Decided to join WW

Ann262
Ann262 Posts: 241 Member
I decided to join WW because just counting calories in and out wasn't doing it. I know I was going over in calories some days but I was just darn hungry. Will power just doesn't work for me. If I think about it, hunger is supposed to be very uncomfortable and we are hard wired to correct that sensation. If that weren't so, humans would not have survived.

WW gives me a way to lean into foods that nourish me and that I can eat in unlimited quantities. It is just that they are the types of foods that are generally low in fat and calories and are foods that I won't binge on. Poultry, eggs, seafood, fruits and veggies. It leaves me with enough room to have an occasional treat.

The big thing is, I am not walking around hungry trying to talk myself out of eating something. I am not feeling like a failure because I didn't have the strength to tough out hunger pangs.

I lost 4.6 pounds the first week. Without trying to willpower my way through a day.

I am not trying to sell WW. I hate to sell anything. While my calories in have been less than calories out this week, what I choose to eat DOES MATTER. I have to make the right choices so that I don't find myself in a place where I am hungry and trying to tough out hunger pangs. I will lose that battle every time and it just doesn't work for me.

I will continue to log on MFP, at least for awhile. For now, it is interesting to me to see what 16 points per day translates to in terms calories and macros.






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  • xxzenabxx
    xxzenabxx Posts: 878 Member
    Ann262 wrote: »
    I decided to join WW because just counting calories in and out wasn't doing it. I know I was going over in calories some days but I was just darn hungry. Will power just doesn't work for me. If I think about it, hunger is supposed to be very uncomfortable and we are hard wired to correct that sensation. If that weren't so, humans would not have survived.

    WW gives me a way to lean into foods that nourish me and that I can eat in unlimited quantities. It is just that they are the types of foods that are generally low in fat and calories and are foods that I won't binge on. Poultry, eggs, seafood, fruits and veggies. It leaves me with enough room to have an occasional treat.

    The big thing is, I am not walking around hungry trying to talk myself out of eating something. I am not feeling like a failure because I didn't have the strength to tough out hunger pangs.

    I lost 4.6 pounds the first week. Without trying to willpower my way through a day.

    I am not trying to sell WW. I hate to sell anything. While my calories in have been less than calories out this week, what I choose to eat DOES MATTER. I have to make the right choices so that I don't find myself in a place where I am hungry and trying to tough out hunger pangs. I will lose that battle every time and it just doesn't work for me.

    I will continue to log on MFP, at least for awhile. For now, it is interesting to me to see what 16 points per day translates to in terms calories and macros.






    Yeah I get you. I don’t enjoy counting every single calorie either. I’ve stopped taking the food scale out for every thing. The food that I eat matters as well. If I eat a croissant for breakfast and it’s only 200-300 calories then I will crash later on because my blood sugars will be all over the place and I’ll get so tired. On the other hand I can eat a 600 calorie breakfast with eggs, vegetables and a slice of sourdough bread and I’ll feel much better! Too much sugar makes me tired and depressed. I’m trying to find a middle ground of knowing roughly how many calories I’m eating and focusing more on the type of food as well. Also whole foods get absorbed LESS than processed foods like candy. There’s even a scientific study about this. It’s a small difference but I believe that it adds up over time. Another study showed that the type of gut bacteria can determine how many calories you absorb! Some people absorb up to 150-200 calories more just by having a poor gut micro biome.
  • Theoldguy1
    Theoldguy1 Posts: 2,273 Member
    Good luck, hope you find something that works.
  • starrynightskys
    starrynightskys Posts: 31 Member
    If it works for you that's great. I found WW to be all about restricting carbs and fats which made it hard to have a source of energy. I was on the green plan though where you have to point everything. If you're on one of the others it seems possible to have more calories, but if you don't track it calorie wise and you're short or old or have not much to lose I imagine it would be frustration to be sort of shooting in the dark with weight loss so to speak.
  • Ann262
    Ann262 Posts: 241 Member
    yirara wrote: »
    Why not? Go for it.
    For me it would not work as I mostly eat from the 'free food' list and would then spend the points on crisps etc on top of it. :D

    LOL! THATs the trick! I finished my first week with enough points on the table I could have polished off a bottle of wine and still been "on program". The problem with that is, today I would be off the rails wanting lots of greasy hangover food.
  • Sara3veg
    Sara3veg Posts: 48 Member
    OP, I'm glad you found something to be excited about :) However, just realize that you're still in the 'honeymoon' phase of the plan. I lasted two months on WW, before I hit a wall hard and ended up quitting it (and lost money in the process because I had to pay the early termination fee). But that first month was amazing, I felt great and was losing weight. It was going good. Until it wasn't anymore.

    It may end up being a good fit for you over the long term, but its way to early to tell yet. Best of luck to you, as you work towards your health and fitness goals!

  • Ann262
    Ann262 Posts: 241 Member
    lmf1012 wrote: »
    Ann262 wrote: »
    I decided to join WW because just counting calories in and out wasn't doing it. I know I was going over in calories some days but I was just darn hungry. Will power just doesn't work for me. If I think about it, hunger is supposed to be very uncomfortable and we are hard wired to correct that sensation. If that weren't so, humans would not have survived.

    WW gives me a way to lean into foods that nourish me and that I can eat in unlimited quantities. It is just that they are the types of foods that are generally low in fat and calories and are foods that I won't binge on. Poultry, eggs, seafood, fruits and veggies. It leaves me with enough room to have an occasional treat.

    The big thing is, I am not walking around hungry trying to talk myself out of eating something. I am not feeling like a failure because I didn't have the strength to tough out hunger pangs.

    I lost 4.6 pounds the first week. Without trying to willpower my way through a day.

    I am not trying to sell WW. I hate to sell anything. While my calories in have been less than calories out this week, what I choose to eat DOES MATTER. I have to make the right choices so that I don't find myself in a place where I am hungry and trying to tough out hunger pangs. I will lose that battle every time and it just doesn't work for me.

    I will continue to log on MFP, at least for awhile. For now, it is interesting to me to see what 16 points per day translates to in terms calories and macros.

    I think it’s fantastic you’ve found something that is working for you!

    Curious though, if you’ve been under your calories this week on WW, what is different than what you were doing before WW that had you so hungry and eating over? If it’s just a matter of choosing different foods, couldn’t you have done that without WW?

    It IS a bit of a game, right. I could have done exactly what I did this week on MFP and not paid for WW. Instead of starting my day with a bagel and cream cheese, I might start it with 3 eggs and apple slices. Both about the same in terms of calories but far different in terms of nutrients and satiety.
  • Ann262
    Ann262 Posts: 241 Member
    At the end of the day, you have to do what works for you but no matter what you try, you have to work it. For that to happen, a switch just has to flip inside you that makes you really ready to work it.
  • carbos101
    carbos101 Posts: 48 Member
    I've read a few posts in the past of posters having WW memberships as well as counting calories. If I had the time to track both points/calories (and attend meetings) I might check out their info. Are meetings available online?
  • Ann262
    Ann262 Posts: 241 Member
    I have been on WW before and hit my goal weight, and kept it off a few years, but then gained it back. So here I am on MFP. I thought about doing WW again. My sister is. But the idea of "free foods", unless they are things like lettuce, seems gimmicky to me. I'd worry I'd eat too much of the free foods.

    Also, another problem I had with WW is their constantly pushing their product foods and recipes, as if losing weight is all about food, food and more food. The pictures of food on their website and promotional materials had a negative influence on me. As if, join WW, and you can have all this fabulous food. Well, you can't really, and it made me obsess about food. And I think their frozen meals, like all processed foods are skimpy on portions and too high in salt. If you need to control salt, its better to stay away from processed foods.

    For me, doing MFP lets me track sodium really well, and I just find it clearer, to me, tracking calories rather than points. OTOH if I hit a plateau for too long, and think I need more help, I might join a weight loss program like WW.

    I just joined the online plan that does not include meetings (they now call workshops) In the past, did. It depended on leader but there was one leader who was constantly pushing the products and I found that extremely annoying. One thing about their "snack" products is that they aren't magically low in points, they are just portioned that way. Their little desert bars are packaged to look like full size candy bars but with low points but, really, you could eat a snicker's mini for the same point/calorie value. Not worth it to me!

    Yes, if the pics on the site are a trigger for you, then yes, avoid it. :-)