Has Anyone Here Tried WeightWatchers?

  • Mrgayguy20

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    Jul 14, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm new here. I need to find a way to diet that works for me and I'm thinking about Weight Watchers. My mom did it and so I already have the tools at my disposal. So has anyone here done it? If so, what type of exercise regiment did you do? How fast did you lose weight? Just the general stuff.
  • Jerebear

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    Jul 14, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    I tried it, a long time ago, for about 2 or 3 weeks, and lost a few pounds temporarily. I didnt like it. Diets based on starvation (aka restricting calories arbitrarily) dont work for me. It induces depression (with subsequent regain of the weight) and loss of lean tissue so that I became fatter than had I not bothered in the first place.

    But if you like the system and you arent paying for it, I suppose you could give it a try, but dont be afraid to experiment within the structure of their system to customize it for what works for you.

    Ultimately I dont have alot of faith that you will lose weight permanently on weight watchers. I personally have known dozens of people who have used it. Zero percent of those people have kept the weight off.

    Given that you are morbidly obese, you will need a total body transformation that will affect all the systems in your body to become normal. The only transformation you've experienced of that magnitude is puberty and this transformation will take just as long (4 or 5 years), so settle in for a looooong ride.

    Its not about motivation, specific diets or specific workout routines. As with any other major change in life, its about learning (research), experimentation, failures, adaptation, being realistic, making sustainable changes, being in tune with what makes us feel good and healthy and gradually turning the dial up on that.

    If you are concerned about how fast you are going to lose this weight, you have already failed. If you're concerned about generally staying on the track that leads to health then you are guaranteed to succeed with enough patience and time.

    If you are anything like me when I was your age, then you will ignore everything I just typed. Hopefully you are not like me and wont waste the next 15 years slowly killing yourself.
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    Jul 15, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    I have. I think the main benefit of the program, if you actually follow it the way you're supposed to, is keeping a food journal. It is surprising how much keeping a food journal affects the food choices I make. For example, I'd rather enter that I had an apple or some forzen grapes than that I had a triple serving of ice cream.
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    Jul 15, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    My dad was on it in like the 80's and I'd sneak into the fridge and eat his prepackaged meals. I was like omg these tv dinners are yummy =D
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    Jul 15, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    No, my sister did and didn't like it... but she's not the health food, lifestyle changed overnight kind of person... though her diet isn't so bad.

    I sampled some of this stuff out to customers and was surprised how good it can tastes; aside from preservatives. Don't eat for myself, but would recommend it to anyone trying to make a real change in their diet.
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    Jul 15, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    I love Weight Watchers because you don't feel like you are dieting. You can literally eat anything as long as you properly keep track of your points. And yes, it does work. If you follow it correctly, that is. I was losing about 2 pounds per week when I was doing it the right way. And I have the app on my iPhone which makes it a lot easier to follow and keep track of what I eat wherever I go. Weight Watchers is great at teaching you portion control, and if you have a hard time sticking to strict diets like I do, I'd highly recommend it.
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    Jul 15, 2012 8:35 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidMy dad was on it in like the 80's and I'd sneak into the fridge and eat his prepackaged meals. I was like omg these tv dinners are yummy =D


    that's what you're contributing? seriously, stfu!

    can you ever not make something all about you? jfc, you're the most self-centered, egotistical p.o.s. i've ever encountered.

    drop it! its immature and you're too old to be acting like this.

    anyway, back on topic...

    OP , these fad crash diets never work, and if they do the results are short-sighted.

    nothing beats a low calorie, high protein balanced diet, and of course exercise.
  • libero888

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    Jul 18, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    To all who are saying it's a starvation diet, you do not know weight watchers whatsoever. Weight Watchers is a great plan. It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change more-so. It gives you the proper amount of calories to eat a day and continue to lose weight. However, you must eat all your points. It teaches you how to make choices and manage cravings. It's basically alcoholics anonymous for food addicts. The one thing about it is that you can eat whatever you want as long as you stay in your range of points. This is not necessarily a good thing if you're a person who only eats carbs. If you think you can't control yourself when eating carbs, you might be better off an a diet that restricts such.