My WeightWatchers Review

For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to follow WeightWatchers in order to improve my eating and see some results from the gym. Nutrition has always been the hardest part for me when it comes to being healthy. I mean, for the most part I eat healthy. My main meals always include good sources of protein, fat and healthy carbs. It’s the afternoon and evening sweet cravings that get me! I never, ever get cravings for anything salty, like chips, but my sweet tooth is ridiculous. I’ve been trying to rein that in.

I really like WeightWatchers because you’re not restricted as to what you can or can’t eat. I had tried paleo and Whole30 in the past but it was just too restrictive for me. I would do it for a month but just couldn’t wait to get back to including things like oatmeal or rice in my diet. It just wasn’t for me.

WeightWatchers Review
I’m not saying WeightWatchers lets you eat anything you want…there is accountability. Basically, you get a certain number of “points” you can eat per day, which you need to calculate (I use this website). I haven’t officially joined WW yet, so I have to use websites to figure out my points (as opposed to their own website and app, which you need to pay for). I will probably sign up in the near future, just because it will make things much easier.

Anyway, you get your points value, and that’s what you can eat. So you can go ahead and eat that slice of pizza, but just know it will cost you 7 points. Vegetables and fruits have 0 points. You also get activity points (extra points if you workout that day, which you can choose whether or not to use) and a weekly allowance of 49 extra points (if you think you might splurge, like I did this past weekend at a wedding). You don’t need to use those 49 points at all if you don’t want to.

So far, I’ve lost 5 lbs in about a month, and that’s without following it 100% (weekends I’m a bit more flexible with myself). I had written up a review last year about the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan, and I’d say this is kind of comparable. You can eat what you want, as long as you track it when it comes to your points (or containers for 21 Day fix). I do plan on posting results once I finish my workout plan I’m testing out for my ebook, and continue to follow WW.

Let’s outline some Pros and Cons, in case you’re thinking about WeightWatchers:

Pros

  • Flexible eating – nothing is off limits (like grains in the paleo diet)
  • Pretty easy to calculate points. You pretty much eat the same things day in and day out (at least I do), so you’ll quickly memorize point values.
  • Easy to follow without the paid version, and even easier with paid. The paid app gives you point values for restaurants, and allows you to scan items, search for foods/dishes, etc.
  • I like the 49 weekly points you get in case you do want to splurge. I am all about moderation. If I want a cookie, I’ll have it. If I go to an event or outing, I don’t want to feel deprived.
  • Activity points are great too because the more you’re active, the more points you get per day (if you want to use them). I get 26 points, but each day I workout I get an extra 4-6 points.
  • Paid version = weekly meetings. My friend loved going to meetings and talking about issues relating to losing weight and food with others. Also a great way to meet some like-minded people.
  • Provides a different way to look at food, at least for me. I now think twice before getting a pastry from Starbucks (a small caramel square is 11 points!) and eat more vegetables and fruits because they’re 0 points and are a great way to curb hunger.

Cons

  • If you do it on your own, like me, calculating points can be a pain. Not necessarily the simple stuff (like a granola bar), but restaurant meals (how many points are in a Chipotle chicken bowl??)
  • Can also be a pain to know points for things you make. I made eggplant parm with tomato sauce and mozzarella, but didn’t measure out that stuff, so no clue how many extra points that had. I usually just guesstimate.
  • At first, you will probably feel hungry a lot like I did. I was used to eating whatever, whenever. Even though I was eating healthy snacks throughout the day, I was snacking whenever I wanted to. Following WW meant I had to have times to eat and snack, so that I didn’t use up all my points by noon. It does take some getting used to, but if you go over, no worries, that’s what your 49 points are for.

I really like this plan, and it’s probably a nutrition plan I’ve followed for the longest time. I wanted to share with you in case you’re interested or are looking for a way to hold yourself accountable with food. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’d tried WeightWatchers too!

Do you have any WeightWatchers recipes you could share?

Have you/do you follow a nutrition plan, or do you just go with the flow each day?

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  1. I did weight watchers a few years ago and lost about 20 pounds or so – I love it and recently was looking to drop weight that crept up over the past couple years and was not having success anymore just counting calories and was going bonkers – as of week 3 was down a little over 7lbs. It’s funny how the weight comes off when you are cognizant of what you are putting in your mouth. It forces me to listen to cues vs snacking at my desk or the boredom hunger after dinner reading/watching tv. I generally find nothing hard about it (I am online only no meetings) I’ve made it through my bday, valentines day and a long snowed in weekend with losses so it works!
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  2. All those programs seem so confusing to me! But it’s great that you aren’t limited and nothing is totally off limits!
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  3. My mom has had great success with weight watchers for exactly that reason – you can eat what you like as long as it fits in your points. The only downside I saw was that she was constantly opting for low-fat things which were fewer points and in turn, wasn’t getting nearly enough fat for the day. Fats are still important and not all are bad for you.
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    • The whole “low-fat” thing is one of WW “beefs” and someplace where I think they could improve a way to reward you for eating healthy fats like almonds, nut butters, and full fat dairy in moderation. I just try to work it into my overall points budget, but it does drive me crazy!
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    • I completely agree. I still eat peanut butter and avocados daily. The PB I use, I use about a tablespoon, and it only has 1-2 points, so not bad at all. I can’t say no to peanut butter!

  4. I did WW after I had my kids and it definitely helped. I’ve been seeing a nutritionist recently, so I’m definitely counting things and not really going with the flow. It’s not super restrictive but I have to follow the macros, carbs/fat/protein.

    • I tried to do counting macros at one point too but I used IIFYM and I just didn’t know if that was correct. A nutritionist would be the best way to go…and I do want to see one in the near future!

  5. Great review! I think you hit all the high points and why WW works for me too. Using a calorie tracking app seems like it would be the same, but it’s really not for me. I honestly would suggest biting the bullet and getting the app! Two of your cons–finding points for recipes and eating out values would be solved if you have the app! Also, a site that has WW friendly recipes with points values already calculated is EmilysBites.com! I’ve had a few of her recipes and they are good! She does use a lot of low-fat products which is one of my personal beefs with WW, there can be a lot of processed stuff that is lower in points. Anyways…great review!
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  6. I did weight watchers years ago with success. If I am trying to lose weight, I do count calories, but I just eat clean, whole foods now.
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    • counting calories is basically the same premise, idk why I just couldn’t do it. I would try to use apps but just would always forget to input my food haha

  7. I’ve never done WW but I have a few friends that have and they seem to find a lot of success with it. It’s great that it is flexible which is why I think people tend to do so well on it. Slow and steady is the best way to go.
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  8. I have been a Weight Watcher for many many years and all of the recipes on my food blog have WW PPV calculated for them. I am glad you like the program too.
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  9. So glad to hear that you’ve had some success with WW. I have never personally used WW, but know many people who have and had mixed results with it. A lot of the success with any plan requires dedication and commitment, and you seem to be willing to commit to the program in order to see results. Keep up the great work!
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    • Thanks! This has been the easiest for me to keep dedicated to. I just could not commit to paleo. That was too extreme. I might get results this way slower but I like that it doesn’t have me feeling restricted.

  10. Never tried Weight Watchers before but always do better when I am mindful about my eating. Planning is key for me.
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  11. That is so great WW is working for you. I’ve not tried it but I have many friends who love it. Whatever works, right?
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  12. I need to do a nutritional plan but to date haven’t EVER!!!! I hear a lot of success stories on WW so I am sure once one gets used to it they can see results. I know folks who can quote points off like it’s nobody’s business. I am always amazed!
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  13. Congratulations on your weight loss. That’s a nice and sustainable rate. I think weight watchers is definitely one of the better weight loss plans out there. The only caution is that you can use up points on unhealthy food, there is no restrictions to choose healthier food. Not saying you would have that problem, just an overall flaw in the weight watchers program.
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    • Yeah that is definitely true, but if you choose unhealthy foods you’ll use up your points pretty quickly. Yesterday I wanted this brownie from Costco and one little one was 4 points! So I had to say no since I knew I didn’t have many left lol

  14. I’ve heard such good things about Weight Watchers – in fact I’ve heard from many that it’s the only weight loss plan that worked for them. Sounds like your experience has been overall good, too.
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free recently posted…Mini Salted Caramel Cupcake SundaesMy Profile

    • Those who have done it told me the same thing (it’s the only thing that has worked), so I’m going to keep trucking along and hope for some good results!

  15. This is a great post! Love that you’ve listed the pros and cons!
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  16. Great review! My beef with WW is I always see women “saving points” all day so they can go out and drink or eat one ridiculous meal per day. I don’t think that truly teaches healthy eating. BUT that said, I’ve never done the program, so I certainly can’t judge. I HAVE seen tons of people have amazing success with WW!
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  17. I have never followed Weight Watchers but its great to read a review. I tend to just go with the flow with eating although this year we have made some more changes and are eating more fish and vegetarian options.
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  18. Post first baby I had great success with WW. Calculating the points does get easier :)

    You’ve got this!
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  19. I’ve tried a few different plans in the past for overall nutrition but I’m also not a fan of restricted diets that remove foods I actually like to eat. I’m a vegetarian and eat about 85% plant-based and I really love it. I feel good and am able to eat more mindfully. I don’t think there is one perfect eating plan for everyone. We all have different needs/requirements.
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