Can Weight Watchers Really Help You Lose Weight?

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Weight Watchers ReviewWeight Watchers has certainly stood the test of time. Founded back in the late 1960’s, thousands of people have lost weight using this popular weight loss plan.

So, great, right? Go sign up? Not so fast… Weight Watchers may be the oldest, but it’s not the best program for everyone.

Weight Watchers & Its Weaknesses…

Pros

Cons (Flawed)

Clever points-based program takes the thinking out of calorie counting. What else do the points measure? There’s more to weight loss than calories!! (Explanation in a sec…)
Classes for group support. You are the one who gained weight. Shouldn’t YOU rely on YOU to lose the weight? (Maybe, maybe not… keep reading)
Thousands have reported success with the program. The program is lacking in long-term studies to see if participants kept the weight off for good.

 

Lose Weight but Stay Unhealthy? (And maybe gain it back?)

I have mixed feelings about weight watchers because for some, Weight Watcher’s has been a saving grace. It does help people get a grip on portions and understanding the caloric cost of one type of food versus the next.

What it lacks, however, is more information and help in choosing very healthy foods (loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber) versus foods that may be low in calories (or points), but also lacking in nutritional value.

Remember, even thin people can be unhealthy if they eat poorly.

And what about the group thing? I’m not gonna’ pick on this too much because I know support is a good thing when a person’s trying to lose weight.

BUT, some folks theorize that part of the lack of long-term results with weight loss may be due to this group effort. Once the group is done (and you probably won’t continue for life), will you have what it takes to stay strong and keep the weight off?

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65 COMMENTS

  1. Weight Watchers is the absolute BEST weight loss program around. Throughout my life I have tried every “diet” there is. One of the greatest things about Weight Watchers is that it is NOT a diet. It is a way of life, and it teaches you how to be aware of what you are putting in your mouth, and to become a healthier, slimmer you! In 8 months I have lost over 40 pounds and gained many lasting friendships!

  2. I am on Pro Points at weight watchers and have lost 25 pounds in 12 weeks. I found it easy from day one. I have not just opted to make my unhealthy lifestyle fit inside the point system by trimming it down a bit, but have changed my whole approach to food and eating. I have removed all chocolate and cakes from my shopping list and upped the amount of fruit and veg that I buy. I limit my fruit to 3 portions a day to make sure my fructose intake does not shoot up and undo the good work. I still buy meat, but look for leaner cuts and make the same amounts of meat that I used to divide between 2 of us go much further. I cook nearly everything from scratch and only occasionally have weight watchers meals for those times when I really have not got time to cook. I think that weight watchers products are over priced and many of them taste bad. I do rely heavily on the yougurts because they are the lowest pointed yogurts around (I have checked them all out). I also use the Shape delight deserts coupled with fruit to make more substantial deserts for main meals. I track everything so I know what I am eating and I have also cut out fizzy sugary drinks and drink a lot of plain and fizzzy water. This is a lifestyle change not a diet and it has made me think very carefully about the content of what I eat. My will power generally is lousy, but I have found it very easy to stick to this and now 12 weeks in I find normal chocolate and shop bought cakes too sweet. I’d rather make my own and know what goes into them.

    I do still allow myself the occasional treats and sometimes have takeaways and stick within my points, but they are occasional not daily or even twice daily. This is the issue, where people just think that they can eat what they want when they want and not pay any price. I feel better for losing the weight and going forward know that the changes I have made in my life will be permanent. I may put some weight back on in the future, but if I do then I will just re-asses my eating habits again and get back on track. I know how to do this now or more to the point I know how important it is to do this. The old adage “every thing in moderation” is very true. There is nothing wrong with the occasional chocolate bar or once or twice a month having a take away, but too many people live their lives just eating this food and that is why we are becoming a nation of fatties. I think that a return to war time rationing might just be the ticket to help people re-evaluate their attitude to food and learn how to place value on the right foods.

  3. I am on the new points plus system, and I. Have to say, they are now taking into account other things other than just calories. I find it easy to stay on this plan and after 3 weeks I am already down 7 lbs. I love it, and do recommend it.

  4. I have been on EVERY diet known to man kind, and finally I came back to the only sensible plan that works. WW has allowed me to lose 62 lbs of fat since January 18th of this year. I am thrilled. I eat pizza. I eat vegetables and fruit. I eat lasagna. I eat lean proteins. Get the pattern here? I can eat some of the previously forbidden foods in moderation, just not all on the same day! I have cake and cookies too. Just not often. I eat lean protein, lots of veggies and my bag of 94% FF popcorn nightly. I am losing weight. Is it blazing fast? No! I am averaging about 1.2 lbs a week. I feel great. I look great and I will see goal. I also will do this for the rest of my life. It is easy peasy..if you are willing to track, weigh and measure your food. I am. It is just like a diabetic needs to do certain things to keep their blood sugar in check. I am fat. I need to weigh, measure and track my food.

    Thanks WW for always working to improve the program. I love it. Points Plus is the best!

  5. I havw been on ww for 3 weeks and have lost 16 pounds. You have to use common sense about what you eat. I do something active atleast once a day. I do treat myself sometimes but again you have to use commom sense

  6. I love your site. With that being said, you may need to revisit your “interpretation” of Weight Watchers. Your ‘Weight Watchers and Its Weakness – Pros and Cons’ are slightly flawed in an of itself and is misleading. Someone who was to read the above comments who was not familiar with WW is getting erroneous information. “Weight Watchers may be the oldest, but it’s not the best program for everyone.” WW encourages – 100% – healthy eating and good food choices. However, they also offer options for people who choose to not eat healthily all the time and the systems still works. I’ve done many weight loss programs and WW was the only one that worked, well and easily, for the long term…as long as I continued to eat healthily. Like with any eating method, once you fall off the wagon, if you don’t get back on, you’re going to gain the weight back eventually (Even then, it took a long time and two torn and repaired ACLs over three years to put it all back on). As you even encourage in your Health Hound’s Fast, Safe, and Effective Way to Lose Weight Quickly download…If eating healthily isn’t the best program for everyone, I don’t what is.

    p.s. I had the option to stay at the meetings but when it came down to it, I was the one who gained the weight, I am the one who lost it, and I am the one who gained it back and it wasn’t beacause I was eating healthily. I am now the one losing it again, with your help, WW help, and MY efforts. Thanks for the great info and give WW more bones.

  7. I am really tossing up the idea of joining WW online, can anyone give me any input of WW online? I really need some help I have about 40lbs I would love to lose.. I have tryed everythig from atkins to gimmicks I fall for on informercials but my own doctor and doctor Oz highly recommend WW. HELP! Thanks..

    • I just joined WW online looking to lose about 30 lbs. I have only been doing it since the 24th (today is the 29th) and I have already lost 4 lbs and my clothes are fitting much better. I love the online, and the great thing about WW is they don’t just count calories like some people assume, they calculate protein, fiber, fat, and carbs and then give you a point for a specific food. I would really recommend it, if you haven’t signed up already!

    • JOIN!!!! I love online. I do not have time for meetings. I know some people need the meetings, but online works for me. Also, the points calculator is wonderful. I have the app on my phone, but it is easier to pull out the points calculator (about $10.00 if you are a member) and calculate something in the grocery store to decide if I want to buy it or not. I love being able to look things up so easily online. I love it. I have lost 15 pounds since January 2, 2012 and I am now a size 4 and cannot be happier.

      • WOW! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it I have not joined just yet, it’s been a $ thing, but hopefully this weekend I will be joining.. I have been working out very steady and now to just incorporate some healthier eating will hopefully make a huge difference I would love to lose at least 30lbs.. wish me luck! Thanks again..

  8. I used WW for 3 weeks and lost 5 lbs but quit…guess I wasn’t motivated enough to lose weight to eat their food. The frozen food wasn’t bad but didn’t care for their regular meals. Remember, if you quit your first month, there’s a hefty fee to pay but if you stay on it at least 2 months and quit, I think the fee is removed but that was 2 years ago. They didn’t give me a chance to pick out my own food as they were supposed to.Find out these things B-4 you sign up. You need to spend money on salads, vegies, etc. yourself.

    • Judy what on earth are you talking about? You don’t have to purchase Weight Watcher foods to be on the diet. The foods they sell at the centers are optional. Are you talking about the frozen foods at the market? That is completely optional. I think you have this program confused with another one – maybe Jenny Craig or Nutri System? Your post makes no sense about fees and foods. On WW you make your own meals and count the points using their tools so you can keep track of how many points consumed each day. Depending on the start weight – for example Female, weighing 170 lbs would eat 29 points a day and an extra allowance of 49 per week. You don’t even need to pay a membership fee to follow this program and the group meetings are optional. If you buy the points book that is all you need. It’s easy.

  9. OMG WW is the best program ever. I have tried it in the past without much success. There was a very good reason why though. The rule is “write everything you bite”. I would cook a meal for my family and taste this and that.. THAT COUNTS!!!!!!!!!!!! Alcohol is a lot of points. I would have a couple of drinks a night. They are full of sugar with no health value. You can eat anything you want. You can earn extra points if you work out. If I know I am going to need more points, I workout harder and earn them. This is a life long healthy eating habit plan, not a diet. I love it and I have lost 15 pounds since January 2, 2012. I am now in a size 4 and happier than ever!!!!! Thanks WW!!!!

  10. I absolutely love weight watchers. I have under active thyroid and losing weight for me is very difficult. I tried everything but the scale kept going up. I tried WW in Sept of 10′ and by June 11′ I had lost 53 lbs. Since then I have been in a car accident and kind of lost my motivation and gained 10 lbs back. I started again and I’m down 12. WW is a wonderful program that would work for ANYBODY if they actually follow the program.

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