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Lose Weight with Weight Watchers Online

Updated on March 26, 2011

Losing weight can seem like the hardest thing in the world at times. No matter what you do sometimes it just doesn't seem to work. Many people have found that losing weight through Weight Watchers works better for them than other diet plans they have tried.

Weight Watchers traditionally involved attending weekly meetings for motivational lectures and to be weighed. With today's busy lifestyles it can be hard to get to your weekly meetings. But, there is now an easy solution to that. You can join Weight Watchers online and have access to all the tools you would have if you attended the weekly meetings in person.

Weight Watchers Online is a pay site but it usually works out to be cheaper than if you had to pay for the weekly meetings. However, many of the options on the website are accessible for free; including the Food and Recipes section, the Fitness and Health section, and the message boards.

Food plans

There are two food plans that you can follow with Weight Watchers Online.

The Flex Plan is based totally on points. Every food has a point value and depending on your current weight, your weight loss goals, your height, and your age you are given a number of points that you are expected to meet daily. You can go over your points if you do certain exercises (different exercises have different point values that you can deduct). You also should make sure you use up all your points daily for best results.

The Core Plan is based on a balanced diet of healthy food without having to count points. Most foods suggested in the Core Plan are low in calories. You are allowed one day a week when you don't have to worry about what you eat.

Online tools

There are several interactive tools at Weight Watchers Online. One tool that helps you to keep track of your points is an online points calculator that also keeps track of your exercise, the water you drink, and several other factors. The online points calculator features most foods, and many name-brands. You can also figure out the number of points in a food depending on the calories, fibre, sugar, etc. listed on the box and add it to the general database. People add foods every day that are added to the general database.

You can only have access to the points calculator if you are a paying member.

Community

On Weight Watchers Online you will find a very supportive community. The forums are very lively and everyone is there to help each other. One of the current discussions on the forum is "adding flavor to popcorn without points values."

There are message board to discuss the two plans and to get help from people who have experienced them. Other boards include Meeting Members, Men's Health, Vegetarian and What I Ate Today.

You don't have to be a paying member to have access to the online forums.

Food and recipes

Weight Watchers online features many recipes that include point values. It features tips for healthy eating, recipes with points values, getting the most out of eating out while on Weight Watchers, and reasons why you might not be losing weight.

This is a free section of the website that is available to everyone.

Fitness and health

Weight Watchers Online features also features fitness demos, workout ideas, a health and wellness center, a science center (discussions about the science of weigh loss) and much more information on health and fitness.

It is free to use.

Marketplace

Weight Watchers Online also features a marketplace section that features Weight Watchers foods and tools, bathroom scales, books and magazines and where you can buy them.

Personal experience

I have personal experience with Weight Watchers Online. Last year I wanted to lose weight for my niece's wedding. I'd been trying for years to drop those extra pounds and decided to give Weight Watchers a try. I had tried free online sites before but just didn't get the motivation I needed; I figured if I paid for it I'd be more likely to keep it up.

I was very good at following my points for the three months before the wedding and actually lost a whole clothing size. I have since quit Weight Watchers Online but am managing to maintain my weight with the "secrets" I learned with Weight Watchers.

Have you ever joined Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or any other weight loss program?

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  • boxxies profile image

    boxxies 

    7 years ago

    I did join WW with a class many times, but never succeeded with them.

    I do better on my own now, but walking more and cutting down on servings.

    boxxies

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    Dottie1 

    10 years ago from MA, USA

    Didn't know that Weight Watchers was online.  Thanks for the good information and personal experience of what motivated you to lose the weight.  Thanks.

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    Ryan Hupfer 

    10 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    HUBMOB! :)

  • SweetiePie profile image

    SweetiePie 

    10 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Very good hub. I have heard from friends that they had very much success from weight watchers and it sounds like a good thing actually. Also, I have heard it is much more affordable and realistic than some of the other weight management programs out there. Thanks for the tips.

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    In The Doghouse 

    10 years ago from California

    I joined Weight Watchers many years ago, went to the meetings, and ate the food the way you are supposed to and did find success. I think that the point system of today is much easier to follow than the old way. Doing Weight Watcher on line is an even newer concept. I bet it is easy and convenient.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    10 years ago from Southern California

    Great Hub. I know many people who have been very successful losing and managing their weight, on Weight Watchers.

    tDMg

    LdsNana-AskMormon

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    James Paterson 

    10 years ago from Scotland

    My sister is an avid weight watchers member, but she always cheats and never makes the weigh in target she sets herself, she goes mainly because her friend runs it.....jimmy

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