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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Does Weight Watchers Really Work?

I wanted your advice/opinion before I took the plunge. Does WW really work and is it worth it? I've been trying to lose weight since my early college days, have tried everything and have had no success. My friend and I have been discussing joining as a somewhat final straw. My only concerns are spending money on it as well if I will stay motivated enough to stick with it and go to the meetings, etc. I'm currently 174 and would to lose about 50 pounds and so tired of "yo-yoing"!

Yes, Weight Watchers works! But like most diets, you have to follow it properly. Keep a log and write down everything you eat, weigh your food, drink your water, and exercise. What I like most about the Weight Watcher diet is that it teaches you how to eat right and live healthy. WW allows you to eat the foods you like without restrictions and helps you make healthy choices to stay within your daily POINTS. WW also encourages exercise unlike other diets. At meetings you will form a network of support with other people also losing weight and trained leaders will give you advice about health and fitness as well as keep you motivated.

Weight Watchers has been around for over 40 years and has always been a reputable and effective diet. The only negative most people will tell you is that tracking points can be a bit time consuming. I'm not sure if my opinion is biased since I have a website with Weight Watcher recipes. Perhaps hearing the opinions of others may help you make the right decision.

Do You Have A Weight Loss Success Story?? 

If anyone wants to share their experiences with Weight Watchers, good or bad, or their weight loss story, this would be a great place to do so. This can be useful for people who are thinking about joining but aren't sure.

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Natasha said...

Weight Watchers definitely works when you stick to it. I have been off and on the program for about 3 years, and everytime I rejoin I lose. My problem is that I get bored counting points and don't always attend meetings. I think my biggest problem is I get bored with my leader because it seems like I've heard all the same stories and advice. I am sure it would help to switch it up and go to other meetings. Keep in mind, in the beginning all the advice and stories from the leader and other members are HUGE motivators!
I know WW works very well (I've lost as much as 30 lbs in a few months) and it gives you the freedom to eat what you want, but it teaches you how you should be eating (choosing filling foods, monitoring portions etc.) Even if all you do is go for just a few months to try it out, you will see its a good system and its not like all the other "diets" out there. It is just a way of life PERIOD. Stick with it and you will succeed!

Michelle said...

I started WW in March, and I have lost almost 25 pounds. For me, the structure of WW is just what I need. It's been worth every cent for me. I have only used the internet version, no meetings. For some reason WW has kept me more motivated than just the plain old calorie counting.

Laura Merrill said...

I started WW (seriously) in January of 2009. For me, the diet provided the structure that I needed and taught me simple lessons like portion control and weighing weekly. I've lost about 60 pounds since then and have been able to maintain (within a few pounds either way) of my goal weight since about April of this year. It's easy to slip back into habits but I know that when I do count points honestly and accurately I will get back to where I want to be. I've loved the lifestyle change!

Allie said...

I have recently started WW again. Before I lost 25 lbs with it in a couple of months, but gained it all back when I lost motivation to count points, found excuses to attend meetings, thought I knew it all and could do it on my own.

WW is a life change, not a diet. It's not about fast weight loss, it's about changing yourself and your relationship with food and exercise. Right now I am only averaging about 1 lb of weight loss a week and I see that as a major accomplishment because really... if I could lose 52 pounds in a year that would be great weight change, and would be slow so it won't bounce back.

WW does take a commitment, you need to decide to change your habits, change your mentality, change your lifestyle. It's not a quick fix, and once you do get to a goal weight, you have to realize you can't go back to your old self. If you are willing to accept that, WW is a wonderful choice because you can LIVE - you can eat out, you can have a piece of birthday cake, you can go on vacation and be a normal person. Just not how you were before. :)

Ms. B said...

I have been doing WW for almost a year now and I agree with those who've commented before. It's a life change not a diet perse. I still have around 25 lbs to loose but I've already lost 45 lbs. It takes commitment and a drive to change how you live and your habits. It most certainly works as long as you're counting points and dedicated to losing the weight.

Katie said...

I have been on weight watchers for 5 weeks,and I love it. I feel that this is better way to learn how to eat... not just lose the weight. In 5 weeks I have lost 12 pounds and I feel great. I am a long way off from my goal, but for the first time I feel that I actually can see the light at the end of the tunnel

The Newsham's said...

I love Weight Watchers. I started Weight Watchers in October 2008 and in a little over a year I was able to lose 90 pounds!! It took a lot of hard work and I had to follow the program. I chose Weight Watchers, because I could eat anything I wanted as long as I was in my points and/or weekly points.

Check out my story at
http://livingachangedlife.blogspot.com/

tb said...

Hello everyone! Thank You all for the fantastic advice! I wrote the above question and am so glad with the Gina's response as well as all the comments! I truly think this is a commitment I can stick to and am going to take the plunge! I've also been encouraged to maybe create a blog to document my progress! Thanks again!

nuttygardener said...

Good Luck! You can do this.

I have lost 40 pounds in my first 20 weeks on WW. I love that I am learning HOW to eat, and with Gina's help I'm learning to cook healthier. I have a long way to go to reach goal, but I believe I can do it. So can you.

I will disagree with the 'eat what you want' comments though. You can eat a LITTLE of what you want. You must offset that with healthy choices to be successful.

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers is wonderful! After being on the program for approximately 27 weeks I have lost 53 pounds. I still have more to lose, but I will continue on my journey with Weight Watchers.

Anonymous said...

WW works. Its like nutrition for dummies. Its easy to stick to because there are no restrictions or foods that are "off limits". It teaches you to make healthier choices. Its easy to integrate into your lifestyle...whether you are on the go and need to eat out, whether you attend a buffet or party....with ww you discover how to make healthier choices on a daily basis in every day situations. I lost 30 lbs with ww a few years ago and am back on the program now to lose the weight I gained while I was pregnant with my daughter. Thank you Gina for creating this website....I looooove to cook and your recipes are FABULOUS!

Samantha said...

I started WW in July of 2008 and have lost and kept off 82 pounds so far! When I started, I went to the meetings religiously. I loved the sense of camaraderie, the tips, the tricks, and the 5 pound star stickers for my bookmark (What can I say, I like stickers). After losing 60 pounds I stopped going and for the most part, have stopped counting points. However, WW is still a part of my every day life. WW taught me HOW to eat. I know exactly what I am putting into my mouth before I eat it and for the most part, never have to calorie count because I now know what I am eating. I can't recommend the program enough!

Tummy Tuck said...

WW really does work! Been there, done that, got 50lbs lighter!

Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife said...

I just started WW, and like the original poster, I had concerns about spending the money on this program.

I had a realization a few weeks ago that I *am* worth the $40/month. I *am* worth the extra effort it takes to write things down and to count points. I *am* worth the hour out of my week to go to a meeting.

After this realization, I joined WW. I've only been going for two weeks now, but I've lost about 5 pounds. During this time, I've felt full and have had increased energy. I would definitely give it a shot! You're worth it!

Amy Ramos said...

Yes!! I just started WW online and I love it. I mean, I am already in front of a computer every day, so why not? Plus, I can access it through my phone as well.
I was skeptical too but since my husband and I are trying to start a family (well, we have for over a year but that is a different story), I figure this is the time.
My mom was successful and I was too (over 10 yrs ago).

Thanks for the awesome blogs...I have tons of recipes now!

abvernon@sbcglobal.net

Rebecca said...

If you stick to the mantra, "If you bite it, write it," then Weight Watchers DEFINITELY works. I started WW in July of 2004. Within 20 weeks I had lost 40 pounds, and I made my lifetime goal by February 2005.

It's not a diet, but a way of life, and I found that once I made lifetime, I was able to give myself a little freedom from writing everything by doing a daily morning scale check and going about my day from there.

It was the best money I ever spent on myself in my life, and my desire to maintain my lifetime status with free monthly weigh-ins has been a great motivator. In fact, until I became pregnant in August 2009, I only paid three times in four years (once because I skipped a month, and twice because I was a half-pound to a pound over my upper limit).

Now that life with a newborn has settled down a bit, I'm back to tracking every bite to lose the last of my baby weight. I wish my WW people had explained the post-pregnancy lifetime plan, though. They give you three free months to get as close to your goal as possible. In my new-mommy fog, I thought of that as one free monthly weigh-in for three months. I lost out on coming in as often as I needed (weekly!) for support and motivation. I know I'd be closer to goal right now if I had. Still, the WW plan is amazing and I know that since I was successful once, I'll be successful again. :-)

Tiffany said...

This program is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me. I've lost about 9ish pounds in 6 weeks. I agree with the others that weighing, measuring, planning and counting is time consuming but IT WORKS.

I will say that if you are expecting to drop 50lbs in a month or two than this program is not for you. If you want to lose weight in a healthy manner, reteach yourself to eat and live a healthier overall lifestyle than this plan is just the thing to do it with. I can never explain all of the ways that this program has changed my life. In just 6 weeks, I think of food differently, I have seen results and I don't feel burned out from being restricted on food.

Notice how I never said "diet"? It's because it isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change. When I told my doctor that this was the program I joined she looked very pleased. She told me it was one of the best things I could have joined because of the healthy habits it encourages. If my doctor thinks it's okay, it's good enough for me. :)

Anonymous said...

Joining (and sticking with) WeightWatchers was the best gift I ever gave myself. I reached goal almost 12 months ago (after losing 30#) and this time have not regained the weight...by staying connected with the program...still attending wkly mtgs (at no cost) and being part of their online community. Lifetime, not diet...can't say it enough.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I love hearing all the success stories! They are all very inspiring and I can't thank you all enough for sharing.

Jennie S. said...

I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life. I joined Weight Watchers in 2009 and have lost 79 pounds. Being at my goal is the best feeling in the whole world! If anyone is thinking about Weight Watchers, I highly recommend it! Some days aren't easy but the reward of making healthy choices, controlling portions, and exercising are worth it!

Anonymous said...

I joined WW in June of 2007 and quickly lost approx. 40 pounds then began to gain and lost the same few pounds.

Basically what I learned is I am a compulsive overeater and I use food to numb my feelings. And the "points" system of WW wouldn't allow my binges. I eventually quit going but found Overeater's Annonymous. www.oa.org This is a free 12 step program that is helping me deal with the root of the problem and not just the symptom (the food). It's amazing how much I have changed emotionally since Joining OA and I encourage anyone who has food issues (Complusive overeating, binging and purging, annorexia..etc) to check out OA. I know many that work the 12 steps while attending WW. I have gained back about half of the weight I lost but I'm maintaining my current body weight.

Anonymous said...

WW is the best lifestyle for losing weight and keeping it off. Notice I said lifestyle, not diet. WW is not a diet it's a lifestyle change. I lost 30lbs in 5 months on WW along with exercise. Don't forget the exercise because this is what shapes your body and allows the inches to fall off! I am now considering being a WW leader. Susan, Cleveland, Ohio

Anonymous said...

Over four years ago I had scheduled myself for stomach bypass surgery. After months of testing and prep work I chickened out and cancelled my surgery.I was scared! I knew I had to do something,four years went by, I continued to gain weight! Finally! September 30,2009 I joined WW. I have removed over 53 pounds at the same time learned to eat healthy and change my relationship with food! Yes I said I learned! I went from I size 24 to a size 14. What a difference! If you are ready to commit yourself to a weight loss program WW is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

It's great to hear all these amazing stories. My husband and I just joined WW about 2 weeks ago. We both realized we needed to make some serious changes if we wanted to set a good example for our children on how to live a healthy life style. So far, so good!

Anonymous said...

I am 49 years and have been an off on ww for 10 years. In 2008 I lost 33 lbs due to a family renioun I wanted to look good! My dad passed away last year in March 2009, me being an only child , has to be the hardest thing I have ever went through losing my dad.

I have gained back all my weight, & have no motivation to lose anymore. I have tried the last year down 1 lb next week gain 2lbs. I love my leader, but as someone said its the same thing over and over at meetings.

Please help to get me back on track.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Depression can be a huge factor preventing you from doing something positive for yourself.

Baby steps! Start today, plan your (healthy) meals for the week, go shopping and buy everything you need. Load up on fruits and vegetables. If you manage to stay within your points this way and get some exercise in, even if it's just walking, this may motivate you to continue doing something positive for yourself next week. I wish you luck my friend!

Kristy said...

I began WW in late April, lost 25 so far, but at a plateau. So if the weather cools down I'll walk more with my dog. And maybe I can budge that scale!
I love the recipes and points info very much, have tried some and all good. Thanks!

Wendy said...

I joined WW 2 years ago and lost 14 lbs for the second time. I tend to "go off" because I like to drink beer on the weekends, but I've since found a healthy 1 point beer (Miller 64) and that has helped tremendously. I've just decided this month after inching back up 6 lbs that it's time to do it again, except this time, I am going to lose 25 lbs. I just think now that I'm 47 its now or never. I no longer go to the meetings, but I have my books and I write EVERYTHING down, even if I think I have it in my head. It works!

shellysdeli said...

Yes, it really does work! I joined in October 2008 and lost almost 90 pounds in 10 months! I followed it religiously. I never cheated, but I never felt the need to. I realized I could do this the rest of my life. There isn't anything off limits. You just have to know your portion sizes and know what you are willing to trade to stick to your points. Like if I want a brownie for dessert, I'll have a smaller lunch. I make only weight watcher recipes or recipes that I know the points.

Check out my story at www.shellysdeli.wordpress.com

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Thanks Wendy! Thanks good to know about the 1 pt beer!

I completely agree Shelly, thanks for sharing your story!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear of all the motivating stories, I have been on WW 2 wks and have been exercising daily. 2wk mark and I am 9 lbs lighter!!

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers worked for me!!!!... Achieved Lifetime on 7/7/10 down 57 pounds! Meetings kept me motivated and counting points helped me stay focused and aware of what I was eating!

Jane said...

The reason i support weight watchers is because it is not a fad, it is not a starvation diet and it is not boring. I like to cook and experiment and there are so many great weight watcher recipes out there. I want to make potato salad for this weekend and i just searched the web, had several low point ones to choose from and I am excited to try it. You never have to feel deprived, you get to enjoy the choices you make, get healthier and look and feel better. I believe it is the best way to go! (Lost 20 lbs)

Anonymous said...

I've now lost 105 pounds since last year. I went from a size 26W to a 14 in regular sizes. WW gave me my life back. I haven't weighed in or gone to a mtg since earlier this year but I've maintained/continued to lose on my own. Stick with it because it works. No longer am I the "fat girl" in every crowd.

Rachael said...

I have lost 43lbs so far with weight watchers and I adore it. The thing is it's not a diet it's a lifestyle change. So often people want a quick fix to "melt" away the fat but aren't prepared to make the long term changes involved.
I have gotten quite a few friends started on Weight Watchers over the last year and it is obvious from the beginning who will stick to it and who won't.
Weight Watchers has taught me so much and I have applied to become a leader so hopefully soon I will be sharing my tips with others (I will definitely be sending them to this website!)
I wish there was a way for me to upload my before and after pictures to this board for you all to see!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Hi Rachael!

I would love to post your before and after photos! Email them to me at ginah2design at gmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

I've been to WW so many times I've lost count! But I still maintain it's the best program out there. It IS a lifestyle program, not a diet! And if you change your lifestyle you WILL loose weight. In the past I'd do really well (7 years ago I lost 90 lbs, lost my focus/motivation, and put it all back on! :( But for me what really made me "fall off the wagon" was that I quit going to meetings when I started to gain the weight back. I was embarrassed, ashamed, that I was putting weight back on. And when I quit going to meetings everything else went out the window with it. I started back to WW in August of 2009. In a year I'd lost 60 lbs. Recently, due to family stress and being away from home, (and oh yeah, turning 50!!) I gained 10 lbs (I completely went off program during this time). In the past I would have thrown my hands up and said "I can't do this!" NOT THIS TIME!! I went right back to my meeting as soon as I got home and in two weeks I've lost almost 1/2 of what I gained! I'm back to walking almost every day for an hour, tracking what I eat, drinking plenty of water, and attending meetings regularly! It works!!! Go sign up today! You've got everything to loose!!! ;)

Katie said...

I've lost 60 lbs of baby weight (after two pregnancies I packed on the lbs) on WW and it's been easy to keep it off. WW is slow going but it teaches you how to make the right choices and also about portion control. Before WW, I had NO CLUE as to what healthy eating even meant. I feel so much better about myself and my confidence is back.
I did light walking with my kids in the stroller every day. A few things that I think really worked for me was cutting diet soda out of my diet completely and limiting my caffeine intake to two cups of coffee per day. I also stopped eating after 6 pm and that totally helped me to lose. Another key is to find foods and brands of food that are low cal and low fat. That's half the battle. All I can say is that WW is the only diet I have ever done that has been healthy and something I could do for a lifetime. It really works and I am a testament to that!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been on the Weight Watchers program for a year and nine months and have lost 121.4 pounds. I love the freedom to use my points on the foods I like. I do not mind keeping track of points used because I am not living just to eat - I am making healthier food choices that are saving my life. Starting at 309 pounds and now weighing 188 is a miracle - thank you Weight Watchers!! Linda in Houston

KMR5858 said...

When you have a new recipe how do you figure out the points? Is there a program? Thanks Kelly Love your recipes!

Wegnerlax said...

I have been on WW for 1 1/2 years and have lost 40+ lbs. I have not killed myself to stay on plan and don't kill myself exercising either. I have 20 lbs to loose yet and don't have a set date to get to the weight I want to be at. I celebrate non scale victories, such as jeans feeling looser, getting a bath towel all the way around my body, etc. In the year and 1/2 I have attended meetings, it is NEVER called a diet, it is a lifestyle change. If you don't stay committed to the lifestyle change, it will not work. You can't do WW and go back to living the life you lived before you started. You can treat yourself to the lifestyle you had before, but you can't live like you had before WW. It works if you stay committed!!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Weight Watchers has a recipe builder, here's the link http://www.weightwatchers.com/help/index.aspx?pageid=1068371

Simon99WW said...

See above: I strongly echo the comments from Tiffany and Jessica!

I've lost 27 lbs (with approx 25 still to come off).

These are suggestions that have worked for me:

1) I attend regular weekly meetings. I was proud of myself when I got the 16-meeting sticker (?) because I went consecutively. In the last 6 months, I have only missed 2 meetings. The meetings are great for me. I am doing this for ME! At first, my 4-year old went to meetings with me, but (for me) I quickly learned that I could not focus while she was with me, so I made other arrangements so I could go alone and focus on the meetings. I have met some wonderful people who I look forward to seeing every week. I love encouraging others and receiving their support. Even more encouraging...we have a member who we saw achieve Lifetime and he still attends meeting regularly. He is such an inspiration to me - because I made Lifetime 12 years ago, it started going downhill, because I stopped going to meetings. Make the commitment to yourself. It is your choice whether to attend meetings or utilize the program "online only".
**IMPORTANT** You may need to attend different meetings with different leaders and find one who you feel will give you the most support. They all have different styles, and it helps to find the one who you feel a connection. I LOVE my leader! I even drive about 10 minutes out of the way, but it is so worth it to ME!

2) "Fake it until you Make it" - may really help in the beginning. I had a hard time starting out of the gate, but when I reached my 5 lb mark, I knew I could do this! My leader helped me with that phrase.

3) Track ALL points, even when you could have made better choices. If you exceed your Points limit in a week - DO NOT stop tracking! It proves to be a good measure to where you could have made better choices and/or point out trigger times or foods that you may not realize. You do not need to share your Tracker or Points in a week with anyone, however, if you hit a plateau, your Leader can help you better if you share it with him/her.

4) Feeling low or need support? Confide in your Leader. They know the ropes! They will keep your confidences and help you along. They didn't become Leaders without being a member and reaching goal and Lifetime. As the saying goes, "been there, done that" could be their motto.

5) Labels: Take your points calculator shopping with you!! It may be an eye-opener for items that you may think are healthy or "not so bad". It doesn't mean that you cannot purchase the item, you'll just need to determine how to work it into your Points budget. Also, use a Sharpie and label the food items you buy and those in your Pantry - it's a great shortcut especially when you're in a hurry.

6) Portions: What helped me SO much in the beginning to purchase items that were already portioned-out. Well-known frozen meals were lunch and/dinner for awhile. Also, purchase some of the Ziplock re-usable bowls - especially the smaller ones (many are labeled) and this will help with learning new portions.

7) Support: Support is key. It can be difficult at times to feel support from your friends and loved-ones. It is your choice who you tell (if you tell) that you are on WW. After awhile, you be acclimated to the plan and know "I'm doing this for ME!", it will build your confidence and you'll find inner support within yourself. However, don't hold back and ask for support when you need to.

8) Tools: WW provides many helpful tools. Explore these and you'll find which ones are most helpful to you. I look forward to receiving my "Weekly" at each meeting. I love Gina's site - it has been a lifesaver for delicious (and often simple) meals.

WW works!! Best of luck to you!! I had a hard go of it at the beginning, but these are some of the things that get me through the weeks.

YOU are worth it!!!

Beryl said...

I started Weight Watchers in May. I have lost 28 pounds. I have 4 pounds to reach my goal.
It works for me. I weigh and measure everything because I need a more structure. I can eat anything I want within certain limits. I do not consider W.W. to be a diet but a lifestyle eating change.
I find regular attendance at a meeting is very important. If you don't click with your leader find one you can work with.
Like anything you have to start to succeed. Good Luck

Machelle said...

I just started WW a week ago and at my first weigh in I had gained 1.5 pounds. That was very discouraging because I was following the program to the letter and had started exercising too. Before starting, I didn't eat after 8pm but now I find myself with points left and I am eating just to use those points not because I am hungry. What do you do at the end of the day when you have points left?

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Machelle- Give it some time, make sure you log everything, every drop of oil you cook with, every teaspoon of sugar you put in your coffee. You should always use up all your points. A great opportunity to get those healthy oils in or a handful of nuts which are good for you, but also are high in points.

Anonymous said...

Yes Weight Watchers works. I think the key is going to the meetings. I have been a Weight Watchers member since Feb. and have lost 73.6 lbs. I am loving it!

Anonymous said...

My Daughter and I joined in Mid Aug of 2010; she is getting married in the summer of 2011. She is kicking my butt with weight loss :-). She is a stickler for tracking her points, me not so much. she's lost almost 24 lbs since we joined and I've lost 16. Many more pounds to go, but we both hope to look super on her special day.

I can agree that the meeting leaders make the meetings. She goes to a super meeting on Saturday mornings in our home town. I live in another state, and attend meetings on Saturday mornings as well. The meetings here in my area are good. We text after weigh in so we can encourage each other.

WW is a life style change and we've found we can eat at our favorite restaurants we've just modified what we eat. My daughter is the one who directed me to this site and I'm finding it so helpful.

THANKS

Anonymous said...

I joined WW on 9/20/10 and as of today's weigh-in, I've lost 36 lbs.in 11 wks. I couldn't be happier. Did this over 15 yrs ago but never followed through to goal. I have lots more to lose but believe I can do it this time.
Current plan is so much better than in the past. You get your allotment of points based on combination of age/ht/wt/gender; before everyone ate the same amounts! Never made sense to me back then. You would lose but you were often very hungry; not now!! WW is common sense combined with current science, support, and structure. I recommend it highly.

Heather said...

I started WW January of 2010, I have lost 66lbs and that was only giving 100% about 4mo out of the year! I absolutely love it and only have 20lbs to get to my goal!

Jennifer said...

I started weight watchers 2 weeks ago and at my first weigh in lost nothing. I'm afraid it won't work for me as I have always followed a low calorie diet of roughly 1100 cal/day and I believe 29 points is closer to 1400-1500. I'm afraid I am eating more calories now and won't lose over time.
Thoughts? Help?

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Give it a few more weeks before you decide it doesn't work for you. You were basing it off of calories, this takes carbs, protein and fat into consideration. Let me know how you make out in a few weeks!

Jennifer said...

I figured I would give it a good month. It works for so many that I hope it can work for me too.
I will let you know.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I hit 102 lbs lost today at my WW meeting! It works!

Anonymous said...

It does work, and it is very helpful to find out how to make all our favorite foods using healthier recipes. When I lost my job in May I had to quit the meetings due to money concerns, but only gained 5 pounds in all that time. My friend and I plan to be each other's weight loss buddy next week, do a weekly weigh in and encourage (or admonish) each other as we lose weight together! Once I am fully employed I would love to attend meetings again.

Anonymous said...

It works, absolutely. I would recommend WW to anyone looking to lose weight & get healthier. I have lost 12 lbs in 8 weeks, with about another 20 to go. Besides the awesomeness of my clothes fitting better, I now have the drive to exercise regularly, and to plan & cook healthy meals for myself. I am excited about cooking again - thanks in part to Gina's website. I just started doing Jillian Michael's 30 day shred in the mornings. I can run for 30 minutes straight. It's all good, and I love the program.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

You're welcome all!!

Ooh, I want the 30 day shred! Might have to ask Santa for that!!

Jill said...

I would defiantly recommend WW. I have been a life-time member since 2001. I started in October of 2000 and shed 30 lbs by March. My goal weight was 130 lbs. I had my youngest child in 2003 and gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy. In one week, I lost 38 lbs after having her. I shed the rest of the weight in no time. Now, it's 2011. I weighed myself this morning and weighed 130 lbs on the nose! WW teaches you what and how much you can eat to maintain your goal weight. The important thing to remember is that it is a life altering change, in a good way. WW is the smartest thing I have ever done and has totally changed the way I eat and helped me maintain the weight I desire. In my opinion, it seems like a little amount of effort to track what you eat, while losing weight. The benefits of the time it takes to do that far outweigh the life long results. Have a buddy and stick to the program. Not only will you lose weight, but you will also gain wonderful cooking skills that will benefit your whole family. Good luck to all and thanks to Gina for the awesome and easy recipes. "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels"

vickie said...

I have been sitting here reading all the comments and I think I am going to start WW...I've done it before and I lost 65 lbs. However, I stopped counting points and not watching what I was eating and I gained it all back plus some...now I'm ready to do this.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Good for you vickie!! Some very inspirational stories here :)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think the points plus program is really that much better than the old program? I am in debate with myself about to join again or not. I've lost with the old program-why change?

Anonymous said...

I love points plus and I think it's a better plan for retraining me to eat more nutritionally as well. With the old plan, it got really easy to make less sound choices but still stay within my points levels and eat higher carb foods when something like a piece of fruit would make a lot more sense (for me--b/c if I start eating a lot of processed food my craving for it just snowballs...)

The new plan definitely steers me to choose vegetables, fruits, lean proteins first and less starchy/carb options which has been a better choice for me. So far in 5 weeks, I'm down 12 lbs and really haven't been hungry or bored.

But the real test will be after about 5 months...

Then again, now that I've found skinnytaste.com I will hav a much greater choice of interesting recipes. That's going to be a huge help.

Faye said...

I have been toying with the idea of re-joining WW all weekend. You ladies have inspired me to give it another go! It really is a lifestyle change...not a quick, fad diet! Bless you all and to all of you, my prayer is that you lose all you need to! Thank you again!

Jlynn said...

I have been wanting to begin WW but I do not have the money to go to the meeting. Is it possible to begin the program without attending meetings right now? My husband is unemployed right now (in remission from b-cell lymphoma) so we are living on my one income. I have gained almost twenty pounds since we got married a year and a half ago due to being on prednisone, having surgery, and having 5 blood clots in my lungs. I need to drop the weight and I am extremely inspired by all of the wonderful stories above. However, we just do not have the money for meetings right now. Please advise....

Thank you.

Jlynn

Sandi said...

I have been doing WW since 2000 and love it!! It is a lifestyle change that has stayed with me. I was originally a size 22 and am now a 6!! I have lost a total of 42 pounds. The key to WW is attending the meetings and weighing in every week. I track daily via e-tools or smart phone because I know myself and I won't take the time to write it!! Love the program and encourage anyone who has struggled with weight all your life like myself to try it. The great thing is I eat all my favorite foods without guilt!!

Thank you
Sandi

Marilyn said...

Hi- I love this site! My daughters piano teacher told me about Gina. I am new to WW online as of 2/1/11. My question- are your receipe points in line with the new "points-plus" system? I look forward to cooking better for me and my family. Good luck to all and good eating!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Jlynn, it's really hard to do WW without joining, you won't know your daily points or have access to the etools. That being said, you could always count calories, it's free. There are lots of free sites out there you can use such as Sparks, Fat Secret, etc to help you. Also great iPhone apps like Lose It that help u track what you eat.

I love counting points because I feel it puts food into perspective for me.

Marylin, I love that you found me through your daughters piano teacher! I used to take piano lessons as a kid :)

I have both old points and points+ on my recipes. My older recipes may not be updated yet, you will know if you don't see the points+. I'm trying to get the older ones updated pronto!

Lauren said...

Like pretty much everyone has said, Weight Watchers works. I joined about 4 years ago, after I gained about 20 pounds my freshman year of college, and ended up losing 40 pounds and being the lowest size I've ever been. Unfortunately I've gone up and down since then, but whenever I am following the points system I lose weight. I just started up again 3 weeks ago, and so far I have lost about 5 pounds. I am really happy with how it is going, and I hope to lose 30 pounds in the next 3 or 4 months. I highly recommend Weight Watchers to anyone, it is the only "diet" out there that works. I also write a blog that includes Weight Watchers friendly recipes: www.twentysomethingbites.com

Anonymous said...

I just joined weight watchers less than a week ago. I am 145 pounds and 5'6". I know that I'm at a normal weight, but I keep gaining and constantly overeating, going out to eat, or eating junk food.
I joined not to lose weight, but to learn to eat well , especially before going off to college.

So far, it's been fantastic. Here are a few changes I have seen:
1. I load up on super healthy foods!
2. I feel GREAT!!! No more of the over-stuffed, bloated, drowsy feeling after each meal
3. I am so excited to say, I DID go down a few pounds!! The ones I couldn't get rid of FOREVER
4. The organized pointsplus system REALLY helps me stay on track...writing down foods is not a problem at all , I don't see why people fuss over it
5. and best of all- Improved body image.
I LOVE my body!! Before, I would wake up every morning and my first thought: I'm FAT. (I'd be comparing myself with ultra skinny models.)
Now, since I'm eating very healthy...I have not had such a thought.

Weight watchers helped me reach the mental state of :
"I'm healthy!"
"I'm lean!"
"I LOVE my body!"
"Weight loss is easy!"

I know I sound like a crazy nut, but try it for yourself. It's awesome :)

Anonymous said...

WW does work. I've lost 92 since september 2009! I kept reading people using the word "diet" talking about WW-it is not a diet. It is a practical approach to losing weight which is why it works!

Anonymous said...

WW was a god-send to me. I started in 2005, weighing in at 274 lbs (on a 5 foot, 5 inch frame). I thought I would go a few times, learn the techniques, then quit and go it on my own. Here I am years later, down 130 lbs. and maintaining that weight...and still regularly attending meetings. I've learned that the system is FANTASTIC (and real!), and the meetings hold me accountable to maintain my weight loss. It also gives me a chance to wipe the slate clean every week. I can't gush enough about WW. It changed my life...I was an obese child and now get to relive my childhood in a thinner adult body! Definitely try WW!!!

Anonymous said...

I started Feb 1, 2011 and as of today, my online weigh in day..I have lost 28 lbs!! I love learning to eat the right stuff and WW is definitely working for me. I am also a Lifetime member of the weekly meeting WW but of course gained my weight back when I quit going. I live too far away to have to drive every week so tried the online one and it works just as good as or better than the weekly one! Also it is very important to track and weigh your food. I did buy the new WW scale and I love it...Good luck everyone with your weight loss.

Anonymous said...

I love love love WW it is amazing! I have been on and off of it most of my adult life but this time I am sticking to it! I just had a baby at the end of Jan and toward the end of March I said that is it I joining WW again with my mom and husband and we are doing it! So far 7weeks in I have lost 13lbs, husband 11, and mom almost 30! We all have over 100lbs to lose but I feel like we are going to do it and keep it off this time. WW is the best program and I love it!

Rita in Spain said...

It works!!!.....I lost 35 pounds in 9 mos in 2008...Have gained a bit back but back on board again...Its the only eating plan that is balanced and sustainable for me...

Anonymous said...

I'm rejoining tomorrow, and I just convinced my friend to do it with me! It really worked for me. I lost the 20 lbs I had been trying to lose for years and got down to my goal weight. I kept the weight off for 2.5 years, but have regained 15 lbs since last year because I got very lazy this winter and stopped paying attention. I know when I was on it before, if I gained a few lbs, I'd just go back to pointing and lose it again. I've been trying to do it on my own, but the results are much slower than with Weight Watchers. It is a LOT easier if you do it with a friend!

Anonymous said...

hi i have just come across this site which i am very pleased i did.
I have been wanting to go to weight watchers for a while but no class close by.I was thinking of joining the on line one do you think this would be a good idea or would the support not be the same.

Anonymous said...

I tried weight watchers and I have to say, it didn't work for me at all. I think it may may have been that I was too shy.
I only recommend it if:
-you are willing to commit time and money
-like socializing
-counting everything you eat

Anonymous said...

Does Weight Watchers work? Yes. I have lost 35lbs. and now am a life time member. I too, like many of you over the years lost on WW only to gain it back. Was by fault of WW no but, me. This plan requires commitment 100% and should. If you are not ready to give it 100% as with any LIFE STYLE change forget it. WW has taught me STOP when satisfied I dont have to clean my plate as I did when I was a child save it for another meal. My best freind is no longer food but, meaursing cups. Are you ready to take charge of your life or, let food continue to take charge of you?

Anonymous said...

I have been doing Weight Watchers online for a few months and I love it. No meetings, but access to all of the tools. It's easy to follow and I am losing. So far, I've lost 38 lbs in 4 months.

wendy said...

I am coming up on my 3 month mark of using WW to lose weight. It's my first time trying the program and I don't think I would ever seek out another way now. It's awesome! My weight loss is slow but that's better so I don't mind! I've lost about 7.5 pounds so far. My goal is 10. My original goal was 6 pounds but when I realized how easy the program was to follow and how deprived I DON'T feel in part thanks to Gina's wonderful recipes, I upped my goal! I couldn't be happier with the program!

Kat said...

I am relatively new to WW. I'm 28yo and started going to the gym (again) about a month ago in hopes of finally wearing a bikini (before I'm 30). My trainer recommended I try WW in combination with going to the gym. Rather than actually join ($$), I purchased a PTS+ Calculator and printed off a food cheat sheet, attempting to do this on my own...And then I found your website. I have cooked a handfull of your recipes now and I am so excited about the possibilities. I love to cook and the fact that I can cook such delicious and satisfying meals, while still maintaining the integrity of the points system is just amazing to me. Even my fiance is enjoying the dishes. I have lost 10lbs so far (about 1 month) and I feel great. My goal is to lose 50lbs and I can see it in my future for the first time. I never thought I could stick to counting points...but your website definitely gives me options..and hope. I can't thank you enough for all of the hard work you put into tweaking and health-ifying all of these delicious recipes. THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

I use MyFitnessPal.com to track my food and exercise. It's free, plus they have a free mobile app so I can use my Android to track everything on the go. You create an account and type in your current weight and measurements and your goals, and the program tells you how many calories you can eat to reach your goal and how many calories you earn a day thru exercise. I've lost 27 pounds and my husband 33 pounds in four months. We're are working on the next 15. We walk six days week, 2+ miles at a time. We also lift weights and do ab crunches. For us, this is a lifestyle change, and exercise is not an option.

donna said...

Yes, WW works! I've been at goal 7 weeks now. I've been on the old points plan - which I thought was great, and the new points plus plan - which is even better! I love that fruit is free! WW is a great way of life. The majority of my exercise is walking - I have a lunch time walking buddy - which keeps me going most days of the week.

Anonymous said...

I have lost 45.5 pounds in 30 weeks. Not as fast as some other kooky diets like HCG, but this is a lifestyle, not a diet. I love it. I feel great and will get to goal someday in the future. I have 59.5 pounds to go and I know I will get there. I eat great food and I am never hungry. Love WW!

Emma said...

I started WW about 7 months ago and have so far lost 26kg (about 57 pounds) I love the fact that there are no good foods or bad foods, so it eliminates the guilt and negative feelings that most diets associate with food.

If I want a chocolate bar I eat the chocolate and just add it to my daily points, so I haven't gotten stuck in the deprivation-binge cycle that doomed all previous diet attempts.

This website is particularly good as it gives me nights off from having to calculate points and figure out ways to lighten recipes, the chicken rollatini is a household favourite and is eaten at least every second week. Thanks for all the diet inspiration.

MaryJane said...

Weight Watchers works if you work it. Like so many others have said, it's not a diet, it's a life style. If you think of it as a diet, it may work for a little while but you will go back to your old ways of eating. Writing hass been the key for me. Plus attending weekly meetings. I need to be accountable to someone else, not just me. I go to my class even if I know I gained that week. That's when I need it the most. The support is important.

Erik said...

I've successfully lost weight any time I've been on Weight Watchers. My biggest problem has been that I've gained back what I've lost - why? Because I've gone back to my old habits, no problem with Weight Watchers. It is a good program, though I'm not happy with the newest Points Plus Program. I'm using the previous Points/Flex Points program and, once again, it's working very well. I average 1-2 lbs a week. I rarely feel like I'm not getting enough to eat and I actually find tracking points much easier than tracking other ways. It does take a bit of work getting used to it, but once you have your points figured for your 'regular' foods, it's quite easy. My wife is equally as pleased with her results. I am a big fan. Now if I can find a way to make the change permanently, then I'd be really happy! Thanks for the great website!

Anonymous said...

I am a success story in the works. I am currently down 40 pounds from my starting weight. I love the program and I am always a strict attender of the meeting. For me I have to do the weighing and counting of my points ans attend the meeting. I will say I have been to some meeting where I did not care for the leader. Find one you enjoy and do as they say, if you cheat like with anything else you won't be successful. Try it, but not as a diet as a life style change.

citydwellers said...

Gina, you hit the nail on the head when you said "you have to follow it (WW) properly". After being successful with WW points + I tend to let my mind get in this trap of thinking I need to do "more" or "something different". I personally think that is my way of self sabotage and it keeps me from succeeding. Sad, I know! I simply wanted to encourage others that WW does work and it has all the tools you need. I think it is one of the best investments you can make for your health.

Thanks for your site it's awesome!!!

SoonToBeSkinnyMinnie said...

Weight Watchers works... it's great! There is no deprivation like Atkins where you give up a lot of the foods you love and you don't have to excercise if you prefer not to as long as you follow the program!

WW used to be inconvenient counting and weighing foods but now with the mobile apps especially through my iphone... counting points is a breeze! The biggest inconvenience now (if you can even call it that) is planning and preparing your meals... but honestly armed with this amazing website that's not even difficult anymore!

To Gina -- I've passed on your website to all the dieters I know... thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes and especially for doing all the calculations for us!

Anonymous said...

Use the iphone app- it makes it so easy to look up foods and track them. I have been on ww for about 6 weeks now and have lost so many inches and just feel better. It's amazing when people start to notice too :)

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers works! I can't stress enough the importance of following the diet though. Although it can be very difficult, after a few weeks of following the diet strictly, you will come to realize that you are automatically eating better because otherwise you will feel as if you have overeaten. I am a 16 year old girl who never needed to loose any weight to begin with but decided to try the diet with my mom and ended up seeing a great success!

Anonymous said...

the old weight watcher's did not work well for me but the new points plus plan does. not sure what the difference is, but maybe being able to snack away on fruits has helped. i have done well this time around...

Anonymous said...

I started WW 3 weeks ago and I've lost 11 pounds..I have been struggling with finding healthy recipes that are appealing to me and then I came across your site!!!! I made your Seasoned Fries yesterday and they were just delicious!!!! Thank you for making this site and sharing all of your recipes with those of us that struggle with weight, but still wanna eat good tasting food!!!! Good luck to everyone trying to lose weight!!!!

Anonymous said...

WW really works. I have lost 35 pounds , reached my goal of 115. I have not seen that number since I was 16. I'm 34- lol- I feel great and the amazing thing is I did the WW program on my own. I learned the tricks and put it to work. I count my points and log them. That really helps and keeps me focused. I just found this website of recipes. I cant wait to try them out.

EmilyJones said...

I preface this with this is not a WW bashing. However, my story is a little bit different. I was on and off WW for years (and I was REALLY doing it every time), but it never seemed to go anywhere for me. I'd lose maybe 5-10lbs in the first month, then everything would just stop -- even when I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing. I finally told my doctor all about it after 5 years of hell -- and we found out that my weight gain had nothing to do with what I was eating! So I think WW is a great, great, great plan -- I truly believe that as far as the weight loss business is concerned, WW is the only plan that actually takes into consideration what you should be eating, that losing weight is going to take time, etc. The other diets are truly diets -- sure, you'll lose 20lbs in a month, but no one can sustain such a strict diet for long. However, if you feel like you really are working hard at it and it's not going the way it should -- have a talk with your doctor. And if they don't listen -- find another doctor.

Anonymous said...

I know WW works really well. In 2009 I lost 38 pounds. i've gained some back because I stopped doing the program. Now I'm trying again, but this time aound, it's really hard to stick to the program on the weekends........

Does anyone have any advice or tips as to how you stick to it on the weekends??

Anonymous said...

I am a huge supporter of weight watchers ! I've lost 50+ lbs twice now. I have admit though I do prefer following the old program. Not sure why. Guess i've had my success twice on that program so i've stuck with it. It has taught me how to keep track and keep my portion sizes small. Right now i'm up a few but i'm focusing on cutting back on the junk i've been eating. AlSO ! Because of WW I just ran my first 5k run this fall :))) Best feeling ever.

Kathy said...

WW works. Both my husband and I have done it for the past 10+ years. I found that once I got closer to goal I would stall out. I switched to LoseIt.com and lost the last 5 plus 10 more.

Weekends are always tough so I changed my workouts to include the weekends (and took my rest days during the week). Once you work out on a Saturday morning you're motivated to "behave" the rest of the day. What you go through to burn 300-500 calories, suddenly it's not worth the cheating!

Anonymous said...

I lost 50 lbs on WW about 2 years ago, it totally works! I recently put about 10 lbs back on so I just joined again to take it off before it's a real problem. I usually try to save all my flex points for the weekend (or other special events). That way I don't have to stress as much when I when I'm out or in situations where as many healthy choices aren't available (or I just want to splurge on food and drinks!) A cheat meal helps me not feel deprived :)

Gina B said...

I'm post-menopausal - forget about weight loss, I was told. Well, exercise with a strict adherence to ww has me down 16 pounds since early July. I can tell you that the "extra-points" are not used - and likely won't be- until I'm in maintenance mode. The slow metabolism is difficult enough to manage, without adding more on.

Correen said...

Does WW work? Of course. Can you do it? ABSOLUTELY!!! Is it worth the money? Think of it as paying it forward... By doing WW, you will become more healthy- you will add years to your life and cash in your pocket by NOT being overweight which leads to diabetes, heart disease,high blood pressure, and I could go on and on. I have successfully dropped 40 lbs and I am now a lifetime member. You can do this, because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! You will have your bad moments and your triumphs- but such is life. FOCUS on your small goals- your first 5 lbs, your 5 % then every 5 lbs. Next thing you know- you will REACH your GOAL and love what you have accomplished! There are SO MANY great sites, like skinnytaste.com that have FABULOUS recipes to help YOU REACH YOUR GOAL! YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Anonymous said...

After many years of diets, feelings of failure and a compromised self-image, I reached my mid-50's feeling like I would always be miserably uncomfortable in my own skin. I really had pretty much given up until I went to the doctor's this past summer for my annual check-up to find that my lab results were dangerously out of whack. It scared me so much that I did what I thought I would never do...and that was join Weight Watchers.

To make a long story short, it's 14 weeks later and I've lost 30 lbs and just got my 3 month lab results back and all flags are gone!!! I still have 40 lbs to lose but I've never felt this motivated or in control. I track every single day, I'm eating healthier than ever before and for the first time in many years, I see a healthy, happy future for myself.

So yes Weight Watchers works. But it only works when you believe in yourself and when you are motivated to succeed.

Wilma NC said...

Been on WW since March, lost 47 pounds and haven't missed a thing!! Best program ever!!

Anonymous said...

Look at all the great comments from people who are working the program! I rejoined in January 2011 and love the new program. The old one felt to restrictive to me. I lost 35 pounds before the summer hit, and then took a little break... And gained 5 pounds back. But I started tracking my points again. Two weeks later the 5 pound regain was gone. Yay!

I struggle with weekends. For this reason, I made my weigh-in days on Monday. I figured that would be my heaviest day of the week. My sister also struggles with weekends, so she made her weigh-in days on Friday, figuring that was her lightest day of the week. Turns out, it doesn't really matter because we both consistently lost weight. After all, it's what you do all week that matters.

My best tips for surviving the weekends is to do your grocery shopping on Friday or Saturday morning so that you have the best, healthiest food options to get you through the weekend. If I don't have fresh fruit and veggies easily available, I find myself ordering pizza or hitting the drive through. Eek. I also use my crock pot to cook food for the weekend while allowing me to run all my errands. This also stops me from hitting the drive through because food is waiting for me to get home.

Anonymous said...

Its also a good idea to find a good restaurant place that will let you stay within your pints. Everyone wants to eat out on weekends and those are the place that will kill you if you are not careful. I was truly surprised at some of the point values on "healthy" options at restaurants.

Jen said...

WW hands down absolutely WORKS! I did it for 3 months and lost 25 pounds. I was completely devoted to this program and followed it strictly. The key to success is stick to it. It gets hard, but it works. I fell off the wagon a few months ago and have been maintaining my weight since then. I just found it tedious to count every point and record it. Though I am not doing WW any more, they've taught me to live a healthy lifestyle which is what I think is the most essential thing! I focus on portion control, eating healthy and getting my 30 minutes of exercise each day. I don't always stick to it, but at the end of the day, I'm still 25 pounds lighter than I was 6 months ago!

Rita in Spain said...

WW not only works but TEACHES...it is a change in lifestyle, a healthy eating plan..it shows you portion size, where hidden calories are, to make good food choices...for me, its the only sustainable eating plan there is...I have lost 30+ pounds...my MOm hgas lost 40 plus pounds and my sister, who we thought was a lost cause, has recently lost 30 pounds and counting...her boyfriend who was also overweight decided to do it too and he also has lost about 25 pounds....
WW works. Forget the gimmicky diets that have you only eating certain food groups...Btw, THANK YOU Gina for your web site..ITS AWESOME!

Martha@simple-nourished-living said...

WW absolutely works if you work it! I lost 28 pounds on WW more than 20 years ago and learned so much about eating healthy and portion control. The key is to think of it not as a diet, but as adopting a healthy lifestyle for life.

I especially love the new points plus program and have decided to apply to become a leader :-)

Anonymous said...

1st i would like to say THANK YOU Gina for taking the time to create this website!!! Now my WW success story! I started this journey for the 2nd time in Jan 2011 and I have lost 88lbs! I was dx'ed with MS in June 2008 and almost immediately I was very disabled and placed on all kinds of meds that caused me to become sicker and gain a HUGE amount of weight!!! BUT I decided to take my life back in January, by stopping all the meds and trying WW again and WOW it WORKED this time!!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

i started WW 7 weeks ago and it works great. The sercret is to log everything you eat and stick to the daily points.

It teaches you how to make better food choices in the long run and its definetely not a diet rather, a life changing journey.

Anonymous said...

I joined Weight Watchers at the end of January - so far, I have lost 57 pounds. So, yes, WW definitely works. And really, unlike other diets, this is something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. I don't even consider it a diet, it's just a new way of living.

Anonymous said...

WW is great in my opinion. I am a 22 y.o female and wanted to lose 15-20 lbs last year but was struggling to do so in a college environment. WW is very structured (which I need) and is also very manageable! I lost 18 lbs in about 3.5 months and felt great. I was able to keep it off for awhile but recently slipped back into old habits once summer ended. Today is my first day back on WW and exercising. Good luck to everyone who is also trying to stay healthy and happy :)

Anonymous said...

I started WW Jan 15 2011 so 44weeks so far 115lbs down I've got 98lbs to be at goal but I think that the new PP+ is great I don't feel like I've got to be on a diet. I love WW and I love going to meetings

Anonymous said...

Check out myfitnesspal.com. It is free. Lots of people there losing weight on that site. It not a diet it is a change.

Anonymous said...

how does it work with drinks? i love my cocktails...

Anonymous said...

I lost 105lbs on weight watchers without setting foot into a gym. It is not a diet. It simply teaches you how to eat portions and balance out what you eat. You can still eat your junk and guilty pleasures, you just do it in moderation instead of every 5 minutes :)

Holley said...

I just rejoined WW. Over the years I've been a member off and on. The biggest difference for me this time is that I have a WW accountability partner I see everyday. We are keeping one another accountable and it makes a difference. I'm only doing the online version because time is limited in my schedule.

Someone asked about cocktails - it's like anything else - ok in moderation. A glass of wine for example counts 4 points but a margarita counts 11 I think.

Anonymous said...

I'M ABOUT TO START WW MY FIRST MEETING IS TODAY HOPE TO START A NEW WAY OF LIVING

Anonymous said...

All this stories are very inspiring.Im trying to loose weight since aprile 2011.In about 3 months i lost 18lb but,my goal is to lose 30 more lb. I've been thinking for a while to join WW and after reading all this comments i decided that,sunday i will go and sign in. I hope to have the patience and strength to stick to it and do not give up,i realy wanna change my lifestyle...

Mrs. Kaleigh Breedlove said...

Weight Watchers is the diet of no NO's!!! I saw something on Pinterest (most of my stories start that way nowadays) that said "NO CANDY, NO FAST FOOD, NO CARBS, NO SUGAR, NO THIS, NO THAT!" That's NO way to live!!! I lost 50lbs in 8 months using mainly the diet portion of weight watchers. I'm not a huge exerciser (I have back issues and I'm a new mom so it's hard to find the time, which I know are excuses but I see results that please me without it so I'm ok with it) and this WORKS. I ate chocolate every single day and enjoyed fast food at least twice a week. Granted it wasn't my old large coke, large fry 2 cheeseburger meal of the old days but it was still enough to fill my belly, keep me happy, and keep my husband from jumping out the healthy food window. WW is truly about eating what you want only in moderation. Half a box of cookies does not a serving make. WW teaches you that and helps you change your life.

Danielle41 said...

I recently had my annual exam, and at 41 , and 5'4 inches tall...I am overweight at 153. My Dr. told me that I need to lose 15lbs. My Mom has done WW and is a lifetime member...she is 64 and at 5'7 weighs only 135. She is my inspiration to do WW. I am joining tomorrow. I was going to do it myself ( I have the PP calc and book ) but, I feel like if I actually am paying for it and going once a week that I will be more motivated to actually follow the program. Wish me luck !

Anonymous said...

Yep! WW works. If anyone has done the old plan, then doing the new plan seems like heaven!! I lost weight on the old plan, but it was hard, and had they not switched things up, I wouldn't have rejoined. I've lost 58 lbs in a year, and have 15 more to get to goal...which I hope to do before summer. On this new Points Plus plan, I can always eat if I'm hungry, ergo...I am never hungery!! This is absolutely a must for anyone to sustain weight loss. Anyone can bite the bullet and do a "hard" plan for a short amount of time, but as soon as you are done with it, the lbs will just come right back with friends! The slow and steady wins the race approach is sustainable. You MUST track, and stick to your points target each day. And always be honest with yourself about points value! I know that I will succeed on this program. The statistics will not mock me any more, and I will win! YOU CAN DO IT...if I can, anyone can!

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers ABSOLUTELY works!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hit my lifetime goal in 2003 and stayed there until my husband and I started trying to have a baby (it took us 7 months to get pregnant, so I gained a bit more than I should have during that time!) :) About 3 months after I had my baby I was "stuck" with losing the baby weight so I went back to WW. I very quickly lost the rest of the baby weight and am currently losing the "I'm going to get pregnant soon, so I'll eat whatever I want" weight! ;) I've NEVER considered it a diet and have absolutely LOVED the plan- it truly works!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, WW definitely works. I have been a lifetime member since 1990. It is about training you to eat in moderation, healthy eating and the benefit of exercise. It creates a healthy lifestyle! WW's program is one that works for anyone's schedule. You can join now for free so why wait?

Kim B. said...

Joined WW 4 weeks before Thanksgiving (Yes, I must be crazy). After big holidays and a trip to Hawaii, I weighed in last week 18.4 lbs lighter. Only 11 to go to hit my goal. The new points plus program works better than ever and I think this time will be my forever lifestyle. I have been on the WW program before but this is the most successful I've ever been. No food is off limits -- just making better choices for success.

DarcyB said...

I can also confirm that it works if you work the program! In 2003 I lost 50 pounds over the course of about 6 months, add brought it down another 20 about 2 years later. After my wedding I went off plan maintenance and gained 40 of those 70 pounds back in 5 years. I finally got up the courage to go back and lost the 40 in 6 months. I love WW and can't say enough positive things! Now, it's all on me to stick with the maintenance plan. I just discovered this site and know it will be a great tool to help me keep things interesting. Thanks Gina!

Anonymous said...

I joined Weight Watchers right before Christmas with the hopes of keeping myself in check for the holidays. I am overweight to begin with and find that at holiday times I just let go and eat everything but the Christmas tree! I lost 7lbs before the holiday hit and only put 2lbs back on! (Must have been the egg nog) I have to find a way to get through special occasions without going overboard. At my last meeting someone mentioned Skinnytaste and it is a lifesaver! Thanks Gina! Now I can make anything I want thanks to your reduced recipes which taste just as good as the original...look forward to making more. P.S. I have done every other diet with their food and everytime I go off I put more on than I started with and it costs a fortune!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading all of the comments. My husband and I got married over a year ago and have put on "married weight". My problem is that I still have not gotten rid of the college weight. So we both decided to join WW last Saturday. We are extremely excited about this change. I do have one concern however. I know that we are encouraged to use our weekly point allowence, but I feel a little guilty when I use them. Do you lose more weight without using them, or is it about the same?

Anonymous said...

People take a look at what most testimonials say! "this is my second time" "first time around I lost - & now regained -" all you people are supporting a plan which can be found anywhere online or in a book! You lose weight with WW cus they hold ur hand as long as you pay, but once you're back in reality - BAM! Jennifer Hudson lost weight from this program? Oh come on, we know that's not true! She has a personal cooker, trainer, and MONEY! WAKE UP STOP BEING LAZY. all the support you have should be at home!

Anonymous said...

People take a look at what most testimonials say! "this is my second time" "first time around I lost - & now regained -" all you people are supporting a plan which can be found anywhere online or in a book! You lose weight with WW cus they hold ur hand as long as you pay, but once you're back in reality - BAM! Jennifer Hudson lost weight from this program? Oh come on, we know that's not true! She has a personal cooker, trainer, and MONEY! WAKE UP STOP BEING LAZY. all the support you have should be at home!

Anonymous said...

Annoidamuck (anonymous) what grudge do you have against this site? and why are you even on it if you can't support others in their weight lost endevors? I believe that JH lost her weight with WW and it has nothing to do with $$ it has to do with dicipline within one's self and some of us need the support of others and if you don't need that support than kuddos to you but keep your negative opinions to your heartless self and keep this site a positive one to those of us who REALLY care!

Anonymous said...

thanks for that input. I have to lose weight, about 50 lbs, I gained 6 just this past year. I am not on any meds of any kind, my BP is good as well as my cholesterol which I have checked yearly but I am 45 and it is getting harder and harder to eat right, sometimes I go days without eating a fruit or veggie I am ashamed to say. I have done both WW and LA in the past and had success and I know that I will have success this time too with WW I just needed this extra encouragement...thanks

Macey said...

I am thinking about joining Weight Watchers but I work 3rd shift and I'm not sure exactly how that is going to work since I will be eating at night. Is anybody else in this situation? I am really interested but I don't want it to end up being a downfall because of my job. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I tried WW last year for 2 months i only lost 4 lbs.. I got discourage and i couldn't keep up with that $40 every month. I am thinking trying again this time online it cost less.
Irmine

Sistahsunflower said...

I am a current WW member and I have lost 52 lbs since last Jan. I love the program because it teaches me how to prepare food to keep me on the plan. Yes there is a lot of support and "hand holding" as one commenter mentioned but this is necessary for some of us, and it works to keep you motivated to goal. The best part is when you reach lifetime member, you no longer have to pay the monthly fee. I am currently 19 lbs away from my goal and between WW support meetings, online access and skinny taste I am truly enjoying my journey!

Anonymous said...

Hi - I just want to say to GINA - Thank you so much for this blog!! I just joined WW (2nd time) and I have never liked the recipes on their site or in their books. Using a lot of ingredients that arent healthy or whole foods - just not what I want to eat. Every single recipe I have tried from your site from main dishes to desserts, to appetizers - have all been AMAZING!! Im grateful that the points are already figured out for me - makes it so easy. I come here every day to figure out what to make for dinner - and its making my WW experience so easy!! Thank you a million times over!!

Anonymous said...

I started WW in 2/11 and have loss 97 lbs (3 pounds from goal) as of 1/30/12. It is a life change and I consider it a "challenge" to find good healtly food that finds into my plan. (That's how I found this site). And I'm always looking for "comfort" food, and lots of it! that's stays within my points allowance.

You can lose weight, if you stay on the plan, and look for those receipes, and foods that you like, and will keep you feeling health, full and happy!!


Linda

Anonymous said...

I think it depends on the person.

I lost six pounds in two weeks with a WW app on my phone and 0 exercise. However, I was thinking about food all the time.

How is having almost all fruit and vegetables "free foods" teaching anyone to eat properly? Two bags of salad greens and a bunch of bananas is zero points. (BTW... one point is roughly 40 calories... so my 220lb body was only eating 1280 calories.)

I switched to MyFitnessPal and I love it. The weight hasn't come off quite as quickly, but my "friends" can see my diet and fitness log, so I'm held accountable.

Linnie said...

Been on WW Online since late June 2011 and lost 25 lbs by late November. Slow, gradual. Helped that my husband was supportive. Since December, I have only lost 1-2 lbs, back and forth, because I slacked off counting my pts. Figured I could manage my intake and portion control on my own. And I did succeed "on my own" since I didn't gain over the holidays. But because my goal is to lose another 20 lbs, I'll have to start counting again. I would NEVER have lost the weight on my own. For the last 25 years I have wanted to lose initially the proverbial 10 lbs, then it upped to 20, eventually climbing to 30lbs. Before I knew it I had 45 to lose... And either I wasn't motivated to even try as I felt I couldn't, or I lost 5 lbs and gained it back because the way I lost it wasn't a sustainable lifestyle change.

Emily :) said...

Any suggestions for going on cruise while "attempting" to stick on WW? I am nervous lol- I know I am going to gain weight...I have accepted that but any drink suggestions that are lower points or foods on a cruise? I have never been on one!

Linnie said...

Emily wrote she was going on a cruise and was worried about going way over her points. Found an article about cruises from WW! They are on top of things. Hopefully they have good suggestions!
http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=40971

hrtonhrtoff jimmy said...

I have to say that I love this site and I can't wait to start making your reciepes. I joined ww on January 2 and have lost almost 19 lbs! I really hope that this works out for me since I'm about 90 lbs overweight and I can't wait to be thin! I really love ww and I love that I can eat anything I want. It's great. And I'm also so greatful for the support I get from others.

Linnie said...

. hrtonhrtoff jimmy: So glad to hear of your success!! Measuring, counting your points and not getting lax about either will be your key to longevity on WW. I personally keep the same # of pts at breakfast, pretty much the same for lunch so I always have enough to eat at dinner and for my "evening snacks" :) If I run out of points, or to keep from using them up too soon, I eat fruit. (I'm a fruitaholic! But you can overdo it on fruit, too, even though they're "free")
. I actually waited a bit in the beginning before increasing my walking until I felt I had adapted well to WW and felt comfortable with it. Waiting was good for me cuz then I didn't become stressed with "all" the new changes to my lifestyle!
. I decided to look at WW as a way to learn a healthier way to eat, to better prepare food and how to eat out at restaurants. And altho the reason I started WW was to lose weight, I looked at the pounds being lost like an extra bonus.
. When I logged my activity, I made sure I logged it as low intensity even when I hoped it was higher than that. Eventually, I just stopped recording activity; kept up on my walking; stopped using "activity" as a means to consume a few extra points.
. If you can afford it, check out Fitbit.com -- it's a cool little pedometer also sold at BestBuy. Check it out, the reviews, etc. It's a great item to motivate yourself to walk more steps per day!
. Fitbit is very little, and one thing I read is some have lost it rather easily. So I took 1/4" elastic the length of a headband, sewed the ends together, looped it securely on the Fitbit, and looped it through my belt loop. I then keep the Fitbit in my pocket and forget about it.

Ana said...

I just started ww. I have been on it for a week and a half and have lost 3 pounds. My goal weight is 20 pounds but i do have some questions. I dont understand the weekly points. If I have 26 points for the day and if I go over and use weekly points. how is it that i will loose weight if Im using weekly points. Im doing the online version because I need the computer to help me track and also dont have the time to go to the weekly meeting.I think im doing pretty good by myself but Im confused on the meaning of the weekly points.
thanks so much for the help.

Linnie said...

I have these questions coming to my email. Just now I cruised through the posts and see I've been doing all the answering lately. I'm not the most experienced here, having just started in late June, but I'll try.

The 49 points is allotted into your allowed intake. You can borrow from that 49 every day, and/or save them up for the weekend if you are going out to a special dinner, etc.

Personally, I go over 1, 2, sometimes 3 pts a day. That leaves quite a bit left over for the end of the week.

Unfortunately we don't go out to eat at fancier restaurants where those extra points would come in handy! :) Where we do go, I have it figured out what I can order. And I take half home to eat the next day.

I use the weekly pts I don't use as "insurance" -- in otherwords, in case I miscalculated how many points I'm actually consuming each day (especially easy to do with homemade recipes).

Same with exercise. I exercise but I don't use it to get extra points to eat.

If you are hungry, and fruit and raw veggies to snack on don't satisfy you, go ahead and have an extra yogurt, etc., taking those extra pts out of those 49 pts. The one thing I love about WW, is you can lose and not feel deprived. It's nice knowing those points are there if you need them, and they are legit!

Linnie said...

Might as well add another comment! It's only been a day! :) I weighed myself and I lost a brand new half pound. I've banned bananas from the house, and it must've helped. Hopefully I've discovered another reason why I was on a plateau (the other reason was becoming a bit lazy with counting points)

So it shows you that you can lose on WW almost effortlessly because it doesn't leave you feeling deprived, but you have to watch your intake of favorite foods even if they are free! I was eating one to two bananas a day.

An 8" banana is 120 calories. Apparently long-term members were surprised to see they were labeled free in the PointsPlus system. I kind of agreed, but I chose to focus on "free" instead. My downfall.

I'm not at the point I can have these "favorite" foods in the house and successfully resist them or eat them wisely in acceptable portions! I see them sitting on the counter, and before I know it, one is gone!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just wanted to mention that I heard about this website in my weight watchers meeting from a couple different people in Clermont Florida!! :) Love the website, thanks for the tips. I struggle with weight loss and pcos and it is difficult for me to lose.. going to try some of these recipes.

andre'a said...

Gina? Have you had a weight loss experience with WW or did you just use it as your angle to get a blog going? I think it would be really motivational to hear. Thank you! please write me at: esl4me@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

WW truly works!! I started on 1/13/11 and to date have lost 104.2 LBS.! Yes, that was not a misprint! I have another 30 to lose to get to my goal weight.
The key is to follow the plan with many food variations. Experiment with new foods and recipes.
I also exercise 5-6 times a week. Mainly riding a bike.
Meetings are my accountability structure. but I'm beginning to be able to live my life without always thinking about food, or being hungry. I truly love the new me!!!

Linnie said...

Anonymous, congrats on your amazing 100+ lb wgt loss! You're an inspiration to everyone thinking of starting WW! I know you are to me! "Slow and Steady" -- and accountability -- wins the race! How many times have I postponed losing wgt "before summer" then realizing it was already May, and looking for a gimmick diet to quickly lose 20 before June? Too many times! And it didn't work! I'm 50+ and wasn't losing since my 40's and blamed it on my "slowing metabolism". My daughter joined and got me going because she was thrilled she was losing.
P.S. I was on a frustrating plateau so I tried eliminating bananas as I knew I was enjoying this "free" food too much -- and I'm back to losing again :)

Stefanie Hosford said...

Weight Watchers has definitely worked for me. At the end of my first year of grad school I weighed about 144 pounds, which wasn't particularly good for my 5'4" frame. I felt terrible about myself, was tired, and was just generally unhappy. I was on the program for four months, went off it for almost four months, and have been on again for a month and a half. On the plan, I have lost 28 pounds and now I weigh 116 pounds. I feel good, am back to my early high school weight, and have done this all for free and on my own. It really does work, if you stick with it.

Nikkinu said...

I have been on and off WW for years. It does work, you just have to follow the plan. I recently rejoined in September 2011 and I've lose 65 lbs to date. You have to be willing and ready to make the changes needed, and most of all do it for yourself. Starting when I was younger, I was always pushed into it by family. One morning I woke up, and said to myself "I'm ready". This is the longest I've stuck to any diet routine and the most weight I've lost as well. It teaches you portion control, and how to eat the foods you love in moderation. It has been an amazing adventure for me, and every week I look forward to seeing the number on the scales drop!

Nicole said...

I have heard good things about WW.. but I think the reason I haven't had good luck with losing is because of carbs and sugar! I'm addicted to sugar lol! Since you're allowed to eat pretty much whatever you want, will I still be able to lose even if I have the snackwell's cookies and things like that? Or do I have to cut things like that out in order for WW to work. I know everyone is different but I've had a hard time losing and I don't understand why! Thanks for any advice or feedback!

Linnie said...

Nicole, you can eat whatever you want, as long as you stay within your daily point count (and don't neglect nutrition!) I had a HARD time giving up reg Pepsi. Initially, I included 1 can/day/5 pts. Eventually, once I saw the pounds dropping, I decided I'd like to use those 5 points for something else. Also, limiting myself to one a day eventually broke my "need" for it. I also LOVE carbs and sugar. Right now I just finished half a bagel (shared with my husband.) So delicious, I could probably eat the entire package if I allowed myself! So yes, you can eat what you want, but eventually you'll be figuring out that eating certain things isn't worth it because it eats up too many points. Doesn't mean you can't eat it, but you'll find yourself wanting to adjust the portion size and/or eating just one vs three, or treating yourself weekly vs daily.

Nicole said...

Thank you very much for your feedback, and the quick reponse! One more question, I also have a hard time with late night eating. I work 2nd shift so I don't get home till 11:30pm and Im usually not hungry as soon as I get home. I usually eat around 1230 but most of the time Im in bed by 2. Will it cause me not to lose by eating so close to when I go to bed? I can be good, go to the gym, eat right all day long then when I get home I can sabotage it all just by having something to eat so late at night. Thanks in advance for any responses!

Linnie said...

Nicole, In my personal experience it won't matter. You might find articles saying don't eat after a certain time before bed, but I've found I'm able to lose simply by keeping within my daily point limit. I've posted a few times here on this site, so you can look back for my other posts. I believe I've said before that I'm so THANKFUL I tried WeightWatchers and am so sorry I didn't try it sooner. I'm now at 29 lbs lost (after an annoying plateau I like to blame on liking the free point bananas a bit too much) I have 15 lbs more to go before I'm no longer in the "overweight" category. It has been slow and gradual (since late June) so I am confident it will be permanent, with commitment, as I have had enough time to have this healthier way of eating become second nature. Awareness of portion control is the biggie. My love of sugar and carbs will probably always be lurking, but I won't over indulge again because I don't want to be 30 or 45 lbs heavier ever again.

Nicole said...

Ok fantastic! Thank you very much for your feedback! My fiance and I are both starting it, he has a seasonal job so sitting home these last few months has made his pants a little tighter! And I have a wedding dress to fit into in May so that's definetly a motivator. Congradulations on the success that you've had with the program. My goal is to lose 30 pounds but I would love to lose 40-45. But I don't think that's happening before May! Thanks again! It's nice getting support and advice from other people who've been on WW.. Im new at this so whatever tips and advice anyone has is always welcome! I'll keep you posted on my progress! Thanks again!!

Haley said...

Wow!! You guys have totally motivated me, I am joining tonight if I can stay awake long enough. I plan on thanking you guys for changing my life in a few months so stay tuned!

Linnie said...

Haley, I hope you do let us know how you do!
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I'm forever thankful to my daughter talking me into online WW. At my age (mid-50's) it was so easy to say, "I'm getting too old to lose weight; my metabolism is too slow..." A gazillion excuses that were easy to say and seemed plausible whenever fad diets and quick fixes failed. (I had hesitated spending the $ for a 3 month session as I thought that was too long of a commitment!)
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I had to admit that the only way I could lose weight and keep it off was to learn the correct way of eating. But I only came to that admission once I started WW and saw success.
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And what did eating healthier entail? ("True confessions" time coming up.) Nix the: Sharing a can of frosting with my husband once a week, laughingly calling it our chocolate fix. Sharing raw cookie dough -- and risking salmonella poisoning! Picking up an Almonds Joy candy bar while waiting in the check-out and feeling it wasn't that bad cuz I was "sharing it". Going out to eat and ordering what I thought was a healthy dish then eating the whole thing vs taking half home. Driving through McDonald's for a quick lunch(a McDouble and a large Pepsi, please...)
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No matter how healthy I tried to make my meals at home (and I succeeded there) my portions were too large and all my snacking was out of whack. Even my bowl of Bran Flakes each morning was more like a double portion (I never measured). Once I started counting points and seeing myself lose weight, I was astounded at how I had been eating. It was like looking at a hidden video and being shocked I actually used to eat like that. I can't go back to that "eating style", simple as that. If I do, I gain the weight back again.

Haley said...

I have learned so much just by reading u guys comments I can't wait to start WW now!!

Gina B said...

I've struggled with my weight my entire life, but with turning the big 30! *yjkes!* next January I figured that I can't keep living this way! so after a good kick in the butt from myself me and my hubby are now following the old points system. 3 weeks in and I'm down 10lbs and my hubby is down 9 :)
I'm already feeling way better, i am sleeping better at night and just feeling more confident in the foods i am eating!! thanks to this site I'm able to find meal ideas that are easy to make and also yummy!! :)

Anonymous said...

I am new to ww. Just started this past week. Exercising and following the 26 points per day. My goal is 20 to lose. So far so good but I feel hungry at night. I want to snack!!!

Linnie said...

Anonymous, you mentioned you are hungry at night. I initially was really hungry and needed distractions. Eventually it got better. I try to keep pts left over for after supper, but it can be tough. If I can manage 4 pts for breakfast, 6 pts for lunch, I find that usually is enough to give me a good supper with snacks at night.

I started choosing more wisely at lunch because I regretted having so few pts left after supper; I love peanut butter and jam sandwiches (like a kid) on whole wheat light bread, but it is much better point wise to have a turkey sandwich. And of course, adding fruit/veggies at lunch and as snacks during the day helps to fill you up and save pts.

If I've been "successful" in having left over pts, I have a predictable list of things I choose from to make it easier so I'm not staring at an open frig or pantry wondering what I can eat. All are portioned to be 3 pts each. My favorite snack is one half Thomas Hearty Grain 100% whole wheat regular bagel, 3pts. So tasty, I can eat it dry.

I have to laugh at myself because I'll look at the clock and be so happy its time for that bagel. I guess routines are good!

Stephanie B said...

I started in Dec when I reached my peaked weight (231) and was so sad that I had let myself get like that ( I am 24yrs old ). I have to kids (4 and 9months) and I would love to blame baby fat but really it is a combo you know. But I am happy to say that now 11 weeks later I am down to 195 lbs!! I go to the gym everyday but sunday for 2 hrs with my 9 month old who has to sit in the classes with me. I am also proud to say I have stop drinking soda period!! it has been a big life style change for me!! I was a size 18 and I am now a size 14 I have crazy before and after pictures to date. I still want to lose another 30- 40 more :)

Nickyv77 said...

I just wanted to say that WW WORKS if I could scream it from the roof top I would!! I have lost 27lbs since October 2011 and a lot of inches! I went from a size 18 to now a size 12! I feel amazing I still have about another 20lbs to go but I love the confidence I have now and I feel like me again! I'm not disgusted when I look in the mirror and best of all I am healthier and have been inspiring people around me to become healthier...they see I can do it and if I can do it they can do it! My life has changed so much for the better because of WW and I am forever greatfull! Bottom line WW works if you follow the program if your not losing your doing something wrong!! Thanks Gina for this website!! <3 it!!

Anonymous said...

You don't need to pay for WW. There are free websites such myfitnesspal.com that you can do this for free.

Anonymous said...

I just found this website, and reading the comments have given me inspiration. I joined WW on 1/6/12 and to date have lost 10.2 pounds. I have always lost weight very slowly, even as a teenager. I am 56. Anyway, I was feeling just a bit discouraged before readng everyone's comments. I am now inspired to stay committed to Weight Watchers!! Thanks!!!

Linnie said...

Anonymous, you were the same age I was when I started last June -- 56. I'm on a plateau now, after losing 27 lbs, (around 25 by Thanksgiving/Christmas) and being 15 from my goal. I saw on TV that it is easy to get like this, complacent, because people begin telling you that you are looking so good, etc. You feel good. You are down a size or two. So I see those last 15 lbs might be a struggle.
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I tell myself, at least I'm not gaining anything because I've adopted this healthier eating style. If I stuck exactly to the diet as I had before, counting religiously as I did when losing the first 25, I don't think I'd have a problem. It doesn't help that WW "rewards" you for losing by taking away a point! I started at 30, then 29, then new system this January brought it to 27. Now they are giving me 26! So that means one less skinny bagel at night! :( But I totally understand the science behind it...
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I believe these 15 lbs are going to come off slowly. Maybe by next Thanksgiving. I'd like to hear from others who had a similar experience, whether that final stretch is a much slower one.

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Sabrina said...

I am 25 years old and about to finish law school. I was always a healthy weight (115-125) until I started grad school and in Jan of 2012 when I joined ww I weighed in at 164 (on a 5'3" frame). Since then I have only lost about 7 lbs. although I am happy to lose whatever weight I can, I feel very discouraged that the weight is coming off so slowly (my goal is 115). I see that many of you have gotten the weight off faster. I do track my food and I realize that going to meetings is important, but I haven't been going because when I did go I was always the youngest person there and felt like I couldn't relate. I also recently went on vacation and gained a pound back, finding it very hard to stick to the program while I was gone.

If anyone has any words of advice/encouragement/whatever I would greatly appreciate it.

Linnie said...

Sabrina, My daughter is approx same situation as you. Gained weight in Grad School (and some before). She has a harder time losing because she still goes out with friends for a few drinks every week, etc. Shoot for 1/2 lb a week, or 3 lbs a month. It would be nicer if it were more, but remember to lose 1 pound/wk you are going to have to take in 3500 less calories a week (or burn that much) My daughter has started a couch to 5K training program (gradually working up to a full run) and she rides with her friend along a bike trail once or twice a week. Got a FitBit pedometer, and it encourages her to increase her steps. But has problem cause of her social going out with friends. Keep on the program. (I'm online -- no meetings) Make sure to measure and weigh your foods. It's amazing how you can be way off (and it adds up) if you estimate. Religiously record your food intake online. Even when you go over. I try to eat about the same for breakfast and lunch, then I figure out what I have left for supper and evening snacks. Fruit and veggies are free, but don't overdo the fruit, especially easy to do if you love fruit. Though they are "free", you can overdo it, too. Bananas were my downfall. Don't forget water (I'm bad at that). Do you have a particular time of day that is hardest for you to stop the snacking? As a student, are you able to make your lunches and take them with you? Tell us more about what you are doing.

Sabrina said...

Linnie,

I am only at school two days a week and those seem to be the days that are easiest for me because I eat only what I pack. Otherwise, a big problem of mine is snack-time foods, I really crave chips, etc so I buy 100 calorie packs that are 3 pp. The problem is that they are not filling at all and so it is like I have wasted points. Another issue is that I live with my boyfriend, who can eat all the junk food he wants and never gain, and although he has cut back on buying those things a lot so I don't have to have the temptation around, he still eats a lot of whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. We also are used to going out to eat a lot since we are both very busy, but now I feel as though I can never eat out because the portions are so big and I don't know how many points something really is (bc e.g. It has been cooked with lots of butter).

I weigh and measure all of the carbs and protein I take in at home, and I drink lots of water.

I carry most of my weight around my midsection unfortunately, genetics I guess, but am relatively thin everywhere else. I don't seem to lose the weight from my stomach first, but rather other parts. Anyway, that is difficult for me bc I am often asked if I am pregnant, which I am not, and then I get very frustrated and discouraged.

Thanks so much for your response. It is wonderful to communicate with other people doing ww since I don't know anyone else personally that has done it.

Linnie said...

Sabrina,
You can look up restaurant food by specific restaurants at the WW site (some of them at least) and figure out what items are the best fit for you point-wise. Then try to just fit those few places into your dining out habits. For an easy place to eat lunch, Subway has some good offerings. If you go to another type of restaurant, and an entree is 16 points, eat half, and bring the other half home. Might have to stick to chains so you can find their points. Olive Garden, etc. Stay away from the breads and breadsticks. Drsg on the side for salads. Diet soda vs regular, etc.

Gotta get your boyfriend on your side more than he has! Promise him something (haha, you know what I mean) when you hit your goal -- or have sub-goals -- so it is to his advantage, too, to help you. I find it is helpful when your spouse or significant other is on board. My husband can also eat just about anything at all. If he has to have snacks that are too tempting to me, I try to have him agree to buy things I don't care for all that much. Buy ice cream I hate. Or keep them in the trunk of his car. (seriously!) Some might say you need to have will power, but it is tough. In the beginning at least; maybe in time it will come (I'm not there yet! It just can't be in the house. I can resist buying it when at a store, so that is a plus)

Nix the chips. If you can substitute a protein snack from home. String cheese; hardcooked egg. Slices of ham spread with low fat or fat free cream cheese, and you roll it up, slice it, etc, etc. You can throw in carrot sticks. Whatever veggie you like to snack on. Grab an apple or orange or kiwi to eat with it. Or apple slices spread with Skinny Cow Lite cheese might be satisfying.

Thomas Bagels makes a thin bagel that is only 3 points. I actually will eat it dry. I have recently switched to having one half of Thomas's Hearty Grain bagel: 3pt for 1/2 or 6pts whole.

Skip having anything to eat while at the movies (diet soda ok)

I'm perfectly okay eating the exact same thing for breakfast every morning. Makes it easier to figure out the rest of my points if I know I'm only having 4 pts in the morning. (Bran flakes with frozen raspberries or strawberries or fresh when avail) Same with my evening snacks. I try to have a few to pick from. Surprisingly, cereal with fruit at night is satisfying for a snack.

Try going to Skinnytaste.com for recipes.

Go to http://www.dwlz.com/ and click on restaurants. Hopefully you will find one you can go to. She lists old WW and Pts+ (Pts+ will be listed in black vs old points in red)

You can eat anything, but portion control is the key. And you'll have to decide if you want to "waste" your points on some stuff. Sometimes you have to "waste" them a few times to realize it wasn't worth it.

I try not to use up those 49 extra points. I've said before, I use them as a cushion for any unintended miscalculations throughout the week, or for evenings when I just need that extra snack.

Exercise! but don't use the extra earned points to eat more. Unless you have a big event, etc.

Buy a pedometer. I splurged and bought a FitBit today at Best Buy. (Google it) Very pricey, but my daughter has one and LOVES it.

Anonymous said...

I am 56, 5'2" and weighed 175 when I joined online WW. I have learned how to be a better me! I drink lots of water (I always heard you should but never did ... I read the WW explanation and now do because I understand why), I bought a cheap food scale and now understand what a serving size looks like, I feel full with smaller portions now but eat more often (so I have snacks like apple, carrots, crunchy low-points crackers etc. available to tide me over until the meal), and I exercise. Usually I have weekly points left over and never increase my points with the activity points I earn - I have found I am eating about 29 points a day (which is +3 pts more than my allotted 26). I have been with WW for three weeks now and have lost 10 pounds. I tell myself that this is me - my new "normal" way of eating and living - instead of something temporary and just to achieve a goal. I use my iPhone to assist with keeping track of my points and love trying all of these delicious recipes (and my family loves them too)!

Anonymous said...

Weight watchers works if you work the program! I lost 50 lbs 17 years ago and have kept the weight off. WW taught me how to eat healthy portions along with exercising to keep the weight off for life. I am a life time memeber & I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers Is the Best thing since sliced bread, I have been on WW for 13 weeks and have lost 27.8 pounds. I love it , I also work out 5 days a week !! Stick to it ans you will see results

Stacey said...

What type of exercise do you do?

Anonymous said...

I have also tried everything to lose weight, I just turned 30 and hit my biggest at 235lbs and finally decided to put myself first for once. It has been 10 weeks and I just hit the 20lb mark. If you follow the points and workout, I do 3 -4 times a week, it will work!!

Anonymous said...

fuck bitches get money

Anonymous said...

I am 48 and have been on WW for almost 2 years. I started at size 20/22 and am now down to a size 8. I lost 87 pounds! The program is not a diet - it is a life style change. It takes a committment to want to be healthy. I still eat chips, cake, ice cream, steak, pasta, etc. But I don't eat it every day and I don't eat a huge portion when I do eat it. Gerri

Anonymous said...

You may not lose. Your body may think it's in starvation mode and hold on to everything. I tried it and it didn't make me lose weight faster...I lost it slower.

Anonymous said...

I love hearing all the success stories! But I don't see anyone who I can relate to. I'm not over weight and weight watchers says I'm a healthy weight and BMI. But I'm not happy with my current weight and am very tired of yo-yoing up and down 10 lbs every few months. It's uncomfortable and also a burden to my wallet and closet! Is weight watchers a smart choice if you just want to lose and seriously keep of those 10 pounds for good?

Anonymous said...

I've been on and off Weight Watchers for a few years now, but currently at Lifetime status! I just recently lost the 12 lbs I needed to - to get back to my goal weight. Like the person above, I only had 10-15 pounds I wanted to shed (forever), and I am there now. I think the program is worth every penny - but just like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Go to the meetings, track your food and exercise and you WILL see results. The absolute added bonus is that you learn about food, and what makes it a "healthy" choice. You gain self-confidence, and the tools and strategies you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the real world...you know, that world out there that is full of fat, carbs, and sugar. The best part is you don't have to "give up" any food. You decide how you want to spend your points by planning. I recommend it to anyone.

Maggie

uniquelyme said...

I don't know if you would call mine a success story quite yet.. I have lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks - but I am in love with this program!!

I grew up in a household with good ol' southern cooking - hardly any chicken, tons of fatty ground beefs, starchy carbs, and only a few canned veggies here and there.

I am trying to break the cycle. I love to cook and have been playing with how to expand on my family recipes for about 10yrs now. However, I never have had any idea of how much or what I should eat in a day to be the HEALTHY size I want to be - WW is teaching me that. That is the real special thing about WW - it teaches you how to perform a lifestyle change - not just a diet.

Anonymous said...

I can't exercise very well due to painful arthritis can weight watchers still work for me?

Linnie said...

Most definitely WW will work for you. I don't like to admit I didn't exercise when I started WW, especially when others write in of their efforts, but I didn't. I wanted to focus on starting one new thing in my life (eating healthier on WW) without adding what I looked at as another new stressor (exercise). All I did (and do) is walk. But even that I didn't do purposely in the beginning. With your painful arthritis, what you can start with is parking the car a bit further away than you normally do in the parking lot and you can increase your walking bit by bit that way. If you can't manage that due to pain, then just do the WW. You will start learning about portion control and healthy choices as you lose the weight. That is the main key. For me, I made healthy choices for the most part pre-WW but my snacking in the evening were horrible choices! Last week we had to carry our 20 lb dog the final block home as he was so tired and I told my husband, "Boy, he's heavy!" then I realized I was carrying even more than that when I was heavier. As you lose weight, your knees will thank you. Good luck. Write back and let us know how you are doing! (P.S. Does anyone else have a hard time matching those crazy letters to prove "I'm not a robot" ?!?!)

Jacque C said...

I've been on WW since mid-February, and have lost (almost) 20 lbs. My coworkers and I joined together to help motivate each other - while we are all only using online (it's less than half the cost of the meetings pass), the claim is that those who attend meetings lose 50% more weight on average...I can see why, as having a network is really REALLY useful. I have been more successful than my coworkers, despite my lack of exercise - I believe it's due to the following:
1.) I drink water - not a TON, but at least 4-5 large glasses per day
2.) I limit my meals out - hence perusing skinnytaste.com for WW friendly recipes
3.) I eat plenty of fruit and veggies throughout the day to keep me occupied/full - at 0 points
3.) I track EVERYTHING I eat...and I mean EVERYTHING. Even if I give myself a "day off" which I think I've done once - I track it, knowing I'm going to exceed my points value
4.) I save my bank points for the weekend. It teaches discipline and forces healthier choices during the week, and allows me to feel more like "everyone else" when out with friends during the weekend.

I have 5 lbs to go until my goal weight....so fingers crossed my success continues!!

Anonymous said...

Weight Watchers definitely works, as long as you take the time to track your food and count your points-- you have to do the program to see the results, of course! :) I lost 90 lbs in a year and have kept it off for 10 months so far. Still tracking, still weighing in weekly (of course now I attend for free since I'm lifetime at goal-- another great thing about Weight Watchers as they continue to support you as you maintain!)

Anonymous said...

Do it! I use the online version and do not go to meetings and have lost over 30 pounds! When you don't lose, you know exactly why (that second piece of wedding cake was so good.....) It makes you accountable and has changed my life. My friends were a little annoyed at first when I was a little OCD about tracking or wouldn't go out for happy hour, but I learned to track things before or after our outings and keep a mental tally or exercise early that morning so I could have a few cocktails after work. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I'm 35 years old and am now at the highest weight I have ever been. The last time I weighed myself, about 2-3 months ago, I was at 253 (on a 5'0" frame). I am going to a WW meeting today at work and am definitely going to join, especially after having read all of these great comments! My questions is, because I am so overweight right now, I have belly rolls, large arms/legs, double chin (the whole nine). Would I need to have surgery after for all the extra skin? Obviously I wouldn't "need to" but is extra skin a problem due to being overweight and losing so much? Regardless, this is not going to stop me from joining, but I am curious.

Linnie said...

I waited to see if there'd be a response from someone with firsthand experience re: excess skin after weight loss. Since no one responded, I will say it is not necessary to have it surgically removed. I have a friend who is close to five feet tall who lost 100 pounds. She was left with excess skin especially around her abdomen. She'd like to have it gone, but can't afford to. I'm glad to hear that knowing you'll have some excess skin has not deterred your determination!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linnie!!! Honestly, I dont think I'd be able to afford to have the surgery either but it's not going to change my mind about wanting to lose the weight. I can pretty much hide the excess skin with clothes I guess. But I really want to feel better about myself and this is kind of a last straw for me because I've tried everything else. I did sign up for WW last Wednesday, and although I did mess up this weekend, I'm right back on board this morning :)

Anonymous said...

I joined again and have kept the weight off for 6 months. I had a blood test recently and all of my numbers have gone down. On WW you are healthy and look healthy. It is a life style change for sure but for the better. Find a good leader and stick with it.

Jody said...

Reading all these comments has been very helpful. I lost 90 pounds and with a teeny bit of wavering, have kept if off since 2008. The thing about Weight Watchers is that yes, of course you can do it alone, and yes, as some of you wrote, Jennifer Hudson probably has a cook, and yes, WW charges money. But here's the thing - Weight Watchers helps us re-educate ourselves about food. The visits to the meetings hold us accountable to a once-a-week weigh in. The leaders and members provide support that you can't get on your own.
So, complain if you want to, but the rest of us know that Weight Watchers works. I used to eat when I was upset. Now I can't eat when I am upset. I used to eat when I was already full. Now I can't eat when I'm full.
I chose to eliminate 'white foods' and went the whole grain route. But you don't have to! Do whatever works for you within the confines of the program. It's worth every penny I paid for my membership. I have gone into meeting in tears because I lost my compass and gained weight. My leader has been so supportive. So have my fellow members. I don't have to count points any more because I know exactly how to eat, and through my experiences at Weight Watchers, I have learned self control, to stop eating when I'm full, how to order in a restaurant with confidence and get exactly what I want the way I want it - after all, I'm paying!
Gina's website has been a huge part of my success. I have a binder full of recipes that I have printed from the site. Thank you, Gina. Your recipes make sense, taste delicious, and keep me motivated because I eat a variety of delicious food.
I keep roasted vegetables in the fridge, as well as all the kinds of foods I need to keep me successful. That's one of the keys.
So, anyone can do this. You get out what you put in. Enough with the negativity. Sure, WW is a business, but I am worth every penny it took for me to lose the 90 pounds. 90 POUNDS!!!! I am a different person in so many ways. Again, than you Gina. You are a Weight Watchers culinary superstar.

Anonymous said...

Even though there are tons of plugs for weight watchers already...I will give another one. I am a guy and finally decided to do weight watchers after being around 250 pounds for years during/following college--I was around 170 pounds when I graduated high school. My official "start" at weight watchers was 244--I made it to my goal of 180 in about a year. I also started exercising and continue to do so today. I abhored exercise before I lost some weight, but once you lose weight, exercise becomes easier and more enjoyable. I highly recommend weight watchers to anyone--whether their goal is to lose weight, maintain weight, or simply be healthier. The biggest benefit I found that weight watchers provides is that it teaches you about the foods that you are ingesting so that you can make smarter decisions in real life. Additionally, you are making a lifestyle change that you can maintain, rather than going on some kind of crash diet or plan that tells you to eat so many carbs, protein, etc. per day. Under those "plans," you haven't really learned about the food you are ingesting so maintaining your weight once you reach your goal weight is next to impossible. From someone who struggled for years with his weight, I cannot recommend Weight Watchers enough.

Rosario Chavez said...

After seeing a picture of myself at the beach building castles with my 2 year old, it has been a wake up call. I have read almost all of your comments and am definitely going to give it a try, because it is true that I am worth it and I want to be there for my husband and son for many years to come. Thank you all.

Caroline said...

I've been worried about my husband's health for a long time. He always staunchly insisted "I'm xxx lbs" (numbers withheld to protect the not-so-innocent, lol). Eventually, I convinced him that if he would just step on the scale to show me that he was xxx lbs., I'd stop worrying. Well, when he did, he was almost 50 lbs. heavier than the xxx lbs. he was telling himself he weighed.

He stepped off the scale, turned to me and said "sign me up for Weight Watchers." That was six months and 45 lbs ago for him. Every day when I walk in the door, I am greeted with "Look how healthy I ate today!" (as he shows me his WW app on the iPad).

He browses Gina's blog for recipes he wants us to try. He looks up nutritional info for restaurants before we leave the house. I think the WW lifestyle change might just have saved his life.

Anonymous said...

this is such a great site. I am taken aback by all the comments and tips so thank you all. I just started WW last week weighing in at 18st (250lbs) and have been following in strictly and tracking points although yes I went over by around 7 points. My problem is discipline so I hope that once I start losing a bit this will give me the power and incentive to go forth with it. I have had a complex hormone disorder 16 years ago called cushings syndrome and so am worried this diet wont work for me but have got to try. My friend recently lost 4 stone in 7 month period in order to be given IVF treatment through WW and she swears by it. Any tips from people who have suffered with cushings syndrome or PCOS and still lost weight on WW would be much appreciated. thank you much

Elizabeth said...

The WW *plan* is great. It's sensible, isn't a crash diet and unlike the prepurchased programs (like Jenny Craig), you don't need to purchase a certain type of food. It's also easy to use. I'd vouch for the *plan* any day.

That said, the *meetings* never worked for me.

I'd tried WW years ago, before the online-only program was available, and dropped the program because of the meetings.

It had nothing to do with the quality of the leadership, btw. It just felt like a forced social gathering with people I didn't have anything in common with other than the wish to lose weight. NOT motivational for a geeky introvert!!

So if you're hanging back because you think you'll be forced into meetings, you won't be. If you can self-motivate and do a little research yourself, you'll be just fine.

Just a different two cents than most. :)

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