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Weight Watchers is one of the best known diets around. Its been running for over 40 years. This diet has survived so many years because it’s a program that truly works and gives results. If you do a simple search in Google for “Weight Watchers,” you will find thousands of positive testimonies and reviews. The message that Weight Watchers want to give you is that dieting is just one part of a long term weight management . A well maintain body results in a healthy lifestyle both emotional and mental, so what Weight Watchers does is give you the tools, help and motivation to make good eating decisions.

 

Like many other diet plans, Weight Watchers has lots of options to cater for everybody’s individual needs:

 

Flex Plan

  • Full range of food options using the points system.

  • Choose any type food as long as you control how much you eat.

  • Learn how to easily handle any food challenge - even when choices are limited. The online tools include a complete network of Points values, and a daily tracker to keep track on daily points values.

 

Core Plan

  • Eat from a list of wholesome foods from all the food groups.

  • Enjoy satisfying eating without empty calories.

  • Have the occasional treat.

 

One useful feature that Weight Watchers has is Weight Watchers Online. Weight Watchers online gives you all the resources to do a step by step diet plan, in other words, it makes your life easier. It has meal ideas, restaurant guides, weight tracking software, a huge recipe database and many other handy features. A great online site always has a big community and Weight Watchers online is no exception. It features message boards, chat rooms and recipe trading. I like to spend my time in the message boards, its very helpful.

 

Weight Watchers Meetings

The basic idea behind Weight Watchers Meeting is to get with others and socialize “the meetings are fun and informative and usually last less than one hour.” The idea sounds simple, but trust me guys, its very effective in giving you the positive energy to keep on losing ponds.

 

Does Weight Watches require exercise as part of the program?

Of course. Any diet that tells people they don’t need to exercise is junk. Weight Watchers strongly advices everybody in the program to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic training 3 times a week.

 

Does Weight Watchers work?

Yes, that’s why Weight Watchers has been here so long, because it really works. If you start Weight Watchers, you can expect to lose at least 2 pounds every 5 days . Overall, Weight Watchers Flex Plan cost $5 per week. It’s one of the cheapest diets programs right now.

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Beth
hard work
I am impressed with the Weight Watchers program because they are there for you on pretty much every different angle. They are great for in person motivation, for information in meetings, for information online, for recipes, for forums where you can talk to other weight wtachers people, and a lot more. It’s just as though they are there for eyou everywhere you look. It isn’t a cheap program, but I think that’s a part of it. I think it is important to push you forward with yoru motivation because you’re already paying for it, so you may as well get the most out of it. You really need to learn how to do it and then go for it with everything that you have. I have been pushing myself to be able to stick to my points and I like that I get to earn extra ones by walking every day. I also appreciate that you can bank a certain number of points so that you can have some “bonus” points on the weekend or whenever you want. So if you want to be able to have a little bit of wiggle room when you’re planning special meals or if you want to have a day where you can take it easy a bit more, then it give syou the chance to work a bit harder throughout the week so that you can get away with that without feeling guilty at all. I’m also impressed that you can stick with the maintenance program as long as you want, for free, as long as you keep going to weigh ins and you don’t end up gaining too much weight. That is a really good way to provide motivation to keep going on being smart about wha tyou’re eating so that you don’t end up gaining it back again. I have a place that is really close and convenient so it makes it a lot sipmpler for me to be able to stick to it over time once I get there.
Jordan Cunningham
online weight watchers
I never got into the whole weight watchers thing because I didn’t want to have to go to the meetings which I find are humiliating and really aren’t the way that I do things. Bu tnow that you can just do it online it’s really good. I’m glad because I like this a lot.
Antonio Jones
long term program
My respect for weight watchers has shot up a lot over the last little while, with all of the added online resources that they offer. Their mobile tools are a bit weak in my opinion but I don’t really care about that anyway. What I really like about it is that it not only drives you to meet your weight loss goals, but it gives you everything you need to keep it off, too. The program in my area (I’m assuming this is universal for the program) lets you stay on the maintenance program, for free, once you reach your weight loss goal, as long as you don’t gain the weight back again. As long as you do continue to maintain, you never have to pay for it!
Melissa
not right for me
My best friend and I signed up for Weight Watchers at the same time so that we could go to the meetings together. We talked about the recipes, tried them out, recommended them to each other if they were good, and so on. We both stuck to our points and we went for the same walk together to make sure that we could earn extra points so that we would be able to have that guilt free evening snack. I lost weight for the first two weeks and felt great. My best friend lost weight during that same time and also felt great. That’s when I plateaued. My friend kept losing weight, while I stayed at the same weight for one week, two, three, four…and throughout all that time I was dutifully sticking to it and paying into the program. I felt horrible. It was so embarrassing stepping onto the scale at the meetings and watch all of the other people lose anywhere from one to three pounds while I just lost nothing week after week. The meetings that I once felt were so inspirational and supportive then became something I dreaded and I felt like they were so humiliating. The weight watchers people were extremely supportive and encouraged me to keep it up and told me about how it was normal to plateau. They told me that I wasn’t doing anything wrong and gave me recommendations to help to break the plateau. Finally I did but my weight loss wasn’t nearly as fast as it was when I first started. My friend lost a steady 2 pounds every week while I would lose one during one week and nothing the next, and so on. I really think that there must be something different about the way that my body is that makes it so that while this is a good program and it is effective it’s not for everyone. And I’m one of the people it just doesn’t work for. It was so hard to stick to it even after no weight was coming off for so many weeks. I finally quit it and I didn’t reach my goal. I’m hunting for something else that will work for me now but my motivation is way down. I’m not exactly sure if now is a good time for me to start something else since I’m not feeling driven but I really want to get rid of my weight and I’m sick of carrying it around on me all the time. I want to be thin!
Tina McDonald
love the support
The points system from weight watchers is so easy and I have it in print, on my computer and on my cell phone so I’m never without it. I think my favorite part is the actual support from real people.
Troy
works and stops and works again
I thought that the points system that weight watchers has come up with was a gift when it came to keeping up with the diet and figuring out what I should be eating. That seriously worked great and I appreciated it a lot. I also liked that you can earn more points because sometimes I was still hungry – ok a lot of times I was still hungry – so I wanted to be able to eat more. I could as long as I did some exercise that day. That worked for me. I did some active stuff and then I could have another point worth of food. That was great. The problem was that as easy as this was to follow, it wasn’t all that consistent in terms of getting me to lose weight. For the first month, I lost weight every single week. The weigh ins were seriously humiliating and the people act like freaks, blaming heavier clothing or jewelry or whatever. I wanted to shout at them. But still, it’s a good way to keep you on track because you know the next weigh in is coming up and so you know that you need to keep sticking to the plan. What sucked was that even when I did stick to it because I knew I’d have to be weighed again, in front of people, I still went through a span of three weeks that I didn’t lose anything, and then in the fourth week, I gained a pound. I was so frustrated because that was a full month of paying for the program and I didn’t lose anything. That’s a long time to plateau for a program like this. I did start losing after that and I’ve lost consistently after that point but I had to diet and pay for a full month when nothing happened, so I would definitnely say that weight watchers has its downside.
Jan
online version is great
I have been considering weight watchers for some time now but I don’t like the idea of having to go to meetings or to weigh myself in front of other people and all that related stuff. It just isn’t convenient and I know that I wouldn’t have stuck with it. I finally gave the online version a try and I love it. It’s actually great for information and motivation. It is very personalized so it’s far superior to free programs that are out there online. I have been using it for over a week and I have a very good feeling about it.
Chad Bradley
finally started
I finally started with weight watchers. For a long time I thought this was pretty much made just for women but it is geared toward men, too. In fact, as far as I can tell, I’m actually on a program that is meant just for men (that or it’s written sort of funky). I am doing the online diet because I don’t want to go to meetings and the weight ins. That sort of thing isn’t anyone’s business but mine. It took me forever to actually get going and do this thing but now that I’ve started, I’m actually impressed with what it has to offer. This really is a well thought out diet that isn’t just goofing around and cutting back calories. It’s a full program that lets you learn about food and assigns points to them to make it a lot easier to manage than calorie counting. I really like that you can earn more points by exercising. I use that almost every day. I think using food as an incentive is a very good idea. Maybe I was a dog in a former life. I don’t know if I would exercise as often as I do except that I know that it gives me the right to another snack every day, which I can really appreciate. Not that it leaves me feeling hungry most of the time, it’s just that I’m a bit of a glutton so I really want to eat as much as I’m allowed in a day. I’d definitely recommend this to a friend if I was asked if this was a good diet. I can see myself reaching my goals by using this, too. It does give you a lot of hope and makes you feel like there really isn’t any reason to give up. I could see that this would be stronger if you went to the meetings, but that’s really just a bit much for me.
Gina Panderson
great program
Here’s what I think of weight watchers. I think it has absolutely everything so if you want to lose weight and you are willing to follow some basic rules that make sense, then this is the program for you. You really lose weight and you lose it consistently every single week. They give you all the tools you need with the meetings and the online website and the information that you get in the books, as well as there’s even an app now for your smartphone. This all makes a lot of sense to me. The points system is way easier than counting fats or calories or carbs. Especially when you include the use of your cell phone and your computer, then you always have that information available to you. I like that you don’t have to buy expensive food from them or anything. They show you just how you can use the food in your real life to make it yourself. They have great recipes and they really fill you up. Also, there isn’t a whole pile of weird food that is hard to get or that takes forever to prepare. That makes it so that you’re actually willing to keep doing it over time. Once you’re really familiar with the recipes, you realize how easy they are so they don’t take up any of your time when you want to get them ready. I never used to be the kind of person that did any real exercise, but I found that because when you did enough exercise you could earn extra points that you could either use to eat more or that you can bank, then I was way more motivated to head out and get my power walk in every single day. I like having that kind of extra control over my diet and I know that I’m a lot healthier for it, too.
Nelly
I didn't lose a pound in one month
I have heard only the most wonderful things about Weight Watchers and the reviews for this diet program are always terrific. That’s why I decided that even though it meant that I wouldn’t be able to go on vacation this summer, I would spend the money on the program to help me to lose weight. I figured that once I had the weight off, then I would be able to be healthier, eat less, look better, and spend money on going on a vacation next year in gorgeous new clothes, instead. I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but whatever it was, I didn’t lose a single pound after following that program to the letter for a full month. I paid for the full month at once because that was the cheaper way to do it instead of doing it for shorter spans of time. I ate their products, I made their recipes, I went to the group meetings and weekly humiliating weigh-ins, and I even walked the dog twice per day instead of once so that I would be able to get more points and eat just a teensy bit more. There was only one day that I broke the points mark for the day, and that was a Saturday and I’d banked my points during the week so that I’d be able to do it. Not one of the weigh-ins had positive results for me. I couldn’t believe it. There were times that I was so hungry I could cry and it didn’t make the slightest difference. I’m not certain if Weight Watchers is meant only for a certain body type or if I just have an exceptionally slow metabolism. The people who worked there were very nice and tried to coach me but by that point I’d had it and I just gave up. It might work for other people, but not for me.
Bonnie Brown
losing weight feeling great
I am losing so much on Weight Watchers and I feel fantastic. I have been doing this for 37 days and I’ve lost 10 pounds so far. My doctor says that’s the perfect rate for a healthy fat loss. I am exercising regularly (because I want my extra points! Haha) and I can already feel that I am in better shape than when I started. That’s amazing to me since it really hasn’t been all that long. I’ve tried and failed at a lot of programs. I was virtually at the point of giving up when I decided to start with WW. I actually was using this as a last resort. I don’t know why I felt like this was some sort of last ditch effort to get results when I actually have always felt that this was really the best way to get it done. It’s dumb the way the mind works sometimes. Anyway, but I really like how much control and flexibility that you have with this program. I also like that with WW, essentially if you want to eat lots and lots of food, it forces you to just eat healthy. And when you’re doing this, then you WANT to eat healthy because it means that you can enjoy so much more food every day. I think there have only been two days that I’ve found myself feeling uncomfortable from being hungry. Considering that I’m on a fat loss diet based on calories and that I’ve been doing it for more than a month, that’s really not bad at all. I can’t complain about that in the slightest. I think this is a great diet choice for virtually anyone who wants to lose weight right. It’s so flexible that it can fit into any schedule and it takes your starting weight and fitness level into consideration.
Paul
this works great for me
For me, Weight Watchers is it. It’s the diet that I need to kick my butt into gear and get all this extra weight off. I’ve tried pretty much every diet ever created, and a lot of pills, too, and I’ve never once reached my goal. This one gives me directions, doesn’t starve me, and has the “humiliation effect” of the weigh ins to keep me motivated.
Penny
Keep going back to it
I’ve tried the Weight Watchers program more than once. The first time that I used it, I was really into it. I went to lots of the meetings and I lost almost 50 pounds throughout the whole time that I stayed with the program. I felt great about myself and I knew that it was a fantastic program to make a difference in a healthy way with my weight. Then I moved to a different town where the lifestyle was really different and I didn’t have a convenient Weight Watchers center close by, so I started to gain the weight back on again. I knew what I should be doing, but I just lost the motivation without that extra push. I did finally figure out how to work one of the WW locations into my routine. I wasn’t wild about the fact that it didn’t have a weekly payment program and that the only option was for three months at a time. That made it really tough for me financially, but I needed to get back on track. I remember, now, why I loved it so much the first time. It really was worth the money. I try to avoid eating their actual food products and I work with their recipes instead, since their products don’t taste amazing or anything, but they’re pretty pricy. I feel like I’m back on track again and I’m very hopeful that I will be able to get the weight off and keep it off this time. The points system has changed since the last time I did it, but it still seems to make a lot of sense, and it’s not hard at all to get to work it into my daily life. I’m working very hard to reach the status of a lifetime member.
Penny
Keep going back to it
I’ve tried the Weight Watchers program more than once. The first time that I used it, I was really into it. I went to lots of the meetings and I lost almost 50 pounds throughout the whole time that I stayed with the program. I felt great about myself and I knew that it was a fantastic program to make a difference in a healthy way with my weight. Then I moved to a different town where the lifestyle was really different and I didn’t have a convenient Weight Watchers center close by, so I started to gain the weight back on again. I knew what I should be doing, but I just lost the motivation without that extra push. I did finally figure out how to work one of the WW locations into my routine. I wasn’t wild about the fact that it didn’t have a weekly payment program and that the only option was for three months at a time. That made it really tough for me financially, but I needed to get back on track. I remember, now, why I loved it so much the first time. It really was worth the money. I try to avoid eating their actual food products and I work with their recipes instead, since their products don’t taste amazing or anything, but they’re pretty pricy. I feel like I’m back on track again and I’m very hopeful that I will be able to get the weight off and keep it off this time. The points system has changed since the last time I did it, but it still seems to make a lot of sense, and it’s not hard at all to get to work it into my daily life. I’m working very hard to reach the status of a lifetime member.
Joseph Kraft
a good solid program
I tried other calorie counting diets and while I do feel that this method is helpful, I couldn’t seem to find the right program until Weight Watchers. This one actually works and they have a lot of different elements to make sure that it does.
Kelly
the way to go if you can afford it
If you want a paid program and you can afford the monthly/membership fees, then this is definitely the way to go. Weight Watchers just works.
Karen Windhauser
sets the standard
For me, at least, Weight Watchers has always set the standard for weight loss programs. It’s not necessarily cheap, but it offers absolutely everything you need to reach your weight loss goal, as long as you use their resources. Yes, you need motivation and willpower, but they’ll even help you with that. They have friendly, helpful staff and I even found that the other people in the program were friendly and helpful, too! That, and they are always updating with the latest information and innovations. When something new is learned with certainty about weight loss, it is incorporated into their diet points program. They were quite revolutionary with their online version of the diet, and now I’m even seeing ads for a mobile app so that you can do your diet over your smartphone if that’s the way you do things.
Tracy
Great but pricy
What I really liked about Weight Watchers when I was on it in 2003 was that you are encouraged all the way through your weight loss efforts, and it shows you that you are truly accountable for being able to take off all of the extra pounds. The only drawback that I found to the program was that it can get pretty expensive, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. When I was on the program, I managed to lose 60 pounds and I felt great about myself. Sometimes it felt like weight loss was easy, and at other times, I had my struggles, but overall, it was a lot more positive than many other weight loss programs that I’ve tried over the years. One of the things that I enjoyed about this program is that it was very flexible. You can eat whatever you want as long as you restrict yourself to your daily points count. Though this sounds complicated, it really is simple enough that you can catch on in a short time and you can have the system memorized to a certain degree quite quickly. I also found that it encourages you to eat healthy, since the healthier foods are typically the ones that let you eat far more than the unhealthy foods. Therefore, since you want to eat more (and not be hungry), you’re willing to make the healthier choices. I also discovered throughout my time there that there are ways to save money. I decided to make the payments on a monthly basis, and this saved me about $20 off the standard price. It is also motivation to stick to the program and go in for the weekly weight-ins since you’ve pre-paid for the month. Once you’re actually attending the weekly meetings, you find yourself being motivated, kept on track, and learning lots of great ways to get the most out of your points, and to use daily activities to earn even more points so that you can have a little bit more to eat that day if you feel like it. The funny thing is, as pricy as it is, since it “forces” you to eat healthy, you actually end up saving money every week, since you’re essentially paying for the plan with the money you’d usually be spending on junk food, which is more expensive than healthy foods. Once I went off the plan, I had a little bit more money in my pocket every week. I’ve gained the weight back since 2003, but I am seriously considering going through the program again and sticking to their maintenance program so that I never regain the weight again.
Ken Traver
Weight Watchers Review
The last time I had to lose weight, I was very successful with Weight Watchers. I used both their in-person and their online resources. I found that the weekly weight in were absolute torture, but at the same time, I also think that they kept me motivated. The times that I felt like I might just ease off the diet just a bit so that I could have a “bad” snack or a bigger dessert, I knew that I’d have to face the people at the weigh in, so I decided against it, instead. As much as it was difficult, it really was the motivation I needed. The diet was also very easy to follow. Since it came with a lot of tools, it made it very simple to know what choices I should make. I like that it included both diet and exercise, and that you can earn more points when you exercise more. I would have liked a bit more guidance in terms of exercising, though. It’s fine that they assigned points to exercises, but they didn’t actually show you what exercises to do or how to do them properly.
Tara
Weight Watchers Diet Plan
I really liked my experience with Weight Watchers and I’m thinking about joining back up again. I admit that I did lose my way off the program once I’d lost the weight a while back, and that’s why I gained it all up again, but I know that if I sign on for Weight Watchers, I’ll be able to lose it back off. I like that everything is pretty clear and that it’s rare not to know whether or not you’re following the rules or not. I also like that I can still eat out and know how to keep within my daily points. I also like that additional points can be earned by going above and beyond with exercise. It’s real motivation to get out and move around. I find that on weeks that I earn extra points, I actually lose more, too! That’s not something I’ve ever experienced with other diet plans before. I think that Weight Watchers could be made even more effective with a really good quality diet pill and I think they’ll be able to give advice about adjusting the program for that.
Bobby Rodney
Weight Watchers
My wife and I joined the Weight Watchers together and it seemed very overwhelming at first. I had to change virtually everything I did in my life to comply with all of its rules and regulations. I’d dedicated myself to it (and paid for it) so I tried to give it everything I had. One thing that I found was a struggle is that there were mostly women in the weigh-ins and the meetings. Although everyone was welcoming, it was still rough to be the only man in the room. I stopped going to the talks and stuck to the weighing and used the website. I did lose weight and I thought that it had a lot of potential for some people, but I found it awkward for me and since it wasn’t comfortable using a lot of the services, I really felt like I was paying for more than I was getting. If I were to join again, I think I’d try the online program, instead of the “live” program, and see if I have better luck.
Sarah
Alright for me, great for my mother
A couple of years ago, my mother and I joined Weight Watchers together and worked to lose weight together. The Weight Watchers team members were very supportive of the choice to lose weight together because they said it was very helpful for motivation. I did actually find that they were right. My mother and I exchanged tips about the recipes that were provided at the weight watchers meetings and on the websites, and we got together and walked most days of the week. We were even a little competitive. The only thing was, she had a lot more luck with it than me. I was hungry a lot of the time and I just felt like every single decision I was making every day was related to weight. Maybe I’m not as “tough” as my mother, who lost almost twice as much weight as me in the same amount of time. So I think it’s probably a great plan, and I did lose weight, but just not as much as I’d hoped.
Christy
Great plan
I did this diet a few years ago and I found that with the website and the meetings I really had everything I needed to get the weight off. I loved the way that you could judge the foods that you ate and how much of them you ate. I like that I could earn my way to more foods by doing extra exercises, or I could be extra good all week long to “save up” for a bit of an added treat on the weekend. I felt really good about myself while I was on this diet and though I did dread the weigh-ins, it still felt good that I wasn’t the only one dreading them and blaming “heavy blue jeans” for not losing quite as much one week as I had the week before. That said, knowing that weight in was coming up was a huge motivator to keep up with my efforts. As a side note, the recipes on the website were wonderful. I especially recommend the eggplant parmesan and the macaroni bake.

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