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I know there are a few people waiting for my experience with the new Weight Watchers program but Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable (and they won’t ‘let’ me) following it while pregnant. Once Evan arrives I’ll be diving in head first and sharing my thoughts as I apply the new program and points to my lifestyle. Then you’ll get more than just my initial reaction.
In the mean time, as a Weight Watcher Insider, I’m reviewing the tools and resources Weight Watchers provides like the Weight Watchers iPad App. Now, I must first disclose that I was not an iPad owner when Weight Watchers reached out–frankly, I find the device pretty overrated–so they provided me one. Now that I’m and iPad owner I plan on reviewing the device itself on my other blog but for now I’ll stick to just discussing the Weight Watchers App.
My first impression when launching it was… "ohhh pretty!"
I’m a bit of a food photo freak so I loved that the recipes were driven by photo not title. I rarely make a recipe that doesn’t have a picture. For those less visually oriented have no fear there is also a list view of the recipes by title which actually also has small thumbnails.
Now the App isn’t a complete cookbook, it only takes down the latest 10 featured recipes from the Weight Watchers web site. Part of me likes that I’ll get new content all the time so it’s different but I think I would appreciate a large database at my disposal in the kitchen even more. The iPad really is a great tool for the home cook. The Weight Watchers app allows you to check off ingredients as you add them and even keep multiple timers right in the program.
Other cool features….
- Save up to 10 recipes
- Watch technique videos
- Share favorite recipes via email or Facebook
All those aspects of the program are available to members and non-members alike. However, if you are a Weight Watchers Online & eTools Subscriber you get full access to all the features which includes…
- searching all online Weight Watcher Recipes (So if you are member you do have a large database at your disposal,)
- send recipe to your Plan Manager for tracking,
- access to the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder.
The recipe builder was the first thing I gravitated towards, of course. I must admit I found it easier to enter my recipes on the iPad then on my laptop. It could be because my laptop sucks but the iPad touch screen interface was very intuitive and the response time for my ingredient searches was instantaneous.
All recipes I entered in eTools were available on the iPad and vice versa. So from what I can tell, integration between your online account and the iPad was seamless. You are you on both devices and it’s aware of your activity in either location.
Overall I find the app really well done. I didn’t find myself wishing it could do this or that, it worked just fine the way it was and made access to info, recipes and my account very easy. I’m not sure if my opinion will change once I’m using it while actively following the program so I’m curious what other members think. Do you have an iPad? Have you tried it? Please share your thoughts!
Full Disclosure: As a Weight Watcher’s Insider Weight Watchers has provided me a free membership which includes access and other tool as well as other tools but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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