A.R. asks from Newark, DE on December 04, 2008
I am recenty had a baby almost 2 months ago, but I have always battled my weight. I had my first son six years ago and gained almost 46 lbs. from a size 9, and had my second child a year later and never lost the weight from the first one. I need to lost a lot of weight, but I want to be realistic about it. Are there any moms out there who have joined Weight Watchers and if so, can you tell me if it really works. I have gone online to the weight watchers website and have read the stories, but I want to ask all of you if you think it really works and if so have you tried it. I am going back to work on Monday and I need to get in a routine of actually eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and not all the snacking all day. I found a weight watchers office near my job, but I want a boost of confidence from anyone who is familiar with it. I need to lose about 40-50 lbs., please don't judge me on my weight but rather offer advice.
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much for the wonderful advice. I have decided to sign up for Weight Watchers with 2 co-workers at work January 1st. I would have signed up now, but the holidays are killing me and I need to get these holiday parties out of the way. I want to make sure that my mind is right and I am very focused. I believe this is something that I can do, and I thank you all again for the advice and support. Happy Holidays MOMS!!
N.C. answers from Harrisburg on December 06, 2008
I LOVE Weight Watchers!! I love 75 pounds & kept it off for more than 3 years (then I got pregnant & stopped following my new life style).
I actually organized a Weight-Watchers-at-Work to start in my work place on Jan 12 - I believe that strongly in the program =O}
N.J. answers from Allentown on December 05, 2008
Good for you for wanting to lose the weight. I say go for it. Weight Watchers is totally worth it! I lost 50 lbs on it and kept it off until stress and babies came along. I am due in Feb. and am very much looking forward to going back. You have to go into though with an open mind and a positive attitude. It is an adjustment but it is a lifestyle change, not just a diet. Best of luck! -N. J
M.T. answers from Philadelphia on December 05, 2008
I personally have not done weight watchers but know someone who has and she has lost 63+ pounds and looks fabulous (Hi Jen). She looks like a totally different person from her former self. She also works out at Ladies Workout Express so that has been a big help as well. You can go to www.ladiesworkoutexpress.com to find a location near you. Good Luck.
D.S. answers from Philadelphia on December 05, 2008
Speaking from personal experience, Weight Watchers is the only realistic way to lose and keep weight off. No, I don't work for the company, but I am an active member who needs to lose more weight than what you mentioned. I have tried other methods before, and lost a lot of weight (maybe even more quickly) but it always came back. With WW, you eat real food and learn how to adjust your preparation, etc...so that you can incorporate it for the rest of your life and keep the weight off. I can only encourage you to try it and then you will see what I'm talking about. And, as long as you follow the guidelines, you will definitely see results. Good luck to you!
P.W. answers from Philadelphia on December 05, 2008
Congrats on your new baby! I basically swear by Weight Watchers. I gained a lot of weight after my son was born. I joined and lost 38 pounds, but ending up gaining some of it back last year due a very difficult period in my life with a lot of family deaths, including my mom. I am starting on the program again, because I know it works.
What I like best about Weight Watchers is that it teaches you how to lose weight by eating properly - good wholesome foods, right portions, etc. and it is set up for slow, consistent weight loss (2 to 3 pounds a week). They also teach you how to enjoy yourself at special events, like weddings, family reunions, and holidays, without blowing it.
Signing up for the online program is the best, because you can record your food online, still weigh in at the centers, attend meetings, and save a little on the weekly cost. I learned a lot of tricks and ways to be successful. If you decide to use this program, feel free to e-mail me and I can give you some pointers.
A.W. answers from Philadelphia on December 05, 2008
Weight Watchers definitely works. I think it's the best diet because you get to eat all "normal" foods, just at different quantities that what you normally might. I've done it twice, once online and I lost 50 pounds and the second time going to the meetings and I think I lost 50 then also (I am one of those people that loses weight and then puts it back on). In the beginning it's a little difficult learning the point value but once you do it becomes pretty easy. The only thing that kind of bothered me sometimes is always having to measure/weigh things but if you want to lose weight it is going to require some work.
I say go for it.
A.R. answers from Lancaster on December 05, 2008
I have some co-workers who have done Weight Watcher with wonderful results! I did a program through our local gym that was really good as well. Just don't get discouraged! Taking the weight off slowly is the best way to do it, it's more likely to stay off. Good luck! I understand your struggles as I'm going through similar ones. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! :)
S.G. answers from Saginaw on December 04, 2008
I love weight watchers and my mom is actually a leader in MI and has been for years so I know alot about it! It is super easy and they really help you alot! There are different plans for different lifestyles and a lot of recipes! I have a ton cookbooks and really good and eay recipes. I went on weight watchers after having my second daughter, I lost 40 pounds in 3 months, I was breast feeding so that helped make it go faster. When I was doing it I was never hungry and I felt better and more energetic! The key is planning and having self control to not eat when your not hungry. I also had to track my points. If I didnt I did bad! I would defintly recommend weight watchers and doing the meetings, there is a lot of support there and they help you with your goals and getting products and recipes. Message me if you have anymore queastions or are looking for recipes! Good luck!!!
E.H. answers from Philadelphia on December 05, 2008
I did Weight Watchers a few years ago. Over a six month period, I lost 60 pounds. It is a great support system. At first it's a bit nerve-wracking stepping on the scale, but the women are great and very encouraging. I say go for it! Good luck!
C.H. answers from Pittsburgh on December 05, 2008
Depending how accountable you think you might be you can pay a fee and do weightwatchers on line. That's how I do it. I have lost 25 pounds so far and I have never had a successful diet. I love their recipes because they are helpful in eating what you want and still lossing weight. I recommend weightwatchers along with some exercise.
A.J. answers from Williamsport on December 05, 2008
Girl, I know what you mean! I needed to lose 40 pounds-I busted hump and lost 20-and then found out I'm expecting-so I'm not happy to be going in with extra weight from the beginning. But no fear, I've had to lose weight many times in the past, and whenever you do what it takes, it works.
Weight Watchers could be really good for you if the structure helps keep you motivated. Anything works if you really do it. I'm more of a free flyer, so I do the old faithful metabolism booster when I need to shed lots of weight fast: Eat a big nutritious breakfast with protein in it and whole grains. Eat a 100 calorie nutritious snack every 2 hours. Eat a well balanced large lunch (should be biggest meal of the day if you can swing it) eat another 100 calorie snack or two before a light dinner. No food at night. Meanwhile, while trying to burn weight, I exercise every day-for three days every other day, weights with cardio, and the days in between just abs and cardio. When I'm maintaining and not losing, I only exercise 3 times per week.
When I do this stepped up diet and exercise, I lose about 16 pounds per month. The key is eating well during the day and not at night! No junk food! If you only modify your diet and don't step up the exercise, your weight loss will be SUPER SLOW. And only cutting calories slows your metabolism as does going too many hours between snacks. Don't starve yourself, don't let yourself stagnate, and be sure to eat a little protein every time you eat (cheese or nuts with the whole grain crackers) to keep your mind satisfied and your energy level up. If the Weight Watchers plan is nutritious-go for it! Whatever they say their weight loss rate is on the plan, I'm sure it's true if you don't stray from it. Good luck! You can do it! the misery is only temporary until your back on track! 40-50 pounds is totally doable!