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Weight Watchers
Published 03/31/2006 | Other | Rating:

Weight Watchers consists of two main plans -- the Flex program and the Core program. The Flex plan assigns positive points for more than 27,000 foods. Different exercises are given negative numbers of points. Based on your weight and goal weight, you are given a certain number of points per day. It's important to stay within the total point range for the week.    

Eat whatever foods you like so long as you stay within your POINTS range.  When following the Flex Plan, you can eat your favorite fried chicken and drink that diet Pepsi as long as you don’t go over your allotted daily POINTS. What appeals to so many dieters is that nothing is off limits on the Flex plan. However, it's important to enjoy everything in moderation adn to also incorporate regular exercise into your daily life.  

On the Core Plan, the focus isn’t on POINTS but on consuming wholesome foods. A more structured approach, followers choose from vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean meats, poultry, fish and eggs and dairy products. These foods should only be consumed until the person is satisfied but not full. As far as other foods, dieters are allowed to eat 35 non-core POINTS a week.

There is also the TurnAround Program, which was created in 2004. This rolls both plans into. However, the goal is to help clients achieve overall wellness. Along with following the 8 Good Health Guidelines, participants are also encouraged to get physical and interact with other members. The purpose of the program is to assist members in attaining their goal and maintain that goal for life.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by virginia plantage)
    excellent review for Weight Watchers
  • Comment #2 (Posted by Jan Shaproski)
    This one sounds good but I live in an area that would make long driving time to nearest center. I just might try online.
  • Comment #3 (Posted by megg)
    i've never tried weight watchers but i think it'll be great!!!
  • Comment #4 (Posted by carrie)
    I do weight watchers, and it works great, if you stick to it. It is a lifestyle change. It really works!
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    this rating didn't tell you anything about the cons of weight watchers

  • Comment #6 (Posted by jenn)
    i think this was a grest review. weight wachers really works and you never have to go at it alone. i've been on the program for half a year and i lost 70 pounds!
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Ellie)
    I love weight watchers! As a young woman with a busy lifestyle weight watchers allows me to eat what I want. The only cons of weight watchers is making sure you know how many points are in the foods you are about to eat, which is sometimes hard when making something homemade or eating at someone elses house. The meetings give me the support and motivation I need and help keep me accountable. In 2 months I have lost 20 pounds and I know many women and men who have lost more!
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Wanda Cooper)
    I like to have you all help in losing weight. I am at 298 right now and I see that a lot of women and men have lose weight with you all program please help me please.
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Marcia)
    I have been on the weight watchers program for a little less than a year and have lost 70 pounds. It's a great program
  • Comment #10 (Posted by kate)
    vi prego ritornate in ITALIA siamo in tante a voler seguire il vs. programma e chiudendo le sedi ci siamo sentite abbandonate trovate un rimedio per noi ex socie
  • Comment #11 (Posted by Wanda J. Carter)
    this sounds like an i deal diet to me the flex point system sounds good .I would like to try It
  • Comment #12 (Posted by Darlene)
    I've tried Weight Watchers. But I don't condone a diet that recommends any kind of artificial sweeteners. It permits diet sodas SO many of their recipes include artificial sweeteners which are NOT healthy--therefore, WW cannot be healthy!
  • Comment #13 (Posted by wayne cargile)
    Very good info
  • Comment #14 (Posted by Ola Hutchins)
    This review of the Weight Watcher's plan has made it sound very interesting and I am going to check out the Weight Watcher's website. I have a lost 68 lbs on my own but I have a 118 more to go to reach my goal.
  • Comment #15 (Posted by Ola Hutchins)
    This review of the Weight Watcher's plan has made it sound very interesting and I am going to check out the Weight Watcher's website. I have a lost 68 lbs on my own but I have a 118 more to go to reach my goal.
  • Comment #16 (Posted by Sandy Paul)
    I have lost weight in the past with Weight Watchers, but lost control and gained it all back and then some. Not the programs fault, but my own. I'd be willing to give it a try again.
  • Comment #17 (Posted by Pam Sury)
    I really like this review. The only thing it doesn't mention is that you are never considered a failure if you should happen to go off program and gain weight.
  • Comment #18 (Posted by cassandra brinson)
    I have heard of weight watchers and how so many people have lost weight. It also comes with a price. I mean I am not putting the program down or anything, but it seems like everyone is out for the almighty dollar. I am overweight and I really want to shed the pounds but it seems like if you dont have a credit card then your out of luck. It becomes very discouraging for me because I don't have alot of money but I want to loose the weight. So what can weight watchers say to me about helping me to shed the pounds that I need to loose.
  • Comment #19 (Posted by sherry)
    i have been a member for 10 years, and am now a leader. w w saved my life kudos
  • Comment #20 (Posted by Tina)
    I have done ww for about 20 years off and on and had remarkable weight loss especially with the points system. I never had to changed what i ate just had to keep track and stay within my points. i unfortunetly get bored when i hit plateaus and don't see fast results and i drop out and the only one that suffers is me! Weight Watchers is an awesome and safe weight loss program and i have seen countless success with people who attend the program. I just have to work on that instant gratification and waking up thin mentality that i have and until i achieve that no diet program will work for me. I have to give kudos to ww and to all those that attend because it is a lifestyle change not just a diet or eating restriction or calorie restriction it is so much more.
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
    I have used WW and can say that it does work. Let me explain how it goes. I am not a spokesperson for WW but I do coordinate a weightloss program and my church and we do incorporate the WW principles so I know how it works pretty well.

    WW emphasizes eating at least 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day, choose whole grain foods whenever possible, include 2 servings of milk/dairy each day, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water, have some healthy oil and make sure you get enough protein, limit added sugar and alcohol, and take a multi-vitamin of your choice.

    It teaches you healthier habits and consequences of bad choices and good choices to help you develop better habits for life. In regards to the artificial sweetners, yes WW ALLOWS you to use them but it DOES NOT OBLIGATE YOU TO DO SO. You are free to choose how you want 2spend your points and to customize recipes to your liking. The only thing that matters is that you stay within your point range. How you do that is up to you. It's ultimately another form of controlling the amount of calories that you consume in any one given day and throughout the week.

    Most veggies are 0 points and most fruits are 1pt per serving. They show you to look at Calories, fat and fiber when trying to determine points if you come across a food that is not on their list and to read labels. If you want to eat more then consume more low point foods which are the heathiest foods such as fruits, veggies, whole grain, low fat options, lean cuts of meat and fish, etc. It teaches you portion control and to make wiser food choices, balanced meals and everything in moderation. Good food choices allow you to eat more. You need to determine what do you prefer to invest your points in.

    Roughly every 50 calories is 1 point but that can change based on the amount of fat and fiber. If it has 3grams or more of fiber it normally drops a point. So you can eat 2 slices of Wonder Light Whole Wheat bread for 1pt b/c of the high fiber content vs. 1 slice for 2pts of most of your regular white breads. Which do you prefer? 2 slices of bread for 1pt or 2 slices of bread for 4pts?

    In addition to your daily points you are also given 35 flex points for the week that you can either divide equally btwn the 7 days of the week or save for the weekend or an evening out or special occassion or not use them at all. You cannot carry over the weekly flex points or the daily points. they expire at the end of each week or day respectively. The flex points gives you some wiggle room but still puts a parameter on how much you can eat.

    It does not ban you from any food group b/c fact of the matter is that the more something is prohibited the more we crave it. It teaches you to have more balanced meals and healthier ways to snack and eat. So maybe you want a piece of chocolate cake, but you learn to eat a smaller piece instead of the whole cake. Sometimes just getting a small taste of something is enough to get it out of our system and kill the craving so that at least we know that we had some and get it out of your system instead of having it on a bad list.

    If counting points is not for you then go w/ the Core Plan. You can also switch btwn core and flex or combine them, so if you are going out to dinner or in a situation where it is hard to determine the points you can always switch to core and stick with the guidelines that core gives you about choosing among the healthier options

    How many points you get are determined by whether you are male, female or a nursing mom, your age, weight, height and your level of activity. You add these points together to get your total daily points.

    Females get 2points
    Males get 8points
    Nursing Moms get 12pts.

    17-26 gets 4pts
    27-37 gets 3pts
    38-47 gets 2pts
    48-58 gets 1pt
    over 58 gets 0 pts

    Weight - enter the first 2 digits of your weight in pounds. If you weigh 175 enter 17. If you weigh less than 100lbs enter the first digit of your weight (ie for 98lbs enter 9)

    Under 5'1" gets 0pts
    5'1" - 5'10" gets 1pt
    over 5'10" gets 2 pts

    Level of Activity
    -If you spend the bulk of your day sitting down (e.g. as a receptionist, bus or cab driver) you get 0pts
    -Occassionally sitting but mainly standing such as a teacher, sales person, housewife, cook gets 2pts
    -Walking most of the time such as waiter or mailman gets 4pts
    -Doing physically hard work most of the time such as a nurse, gardener, construction worker gets 6pts.

    So example, if you are a male (8pts) who is 28 (3pts) and weighs 240 (24pts) 5'9" tall (1pt) and is a bus driver(0pts) you would add those numbers up and get 36pts for each day.

    If you are a female (2pts) who is 25 (4pts), weighs 190lbs (19pts) is 5'1" (0pts) and is a teacher (2pts), then you would get 27pts for each day.

    The points would gradually drop as you lose weight. You can get more points by getting activity points that you obtain by excercising. The number of activity points is determined by the level of intensity and duration of the excercise for your weight. THey give you little sliding calculators to figure these things out and your leader can help you with all of this. So its very customized for each individual.

    Once you get to your goal then WW gives you a maintenance plan.

    If you cannot go to meetings you can do it online and take advantage of the message boards. If you cannot pay the monthly fees there are other ways of getting the info you need to do it on your own.

  • Comment #22 (Posted by Doreen Gostomski)
    I am unable to go to meetings and unable to pay at this time lets see what WW can do for me. So far so good
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
    1st time I've read a review this closely resembling what Weight Watchers is all about.
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Lucille)
    i have been on Weight Watchers since September and have not only lost more than 30 pounds already, but you forgot to mention in your review, the many friendships formed by people trying to achieve the same goal, weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, LONG LIVE WEIGHT WATCHERS
  • Comment #25 (Posted by c3cil hawkins)
    i need help. i am very over weight, i weigh 220
  • Comment #26 (Posted by Lorraine)
    I had started on the wt. watcher's program and was losing weight until I had a bad case of sciatica, became very very depressed and stopped attending the meetings. I want to start over, I hope it is not too late. Please help. I've fallen please help me to get up again.
  • Comment #27 (Posted by Dorothy)
    I love WeightWatchers. once you get the hang of it and can memorize food points at a glance it gets easy.
  • Comment #28 (Posted by Te)
    I started weight watchers the end of July 08'. At my first weigh in I went from 182lbs to 181.8lbs. I was excited about that little weight loss. I didn't excercise my first week but I knew that if I would have taken out the time to at least exercise 3-4 times a week, I would have dropped more weight. I plan to continue the program until the 1 for January to reach my goal weight. In my second week, I am now working out 3-4 times a week, drinking lots of water and doing a lot of walking. I am so excited!!! YAYYYY for WW...
  • Comment #29 (Posted by lisa ida cummings)
    i love your products and i would be grateful to possibly get some sent to me, for the face. I bought the book for all the women in the guilford, fitness where you work out near me and Jack. Pls send me samples, I non-stop talk and push your good remedies to everyone. address 68 hoadley creek circle, Guilford, ct. 06437 thanks
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