My mom started Weight Watchers when I was about 8 years old. Within 12 months, she was down 20lbs to her goal weight and later became a lifetime member for maintaining her weight!
Weight Watchers really helped both of us learn how to eat well, and the motivation every week helped my mom stay on track.
Back then, Weight Watchers was only available locally in weekly group sessions. In the summer time, I would go with my mom to a church, weigh-in, share how the week went, and go on to track the rest of the week until the next meeting.
Their are 3 reasons Weight Watchers works.
1. Accountability and Support. Did you know if your best friend is considered obese, your likelihood of being obese increases over 50%?! Your environment – including everything from your pantry to friends – effect your weight loss. Weight Watchers pairs you up with others that are facing the same struggles as you and have similar goals; that accountability really helps when you lack motivation.
2. No food is off limits. Weight Watches uses a point system for everything you eat. Nothing is ever off limits, but you do have to manage your points each day for results.
3. Gets you to invest. Just like a Biggest Loser Challenge at work or even the monthly cost of your gym membership, some people thrive when they know they are paying for something or win there is something to win. If it’s easy to do something but also easy to NOT do something – like dieting – then that extra layer of financial accountability can help.
So is Weight Watchers right for you?
For my mom and me, it wasn’t the best choice for us.
Once we switched to a cleaner diet of foods from the ground and animals, we lost weight easier. From then on, we really limited eating processed foods. As a guide – if it’s in a box, it’s processed.
We started with Joy Bauer’s 90/10 book for our meals. She lost 10 lbs she had gained after stopping Weight Watchers within a month. She even went to the doctor to make sure it was safe, and he was like yes! You are eating your food groups and hitting a good calorie intake.
Nutritional Values Matter
We also noticed that Weight Watchers doesn’t place a lot of focus on the amount of nutrition in each food. For example, an avocado and cupcake are both 7 to 8 points. The avocado offers more nutritional value to our bodies though.
We wanted a more comprehensive plan that included staying active with workouts as well. We wanted a workout plan we could stick to, and also customize our meals for the best results from doing that particular workout.
Other Options Like Weight Watchers
When I was 18, my mom and I found P90X and ChaLEAN Extreme. Both are strength programs that you can do in your home. Both programs came with 3 months of workouts and a complete meal guide for max results.
Then, we were able to find people online doing the same workouts. Within a few months, we decided not only to continue with the programs but become a Beachbody coach – similar to a Weight Watchers Leader.
Talk about some accountability!
We now are held accountable by our own clients working hard to hit their weight loss goals, and we host monthly healthy challenge groups to help us all stay on track. In the groups, we all share our food, healthy recipes, workout pictures and tips, and more. It’s so much fun.
All of these options are free. If you need a workout with a meal plan or a meal replacement, you can order it through a coach like us – but the accountability (the main piece behind Weight Watchers success) is free!
Have you tried an online accountability group before?
We’d love to have you in our next challenge and help you reach your goals if it’s something you’d like!