits you to make your own choices.
Would love to join the support group, need alittle added motivation to get into this new program. I am a lifetime member since ; had a few set backs when I fell and broke my ankle 3 years ago. I need to get back on track and get back to excercising as best I can! The good thing is I am sill under my goal.
The other good thing is that when I weigh in on Sat. I will have lost weight. I usually weigh in before eating, in the lightest clothes possible.
The program is about a new mindset. Eating higher point quality foods to get up to 29 points. Today I came up short by 6 points and I had no room or desire for any more food.
Hopefully this is a good thing! Will keep you posted. I havce been on and off the program for many years. This new program might be just what I need to stay on track. Please add me to your group when it does start! Day 2 on the new program and I am completely hooked! I lost about on the former program and have kept it off for 2 years and still track everything I eat online.
I needed a boost and this is exactly it! I have been trying to lose another 10 , but have been struggling with that. I am anxious to see how all the fruit is going to impact me one of the first things I did was buy grapes and bananas!!
I have 29 pts each day and today at 9 pm, I still have 11 remaining. Would love to be part of your group! Now is the time!!! Oh, and I love your website! I would loooooove to join the support group!! Change is always hard however I really like the new program. Went to the meeting today that talked about the new point system. I love the fact that fruit is now 0 points. After the meeting I went to the store and stocked up on fruits and veggies.
Please include me in your support group when its up and running. Please let me know about the details when you have the finalized. I am excited about WW again. I would love to participate in the support group. Went to the new points plus roll out this am and I think this the best of them all. While many point values have increased Progresso 0 pt soup is now 1 there are many that have decreased as well turkey breast from 1 to 0.
This new program has renewed my enthusiasm which is so important especially during the holidays. Please add me to your e-mail list. Would love to meet new buddies struggling with the same issues.
Thank you Danica, for your enthusiasm and insights. With HBP, high cholesterol and triglycerides and 50 extra pounds, my doctor has been very patient with me…. I am about to rejoin WW to finally lose those pesky last 25 pounds I have been trying to shed for years now…. Happy to have found your web site. A support group is a great idea. Very excited about getting on this new WW plan, it has renewed my faith in WW.
I find it much more complicated than the old point plan. I guess because I now need a calculator to figure out points when I was able to do it in my head.
On points plus I have gone over the old points number a point or 2 each day but stayed within my points plus number. I know that WW has tried to incorporate the newest nutritional information into this new program but they also have a profit motive in getting new and older members into the meetings and also in selling new materials and kits.
Having done the new program for the last 3 days I have to tell you it is almost essential that you purchase the new points calculator and perhaps the new complete food companion. Most of the foods I eat just are not covered in the free materials. I guess we will see if in the long run it works. I have to wonder, after 3 days of doing it the new way, if in a year or 2 we will be back to doing it the old way in some renamed new plan.
So excited about the new program. My first meeting is today! Please sign me up for the online support group — that sounds great! Where do you buy the new kit for that price?
I have looked online and they are like dollars. I found your site by searching for the new WW info, excellent review. I just recieved my new package on yesterday and it is soooo exciting. Way to go WW buddies! I have done WW in the past, but all the enthusiasm about the new program has convinced me to try it again!
Hello Danica, I appreciate your comments and enthusiasm regarding the new WW plan. Last evening I attended my regular meeting and I must admit it was the most quiet our group has ever been, just trying to listen and grasp the new concepts as our leader discussed them. I just typed in WW new plan in my search and stumbled onto your webpage and it is wonderful. Explained so much more and the comments from friends has helped a great deal.
I reached my goal and will work hard to maintain it for life! But I am confused about how I can get my daily points target. On the old plan, it was I am not into going to back to a meeting right now and I do not subscribe to etools I am a Lifetime Member and the third option is to use my points calculator to calculate the daily points target seems to be the best bet for me, but how can I figure out my daily points target using my points calculator???
Thanks for this post! I love the information you posted and looking forward to the new program! I have a points calculator from the most recent before this program change will i need to purchase a new one or is it the same one? Love to join , lifetime WW member.. But like even the idea of more than 18 per day and fresh fruit 0 Yeah!!! I heard that the old points calculator is obsolete now and you need to buy a new one! I guess to be successful, one needs to make an investment!
Looks like the kit with free calculator may be the way to go! Glad some people are interested in the new program. On the plus side, I found a formula online evidently the points plus system has been in place in Europe for a few years under a different name:.
Yesterday, I was able to call WW number to ask a Q about the new electronic calculators. Is anyone else having similar problems? Will make the transition easier to manage with an entire group of WWs along side! The new points system sounds very exciting — free fruit! I bought the books and all that good stuff.
It didnt break me but it was excpensive. So now if I want new books I have to pay for them. I do have an i phone so I have the app. I am almost a lifetime member. Im not sure if I like the new plan. I just found your blog and I love it!!! I think it totally worth 30 something but after getting it home 55 seemed outrageous for it.
But I am loving the new program, I ate my normal breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt this morning, and while I usually ad a fruit to it. This morning tough I added strawberries, raspberries and a banana!!
Loving the zero point fruit!! I would like to join the support group. I was confused by the new program at first, but I have the hang of it now, I hope. I would love to be a part of the support group. This would hopefully prevent that. And these are the only two ways that I can calculate points now because there is no free slider. I would be fine with the new program if there was a slider or free app. Laura, I would try to talk to your leader about the situation, sometimes they can be helpful.
Also, once the big excitement of the new program is over, I wouldnt be surprised if they started having free ways to figure out points- and we all know a pirated version will be online very soon. Not that I support trademark infrigement! Every couple years this happens. After I lost my weight on winning points? Thank you so much for all this info! I entered in the nutrition info for a Special K Protein Meal bar and the new points value is 5 was 3 — I entered in the same nutrition info but lowered the protein and the points actually went down — I thought protein would lower points, not increase them.
Went to a WW Mtg. Very excited about the new PointsPlus Plan. Please sign me up for your WW Support Group. You have such a nice your site here. I love the idea of your blog and support group! Also being an on the go mom, it made it very difficult to stay on the program.
I would also love to see ideas shared. As a single parent I can no longer afford to attend meetings…that 39 a month is a huge expense for me…one that can go to utilies, groceries, etc. I could use a support group outside of weight watchers where I can get the support and encouragement that I need to stay on track.
I would also like to join your support group. Any help available to stay on the wagon would be greatly appreciated. Please sign me up! One more thing-I would like a section where people attending meeting might give a summary of what the weekly meeting was about.. This would be a lot of fun for those of us who cannot attend meetings. I am 71 joined ww in , lost 72 lbs, became a receptionist, then a leader for 6 years.
Became ill and could not exercise for a long period, gained 40 lbs and am back. It is much harder, but I am determined to lose 28 lbs which would put me at my goal weight. Just discovered your site. I am getting motivated again about losing the weight. Would love to be part of the support group!!!
Thank you for all your hard work on this site. I would like to be part of the WW support group. Been a lifetime on and off for years. A new program will be difficult to learn — but maybe motivational at the same time? Going to meeting tonite. Thanx for sharing that prices will go UP in January.
Am a lifetime member, but 10 pounds from my goal weight. Please add me to your group for motivation to get to goal and stay there! What a great explanation of the new program. I am a new WW user and was just getting the hang of it when they changed the guidelines. I would love to be included in your group. Danica thank you for such a complete run down of the new program! It sounds like some awesome changes were made! Thanks for the info Danica!
Your info and excitement about the new program sent me running back to WW to join in!! Please add me to the WW Support Group!!! Any advice or tips for new members would be fabulous!! Add me to the group! I would love to join the support group…one question I have is where did you get that deluxe kit? On Weight Watchers site it is I am also very interested and want to be included please.
Total frustration for me! I want to join in Jan, and want to prepare for success! Any and all help appreciated—I have a large amount to lose and plan on succeeding. I did it once before and WILL do it again….
I am really excited about the new program. And I love being able to grab an apple or some grapes for a snack. Since I am doing the program on-line I would love to become a part of this support group. I am definitely looking for a positive, upbeat experience and I believe this is the place to find it! I started Wednesday with the new program — I would love to be included in the support group!
Would love to join the group. I have anxiety about switching over! I feel overwhelmed that I need to recalculate everything. I dont know what to look for while shopping. I was in a rut for a while and i am loving points plus. What is has done is get me re-focused. I would suggest that everyone get the points calculator. I use e-tools and my i-pod but have found so often this week whenn looking for point values I had to either get my i-pod or go on the computer.
Would love to see recipes on the group site especially since I am not a cook,. Thank you for sharing this info! Wow…what an amazing group of people…. I can tell this will be my place to go and learn and shar. I found this fantastic website off of a Yahoo news story when they quoted Danica. I have been maintaining lifetime goal for two years, and still attend weekly meetings. I do not subscribe to e-tools, use a 3 month written tracker, and have not had to pay since i am staying at goal.
The materials were free and complete. The minimum daily is 29 for everyone — and if you are lifetime and maintaining — add 6 — to a daily target of See if that helps maintain — adjust accordingly.
The weekly allowance points are now 49 for everybody. Free fruit is wonderful! I was resistant to change also — but one can always find fault from a resistant point of view — I decided to accept the change as a booster to the mediocre set in, roll up my sleeves. Fits my lifestyle better than any in the past.
If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to ask yourself what you are willing to do — the resistance can become just another excuse to delay that success. I was on maintance for 9 years and lost 65 pnds on the old point plan and kept my weight off till I got layed off over a year ago there went my routiine and then starting putting weight back on.
Love going to the meetings and seeing the other members suggestions. I also would like to be part of the suport group love your site. I just started Weight Watchers yesterday and feel a little overwhelmed. I was browsing for information online and came across your site. It is so wonderful!! If possible, I would like to be part of your WW support site as well. Thank you for your terrific blog!! Is there something we have to do other than comment here, to do so? I would love to participate. I recently became a life time member, and this would be the spark to keep me going.
Add me to your group please. I did ww on line for a year and lost 20lbs. Went off and gained it all back plus, been doing a medically weightloss program for the past 7 weeks and have lost 24 lbs, but it is way expensive, and with the new point system, I am excited, because I have low blood sugar and had problems staying on point before. I would like to join the support group too! I did WW in the past and loved it. Yikes pregnancy sure does a number on your body! I lost 20 pounds ending 1 year ago on Weight Watchers.
Have recently last 5 months put 10 pounds back on. I actually never reached goal the first time, but was reasonably happy where I was.
Would love to have the extra support of your group — I found it so helpful when people in my old WW meeting talked about things that helped them, recipes, snack ideas, etc. I am rejoining this week. Do you know when the app for the droid is coming out that you spoke about.
Scan the barcode and get the points value? Also do you know what it is going to be called. Your website is great, I am going to start weight watchers soon! I have had much success with the Weight Watchers program and hope to lose even a little more with the new plan.
I would welcome the chance to be a part of your support group. I hope to hear from you soon! Calling Weight Watchers today to get their pre-paid pass that way, its way cheaper then getting it at a meeting. My mom joined and she said most people in her class had big weight lose numbers on the new points plus.
I would like to be a part of your new group. I am slightly anxiety-ridden with the new points plus progam and I need support! Look forward to being a part of this new community…. I just joined Weight Watcher for the 4th time this past Friday. The leader was great! For the first time I actually feel like I can do this and I am very excited. I have 80lbs to lose, I am really looking forward to new online support group. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love your enthusiastic presentation and overview.
I just ordered my kit today and I am so glad I did because there were only two left and they have no idea when a new shipment will arrive. All the motivation I can get and sharing recipes and ideas is so fun and makes the process so much easier. I started the new program last week and lost 4lbs. Points Plus is exactly the same. The GI book offers details on how everything is calculated and there are very good tips.
I still believe in tracking to stay focused. The new program will definitely work! I look forward to being a member of this support group. After eating points a day, really had trouble even coming close to recommended daily target of 35 and only used 2 of my WAP. Thus, my scale is showing a loss; hope that means as i adjust my eating, more points will mean maintenance. Find i eat mostly power foods, a lot of fruit — which i guess was using my points up prior.
Never in my life did i think i would have to eat more to NOT lose. It works when you work it! Only took a lifetime of errors to get here — it IS possible, so hang in there!
You, too, can do it. It is incredibly simple. It does not use four variables. It does not find plus points. But what it does find is virtually equivalent to plus points.
Do you think anyone might be interested? I have lost 60 lbs with the old program and am looking forward to the new program. Our WW at work will resume with the new program the 2nd week in Jan. Please add me to the mailing list. Would love to join the support group! Thanks for this site. I am diabetic and very concerned about the effect that free fruits will have on my daily glucose levels and my A1C three-month levels.
I have been quite effective at managing my daily levels through minimizing sugary fruits such as grapes, melons and pineapples.
I checked the site for a discussion of diabetes and the new program to no avail. I am thinking that I can follow this program if I maintain my current consumption rules for fresh fruit.
Common sense tells me that I will need to modify the program to meet my needs; however, will too much modification mean that I am not really following this program?
Can other diabetics tell me their experience? Please add me to your mailing list. I am very interested in the support group. I have been struggling with my weight for the past several years. I lost 35 pounds in but have gained it back. I have been attending a Weight Watchers meeting and leave feeling motivated but by the second day I have lost motivation, with sweets being the main problem.
Very excited about the new program. I am a lifetime member and I just signed up again today for etools. Looking forward to learning about the new program. Are there WW spies who are watching everything you eat??? I kind of did the old way but did not really stick to it but now i am ready to stick to the new program. I have wanted to eat less carbs but did not want to do Atkins or the other popular low carb or no carb diets.
So I hope you will let me join your group i would appreciate it very much.. I had the best luck with Core in the past — but not enough people did it and it was hard to stay motivated. I have so many questions still have not been to a meeting yet about the changes in points. I wonder if there is a site with the new points listed for most foods? I still love a piece of pizza occasionally and a glass of wine, so now with the extra points I think it will fit in nicely.
When I did the old point system I never lost more than 2 pounds in a week, however, when I started doing Core — I lost 4. I hope this will be the same. Good luck to everyone. I reached my weight watcher goal in There have been many changes to the program making it not very restrictive. The choices allowed were poison to me. Over the years I have gained weight and am now at my highest point.
This is the week that I will again join ww and am looking forward to following the comments your readers submit. Boy, you have devoted alot of time to this site.
Thanks for the effort. I never saw the estimated points per meal chart.