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Is the cost of Weight Watchers worth it?

Updated on October 29, 2013
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Weight Troubles

It seems that I've been on one diet or another for at least 20 years. I was always thin as a child and teen and could eat whatever I wanted without gaining an ounce. When I got married, I weighed only 95 pounds.

As I've gotten older, I continued eating what I wanted but my lifestyle and metabolism have slowed and the pounds ballooned. For someone who is five feet tall, that's a real problem. I tried various diets: The Cabbage Soup Diet (disgusting), Atkins (too limited), Sugar Busters (better, but still too limited), The South Beach Diet (but I LOVE bread and pasta) and Weight Watchers. I lost weight on all of them. I had the most success with Weight Watchers about nine years ago when I lost about 25 pounds. I looked good and felt great.

Weight Watchers and Me

I was a very faithful WW member. I attended a weigh-in and meeting every week, befriended the leaders and repeat members and really enjoyed the experience. One of the biggest incentives for me was that I was paying a fee each week. Frugal by nature, I was determined not to waste my money. During that time, to keep from snacking too much, I knitted about four sweaters. I became a lifetime member after reaching my goal weight and maintaining it.

When I moved more than seven years ago, it was very stressful and I found myself back in my old (bad) eating habits. I realized my error and sought out a WW program where I live now. I found one but discovered that the meeting day and location were very inconvenient. I tried to "go it" on my own several times with no success.

Last year the company I work for sponsored a "Winter Weigh Down" program with money for prizes for weight loss. This was more up my alley! By following a low carbohydrate eating plan and exercising regularly, I lost 11 pounds. Yeah, me! However, the pounds have been creeping up again.

I joined Weight Watchers Online for three months. The Points Plus program offered was a bit different than what I was used to on WW. Every food item still had a point value based on fiber, carbohydrate, protein and fat content. I really liked the change that fruit had zero points, as I am a big fruit eater. Based on weight, a person was given a maximum number of points per day (usually around 29) to "spend" on food. Bonus points were given each week and extra activity earned "activity points" that could be traded for food points.

I found the Weight Watchers Online site pretty easy to navigate. My old point calculating materials no longer worked, though, so I had to rely on the online calculator when needed to figure out points for some foods. However, I kept the site on my computer for easy access. There is a phone app for the program but I'm not hooked into all that (yet).

While I didn't attend the meetings I always enjoyed, there were groups on the site that I could join and could contribute to the blogs whenever I pleased. I liked that I had to be accountable to someone (albeit a computer!) for tracking what I ate, how much exercise I could squeeze in and how much weight I lost each week.

Have you ever tried Weight Watchers for weight loss?

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My Results

During the three months I participated in WW online, I lost about 11 pounds, which seems to be an average weight loss for me. The weight loss was worth the money I spent.

My problem is that when I went off the program, it was harder to make myself do it alone, and be accountable. The weight crept back on again.

My recommendation: Give Weight Watchers a try. I think I did better when attending meetings than online, but it is a valid, cost-effective program that can provide significant results to those who really put forth the effort.

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    Hmrjmr1 

    7 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Esmeowl12 - Good job the key is to use what works for you and adopt the good habits as a lifestyle. Keep up the good work.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I so know what you mean, CWanamaker. I'm down 3 lbs. in two weeks. Whoo hoo!

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    CWanamaker 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    I'm glad that you have had good luck with WW in the past. I too have followed the WW plan and lost a considerable amount of weight. But then just like what you experienced life happened and I started to gain the weight back. So I am back to square one again.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I appreciate your support Gypsy and Kimbelia. Will keep you posted!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    I know how it is with weight it's either up or down. Hope you lose the weight you want and keep it off.

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    Kimbelia 

    7 years ago from Greater Vancouver, BC

    Let us know how WW online works out for you! I'm curious to see how effective it is.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Reprieve26! I'm workin' hard!

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    Reprieve26 

    7 years ago from Oregon Coast

    As a fellow just over five footer, I understand completely how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy weight. Thanks for sharing this hub and best wishes for your success at losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle! :)

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, fpherj48! Jennifer does look great, doesn't she? One pound down, lots more to go!

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Good Luck to you! Jennifer Hudson must be a good inspiration for you. I am amazed at her transformation. I know you can do it!!

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Sunshine625! It is definitely a challenge. I appreciate your encouragement.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Good luck with your goal! Losing the weight and maintaining it after the loss are both a challenge, but well worth it. Keep up the great work!! :)

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