I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers since 2009. Almost 9 years! While I have definitely been on again/off again with actually following the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve been a subscriber the whole time. In this day and age, it seems like there are a million different kinds of fitness and diet plans out there.
Just to name a few:
- Weight Watchers
- Good old calorie counting
- Whole 30
- Jenny Craig
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- The HCG Diet
- Zone Diet
- South Beach Diet
- Grapefruit Diet
- Blood Type Diet (I’m totally serious)
- Cabbage Soup Diet
Guys, this is me naming a few of the diets that are out there. Every day we are being told that something is good for us, and the next day that very same thing causes cancer. It’s never been so difficult to figure out what the “best” diet is because we’re getting fed so much information every single day.
The reason I bring this up is because on my YouTube channel I’ve started doing Weekly Weigh In videos, and I try to get a conversation started in the comments section including what topics I should cover in future videos. Recently, someone asked me why, out of all the diets out there, did I choose and stick to Weight Watchers? I think that’s an excellent question. so here’s my answer.
In my mind Weight Watchers just makes sense. I’ll be honest, back in college I started the diet train by doing plain old calorie counting on SparkPeople.com, and I actually found some success with it, that is until I stopped counting and gained the weight back. Then my aunt offered to pay for me to do Weight Watchers online while I was away at school (she was attending meetings where she lived) and I took her up on the offer. That was in 2009 and I haven’t looked back since.
I have been with Weight Watchers through 3 different Points tracking systems. Original Points, which were based on calories, fat, and fiber. Then in 2011 PointsPlus was introduced, which used fat, fiber, carbs, and protein to calculate PP value, and it was also the introduction of most produce being 0 points. Then there’s the current plan, Beyond the Scale, which uses fat, sugar, and protein as the main components of Smart Points. I’ve been with them through it all.
And I will continue to stick with them for as long as I’m watching what I eat.
I love that Weight Watchers doesn’t have me meticulously counting every last calorie, so it feels like there is more freedom in a way. If I want to eat some baby carrots, I don’t have to worry about counting exactly how many. It’s a vegetable, so WW believes we don’t need to worry about tracking them (unless your produce consumption is completely out of hand. There are limits to everything) because let’s be honest, none of us ended up overweight because we ate too many vegetables.
Weight Watchers is also a plan that emphasizes creating a healthy lifestyle, rather than being a diet to just lose weight. It’s a plan that you can (and should) stick to for life! Smart Points really buckles down on nutrients, emphasizing sugar (which really kicks up the SP value of something) and protein (which drastically lowers it), so the idea behind the Weight Watchers plan isn’t just about losing weight and then going on your merry way once you reach goal, but it’s about developing a healthy lifestyle and habits you can stick to for life.
At the end of the day, that is really what it’s all about. All of those restrictive diets where you only drink shakes or meals that are provided for you so you can lose the weight are great until you hit goal. Once you stop spending all of the money on the shakes, pre-made meals, or whatever your quick fix may be, you will find the weight is likely to creep right back after you stop. Weight Watchers is different because it’s a plan you can stick to, and a plan that works itself right into your everyday life so you don’t need to worry about life after goal, as nothing really changes. You’re left with a plan you can handle and a weight that will be easier to maintain. Weight Watchers believes this so much that after you reach goal and maintain for 6 weeks, you achieve lifetime status, which means they provide Weight Watchers for free. That’s how badly they want you to stick with the plan after goal.
Sure, there are definitely still struggles for WW members after goal, but speaking from personal experience, it’s definitely not due to the plan itself, but the mentality behind switching from losing to maintenance. That’s a topic for a different day.
So there you have it. You asked why I picked Weight Watchers, and now you know. This was not sponsored, but written solely because I was asked. Weight Watchers is a plan that I can see myself following for life. It works, it lets me eat what I want, and that’s all I can really ask for.