One of the tools that Brett, Lennie and I have chosen to help us reach our weight loss goals is Weight Watchers Online/Plus.
My memories of using Weight Watchers are from many years ago when I was freshly out of college. I remember attending the meetings every week and carrying around a little guide book that helped me figure out my calories. I lost weight on the plan but I quit before starting the maintenance portion of the program which for me meant that not only did I eventually gain the weight back, I gained an additional 15lbs. The reason I quit was because I felt tracking my foods and portion sizes was too time consuming and the meeting dates and times were not convenient for me. At the time, I thought losing weight should be quick and easy. I was young.
Weight Watchers Online/Plus is not that program. Sure they still have the weekly meetings which is one of the things that Weight Watchers does really well – create supportive communities – but the program itself has changed alot. They have a points system now that lets you choose the foods you eat. No more skim milk and plain tuna fish. The online platform calculates your food points, exercise points and adjusts your daily target as you lose weight. In other words, it makes staying on the program as easy as possible and it’s convenient.
Drawbacks? I’m not sure yet. It’s still new. I am not keen on having to count points for the rest of my life but if this tool helps me achieve and maintain a healthy weight, then I will keep on counting.