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LisaInNc
05-26-2010, 08:53 AM
I need to lose 15 pounds. I am having a lot of trouble doing it. I work out and eat pretty good so finding ways to cut calories have been difficult. I am considering weight watchers.

I really do well when I am challenged or held accountable.

So looking at it I was surprised that it was so expensive. I am already paying 85.00 a month for my Y membership. I really hate to devote more money to "upkeep"

What is the cheapest way to do it.

Thanks!!!

Lisa

debbiecarr98
05-26-2010, 09:03 AM
I need to lose 15 pounds. I am having a lot of trouble doing it. I work out and eat pretty good so finding ways to cut calories have been difficult. I am considering weight watchers.

I really do well when I am challenged or held accountable.

So looking at it I was surprised that it was so expensive. I am already paying 85.00 a month for my Y membership. I really hate to devote more money to "upkeep"

What is the cheapest way to do it.

Thanks!!!

Lisa

Do you have a friend that you could do Weight Watchers with on your own and challenge each other of have a weigh in day and do it together? There is a lot of info online so that you could do any plan on your own.

Cheryllynn74
05-26-2010, 09:07 AM
Well it is cheaper to do the online version, but you said you "really do well when I am challenged or held accountable". For the online version, you are holding yourself accountable, so you really don't have anyone else to answer to. Find a friend (or maybe spouse) that will monitor your weight every week if you need someone to watch over you. Or try your family doctor.

One good point about weight watchers is that it is cheaper if you pay by the month instead of week to week. And once you've lost the weight and kept it off for their determined time (forget how long) you become a lifetime member. Being a lifetime member means you can attend meetings for free. So if you look at it that way, the price is a great deal and motivation for you to stick with it and lose the weight.

HeatherC
05-26-2010, 09:19 AM
I think the cheapest way to follow the diet is to join for the first month and get all the supplies....book, calorie counter.

After that, you can do it on your own. There is a ton of info on the web about WW.

Mathfailure
05-26-2010, 09:32 AM
The WW web site has free community boards you can join and talk about your weight lost. They are not allowed to talk specifically about the program, but I can assure you that you will get the gist, and can hold yourself accountable there.

If you google WW many mock sites come up, one by a woman named Dotti is excellent, and has more than you need.

If you need a group and still do not want to pay WW, there is a long standing group called TOPS that is much cheaper and you weight in weekly. I have only been to one of these groups, and understand the quality can varry. So you need to seek it out and see for yourself.

I have lost weight with WW, but found that after a while that the points were basically 1 per 50 cal. with some minor variations for fat and fiber...but at basic level was 1 per 50. Since finding out the calories is fairly staight forward, the information is always available.

My best idea would be to check with your physican and see about a nutritionist consult who would set up an individual plan for you. Losing weight is half for most people, the other half is learning great eating habits.

Best wishes!

jlm
05-26-2010, 09:36 AM
I do believe you can try online free for a week. Also, reg. is free right now at meetings, which ends this week.
You can do a monthly pass that is 39.95/month with meetings and online access. Or 12.00/week and pay as you go.
I joined 1 year ago and now work for ww. It was the best investment I ever made! I needed to relearn portions and what to eat. It is an investment in yourself~and you meet some really great people too!
Jen:goodvibes

cjnix29
05-26-2010, 09:40 AM
I just started WW, did it online. I think it was 53 for three months. Then I think it is $17 a month after that. I belong to Sunshine Rewards, and got $4 back through that. Plus, there is a WW thread on their forum that I use to get help, support, etc. I track my weight online, but also we do it in the thread, so it is an extra accountability. Like it has been said, there is a ton of info on the web about WW. Good luck!

englishteacha
05-26-2010, 09:41 AM
There's a great free website called Sparkpeople.com that has many tools and calorie counters, etc., and is a nice community.

rflorek
05-26-2010, 09:43 AM
I have lost weight with WW, but found that after a while that the points were basically 1 per 50 cal. with some minor variations for fat and fiber...but at basic level was 1 per 50.



I don't know if that's true. The minimum points with the WW Good Health Guidelines is 18 which would equate to only 900 calories per day + exercise which would burn even more calories. That would be unhealthy IMO.

Mathfailure
05-26-2010, 09:56 AM
You get activity points for exercise which you are supposed to eat, some don't, and you also get 35 extra weekly points to use as you desire, which would be 7 more per day.

My daughter is short and gets 23 per day (30 with the weekly subdivided), so I don't know many that would be 18...and that would be 25 with the 7 factored in before any additional activity points.

It is harder with fewer points, and your points are determined by your current weight, age, gender and activity level.

SnowWtch
05-26-2010, 10:05 AM
WW is the only diet that I've actually lost weight on. I joined for a bit and got the stuff to do it then went out on my own and do pretty good when I'm not sick. Between that and my Wii EA Active I'm good to go.

rcallbeck
05-26-2010, 10:11 AM
The WW formula for points you get per day is actually patented, and is on the internet for those who seek it. It takes into consideration your gender, age, current weight, height and daily activity level.

The benefit to WW (that Isaw when I was a member) was the group meets and cheering each other on. Granted, if you're shy, this may not be a benefit to you. But the point watching does does seem to help in terms of portion control. At least it does for me. YMMV.

Our 2 Princesses
05-26-2010, 10:57 AM
You get activity points for exercise which you are supposed to eat, some don't, and you also get 35 extra weekly points to use as you desire, which would be 7 more per day.

My daughter is short and gets 23 per day (30 with the weekly subdivided), so I don't know many that would be 18...and that would be 25 with the 7 factored in before any additional activity points.

It is harder with fewer points, and your points are determined by your current weight, age, gender and activity level.


My m-i-l actually gets 18 points. She's 70 yrs old and about 4'10". :) She does use all of her 35 extra points and has lost 9# in 5 weeks.
If your health insurance is by United Health Care, your weekly fee is $11.

Jennifer in MI
05-26-2010, 11:42 AM
I am too cheap to actually join! I found all the information on line and follow the guidelines to a T. I'm very active and nothing was working for me. Until this! I've lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks. That was my goal weight, but I'm thinking of changing it!

Anyway, it's all about portion control. I am doing it with a friend from church, so I have the accountability. Maybe you could try that?

StephMK
05-26-2010, 01:57 PM
I did it at work last year with some co-workers & it is fun to have a group for support. However, it's not hard to do on your own if you can find ways to self-motivate & stick with it. I'm on it again now & my mom sent me a calculator to use for points. Like pp said, there are online forums & sometimes you can find the official stuff on ebay if you want the trackers, etc.

I really like it. It's super slow going for me now for some reason but I keep tracking points & hope the scale starts moving soon. It is nice to have the flexibility to eat "normal" stuff, just pay attention to how much & make healthy choices.

Tink-n-MrIncredible
05-26-2010, 07:09 PM
Try looking up the Wendie or Wendy (not sure of the spelling) plan its a good spin off of WW, especially when you hit a plateau. You said you belong to the Y, do they have any Personal Trainers there that will help you and give you a food plan for a minimal fee. My gym has PT's for a small fee they will take your measurements and give you a food plan and tell you how many of each type of food you should eat per day.

rflorek
05-26-2010, 09:12 PM
By the way, I'm a HUGE cheerleader when it comes to WW. It's not a diet - it's a lifestyle. If you follow the program, you learn healthy eating, portion control, and exercise habits that will last a lifetime.

I can say this because I have lost 75 pounds in the last 13 months by following WW. To me, it is worth every dollar I have spent for the improvement in my health.

Crystal824
05-27-2010, 01:06 PM
I don't know if that's true. The minimum points with the WW Good Health Guidelines is 18 which would equate to only 900 calories per day + exercise which would burn even more calories. That would be unhealthy IMO.

I have found that to be true as well. 1 point is about 50 calories It is a little more than 50 cal. if you are eating high fiber food and a little less if the food has alot of fat. On the average that is about right. That is what I used as an estimate if I don't have fiber/fat information for a food when I was on WW.

LisaInNc
05-27-2010, 01:59 PM
I need the meetings.

I already know what to eat and how to do it. The problem is I don't always do it. So that is why the meeting and the accountability woul help me. My personality means that I thrive in a group.

I am not overweight. I am 5-5 an I wore a size 2 until my relationship with beef stew this winter. I was trying to perfect it. I did, and I gained 15 pounds in the process. I still look fine but a lot of my clothes doesn't fit and it's going to be cheaper to lose weight than to buy new stuff :rotfl:

I guess I will just pay it. I should be able to hit my goal pretty quickly. I am hoping for 2 pounds a week. I have roughly 15 pouns to lose.

thanks for all of your imput!

Lisa

lori123
05-27-2010, 04:03 PM
I do www.sparkpeople.com - it has everything weight watchers on-line has - but is FREE! There is even an app for it so you can track on the go. It has worked for several people I personally know - and I have even converted a few WW friends who like this better. Now, if you need the accountability of an in person weigh in group maybe WW is best.
Here is more info:
http://www.dietsinreview.com/diets/Spark_People/

Jana49
05-27-2010, 04:54 PM
For the best WW message boards free support groups, visit

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-watchers-18/

The members here are much more friendly than those at the official WW site.

a1tinkfans
05-27-2010, 05:31 PM
Have you considered slimfasts plan?
It is a shake for breakfast, one for lunch with a snack after each. then a healthy meal at dinner limited to 500 calories. I use myfitnesspal dot com to track everything. I generally have a salad instead of the shake for lunch and sometimes a weight watchers for dinner with my own added veggies.
I pay $5 for a 6 pack of the shakes (choc is delic) I also buy their snack bars, they are also good and run me 3.25 a box, get it all at walmart.
I have been successful and am satisfied with it. I also walk or treadmill 7 days a week (1 hour @ 3.5) and do lite weights for my arms about 5 days a week.
I have tried a really long time to get some weight off and this plan in combo with all the workouts is Finally working! :cheer2:
Good Luck!

CraftyCrissy
05-27-2010, 09:08 PM
Another cheer here for WW and going to the meetings and doing it with a friend. Portion control, mindset and lifestyle changes is what its all about. I lost 32 pounds in just under 6 months, did my 6 weeks maintenance and became Lifetime at the end of April. I'm tall and active so I always got more points (started at 26, finished at 23 and now get 25 for maintenance) plus you do have the 35 allowance and addition of activity points. My friend, on the other hand, is short but active and was down to 19 points and we both survived without hunger. She's in her 6 week maintenance and her total loss was roughly 11 pounds. We both look, feel and act vastly different than we did 8 months ago. We love the meetings for the ideas, the motivation and for being taught that we need put ourselves first sometimes in order to leave the house for our daily walk/runs, for our meetings and even to put the e-tools monthly cost into our budgets (now that I'm Lifetime, no more monthly meeting costs - just e-tools if you choose to keep it.) Work, kids, family will survive and you deserve this time to yourself.

I have always been a healthy eater, love to drink water and enjoy working out. WW just put it all together with the right combination. You sound to be the same. Do it - you will not regret it! I did it to feel better about myself and not so tight jeans. I ended up 3 sizes smaller, feeling fantastic, an I know I'm healthier in body and spirit. :)

Andrea_loves_Disney
05-28-2010, 07:46 AM
Another cheer for WW here!!! I lost 50 lbs in about 9 months....couldn't have done it without the meetings. I have kept it off now almost 3 years...it is still a struggle at times, but it really is a lifestyle change. I know I simply cannot eat the way I used to! I also work out and walk 3-5 days a week..I don't feel right unless I do. I weigh in at WW once a month to keep my Lifetime membership up and it keeps me honest! Just wish I had done it a lot sooner...waited until I was 45 years old to get my act together!!! Good luck and a big :thumbsup2 for WW!!!

holden
05-28-2010, 08:00 AM
I just joined WW on Mon. and I am already seeing a difference! I have lost 3lbs. so far. I figured a lot would come off in the beginning and then it would slow down.

One thing I noticed is that I am getting full more quickly than before. Yesterday I could only eat 1/2 of my sandwich - turkey, lettuce, tomtato on a hollowed out multigrain baguette (med. size). I get 21 points a week plus the spare points, which I have not yet used. I am trying to lose 20lbs. that I packed on over the past year just eating whatever I wanted.

If nothing else, it makes you think about everything you put into your mouth. I use my calories more wisely now.

OhhBother
05-28-2010, 10:05 AM
Another WW fan. I've lost 122 pounds since June 1, 2009, following Weight Watchers Online and working out at Curves. The small amount of money it costs is a tiny price to pay for having my life back.

A year ago, I had to sit on a bench every few minutes at Disney World. This October, I'm running a 5K in the Magic Kingdom. That's why Weight Watchers is worth whatever the cost!

Golf4food
05-28-2010, 10:45 AM
Have you bought the "Eat This, Not That" books? They are fabulous and have changed our lives greatly. I've lost 15 pounts and DW is over 20 now just by following the suggestions in their books for replacing bad things or some things that seem good with truly healthier options that still taste good and are filling (more filling than unhealthy a lot of times because the serving sizes can often be larger on the healhty foods).

Our 2 Princesses
05-28-2010, 02:38 PM
Another WW fan. I've lost 122 pounds since June 1, 2009, following Weight Watchers Online and working out at Curves. The small amount of money it costs is a tiny price to pay for having my life back.

A year ago, I had to sit on a bench every few minutes at Disney World. This October, I'm running a 5K in the Magic Kingdom. That's why Weight Watchers is worth whatever the cost!


Congratulations! What a great success!!!! :cheer2:

Ms. Belle
05-28-2010, 04:51 PM
I just lost 30 lbs following the WW program. I went to the first few meetings and decided that it was something that I could do on my own. I didn't enjoy going to the meetings at all. I weigh myself and track my points, plus there is so much on the web that I just didn't feel like I needed the weekly meetings or weigh-in. Plus, I hated paying $15/week. I just had to wrap my mind around the fact that I was going to be accountable to myself rather than someone else.

bumbershoot
05-28-2010, 06:16 PM
I can say this because I have lost 75 pounds in the last 13 months by following WW. To me, it is worth every dollar I have spent for the improvement in my health.

The bolded is exactly right.

When DH and I were going to WW together (I hit a year long plateau while nursing and stupidly gave up, and have gained it all back plus more, but haven't had the guts to rejoin, and DH did it for two more years before realizing that his problem was a pituitary tumor...he's now doing sparkpeople's program until the pituitary problem is done), there was a new Lifetime member. Her dad was also a Lifetime member. The Leader asked her for some words of inspiration about the cost of the program.

She paraphrased her dad, who had said that the cost to lose the weight he had lost was high. However, if someone had come to him while he was still heavy and said "how much would you pay today to get this weight GONE?", the number would have been much much higher than what he actually had spent with WW.

That has stuck with me because it's so true.


WW is great. Someday I will go back and I'll stick to it and become a Lifetime member (once you're at your goal for a certain period of time, as long as you weigh in every certain number of weeks and stay within a certain range of your goal, it's FREE), and it will be good.

I did the slimfast stuff before...worked well. In the SHORT run. But when you start eating real food, you've learned nothing from the slimfast, even if you do the program as well. WW works very very well.

tessieg
05-28-2010, 10:17 PM
Another ww fan here!
I started 6 weeks ago and have lost 15 pounds so far. I have not started exercising yet so this loss is just from counting points. I have about 50 pounds more to go but I actually feel that I can do it with this plan. It allows for ice cream with the kids or popcorn at the movies--just not often! I usually save my extra 35 points for those indulgences once or twice a week.

JCMHutch
05-30-2010, 08:09 AM
One suggestion if you don't want to pay for WW - a large group of people at my work have started a "Biggest Loser" type competition. Most everyone has lost a good amount of weight. They use the biggest loser website for tips, etc and then one person is the record keepter and he sends out a weekly scoreboard via e-mail of % lost. No one posts their weight at all, just pounds and percentage lost. This has motivated a lot of people who do better when they have a "challenge".

Good luck. Losing weight is hard. I am 30lbs lighter than my heaviest and have managed to keep it off for over 7 years. Unfortunately keeping it off is a constant battle.