Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why Weight Watchers wasn't working for me

Okay, so before I even get started and end up with a bunch of angry comments, or putting people on the defensive, let me start off by saying that I am not saying Weight Watchers isn't a good program. I still think it's great for others (my MIL loves it and is doing well on it).
This is about ME, my experience for a very short time on the new smart points program, and why I decided it was time for a change.

After realizing trying WFPBNO, no calorie counting, wasn't sitting good with Paul, we decided to stick to WFPB and pair it with WW. This was my first week with the new Smart points system. I was a long time WW user, and didn't think the new changes would be that profound. We already ate a fairly clean diet, with limited sugar and processed foods so it never occurred to me I would have issues.

The first couple days I noticed changes in a few products, such a bread, crackers, cereal, etc. They were up (well, my fav. bread was down!) a point or 2.
Then one afternoon I went to make my low sugar, 4 ingredient smoothie with green powder(no sugar). I entered my ingredients...2 points. I selected blended. It jumped to 9 smart points! So I messaged the 24hr leaders and asked why is there such a massive jump for these few ingredients. Don't get me wrong, I knew it would cost me more but 9!!! I thought this was insanity. The response I got was less than helpful. She said the obvious, because it's already blended therefore your body doesn't need to work to digest it. I replied, yes, I understand that but that is a massive jump. She said it is to make people not over consume. 

My first thought to that response is we are not children. We know not to consume these in high volume. I have it maybe 2-3 times a week. If anyone is serious about using the program to lose weight, they need to heed to the program. So I wasn't happy, but thought, fine I will forgo my smoothies.

Then I started entering some of our go to recipes. These are no oil recipes that use real food. We are still believers that real carbs ie: potatoes, rice, beans, etc are not the enemy. I was astonished at the points of some of our meals!!

One example was soup. It had 100g tofu, low sodium veggie broth, artichoke hearts in water, celery, 1 tomato, chickpea's, 2 medium potatoes, and spices. It serves 4. No oil, no sugar, clean ingredients. In a calorie counter it is 569 cal a serving. In WW it came in at 16 smart points!! 

I also was having a lot of trouble with the new interface, the recipe builder, saving my favorite foods. I was spending so much time, trying to do something that should be simple. I was super frustrated(and losing weight feels frustrating enough on it's own) so I decided to cancel. I lost half of what I paid (I had paid for 6 mths) and used it for 1 week :-( I strongly feel that this isn't a vegan or heavily plant based friendly program. I have no intentions of eating any other way, so it was time for me to part ways with WW. If you eat very basic plant foods, and don't do smoothies, do not make tons of recipes, and are more on the vegetarian side (like my MIL) it may not be as challenging for you, as it was for me.

So after some researching and asking of opinions as to whether My Fitness Pal or Spark People is better, we decided to go with MFP. I did manually increase my calories as they were on the low side. I did a comparison with Spark,
Biggest Loser(I have their book), and another weight loss calculator on line, and MFP was a fair bit below all the others, so I added another 250 cal/day to my target. If I am a tiny bit over a few days, I am not worrying about it. 

It's only been a couple days but so far I am liking it. I find the importing of recipes from online blogs, websites fantastic. So much faster and easier. I am trying to get used to adding every.single.thing. as on WW there were certain things I didn't worry about or didn't need to ie: fruits/veg.

I will keep you posted on how I fair off my first week!

Once I announced I wasn't doing WW anymore, I had some people stop following which is ok, but I was a bit surprised. 

Aren't we all here to support each other losing weight, and getting healthy? (in both mind and body) Losing weight is hard, no matter how you do it. I support anyone trying, and give kudos to anyone who knows the dedication it takes to say no, exercise, count points or calories, buy healthy, pick healthier options when eating out, drinking their water instead of the pop they wish they were having, etc.

A huge pat on the back to all of us that are trying to make a positive change for our health no matter how you are going about it.


  1. Thanks for this! I have switched from WW to MFP too I just haven't been consistently using it. Now you've inspired me thank you:)

    1. Thank you! Good luck and keep me posted how you are finding it :)

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