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weight watchers worth it?

i am seeking some info about the weight watchers program-from those who have actually tried it. does it cost a lot? do you have to eat their food? are you allowed to have a glass of wine? please give me the low down-i don't want someone who works for weight watchers to decsribe only the benefits, i'd like to hear about the good and bad experiences people have had.


Tue. Apr 4, 3:32pm

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my mom uses weight watches and it has really helped her alot. She no longer counts points but she still does stay diciplined in her healthy eating. No you dont have to eat their food! my mom gets the weight watchers magazine and she's made a few dishes from the magazine and they have all been delish

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 3:34 PM

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Weight Watchers was what really turned my life around. I highly recommend it. You eat your own food, although they do have decent microwave meals and yummy frozen desserts, and yes, you can have wine. You can pretty much have anything you want as long as you count it into your points for the day. It's all about learning to balance things out. If you have something more fattening for lunch, have something less fattening for dinner. I mean, that's a really simplistic explanation, but it's the basic idea. I definitely say give it a try.

Kate (kissmekate02)


Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 4:38 PM

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Would it be useful for someone with only 10 lbs to use?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 4:50 PM

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I was going to join but then got pregnant instead. My sister is on it and it has worked for her. I have about 10 lbs to lose too and it would have been just the motivation I needed to lose it. I say go for it as long as you have the money to spend on it.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 5:44 PM

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I love WW

The program has taught me portion control and to date I have lost 16 pounds (2.5 months). I had the opportunity to join an at work program, which cuts my costs a little, however if you can't afford/choose not to go to meeting you can always join on-line at a much lower cost. And if you can get the points/activity info from someone you can easily teach youself. I actually enjoy going to the meetings and like that I have to weigh-in every week, it's great motivation to continue with the program. My group is very supportive and it's a nice break mid-day.

I have not and probably will not buy any of their products, but that's mainly because snacks are a personal downfall, no matter how many points are in them. I eat normal things, nothing special. Lots of fruits and veggies, and have cut back on my carbs. I even enjoy a drink every now and again. I have never felt guilt on the program nor have I ever felt the need to cheat. I even eat out without problems/guilt. WW really works for me, so I am glad I decided to give it a try. I still have 20-25lbs to reach my goal, but it seem more do-able now that I have a program to follow.

I would suggest it's worth a try. And figure, what you spend on WW you'll probably save either at the grocery store or on other programs that aren't working. Hey, you could go to just a couple of meetings, get the info, and then work from home without further commitment.

One caveat, you have to be willing to change your eating habits and remember that this is a life style change. Unfortunately many people have regained after having initial success with WW and I think it's because they see it as a diet and not a change in lifestyle.

Good luck with your decision,

Amanda (aps153)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 7:20 PM

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Here we go again about the WW. Some people on this site are very passionate about it, and that's fine. Some people love it to pieces and I would say, if you like it and it works for you, great. There is not doubt you will loose weight IF you follow their plan, but most people at the meetings I went to weren't able to follow the plan, even me. And I went to a number of different meetings with a variety of leaders.

I enjoyed one group leader in particular and I stuck with her, I enjoyed some of the other people there. I did loose some wieght, but I didn't like the points system; it was not enough food for me and I couldn't manage it. I also found the points system would lead people to avoid certain nutritious foods, like nuts and good fats. There was too much discussion of diet frozen desserts and stuff like jello which doesn't interest me, and just a bit too much pushing of their diet frozen products and these "2 Points" energy bars, which were really full of sugar and little protein.

I know the WW lovers will come back and go on and on, I think they must work for them, and that's fine. I would say go and see if you like it. Try a few meetings. Often, the joining fee is free or includes a couple of meetings as an incentive. When I went the meetings were $11 but you could buy a punch card and get a discount too. You might love it. For me the best part was having the group, and that's a nice support sytem. Go with a friend or sister and you'll have a buddy system! Also, check out TOPS, Take off Pound Sensibly, a network of very inexpensive weight loss support groups.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 6:15 AM

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I tried it and didn't lose any weight. They have you calculate 'points earned' for exercise, which was hard for me to follow because I exercise a lot. I went for about 2 months, then quit. I was also hoping to meet some diet buddies, but that didn't happen. I already count calories and exercise consistently, so WW didn't give me anything new. The food that was discussed at meetings was not filling. I think it would bea good program for people who cannot be disciplined about keeping track of what they eat and who need to incorporate exercise, but if you can already keep track of what you eat and exercise, I say save your money. The cookbooks have some tasty and easy recipes though!

Friday, April 07, 2006, 9:37 AM

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They also have another plan where you don't have to count points at all. It's called the Core Plan. There are foods that you can eat without having to count points and you eat these to the point of satisfaction. They are typically healthy low fat foods. So people who say they were hungry on the points system, could've easily switched over to the Core Plan where you could've eaten until you felt you had enough. Anything not on the Core plan would be counted against your weekly 35 points. That may be easier for some who don't like the idea of tracking and counting.

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:10 AM

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To the above poster about 'HERE WE GO AGAIN ABOUT THE WW". There are probably new people on the boards who have not seen the posts prior to today or yesterday regarding Weight Watchers. Please don't be negative when someone poses a legitimate question about something that you may or may not agree with.

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:13 AM

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I love WW and have lost all my weight on it (58lbs) you can check out my webpage and e-mail me if you have ?? i dont work for them ; )

Friday, April 07, 2006, 2:17 PM

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