Chances are if you’re trying to lose weight like me, you might have heard of a program called Weight Watchers. You may also be wondering, “Does Weight Watchers really work?” And the answer is overwhelmingly YES! How do I know? I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a little over three months now, and I’ve lost 25lbs.
Most of my life I was thin. During Junior High and High School I walked 6 miles roundtrip to school everyday on top of extracurricular activities and normal everyday movement. I didn’t play sports but I was active nonetheless. After college I didn’t have to do as much walking around campus, and didn’t really care to exercise either. My metabolism was still pretty good, so I kept eating junk that was bad for me. It wasn’t until I had two kids and an incredibly stressful year at work last year that my weight became a problem (for me, at least). I was tired all of the time, using food to make myself feel better, and just not taking good care of me.
After a Daniel Fast at church and losing a little weight from that, I stumbled upon Arielle Calderon’s Buzzfeed Article on how she lost 85 lbs. (85lbs! Isn’t that amazing?!). I started looking at the recipes and thinking, “this is all stuff I enjoy eating, anyway. I could do this…” After thinking about it a little more, I took the dive and became an Online Only member.
The SmartPoints program from what I understand is vastly different than the previous PointsPlus program. It encourages eating plenty of veggies and fruit, and staying away from processed food options. It also encourages exercise. For someone goal oriented like me, seeing the fit points add up each week motivates me to keep pushing on. I’ve even become a runner thanks to Weight Watchers!
Tracking my food and activities through the app is incredibly easy. At first I was intimidated by counting points, but take my word for it, it is significantly easier than counting calories. In fact, because I meal plan for my family, I often input my point usage for days or even the week, and that saves me a lot of time. I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat, because I planned it, logged it, and already know how many points it’s going to cost me.
When it comes to food, I don’t feel at all deprived. I still eat a lot of my favorite foods, just in healthier portions. The app and the website both have a ton of delicious recipes. There’s only been one or two that our family has tried and didn’t like. Weight Watchers also gives you not just Daily points, but a bank of Weekly points. This is perfect when you know you have a special occasion coming up, and you want to eat a splurge meal.
Weight Watchers has made me much more aware of how unhealthy my portion sizes were and how bad my once a week large specialty coffee drinks were wreaking me. You know in the back of your mind that something is bad for you, but when you see a crazy high point value, it’s shocking.
I’ve got 24.6lbs left to go, as I want to be toward the lower end of the healthy BMI range for my height. But I’m hopeful, and so excited to see what happens next.
Have you tried Weight Watchers? I’d love to hear your success stories!