Emily
Beginner August 2020

Weight Watchers

Emily, on October 27, 2019 at 11:15 AM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 21
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Has anyone used Weight Watchers before, specifically the app? Depression and medications have had me gaining about 30 lbs this last year or 2 and my wedding is next August, I鈥檇 really like to lose the weight I鈥檝e put on by then!

If you had success with WW, do you have any tips, tricks, or advice for how to get the best out of it?

Thanks in advance 馃挒

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  • M
    Expert September 2020
    Marcia
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    I used weight watchers. I still follow the basic premise but I don鈥檛 do the meetings or app anymore.

    my biggest tip would be find an accountability partner. My mom and I did it together. We each lost around 40 lbs and got healthier together.
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thank you!! And that鈥檚 incredible, congrats! How long did it take you to lose the weight?
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  • A
    Devoted February 2020
    Andrea Online
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    I鈥檝e never done WW, but my FMIL has and she said you just need to be very aware of what you鈥檙e eating and making sure you are accountable by updating the app.

    Ive done they whole 30 diet instead and I highly recommend it. It鈥檚 incredibly tough the first week because you鈥檙e essentially cutting carbs and processed sugars out of your diet, which means you need to dedicate yourself to making meals cause eating out never checks off all the boxes to stay on track. I remember feeling carb deprived I would ask my co-workers if I could just smell their burgers because I was eating rabbit food (salads) for my first week. After that initial jump though I felt super energetic and my body felt great. Good luck!
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  • Tessa
    Devoted November 2019
    Tessa
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    I was a lifetime member years ago and I recently rejoined. The first time I was too young and dumb (19). I loved the way I looked thin and went way overboard. Going 2 or 3 days with coffee and broth only (zero points) and got down to a size 0. Obviously not healthy and quit obsessive. I've rejoined now and it's so different. I'm not sure if it's my age or the program. Healthy, non addictive, foods are now all zero points. Even fruit! Their science behind is, no one ever got fat by eating too many bananas. Apply point values only to foods that are known to get people addicted (processed sugars, processed carbs, alcohol, fast food, convenience foods, ect.). This way you start to monitor and limit the foods that often send people into a downward spiral. They give zero points to fruits, veggies, lean proteins to encourage you to eat! I find the most value in the fact that you have to pay (people who pay, pay attention) and that another person, not you, weighs you in and writes it down. It's right there on paper for you to see how you are doing. I did a free program with Kaiser for 16 weeks and didnt lose anything more than the first 5 pounds. 6 weeks with ww and I've lost weight every week so far. There is something to the fact that you are paying for the meetings that encourages you to be serious. Good luck to you! I'm here if you ever need any advice!
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal
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    I've been a WW lifetime member for more than 34 years. Even with the MUCH more restrictive program from back then, if you see it as a lifestyle change, not a diet, it can completely change your life for the better (and, the lives of others whose eating you may influence...). I don't keep up with meetings religiously, but I've done just about every version of the program over the years and it just keeps getting better/easier. Except for the year I was pregnant, I've pretty much maintained my goal weight for more than 30 years, and my husband and daughter have always been "healthy weights," too. Obviously, I'm a huge fan; it's an eating plan you can live with for life. Good luck! (FWIW: at 60 yrs old, I weigh a couple pounds less now, than I did on my wedding day 32 yrs ago, and the habits I learned on WW are definitely a huge factor in that.) Smiley heart

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  • Kassidy
    Just Said Yes May 2022
    Kassidy
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    My FH actually used this when he was younger to lose quite a bit of weight. It was successful for him and he actually enjoyed the process. His advice is to think of it as a game! Use any competitive streak you have and put it into the program. Hope this helpsSmiley smile
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thank you so much, your reply was seriously so informative! I鈥檓 nervous but excited! For now I鈥檓 only going to use the app because getting to meetings is hard for me with everything I have going on at the moment, but I鈥檓 definitely interested in going once the rest of my life calms down a little.
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thanks so much! That鈥檚 so encouraging to hear! Depression, overeating, and medication switches have me 30 lbs above my comfortable weight. Hoping to lose it by my wedding which is next August 馃檹馃徎馃檹馃徎馃檹馃徎
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    My FMIL has done WW and said that was the exact mentality she used and she lost a ton of weight! I鈥檓 definitely going to be so competitive with myself, in the healthiest way possible lol thanks!!
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  • Jade
    Devoted March 2021
    Jade
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    Hi Emily! As a former Personal Trainer, I would always recommend for people to just eat clean. Doing programs like weight watchers can work, but unless you plan to make it a permanent lifestyle, you can risk gaining the weight back. I would suggest just keeping it basic! Write a list of all the healthy foods/meals you already enjoy, and go grocery shopping for those items. Then eat 5-6 small meals a day (200-300 cals per meal). Consistent exercise is always great for weight loss too! Just make sure not to over do it, and give your body rest days. I think 30 minutes 3-4 days of week is a good place to start! I hope you find this helpful. If you have any health related questions, feel free to ask! I鈥檓 ya girl 馃 Good luck to you! 馃挄
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  • Sara
    Dedicated September 2019
    Sara
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    I have been doing WW since January. I go to the meetings, I find it very informative. I have lost about 30 pounds - I am struggling with motivation at the moment haha. It can definitely work if you follow it.

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  • Kassidy
    Just Said Yes May 2022
    Kassidy
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    Yes! Please keep it healthy! You鈥檙e trying to become a better you, that鈥檚 the win!
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thank you so much Jade. I currently can鈥檛 workout due to an undiagnosed, trying to be diagnosed, chronic pain/possibly autoimmune condition. So I want to clean my diet up in order to start the weight loss and then when my body is not in constant pain, I鈥檒l be back in the gym. What is so attractive to me about WW is the structure and accountability. I鈥檒l definitely reach out if I have questions! Know of any workout that can be done sitting down? Because I can鈥檛 stay on my feet too long these day 馃槕
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    If you want a motivation buddy, we could be that for each roger girl!
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thanks girl!!
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  • Sara
    Dedicated September 2019
    Sara
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    That would be awesome! I am in a few facebook groups and follow a few on instagram but I am still struggling haha. It doesn't help that my husband is constantly snackingXD

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  • Michelle
    Beginner April 2020
    Michelle
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    Weight watchers is amazing. Definitely worth trying.

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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Oh what fb groups??
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  • Emily
    Beginner August 2020
    Emily
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    Thanks Michelle! I鈥檓 really excited based on all of this wonderful feedback I鈥檝e gotten!
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  • L
    Lady
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    I was very happy with weightwatchers - I did a three month app-only trial and lost about 15 lbs. I kept it off and started working out more regularly to maintain. Now just focus on trying to eat whole foods the majority of the time. Definitely worth it for a jump start, imo!

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