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Weight Watchers Reviews, Please?

Okay, I know there are plenty of threads on WW, but I am hoping to hear some reviews from fellow PT'ers regarding their experiences on the program. Also, for those of you who've attended meetings, how were your experiences? Thanks so much for any input. :)

Sat. Sep 22, 10:56am

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So you're just looking for more of the same...?

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 12:04 PM

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Thanks for your positve input.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 12:56 PM

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OP here... Sorry if I frustrated any longtime PT'ers. It can be overwhelming to sift through threads to find *just* what your looking for, so I figured that I would see who would be willing answer my specific questions.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 12:58 PM

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Your question isn't specific, which is why the "old" threads are totally relevant to your situation.

I'll let some other "thread nazi" get into the whole too-lazy-to-read angle.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 1:44 PM

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Okay. I guess I wanted a poll of sorts. Weight Watchers, yay or nay.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 2:00 PM

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Man oh man, will the negative, unhelpful input never end? It's tiresome, but fascinating...

OP - You're a good sport for hanging in there! I can't say enough positive things about WW. I 'm a big fan, I found the meetings very helpful (I'm big on accountability - if someone else knows I'm trying to lose weight then I DO it), and I give it a big thumbs up.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 2:20 PM

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If someone wants to ask a question in a new thread, please let them.

-PT

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 2:27 PM

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I appreciate both an answer to my question and for the confirmation that this forum is meant to be positive.

I was beginning to feel like my 6th grade self. You know, fending off the passive aggressive "popular" girls. Heehee. Anyway, keep the reviews coming, people!

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 2:27 PM

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I'm willing to bet that the "PT" comment isn't real. It's not exactly difficult to immitate.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 3:03 PM

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And they would just removed the offending remarks without commenting.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 3:06 PM

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Another thumbs up for WW. I lost 30 pounds on it and kept it off for 6 years (till I got pregnant). I went to meetings every week. They're terrific, particularly if you find a leader you like.

Sunday, September 23, 2007, 8:18 AM

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Thanks!

Sunday, September 23, 2007, 4:44 PM

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I've been going to WW for almost a year and have just hit my 40 lb mark. I go to meetings, which can be very energizing and only recently excersizing and using the WW website. It's been a great experience for me. It's also helped to read the WW magazine. I feel like the poster child. I started off just as an experiment, and when I started losing weight, I started to feel more in control of my eating and my weight.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 6:54 AM

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I'm in the UK and have been to WW here for three separate "bouts." The last time I did it was six years ago. I lost weight on each occasion, but felt weak generally and couldn't concentrate on my work properly. I was concerned that they also permitted people to join who clearly didn't have the requisite 10lbs to lose to hit their BMI. What did annoy me was that all three of my WW leaders actively discouraged exercise as it would potentially make people put on weight. WW is not aimed at being fit and healthy. It's primary purpose is to make yourself lighter, which includes burning up muscle mass.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:12 AM

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LOVE WW........ I first tried WW 2 years ago. I did not have the time to keep going to the meetings so I started doing it on my own at home. Much to my surprise I lost over 40 pounds and have kept the weight off to this day. I still do weight watchers on and off any time i see a few pounds sneaking up on me. I feel exercise, drinking lots of water and following the points are the keys that must be used together in order for the program to work.........Best of Luck to you!!

Monday, September 24, 2007, 8:13 AM

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I have to disagree strongly with the pp from the UK. (I'm the PP who lost 30 lbs.) WW in the US at least *does* emphasize exercise and healthy living and nutrition. Which is one of the things I really like about it!

Monday, September 24, 2007, 9:26 AM

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UK poster here! It may be that things have changed in the last 6 years at WW worldwide. I know that the actual point process (i.e. the way points were calculated) changed in the last couple of years because a friend started doing it a couple of years ago and it had suddenly become all GI based (as that was the hot new "eating regime"). The philosophy may well have changed since I did it. I was just warning of the potential problems that the OP may face.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 9:44 AM

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OP here! All of the experiences and perspectives are very helpful to me. Keep it coming! Especially if you're in Dallas, like me. :D

Monday, September 24, 2007, 11:52 AM

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WW is great----I have done it off and on over the past few years and it really is the only thing that has helped me lose weight. Since I am an active logger here on PT, I don't pay to go to meetings, I "answer" to my teammates and that seems to work! You may want to initially go to meetings until you get the hang of it, but once you are comfortable with the program, you may not necessarily have to keep going if you're doing it on you own.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 4:37 PM

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first time i did it for three months and gained 8 pounds.

i've been doing it now for three months and lost 12, but have stayed the same for the last two months.

i personally get tired of adding and subtracting every day. i also find that i can't eat as many points as they tell me to eat.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 4:54 PM

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I found a leader I like who has helped me lose over 30 lbs. I'm lifetime and still go at least once a month. It's nice if you can make it a long-term thing. The leader and receptionists know me now and so it feels nice and personal. Try different meetings, because every leader has their own unique style. So definitely a yay vote. However, I count calories, not "points."

Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:31 PM

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I did WW and lost 30 lbs, then I got sick (not from WW) and had to stop and gained it all back plus 10 extra. My overeating caused it I know. But I was so discouraged that I just could not go back to counting and planning and etc. I've started "Intuitive Eating" which gets you to quit dieting and tune in to what your body is actually hungry for and only in the amounts it is actually calling for. I've started the scale back in the right direction again.
I learned a lot at WW meetings and my leader was great. She made it feel like I was doing something good for myself and it was very encouraging.
I guess my experience was positive and negative but hope the info helps you.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 11:28 PM

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I started in July. It's a great catalyst to start losing weight and getting healthy. It is what you make it. That being stated after 2 months and losing 30lbs I'm considering canceling my membership and accomplishing my goals on my own. I feel I've more or less learned everything I need to suceed. The ONLY negitive comment I would state about WW is thier opinion of my target goal is unrealistic. A 6'1" male should be able to weigh over 200lbs and not automaticly be considered overweight.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 1:23 AM

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how about online weight watchers?

i live far from any weight watcher center, so i'm curious to know if WW online is helpful.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 1:42 AM

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not a fan

I joined and went to one meeting. The meeting seemed a bit patronizing, like fat women should be congratulated for every breath they take.
Also, I didn't like the points system. It seemed a bit too arbitrary for me. Of course, I had been accustomed to counting calories, which I liked.
I'm a longtime PT user and love it. It is sufficient for my weightloss efforts. When I need a little extra accountability, I join an extra group.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 7:38 PM

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Weight Watchers

I've been a member off and on for a few years and it does work - if you commit to the program. I think a lot of it has to do with the leader you have and the other members in your group. I was a member of an "at work" group; I think it's sometimes more difficult to be in a group with people you work with - I'm sometimes more hesitant to "open up". That's why I like PT; there's accountability with anonymity. I love the the points plan; easy to follow and nothing's off limits.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 10:06 PM

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