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I go weekly and online figured out my daily points for me, but my husband does this at home on his own sort of with me. How can I figure out how many points he would now use?

Can anyone help with that? I have been on ww for about 4 months and am down about 23 Lbs. Please sign me up for your group! I am super excited for the new plan, thanks for all the info! Would love to be apart of such a wonderful support group.

Please add me to the list. Thank you for doing what you do to help so many people lose weight with support! God bless you for what you are doing to change lives. I would also like to be a member of your support group. You all sound like a very enthusiastic bunch and very motivated. Like you, a new program means new motivation.

Happy Holidays and Cheers! Thanks for the info danica. I am a lifetime member but have really been struggling the last few months. Will weigh in tomorrow when I get back home on vacation now but know I will be up but hopefully not over the top. I would love to have some support and also am very interested in finding out about the droid points plus app. Thank you so much for your review of the new plan!

I am very interested in joining a WW support group online. I plan to join a local WW in the next couple of weeks. The new program wont work on my web browser anymore. I have been on WW for 3 years now and currently struggling with staying on plan. Thanks for the review. Looking on line there of course is a new electronic food scale. I just bought the previous one for Points values in June. Any way to convert the points to PointsPlus?? Have you heard anything about that.

Add me to your support group!!! I can use the support. I spent all yesterday going through my materials. I bought the deluxe kit and thought it was a good deal.

It has worked for me to the tme of 66 pounds in 10 months so I trustweigth watchers enough to do whatever they put out there. I do agree that it is going to be hard for people that liked to be able to eat the processe foods for low points.

I think the new program will help people sustain the weight longer because they will have experienced a change in food habits with this program. I would love to be a part of the support group too! I am excited about the new program and hope that I stick to it! Thanks for helping to organize the thought process on this one.

Very exciting, glad to see that WW is going the direction of encouraging, i. Would love to join your group! I went to a meeting yesterday and got all of the information and am also sooo excited!

I do not have a blog, but am an avid reader of yours! Your recap sent me to my local center today. I think the new program is just what I needed to kick start my butt in gear!!

Also a kid on Christmas — I cheated on my normal Saturday meeting and went to one yesterday to get the goods. So far I love the changes. Is the new anroid app. What is the name of it. I would love to get it for my droid x. Please include me in your new group. I have been on WW for several years, successfully, and lok forward to updated info. Weight Watchers saved my life. I am honored to be a part of it. Only 21 more pounds to go until I can start working towards being a leader.

My current leader is so amazing. Our whole meeting group is successful with this leader…His name is Jim Christensen in Carson California. Please sign me up for the support group! I tried out WW about a year ago, but left the plan because I found it impossible to eat healthy specifically fruits! Please sign me up for your support group. I need to rededicate and I like the science behind this new program. Thanks for your re-cap.

Would love to sign up for your group. I just started ww online etools and looking forward to the new program. Am excited that WW is finally doing something about the carb count!! I am 52 and carbs are what I have the most problem with — was doing Atkins and lost over 30 but know that WW is one of the best programs out there!!!

I am currently a WW member but definitely inactive…. Watched the 25 lbs I lost gradually creep back up and now, after Thanksgiving especially, there has to be an end to all this madness. I am ready to begin my journey once again, but hopefully it will be a one-way trip to success!!! That will make the change much easier for me.! OMG…I have been waiting for this.

I too was thinking that 20 pts on the momentum plan was not enough….. Maybe this is the thing! Been life time for the last 10 years and have gained back everything and lost motivation in the process….. I would love to be a part of this support group as well. Thanks for all the great information to everyone. Have lost and maintained on the old points system well, when I track that is. Would love to get easy food ideas that keep me in my points range and still have room for that large glass or two of wine in the evening!

Please include me on your rapidly expanding support group list. My meeting is on Saturday. I have an E-tools account and have been exploring the site for information on the plan! I am really excited about it! And can SCAN barcodes? Check out my site for more details! I was wondering where you can get the new books? I have all the old books, I do weight watchers at home on my own.

Thanks for the new program info. I look forward to the support group. Thanks for your website, I was a member of WW and dropped out. I would like very much to be part of your support group might be more helpful then the meetings. Looking forward to the new plan. I have a meeting Wednesday night. I have lost 31 pounds at weight watchers. I have a total of 70 pounds off. My doctor has set a goal for me and I hope after Wednesday night I will need to lose only 6.

I have really tried hard to get there. I have joined weight watchers several times and never could see a goal. This will be the first and I am really excited about accomplishing it this time. It has been a great struggle for me because of the blood pressure medication that I had been taking. I had my doctor change my medication to see if it would make a difference because it was real frustrating to try so hard and lose only.

We had to change them several times but finally got something that works for my blood pressure and allows for me to lose weight without such a struggle. I would love to join your support group. I have even applied for a position as receptionist at our meetings.

Just waiting for an opening. This would really help me stay on track. I am so excited to learn about the new plan from you. You spell it out so well. Normally I am only an online subscriber, so I appreciate you explination. I am due to deliver my second child in 6 weeks. I look forward to getting back on WW immediately. On that note, if you could spare me a points calculator, I would really appreciate it and put it to good use!

I lost 35lbs years ago on the old program but have gained it all back so I need to start again! You have helped to get me pumped after a week of being very lax. Thanks for all the info. I would love to be a part of the support group for the new Weight Watchers plan. Please include me on your e-mail list. Sounds great, sign me up. Cannot wait until Saturdays meeting…do tell.

Is 29 the lowest point allowance? Did they reall cut out fish? I cannot believe that. Tell anything else you can…and thanks for sharing and starting this group. I am excited AND intimidated about this new plan, after knowing the regular points plan so well…. What a great overview of the program! I would love to see the support group post ideas on how to stay motovated and also ideas for people who have difficultys with exersize. Maybe a daily or weekly challange to exersize more. Went to my first meeting tonight, I really want to find out the formula to figure the points out without the calculator.

I bought the calculator at half price during our meeting but still want to encourage my friends, Before with the slider, I could help them. Any equations out there that they have indulged us with, or do I have to figure it out all by my lonesome. When is the Android App coming? I have lost from to after a whopping 3. I am excitied about points plus.

Thanks for the info! Love you site and want to join your WW Support Group. I was up early this am with coffee in hand on the internet reviewing the new plan. Went to my Monday morning meeting and it was packed you would have thought it was January! My favorite dessert VitaMuffins Chocolate brownie tops went from 1 to 3 points but who cares. I have rejoined ww again for the third time and am real excited about this new program. My meeting is on Wednesday night so we will see how things go.

I love the idea that I have found you site and plan on joining the support group you are going to start. On my way to losing the weight and finally keeping it off.

So sign me up for the group and off we go! Forgot to say what I would like to see from the Support Group, recipes that are 5 ingredients or less and the points value.

Also, ideas for breakfasts — for me that is the tough meal of the day. I love fat free Greek yogurt but need ideas on use. I would love to become part of the chat. I keep finding reasons not to join WW.

I need a little help getting motivated!! Count me in on your support group. Have been doing it on line, first day today and aside from cereal sticker shock, doing well. HI, I could be your oldest member,75 years young, but i need to lose about pounds.

I first went to WW about 30 years ago and have not tried since because I got tired of green beans and lettuce. Not much variety back then. Reading your info has really peaked my interest.

I would really like to be a part of the support and discussions so that I can work on inproving my health. After raising 3 great children and recently getting the all clear after the dreaded cancer diagnosis, I am ready for happier and healthier times. I am returning to meetings on Wednesday and am starting my WW journey all over again.

Please send me some info. Thanks for the great information. What you have posted combined with eTools will be a really big help. Yes please count me in. After reading what you wrote I think I may be able to do this too. Your enthusiasm has sparked mine for the new program! Thanks for all the helpful info, I would like to join your group please.

Thanks for all the great info on the new plan. Please add me to your support group-been in WW since August and have lost 26 lbs…still have about another 30 to go but feel great-very excited about the new program!!

Please add me also. I am excited to chat with others about all the new stuff. I became Lifetime in July , but have since 30 lbs. Thanks for the stuff you posted so far. Where did you find the deluxe starter kit!? Please add me to your support. I have been doing WW online since Please include me in your new on-line support group.

I feel good about the 22 pounds I have lost so far and try to not think about how much I still have to go. I am a life member but it is still a hard to keep at goal weight. Would love to join your group for Support and more accountability. New program and all will be a challenge, but with a support group it should help. Thanks… looking forward to your e-mails. Hey…i have tried W. It was like a sign i got the email from w. I have a lot to lose about pounds, 55 minimum for good health.

I know i can do it. I am about to cry, because yesterday i was almost ready to take some vacation time and go to this biggest loser camp in UTAH i was that desperate.

For some reason this plan looks more interesting and more scientifically sound than the last one AND 49 extra points is not bad: And i will probably be getting more than 29…i am at roughly pounds right now..

And I for the first time in 1 year and a half will go to a meeting either Tomorrow or Wednesday.. I too was waiting for the program to be rolled out! Now you got me so excited…I am going to pop into my center tomorrow and pick up the materials. Then weigh in on Wed. Love to be part of your new group…we all need that extra support!

I am so excited about the new program. I am heading over today to get a calculator before they are gone! Please add me to the support group. Just signed up on your mailing list. Thanks for all the info!

Starting WW work today and I am excited about the journey. My biggest hurdle is breakfast and snacking. I am not a morning person, but I have to be at work at 6AM, I need something to prepare in advance that I can put in my lunch bag on the way out the door and eat once I get to work. As well as snacks that are filling. I would love to be apart of your support group! I have been a WW member since April and have lost 44 pounds.

The program has made me aware of what goes in my mouth. Started the program to be healthier. It is working, Yaahoo!!! Would love to join your group. We need all the support we can get. I have been a lifetime member for more years than I can remember. Weight Watchers has finally evolved into something that everyone can most definitely work worth with their daily lifestyles.

This program will take a little getting used to, but I think in the long run, it will be the most satisfying plan they have ever developed!! I would love to join the support group. The new program drew me back, one year and 30 pounds later….

I look forward to sharing the journey! Thanks for posting this. Please add me to the group. Thanks for the update and your wonderful enthusiasm! I would love to be part of the WW support group!

I would love to join your group. I am an emotional eater so I have gained 20 of the 46 pounds I lost. I feel like such a failure which just adds to my depression which adds to my emotional eating!!

I think this new program is just what I need to get back on track. Maybe I can be successful online in combination with this group! Please count me in! Support groups are so important!! I definitely need to be part of your support group. My suggestion would be to have new points calculator as a permanent feature of your support blog.

Hi, I would love to be apart of the WW blog you were mentioning. I have the final stretch of 12 — 15 lbs. I would love to be a part of this support group!

I sent you an email as well but wanted to post something. So I could use the support especially since I made it to my goal weight and now have not been back there in a year! Thanks for the great information! I have been throwing around the idea of joining WW again. Not sure if I should do online or meetings…. I love the idea of the Twitter Group…motivation, support, recipe sharing and healthy tips is the best way to achieve the healthy lifestyle.

I joined WW on-line a month ago and definitely need some inspiration!!! But I do need a push. This is my challenge. Found your website and loved it!

I want to get back on the wagon. I need support for motivation!!!! WW is the best! Thanks for all this information. It was all really helpful, especially since at 9: Sadly, I am not excited about this new plan.

My concerns are fruits being zero points and there being no consideration of calories in the points calculation. It would also be great to just have suggestions from other members on what is working for them. My BF and I have been eating our way across two continents in the last year so we are ready! Thank you for your information….

This is getting me motivated again! Have been out of WW for awhile and really need to get it going again. I would love to be part of your group! Thanks for doing such a great job outlining the new program. I am a life member but always need help staying on track. Hi I just love this site.. Just found it this morning… I really like it better than the WW site… Been giong on it for recipes. I would love to be part of your support group. Sign me up for the support group! I would like to see input from other members on the restaurant points values.

The list in etools has changed — a lot of items are no longer listed. Thanks for the simplified explanation! Thank you for being so positive and encouraging. I lost 75 pounds on Weight Watchers 5 years ago and have gained back 30 even though I am a life member.

With is new program, I am very excited to return to Weight Watchers in the next week. I am not waiting until January I am very interested in your support group, so sign me up!!

And also am thrilled to have found your website! Even as a long time WW member I still need support! Would love to join the support group — I have been on and off ww for the last several years — back on now and 20 lbs down so far.

I am so happy to get a preview of the new plan! My meeting is not until Saturday and I have not been able to get eTools yet, so this is a real boost for me.

I am jumping on the bandwagon…sign me up for the support group…need all the support I can get! Wow, thanks so much for all the great info! Please sign me up for your group as well. Thanks for all you do! This is a great website you have! Thanks for all the motivation! I am definitely interested in your WW support group!

I would love to be a part of your group! Thanks for the good work you do, Danica! I have been doing not so well WW at home. I always do better by attending meetings but I get tired of the expense.

I am so ready for a change because the old plan kept me running to low point processed foods because of my hectic lifestyle so I need a little shake up in my routine. I am going to find out about the new plan and give meetings another go. I would also love to join this support group!! Good luck to everyone! Thanks, Danica, for the motivation. I would love to be part of the support group. Was maintaining my goal weight until some health issues got me about two years ago, and prednisone has become a daily part of my life.

So, I went back yesterday and am committed to losing this extra weight. Would love to be a part of your chat. I would love to join the weight loss group. I have been attending meetings for just over a year and have lost 40 lbs. I am SO excited about the new plan and feel it is the new start I need to lose the last 20 lbs. Thanks for putting this together! I have been a WW re-starter for years!

Two years ago, I got very close to goal and quit going to meetings dumb!! I am very excited about the new plan, as I think it is forcing me to re-think what I am doing. I became too complacent with the Points system. You are a great motivator! Danica, please sign me up also. I do WW online and attend weekly meetings. I am looking forward to receiving the meeting materials on the new program.

I may even purchase the kit as you did. Thank you for all of the information. I need to lose 15 pds. I will do this again and hope that I can maintain this time around with the new point system. Just joined for the third time yesterday. Got 30 pounds to lose. I would very much like to be a part of this support group, too. Would like to be part of support group. Been a WW member since , been a lifer since Still go to meetings every Sat morning although I did go last night to learn the new program..

Please count me in. Do I need a certain kind of phone? I am going to a meeting tomorrow to check out the new program. I would like to join the WW support group as well. I am excited about this new challenge with the new program. It will mean the need to be consciously self-ware of what is required to make it work. I am up for the challenge. Please sign me up for the Support group. I have been toying around with joining WW and the only reason I have not done so is because of the mixed messages I have received regarding online and face to face meetings.

Schedule wise online works best for me. I am in front of a computer at least 9 hours out of the day, so online is also convenient. I have been told that face to face meetings present greater accountability. Keeping that in mind, I have not done anything. I would love to join and online WW Support Group. Was doing WW on-line, but with the new program decided to hit the weekly meetings again. Worth it to hear all the info and get the materials. Would like to be a part of your WW support group.

Now struggling with keeping it off. The meetings really do work and I am looking forward to hearing more about the plus program. Would love to get my hands one of the new calculators and program to read up on it. Can you access this program off line anywhere?

I would also like to join the WW support group, I think it would be very helpful! Thanks for taking the time and expaining the new plan for us. I would love to be included in the support group. Looking forward to our meeting tonight. Heard that is going to be easier to follow. My leader said she lost 5 plus lbs the first 2 wks.

Hope I can do it too. I would like to join the support group also. So the weeks to come will be key in proving me to be a skeptic… I pray to god that I am so so wrong. How about pictures of food, much like the egg on toast and apple picture.. Has anyone seen the Points value for Vitatop Muffin Tops? They are one of my staples and my meeting is not until later this week.

And how about a shout out to Starbucks with a Grande Skinny Latte weighing in as one of the free power foods — Way to Go!! I dropped out of WW three weeks ago as I was doing so badly. MY own problem not WWs. Felt like I was wasting my money. A bit embarrassed at weighing in. I joined 40 years ago and did so well and became a Lifetime Member. Even worked for them as a clerk. I am so ashamed of myself for not having better control over what I stuff in my mouth.

Hopefully this new programme may do the job. I did my best under the original programme but then again I was 40 years younger. What I would love to see on weight watchers would be simpler recipes and cooking just for two as well as families.

Sandra in Ca — Thanks — I scrolle dup and saw that Viatatops chocoloate also my favorite went to 3 points — but like you said, wih free fruits and veggies, who cares! If you like oatmeal, you may want to try this: Follow the Quaker Oatmeal box directions for serving quantity. Start with 2 sticks of whole cinnamon in the water.

Add 1 cup of Steel Cut oats great fiber and 3 cups of regular not instant oatmeal. While that is bubbling away, add a splash of vanilla extract to taste. Keep stirring every few minutes and while that is happening cut up an apple or two remove the skin , lay in a glass pie dish and add ground cinnamon and a few shakes of Butter Buds or Molly McButter this is real butter just dehydrated to the top.

Add a little water and microwae on high for about 3. When the oatmeal is done, add the apples and stir well. The cinnamon will have thickened just a little and will over the next few days give even more flavor the oatmeal. You can add a little more ground cinnanmon to taste. After the oatmeal cools, you can store in the fridge — it will last for about 1 week you will have just about enough for 1 cup a day. This is really good and you can take it to work in a plastic container — I travel with this even when visiting relatives so that I can have at least a decent breakfast.

I admit, as a Lifetime Member who has recently gotten back on the wagon I fell off I was more than a little freaked out about the change!

But I will perservere! Oh, and I would love to be part of the support group! I now do WW on-line, and miss the support of the meetings! I really enjoyed your take on the new program. I am a lifetime member and need support! I would really like to join your group. Thanks for all the information about the new program. I am excited and looking forward to a good change. I need to lose about 80 pounds so I will need all the encouragement I can get.

Would love to join your support group. I went to the meeting today and got the new material. It is going to take some getting used to. Please sign me up for group too. I made lifetime in and thought I could do it myself. Went back in January of I love the new program for some of the same reason others are nervous about it. It makes me feel like a newbie again and re-motivates me. All the past programs have worked if you follow them, but now it seems that new program is much more healthy oriented but still permits you to make your own choices.

Would love to join the support group, need alittle added motivation to get into this new program. I am a lifetime member since ; had a few set backs when I fell and broke my ankle 3 years ago. I need to get back on track and get back to excercising as best I can! The good thing is I am sill under my goal. The other good thing is that when I weigh in on Sat. I will have lost weight. I usually weigh in before eating, in the lightest clothes possible.

The program is about a new mindset. Eating higher point quality foods to get up to 29 points. Today I came up short by 6 points and I had no room or desire for any more food. Hopefully this is a good thing! Will keep you posted.

I havce been on and off the program for many years. This new program might be just what I need to stay on track. Please add me to your group when it does start! Day 2 on the new program and I am completely hooked! I lost about on the former program and have kept it off for 2 years and still track everything I eat online.

I needed a boost and this is exactly it! I have been trying to lose another 10 , but have been struggling with that. I am anxious to see how all the fruit is going to impact me one of the first things I did was buy grapes and bananas!! I have 29 pts each day and today at 9 pm, I still have 11 remaining. Would love to be part of your group! Now is the time!!! Oh, and I love your website! I would loooooove to join the support group!! Change is always hard however I really like the new program.

Went to the meeting today that talked about the new point system. I love the fact that fruit is now 0 points. After the meeting I went to the store and stocked up on fruits and veggies.

Please include me in your support group when its up and running. Please let me know about the details when you have the finalized. I am excited about WW again. I would love to participate in the support group. Went to the new points plus roll out this am and I think this the best of them all. While many point values have increased Progresso 0 pt soup is now 1 there are many that have decreased as well turkey breast from 1 to 0.

This new program has renewed my enthusiasm which is so important especially during the holidays. Please add me to your e-mail list. Would love to meet new buddies struggling with the same issues. Thank you Danica, for your enthusiasm and insights.

With HBP, high cholesterol and triglycerides and 50 extra pounds, my doctor has been very patient with me…. I am about to rejoin WW to finally lose those pesky last 25 pounds I have been trying to shed for years now….

Happy to have found your web site. A support group is a great idea. Very excited about getting on this new WW plan, it has renewed my faith in WW. I find it much more complicated than the old point plan. I guess because I now need a calculator to figure out points when I was able to do it in my head. On points plus I have gone over the old points number a point or 2 each day but stayed within my points plus number. I know that WW has tried to incorporate the newest nutritional information into this new program but they also have a profit motive in getting new and older members into the meetings and also in selling new materials and kits.

Having done the new program for the last 3 days I have to tell you it is almost essential that you purchase the new points calculator and perhaps the new complete food companion. Most of the foods I eat just are not covered in the free materials. I guess we will see if in the long run it works. I have to wonder, after 3 days of doing it the new way, if in a year or 2 we will be back to doing it the old way in some renamed new plan.

So excited about the new program. My first meeting is today! Please sign me up for the online support group — that sounds great! Where do you buy the new kit for that price? I have looked online and they are like dollars.

I found your site by searching for the new WW info, excellent review. I just recieved my new package on yesterday and it is soooo exciting. Way to go WW buddies! I have done WW in the past, but all the enthusiasm about the new program has convinced me to try it again!

Hello Danica, I appreciate your comments and enthusiasm regarding the new WW plan. Last evening I attended my regular meeting and I must admit it was the most quiet our group has ever been, just trying to listen and grasp the new concepts as our leader discussed them.

I just typed in WW new plan in my search and stumbled onto your webpage and it is wonderful. Explained so much more and the comments from friends has helped a great deal. I reached my goal and will work hard to maintain it for life! But I am confused about how I can get my daily points target. On the old plan, it was I am not into going to back to a meeting right now and I do not subscribe to etools I am a Lifetime Member and the third option is to use my points calculator to calculate the daily points target seems to be the best bet for me, but how can I figure out my daily points target using my points calculator???

Thanks for this post! I love the information you posted and looking forward to the new program! I have a points calculator from the most recent before this program change will i need to purchase a new one or is it the same one? Love to join , lifetime WW member.. But like even the idea of more than 18 per day and fresh fruit 0 Yeah!!!

I heard that the old points calculator is obsolete now and you need to buy a new one! I guess to be successful, one needs to make an investment! Looks like the kit with free calculator may be the way to go! Glad some people are interested in the new program.

On the plus side, I found a formula online evidently the points plus system has been in place in Europe for a few years under a different name:. Yesterday, I was able to call WW number to ask a Q about the new electronic calculators. Is anyone else having similar problems? Will make the transition easier to manage with an entire group of WWs along side! The new points system sounds very exciting — free fruit! I bought the books and all that good stuff. It didnt break me but it was excpensive.

So now if I want new books I have to pay for them. I do have an i phone so I have the app. I am almost a lifetime member. Im not sure if I like the new plan. I just found your blog and I love it!!! I think it totally worth 30 something but after getting it home 55 seemed outrageous for it.

But I am loving the new program, I ate my normal breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt this morning, and while I usually ad a fruit to it. This morning tough I added strawberries, raspberries and a banana!! Loving the zero point fruit!! I would like to join the support group. I was confused by the new program at first, but I have the hang of it now, I hope. I would love to be a part of the support group. This would hopefully prevent that. And these are the only two ways that I can calculate points now because there is no free slider.

I would be fine with the new program if there was a slider or free app. Laura, I would try to talk to your leader about the situation, sometimes they can be helpful. Also, once the big excitement of the new program is over, I wouldnt be surprised if they started having free ways to figure out points- and we all know a pirated version will be online very soon.

Not that I support trademark infrigement! Every couple years this happens. After I lost my weight on winning points? Thank you so much for all this info! I entered in the nutrition info for a Special K Protein Meal bar and the new points value is 5 was 3 — I entered in the same nutrition info but lowered the protein and the points actually went down — I thought protein would lower points, not increase them. Went to a WW Mtg. Very excited about the new PointsPlus Plan. Please sign me up for your WW Support Group.

You have such a nice your site here. I love the idea of your blog and support group! Our proven program is not a diet. Yes, you will lose weight. The current program is pretty simple, in that every food has a value. SmartPoints are calculated based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. You simply adhere to your allotted points.

There are no forbidden foods. And that phrase alone is for some the ah-ha! Weight Watchers explains that it takes the complex nutritional information of a food and gives it a single number—the SmartPoints value—so people can make smarter food choices while eating the stuff they like to eat.

Well, some of it anyway. And, each week you get bonus points—which, when I did Weight Watchers in my last go-round, I banked and then pigged out on Friday nights. Just Ben, Jerry, and me. Anyway, the idea of points is smart, easy, and doable. And I mean not just parking further away from the store entrance. Get your heart rate up and keep it up with fat-burning, good-for-your-heart exercise. I swim albeit not enough. You can walk, run, jog, row, climb, spin, bike, step, jump, skip, kick—you get the idea.

And do it at least 30 minutes every day—or at least most days of the week—as best as you can fit in your already ridiculously hectic life. Actually, make it your time; take 30 minutes, put headphones on, and do it. And, it turns out, even during the most seemingly mundane of tasks, you earn FitPoints which you add to your total points for the day.

FitPoints is also a smart idea. Weight Watchers explains it this way:. FIT is about getting back in touch with your body. Weight Watchers has several dozen videos, workouts, demos, fitness plans, and challenges. And all of this can be managed on a handy, popular app. The Weight Watchers mobile app for smartphones and devices helps dieters to track weight loss progress, manage SmartPoints and FitPoints, shop for and plan meals, and offers social networking with other members.

Every step you take, every bite you eat, kept track of. The mobile app for Android has almost , reviews on Google Play with an overall rating of 4. Reviewers find it easy to use, convenient, and it helps dieters stay on track.

Similarly, on iTunes, more than 2, real people reviewed the current iteration of the app and gave it a close to 5 stars. Even the previous versions of the app—with 12, reviews—agreed it was effective, easy to use, and helped Weight Watchers dieters keep track. On the Weight Watchers app you can live chat with a coach and—for a lot of people who are focused on the fitness in the program and want a fuller health-tech experience—toggle to the Activity tab to your track activeness.

And if you have an Apple Watch, wireless scales, and an activity tracker—like Up by Jawbone or Apple Health, for example—you can connect them to your Weight Watchers account. Along with Weight Watchers online, a virtual and brick-and-mortar support network yes, there are still meetings, absolutely! W hat does Weight Watchers cost?

A little secret from me: Once you have done Weight Watchers, you know how to do Weight Watchers—so as some say, you can do it without paying. Remember I said that accountability, motivation, community, and support are the secrets to Weight Watchers? In fact, Weight Watchers itself—even in this day and age where everything is online—recommends the plan you go with is the one with meetings: But, as of fall of , there are three plans:.

Just read the fine print. If you follow it. If you fall off the tracks, you just get back on. When I did my first round with Weight Watchers, I lost 4 pounds the first week and I have to tell you, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I stuck with it for 11 more weeks and ended up dropping 23 pounds. But it can work for you. We chubbies will do anything, try anything , to lose weight!

I can say that: Just the facts, and the facts are that Weight Watchers ticks most of the good boxes— most being the operative word there. The study found that. Further, high usage of 3 access modes was associated with greater weight loss results. In other words, the meetings, the online support, the App, all make a big difference. British journal The Lancet published a study which followed several hundred people for a year; half on a diet recommended by their doctor and the other half on Weight Watchers.

The majority of the participants on Weight Watchers stuck to the diet and lost twice as much weight as the doctor-diet group. Finally, the American Diabetes Association has studied Weight Watchers and found that meeting attendance combined with an emphasis on healthy eating—including veggies, fruit and high-fiber, low trans-fat foods—makes it a good commercial diet choice with better, and healthier, results.

How about Weight Watchers reviews? A picture is worth a thousand words, and for me the before-and-after of performer Jennifer Hudson is all you need to see to know Weight Watchers works. She lost 80 pounds.

And though she ended her relationship with the company after about four years, she lost the equivalent weight of a healthy year-old and said in interviews that Weight Watchers changed her life. What each of these has in common, too, is that all successfully lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, and in the case of most—if not all—have kept the weight off, in some cases for years.

But what about regular people? The most candid and compelling review I located was posted on SparkPeople. So my humble opinion on WW, I believe it works great if you stick with it. She said while on Weight Watchers she ate a lot of high-fiber foods, a lot of vegetables, lean meats and fish, light breads, fruit and drank a lot of water. I would like to lose 76 pounds. I know this woman. I am this woman. But trinkets, tools, and good old-fashioned customer service help the spell work.

The allure, or Weight Watchers charms, are many. I loved the gadgets and many I still have, including the old Points slide thingamajig.

Back in the day, free recipe cards and cookbooks, coupons, and trinkets to help remind me that I was accountable; a key chain, pocket guide, measuring cup, and non-toxic plastic water bottle with Weight Watchers emblazoned on it—those little talismans made a difference.

She had no problem canceling and she said Weight Watchers customer service was great. Based on our research people frequently try to compare Weight Watchers to other brands. Often the brands and their products are different in many ways which makes it hard to compare apples-to-oranges. This is our attempt to compare below 5 and pick the winner.

Please take this information with the grain of salt and do your own research. If making dietary changes we recommend consulting with your medical doctor. Coaching and networking, weighing in and showing up, online or in person—like I did back in the day in a church basement with a couple of dozens other folks fingers-crossed on the scale, chatting together, sharing recipes, and listening to a motivational leader. I understand the attraction to Weight Watchers.

Been there, done that, and, I have been successful. And that's the point; the weight didn't stay off so I, like millions more, yo-yo diet. On the Trim Down Club website, club members like the women I met every Saturday morning at weigh-ins in the days of yore meet up with other club members; the supportive and active Trim Down Club community.

More than 1 million members and a social media following of nearly , cannot be wrong. Many people who search for diet information about Weight Watchers also check out the Ketogenic system. Like many, I have done similar diets where you put your body into Ketosis—like Atkins. Comparing it to Weight Watchers is a bit of a stretch though given Weight Watchers does not severely restrict carbohydrate intake.

But the two are pretty dissimilar.

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