Weight Watchers - Lansing, MI

Updated on June 18, 2008
A.M. asks from Lansing, MI
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Hello I was wondering if anyone has done weight watchers and if they liked it, did it work for you and should I do it on line or go to the meetings. I have gained so much weight with the IUD and I need to get it off asap. Thanks

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Well I just wanted to thank you all for the advice so yesterday I went out and joined WW I will keep you all posted thanks for the support!!

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M.B.

answers from Detroit on

I love weight watchers. I've lost 35 pounds on the program. I recommend going to the meetings to be really successful. Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from Detroit on

A.,

I tried WW 2 years ago and it worked great for me. I was trying to loose weight for my wedding. I started in May and by the end of July I lost 15 pounds. My husband lost 18 in that time. I joined and went to weight in and some meetings. I know some people need the meetings to keep them on track but I didn't. Once you get started and get used to the program it's easy!! I'm actually starting it again. Trying to loose the baby weight. :-)) If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me. [email protected]____.com

Good Luck!!

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C.B.

answers from Lansing on

Hi there! I did Weight Watchers before my first child, who is now 5. I loved it! I also had a buddy system with 2 other girlfriends which helped. I would suggest the meetings because it makes you leave the house and interact with other people face-to-face. I now have two children and still use the Weight Watchers techniques. It still works for me. Good luck!!

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L.N.

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WW is amazing and is well worth the money. They teach you real life eating...how to measure portions w/o actually 'measuring' (who really does that anyway?) as well as teaching you how to eat right for life, not just for a diet. The meetings were best for me, as I needed that accountability every week, so it depends on your own willpower (yes, willpower does play a part). I HIGHLY recommend it...go for it and Good Luck! You can do it!

~L.

Oh yes, and at one very depressed point in my life, I was very overweight. WW helped me lose over 80lbs!!

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S.B.

answers from Detroit on

I have done weight watchers and it works! It is not a diet. It is scientifically sound and how everyone should eat. It is about being realistic with what you eat. The first time I did it, I only wanted to lose about 7 pounds and lost 17, and I was not even exercising. Since then I have always been in the maintenance program.
I recommend going to the meetings because when you know you have to weigh in, it makes you stay on program for the week. I have an 11 month old and am back at WW. I love it and can definitely tell you it works! Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions. You can email me at [email protected]____.com

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C.S.

answers from Kalamazoo on

I think WW is great. I lost over 20 pounds before I got pregnant. It is easy to follow and teaches you how to eat right. Plus after a while you don't even really feel like you're on a diet. As far as meetings or online, it's up to the individual.

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J.H.

answers from Detroit on

I actually actively did weight watchers a few years after college (I had gained more than the freshman 15 and couldn't get it off) which was 8 years ago now. And even though I don't attend meetings anymore, I still follow the principles every day! I think it's the best weight loss program out there because it teaches you a lifestyle and doesn't limit the kinds of foods you eat (they focus on portion control). I had always watched my weight and thought I ate relatively healthy but until I did weight watchers, I hadn't realized the importance of fruits/vegetables, whole grains and drinking water... Anyway, it teaches you some great fundamentals that can be used even after you stop attending the meetings. But the meetings are great while you're actively losing the weight because they hold you accountable and they do offer a great deal of support. I had my first child almost 2 years ago now and used the weight watchers method to lose the baby weight I'd put on.

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A.V.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Hello A.,

I am a Nutrition Consultant and Personal Trainer. I have had tremendous success with my clients using a program called Cinch. It teaches healthy habits, and I have had much better long term success with this program than weight watchers. It is also the perfect solution for someone that is busy, as it is very convenient. The program is all natural, no stimulants, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Feel free to check out the website at www.cinchplan.com/avwellness

If you would like to ask some questions feel free to contact me at [email protected]____.com.

Thanks,
A. Villarreal

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M.P.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A.,

You are one busy woman! Weight Watchers is a good program. One thing I would caution you on is the aspartame, you know the artificial sugars. The artificial sugars actually hurts our body in the ways that it slows down our metabolism and increases the production of insulin. In the past Weight Watchers had many products with the artificial sweetners.

I have a program that teaches people how to eat well, loose the fat and build lean muscle mass. Many diets you loose the fat and muscle. By retaining and building muscle mass you: have more energy, burn more calories, and speed up the metabolism naturally. I support my clients, along with a team of knowledgeable professionals, with a weekly call, information in a website and additional materials.

If this is something you are interested in, you may contact me at ###-###-#### or email me at [email protected]____.com.

Enjoy the day!

M.

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B.K.

answers from Detroit on

Weight Watchers is a WONDERFUL program! You can eat normal foods (with moderation of course) and they have two systems to choose from "CORE" foods (where you only eat certain ones) or "POINTS" system (each food has a 'point' depending on what you eat and you are alloted a certain amt. per your weight goals, plus, can earn more 'points' with exercise).

My recommendation would be to attend meetings once a week. I'm not sure though the online support, but for me seeing people and getting the education I need from a person in front of me helps me learn/motivates me more.

I pray this helps. ; )

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T.A.

answers from Detroit on

My sister-in-law does WW and is doing fabulous! She has lost over 60 lbs in 8 months. It may not seem like that much to some, but this is strictly from following their meal plans. She is a bigger girl so it was too painful for her to exercise. As she loses she plans to add exercise in, especially when she hits a plateau. I wish she lived closer so we could go together. I need that push.

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K.A.

answers from Detroit on

First of all. If you are not planning on having any more children then get your tubes tied. It is the easiest outpatient surgery ever (no pain) and you don't have to be on birth control anymore. If you want more children, then nevermind lol. Second....I personally have never been on weight watchers, but I know people who have. I have seen great success with it. Of course it takes discipline, but everything does...but I think it is one of the best programs out there. Personally (in my opinion) I think going to the meetings helps. You would probably benefit more if you interacted with other people going through the same thing you are, plus you have all that support. You will always have online...but go to the meetings too. Good luck...it's much harder to lose weight than put it on, isn't it????? Oh and also...try to get a workout program going as well...you will drop pounds like crazy with weight watchers and working out.

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E.T.

answers from Detroit on

Absolutely LOVED it! It was very simple, and I could follow it pretty much anywhere. I actually was on it when I got pregant with my son and had to stop. I would definitely go to the meetings in person rather that join online. I needed the accountablity and they are actually quite fun and inspiring. I believe they have done studies and those who attend meetings lose weight 3 times more quickly. I have lost a lot of weight due to breastfeeding, but I fully intend to join back up to maintain my weight once I stop nursing. If you have ANY questions about the program, I would love to help, so drop me a line! Keep in mind,though, you will only lose about 1-2 pounds per week (except your first week, where you'll typically lose more), which is wonderful, because it's the only way you will keep it off.

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T.S.

answers from Detroit on

Hello A.,
Weight Watchers is really good,I enjoy going to the meetings, But some WW have better motivating meeting than others. If your low on money go to Sparkpeople.com it is a free sight on the computer. It is just like weight watchers but it is free. I would actually recommend this first before you spend the money.But some time when you spent the money it motivates you to. Knowing someone weighs you in motivates you to. But this spark page you get free stuff with the points you earn.Good luck to you!!

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R.B.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Love it! I have lost 70#'s and became a lifetime member. I have held steady (within 3lbs)for the past four months. I don't even keep track anymore (even though I should) but I still keep it off cause it is habit now. I would highly recommend the meetings. The accountability was a must for me. I didn't really have anyone to attend with, but I would recommend that also. Good Luck!!

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A.G.

answers from Detroit on

I had a lot of luck with nutrisystem. The food delivered right to your house system. No counting calories or fat or carbs---they do all the counting, you just eat. I lost 30 lbs in about 5 mon. I have been off the food for about a year now and have maintained until a bladder surgery in December and now and IUD---I never connected my weight gain to this, I thought it was putting off exercise to recover. I should ask more of my doctor to...thanks, A. G

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N.W.

answers from Detroit on

I lost 20+ pounds on WW using the Core program. I've found however, that following the core program principles (bascially a mediteranian diet) and exercising at least 4 times a week is the best way to keep off the weight.

The program works, but I think you really need to attend the meetings and find a friend to join with.

Good luck.

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S.S.

answers from Detroit on

I have a study that shows a program called "Transitions Lifestyle System" gets better results. Would you like to see it?

S.
[email protected]____.com

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M.W.

answers from Detroit on

I love weight watchers. The meetings made all the difference for me and plus that was my 'me' time. I hope you are as successful as I was. It has changed my whole life style.
Good Luck

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K.C.

answers from Detroit on

Hi,
I have been on WW since December. I have not lost a heck of a whole lot of weight, but that's my fault. In the beginning when I followed the program which is a lifestyle change and not a diet I lost...quickly too. But before you join any program you have to have that motivation, determination and discipline. I have gotten serious about it in the last couple of weeks and once again I am losing. I go to the meetings because that accountabilty thing keeps me on track, knowing I have to weigh in every week. If you want some extra support feel free to email me at [email protected]____.com

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C.M.

answers from Detroit on

I have been a member of Weight Watchers since March 2007. I have lost more than 47 lbs during this time. Personally, I go to the meetings, but you really need to find out what's going to work for you. You can try a meeting for free at participating centers. Hope everything works out good!

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R.A.

answers from Detroit on

I joined weight watchers 2.5 years ago this July. It taught me everything I needed to make a health lifestyle change, I am 45 pounds lighter then I was (it took 6 months). In the best shape I have ever been and weigh the same as I did my freshman year of high school (which was 23 years ago). I personaly went to meetings because I needed the accountablity of seeing their scale, not my own. So it just depends what kind of will power you have. I think you can get a lot out of meetings depending on the group and the instructor, however with blogs you can get a lot from online.

The thing you really have to take into consideration for this to work is it is not a diet, you need to make a commitment to a lifestyle change. Making healthy choices, smaller portions, excersising all those things will make you susccessful. If you do it as a diet, hit your goal and go back toyour old habbits IUD or not the weight will come back.

I chose to do this because I wanted to be a healthy example for my daughter who at the time was two. Now she calls me out if I miss a work out, half the time she wants to join me. She even asks me to helper her excersise, and choses healthy snacks over chips or sweets even when at a friends. I could not be happier that I made this change when I did, and I know my daughter will not be a statistic now either.

Good Luck!

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K.B.

answers from Kalamazoo on

A.,

I have used weight watchers with success. However, I usually had feeling of being hungry some of the time.

I had a baby in Feb. of 2008. This spring I was at the highest weight I'd been and decided it's time to lose weight. I started drinking herbalife shakes (I don't sell them....so I'm not trying to sell you anything). They have other products to help in weight loss. I have done are 1 or two shakes a day and healthy meal at night. Since April I have lost 20 pounds! It was pretty easy and worked good for me because shakes are easy to do for me on the go and chasing my son around.

I just didn't have the extra money to shell out to weight watchers and the shake mix cost either 25 or 35 (depending on the size). I bought one big container for $35 and that has lasted me 3 months.

You can check out www.herbalife.com to find a distributor or email me, I will have my herbalife rep find one close to you!

Good Luck! I know if you put your mind to it....whatever you choose will work for you!
K.

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J.J.

answers from Detroit on

Yes, and weight watchers works well. Also TOPS works well too! (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and TOPS is a lot less money.
The idea behind weight watchers is portion control. Yes, you can eat anything you want, but not everyday, and not tons of it.
You can also start out with purchasing smaller items instead of the large size. (i.e. individual chips, cookies, etc.) not that I am telling you to buy these items at all, but if you must have them, its easier to eat more if you have a big bag full.
Also, weighing yourself in front of someone holds you accountable for your actions.
I recommend attending any meeting that is held at the beginning of the week vs. the end of the week. Simply because you have less of a chance of cheating if you have to weigh-in on Monday!
Good Luck! Feel free to contact me at any time.

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P.D.

answers from Detroit on

I personally hated Weight Watchers, and I was gifted the membership! (I still feel horrible, because they won't refund or even transfer to someone else the monies). Having that said, the person who gave me the membership did wonderfully. So, what you need to do is try it.

I hated the obsessing about food. It's like you have to plan all day long, and I have a tendency to think overdo the "good", like try to outscore each week... competitive thinking I guess. But, worse yet for me was the weighing in. Made me feel dirty, and to look at the other people in a competitive vent. Of course, I had an eating disorder in my youth and gained weight giving up the bad habits... so what I'm saying is, Weight Watchers brings out my former bad ways.

Conversely, I loved Nutrisystem. The food's good (for diet food) and I don't have to obsess about it. I just grab what they give me, even if I'm on the run. It is more expensive than they make you think b/c you have to buy your dairy and produce, but if it's in your price range, you might want to try that too. I wish it was in my price range. I run my own business, and I hate thinking about food all day.

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H.P.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A.:

I am currently doing WW and it does work - if you follow the program. I definitely recommend going to a meeting rather than doing it online. The meetings really get you motivated and you get lots of helpful tips from other members and your leader.

Good luck!

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C.A.

answers from Detroit on

WW is the best program out there. My brother lost 115 pounds on it. My husband lost his goal weight loss with WW in 2 months. I loved the program too. DO IT! And go to the meetings, at least in the beginning, as it gives great encouragement! Try to do it for 1 month and if you truly follow the point system, you WILL lose weight!

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D.H.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A. ~
I did WW a couple of years ago and lost 64# in about a year. I stopped going and the first year I gained back only 10#, the next year another 10#. You really have to go to the meetings and get the support. They reward you at different goals (one small step at a time), and it's nice to get tips and ideas from the other members. Things they've found at the stores, etc. All of the people who run the meetings have used the program and lost and kept it off. There are so many products available now to help - lots of low-fat things. If you have HAP insurance, you can get a discount! HAP also gives a discount for Curves, which helps, too. What I like about WW is that it teaches you how to eat healthy, and make better choices. Most other programs are quick-fix solutions and work for the short-term, but don't teach you anything to help you for life. I'm doing WW again now to lose that 30# that I regained.
Good Luch!
D.

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V.G.

answers from Grand Rapids on

I've done weight watchers a few different ways. The first time I did it I had my Aunts books and did it without going to the classes. I lost about 30 pounds over a year. Christmas came, and I didn't know any "survival" tips, tried to maintain and began gaining.

Just recently, I started going to the classes. It's been about 5 weeks now and I've lost 12.2 pounds - and still going. I'm learning "survival" tips and have a huge support group.

I would say it definitely works. I would recommend going to the classes though. You have a support group in those sessions. Not only that, but you will learn stuff from other people that you can't learn from a computer or on your own. The "teacher" lost weight on Weight Watchers, so believes that it works, and shares different ideas with the class to help make it through to the end goal. I got a free eTools membership with my paid class membership, and although I do use it, and it's easy to use, I find that having the paper trail at my fingertips is very handy. If I have a week where I didn't loose as much as I wanted, or if I gained a little, I can easily look back and see what I did differently over previous weeks. Of the two ways I did it, I would say that the class was the best for me. However, I also know each person is different. I have a co-worker who lost well over 50 pounds - all with the online Weight Watchers. I think it depends on how well you are motivated, how much that support and encouragement would help and how much you already think you know about loosing and keeping the weight off.

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T.M.

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Hi A.,
Yes..WW is GREAT and it WORKS. I have been doing it for a few years now. The first year on my own, but with a friend and lost 50#. Then I joined to get more accountability and keep me on track and motivated. I would recommend meetings if you have the time to attend. I find it very helpful to hear other peoples stories, praises, and struggles. I think it is very well worth the money that I spend on it. Good luck!!!!!

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H.T.

answers from Detroit on

Weight Watchers has been a great lifestyle change for me! I love that you can eat the food you want, and the point system is very user friendly. I absolutley could not do it without the online program (I personally don't find the meetings helpful). With the online program you pay a monthly fee, can cancel at anytime and have access to a message board, points tracker daily tool to track points and more recipes and food ideas than you could possibly imagine. Good Luck!

H.

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D.Z.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A., I have done Weight Watchers several times over the last 20 years (after college, after babies...) and I have tried other diets like South Beach. I think that WW is absolutely the best! They teach you good habits that you can live with - there are no "right" or "wrong" foods. I think, though, that the meetings are what really work. You get encouragement, recipes and ideas that really help. I always feel motivated after a meeting, even if I have to drag myself there when feeling like I don't want to go. It isn't cheap - about $13 a week plus a joining fee - but they have specials where you can join for free and some insurances have deals to join. Also, you can prebuy weeks and save a little money. I think you should give it a try! They also have Mom & Tot meetings. I am going now and I've lost 15 lbs. since Easter!

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D.W.

answers from Detroit on

There is a great site called sparkpeople.com and it is free. It is a lot like myspace only for weight loss and there is a lot of great information and support. Let me know if you join and if you need help.

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