I know you’ve probably gotten asked this question a lot of times but I’m really, really struggling on the eating front. Somehow I feel I can manage to do the exercising but the eating right is really, really hard. I’m so low on motivation and feel so disgusted with myself, I just hate it. What I want to know is if I should join Weight Watchers. I just wanted your opinion on it and if it is good enough to just give me a push and a start. Appreciate the advice greatly!
Boy do I feel you! Eating, for me, has always been the bigger struggle as well. I definitely go through periods with it too. Sometimes it’s effortless, easy, almost intuitive. I don’t feel that invisible force attracting me to the things I don’t want to eat. I don’t have the desire to gorge myself on junk and eat for eating’s sake.
Other times every meal feels like a struggle. I want to eat when I’m not hungry. Eat when I’m sad. Eat when I’m happy. I just want to eat!
Weight Watchers for sure was a big part of my success in the beginning. I loved the community. I learned about portions and making better choices. Having a points goal for the day helped me figure out balance. Having the weekly points helped teach me it wasn’t the end of the world if I “messed up” one day because I wanted a cookie. Overall I found it intuitive, easy and a good first step.
Unfortunately, they changed the program since I started and I’m not sure I can recommend it the way I used to. I checked it out when they launched the new program and even gave it a shot after but a few months later I walked away and honestly, I never looked back — this post explains why.
Honestly, I feel like I can’t really answer your question since I’ve been out of the Weight Watchers game too long so I’m going to “ask the audience” as I know lots of folks have strong opinions on the new program.
I will say, if the Weight Watchers plan resonates with you then by all means do it. I really understand your need to have “a push and a start” but I will warn you that Weight Watchers (or any reputable program) only works if you are going in with the right mindset. YOU have to put on your big girl panties and not let yourself walk away. YOU have to do the prep work and cooking and experimentation. YOU have to be open to trying new things, not only with what you eat but how you deal. And most importantly, YOU have to approach whatever you do as long term plan for permanent change not a short-term fix.
The plan you go with is just a plan, a framework, an approach. It doesn’t work unless you do.
I’m throwing your question out to the comments…
Any current Weight Watchers members have advice for Preeti? Has Weight Watchers changed the plan at all since the release of PointsPlus? Do you like it? Would you recommend it? Why? Why Not?