I realized this week that I have been on Weight Watchers for more than 6 months. 6 MONTHS! I have tried many programs to lose weight (e.g., Atkins, raw diet, vegan, etc.). I have had varying levels of success with each of them. The problem with all of them is how to adhere long-term. Raw eating (eating your food uncooked) helped me have a lot of energy very quickly. But I couldn’t do it for more than a month because it was so restrictive. Atkins helped me drop 40 pounds quickly. I had more energy and felt healthier but didn’t find it sustainable. After stumbling through several other unsuccessful “lifestyle changes,” I ended up trying Weight Watchers. I am pretty stinking excited that I have stuck with it for so long.
Reasons For Staying
There are many reasons I’ve stuck with Weight Watchers.
1 – So far it has been helpful for me. I have lost 32 pounds and noticed other health benefits. I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t had more weight loss. Some people lose weight faster. I have lost weight faster in the past. But I feel this is teaching me about healthy eating.
2 – It’s not that difficult. I track foods, attend a meeting once a week, and try to move more. There are times I get discouraged, but that is part of the weight loss process I think. Meetings help me to relate with others. Connect
3 – I can eat anything I want to (I just can’t eat as much of it as I want to). This is what has helped the most with sustainability. As Oprah has famously said in her commercials, she can eat bread. I can eat break, cake, steak, candy, fruit, pasta, etc.
All in all, I’m happy with Weight Watchers. Weight loss is hard. Really hard. But WW helps me feel as though I’m not alone and that makes it much easier.