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  • HeidiCooksSupperHeidiCooksSupper Member, Premium Posts: 3,313 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,313 Member
    I did WW in the 70s, the 80s, the 90s, and the 2000s. Yes, each generation of it worked each time. And it became less prescriptive yet more complicated over time. Come on over to the CICO (calories in/calories out) side. It's very simple. Eat well but control your calories. Figure out a way to eat that is good for you. If you (and I) could have done that automatically, we wouldn't be 100+ pounds overweight.

    For me, the most important thing is the food diary and doing daily weighing to keep me honest. I'm old and retired so things that do daily swings like hormones and work schedules don't really affect me so daily weighing works well. I record/report my weight in a repeating thread you can find by searching "Just Give Me 10 Days" in the community page. The current round is Round 114.

    My diary is open and I generally accept friends, especially if you give a little explanatory message.

    Another advantage, this site is free and premium membership is a heckofalot cheaper than WW.
    edited May 23
  • owieproneowieprone Member Posts: 181 Member Member Posts: 181 Member
    I started on weight watchers and found it really helpful to figure out serving sizes and get me on track, but once I figured out what I was doing and what a portion actually was I ditched it cos the points system was just ridiculous and I found it unhealthy (lots of focus on nutrient poor or gimmick food to fill you up), and expensive. Though that could partly have been because I'm a seriously fussy eater and have allergies and couldn't/wouldn't eat much of the lower point foods. I found cambridge (expensive, but tasty) much more useful for fast weight loss for special events, getting over plateaus and resetting my eating when I crept back into bad ways. I now just do protein shakes and lots of eggs, low carb pancakes, veg fritters, anything that's easy to make, few ingredients but are real food and pay attention to calories and what i'm actually eating.

    Going low carb has let me find some healthier versions of my fave foods, so even if i'm not losing weight, I am at least feeding my body stuff it actually needs rather than junk.

    I do think it takes quite a while to find a diet (in the traditional sense of the word, not the lose weight sense) that suits our bodies and life... Keep fiddling you'll find something that works really well for you.
  • AlannaWulfAlannaWulf Member Posts: 17 Member Member Posts: 17 Member
    I will be the odd one here. I have been using weight watchers for about two weeks now and lost a healthy amount of weight. I joined to be motivated to eat better foods. It's encouraging me to eat healthier things such as veggies, fruits, and lean meats. I still eat a lot of the foods I did previously, just more in moderation. For instance, I still have a good treat (yes even ice cream) every day. I do not plan on doing weight watchers forever and plan to come back to calorie counting, but first I want to use it to motivate me to eat better foods.
  • dmgraham64dmgraham64 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    I was somewhat successful on WW over 10 years ago. But all of the changes they've made over the last few years did not work for me. I think my biggest issue with WW is that I'm also trying to get all "fake" food out of my life and WW is so focused on the calories that every recipe is low fat this and no fat that. When you remove the fat, it's sugar that's added to make it taste somewhat like the real thing. I've been following a modified keto diet (mainly limiting bread, pasta, rice, etc) and MFP allow me to keep track of my carbs. So I use the "real" butter, sour cream, mayo, etc. and I'm not putting chemicals in my body. I feel so much better.
  • MaxxittMaxxitt Member Posts: 1,209 Member Member Posts: 1,209 Member
    AlannaWulf wrote: »
    I will be the odd one here. I have been using weight watchers for about two weeks now and lost a healthy amount of weight. I joined to be motivated to eat better foods. It's encouraging me to eat healthier things such as veggies, fruits, and lean meats. I still eat a lot of the foods I did previously, just more in moderation. For instance, I still have a good treat (yes even ice cream) every day. I do not plan on doing weight watchers forever and plan to come back to calorie counting, but first I want to use it to motivate me to eat better foods.

    It always amuses me that someone clicks "disagree" on a post about ones own personal experience. I think WW's lifestyle approach is really helpful for some folks. It was for me when I needed to look at food intake from a different vantage point. FWIW, I think you have a good approach - use what works for *you*
  • Emican2020Emican2020 Member Posts: 30 Member Member Posts: 30 Member
    I just canceled my ww after being on here for a month. Id love to be friends and motivate each other.
  • AlannaWulfAlannaWulf Member Posts: 17 Member Member Posts: 17 Member
    Maxxitt wrote: »
    AlannaWulf wrote: »
    I will be the odd one here. I have been using weight watchers for about two weeks now and lost a healthy amount of weight. I joined to be motivated to eat better foods. It's encouraging me to eat healthier things such as veggies, fruits, and lean meats. I still eat a lot of the foods I did previously, just more in moderation. For instance, I still have a good treat (yes even ice cream) every day. I do not plan on doing weight watchers forever and plan to come back to calorie counting, but first I want to use it to motivate me to eat better foods.

    It always amuses me that someone clicks "disagree" on a post about ones own personal experience. I think WW's lifestyle approach is really helpful for some folks. It was for me when I needed to look at food intake from a different vantage point. FWIW, I think you have a good approach - use what works for *you*

    Yeah, it is kinda funny that people "disagree" with my personal experience. Lol, it doesn't change what I'm going to do and I hope they found what works for them!
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