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#1 Lallalla

Posted 28 January 2019 - 06:15 PM

Sooo, this is a couple of years after th last baby was born but my weight gain is specifically related to the exhaustion that  comes with babies/small children....

Are weight watchers any good? Is it worth trying? I’m now about 10kg heavier than I was before I started having babies and have decided it’s time to do something about it.

I’ve heard good things about weight watchers but then I saw them advertising that they had 200 foods that you don’t have to count.... as though those calories don’t exist because they said so?!!

I’ve already joined a gym and started going to classes, but I know this weight is not going anywhere without changes to my diet. Last time I lost weight I did it with a crazy soup diet where I ate almost nothing but this particular soup for weeks. Which did work and I did then keep most of the weight off (until babies) by continuing going to the gym regularly and eating a bit better than I had before. But I don’t think I can go that hardcore again.

#2 mumsoon1975

Posted 28 January 2019 - 07:01 PM

Zero points doesn’t mean zero calories and ww explains this in program materials.
I’m a fan (albeit one who was more a donator than a plan adherent through last year.) I find ww works with a life that includes a fair bit of socialising and provided I don’t get into an unrealistic headspace (thinking i’ll lose multiple kilos a week) it’s a sustainable and successful way to diet.

#3 Ozquoll

Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:22 PM

I don’t know about weight-watchers, but I’ve known quite a number of people who have lost weight with Lite’n’Easy. The convenience of having the meals all made for you seems to be a winner. Main problem is getting bored of the meals, but I guess that may be true with any diet plan 🤔.

#4 overlytired

Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:16 AM

The idea behind the foods you don't have to track is that they are low-fat, high protein, filling foods that will keep you satisfied longer. Of course, this means you have to be disciplined to eat when you're hungry and not out of boredom or habit.

It's very much like the GI (glycemic index) diet geared toward diabetics. I followed that for a while until I fell off the wagon and lost slowly but easily (no hunger pangs).

WW has been around for a long time and it works if you follow it. I think the new program is better in that you're not weighing and counting foods, instead being guided toward eating healthier (all of the "free" foods are unprocessed – lean chicken, eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies).

#5 FiveAus

Posted 29 January 2019 - 09:38 AM

I'm a huge Weight Watchers fan. I've tried lots of "diets" including Optifast, in which I lost a heap of weight then stacked it back on again as soon as I started to eat real food again.

WW has taught me to make better choices, and how to actually live and eat properly.

The zero point foods are not zero calories but in conjunction with their mindful eating recommendation, it works. You still need to allow portion sizes, listen to your hunger cues etc. it's not just about the food but the whole package.

#6 rowsmum

Posted 29 January 2019 - 10:38 AM

WW is great for me - the zero points foods are geared towards you eating fruit, veg and white protein and reducing carbs and fats.  I find it very easy to follow.

#7 Fennel Salad

Posted 29 January 2019 - 11:11 AM

I did it 12 years ago and yes it vworked for me. Back then there were 2 plans: a "points" plan and a "core" plan.

The points plan had a wide range of food BUT it was strictly on a portion control basis. The core plan had a list of foods (lean meats, eggs, veges, plain yogurt etc) that you could eat to "satiety" and a few extra treats per week. I chose the core plan because I like to eat a nice plate of food and be done with it and not a "few bites" and keep thinking and yearning about food post meal. It took a long time to reach my goal weight as i lost, on average, 300g per week, BUT other than having babies I've mamaged to stay close to my goal weight since. I think it helped shape (largely) good healthy meal habits for the long term.

Based upon your OP I'd say WW appears to have resurrected this approach. I think you should try it and persevere even if the rate of loss is slow. Play the long game with this one and I'm sure you'll see results.

#8 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 30 January 2019 - 08:44 AM

The no count foods don’t mean the calories don’t count.... they are very clear about this. You still need to exercise portion control.

I like weight watchers it gives me freedom along with teaching me to eat healthier. The support I get at meetings is valuable to me and the accountability is also important.

I am starting again today after a year or so off.

#9 EsmeLennox

Posted 30 January 2019 - 08:56 AM

I guess it depends on whether you need to have the outside support. The one time I tried a weight watchers program (admittedly years ago) I didn’t like it. I do much better just monitoring my own calorie intake.

#10 Sassy Dingo

Posted 30 January 2019 - 08:57 AM

Weight watchers is just calorie counting that you need to pay for.

If you're calorie counting anyway just use a free app like myfitnesspal.com

Calorie counting will always work if you count correctly and stick to a daily allocation which  is suitable for your body type and exercise level.

#11 StartledFlamingo

Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:58 PM

I lost 16 kg on ww 10 years ago - I had been overweight since I was 5 years old. I have (mostly) kept it off for nearly 10 years (although it took me a year to get back to healthy weight after each of 2 kids). The best thing it did was teach me how to eat healthy. Yes to some extent it is calorie counting but more than that it encouraged healthy foods so the calories you do eat keep you full. It helped change my tastes so I do actually enjoy veggies etc rather than just see them as a chore.

The other part that works for me is it's structure, the tracking and accountability to get the weight off. I have used it once in the 10 years since to lose 8 kg and I've just signed up again to do that again. I know that seems to negate my saying it taught me healthy habits, needing to do it again.  But I know exactly what I've been doing that has caused the gain (too many snacks, too much bread, finishing kids leftovers) and now I just need the structure and additional motivation to lose it again.

I am finding the newer program harder than the older one although the points free foods are great. They are healthy foods that you pretty much can't overeat on, is the theory. I struggle a bit because bread and grains have made up a huge part of my food and I need to change that to fruit, lean protein and veg. But I'm confident that will come, and after I'm at goal I know I can be a bit more lenient on things and maintain my weight.

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