What is Weight Watchers Freestyle?
I loved the gadgets and many I still have, including the old Points slide thingamajig. This Weight Watchers plan is intended to allow you more freedom to eat what you want and live a happy lifestyle. I don't love cardio work, but I do about 15 minutes three times a week, but what I've found I love is yoga. Seriously though- It is a lifestyle. I am looking forward to using this new program, and thank you for the informative site. I am so excited. Work really hard to go no more than two or three points above the daily point goal, and never to go below the daily point goal.
Rachel Saintfort: Lost 121 Lbs.
It came into being from Weight Watchers Limited in the United Kingdom, where two women invented, developed, and patented the Points system calculator. Using an algorithm that calculated calories, fats, proteins, and carbs, it would have a couple of iterations, too, as more was learned about nutrition and exercise science.
But the underlying system, of counting foods as values based on nutrition, was genius then and it remains the cornerstone today.
The newest program, launched in , is dubbed Beyond the Scale. Weight Watchers says it wants people to not diet per se, but adopt a Weight Watchers lifestyle:.
Our proven program is not a diet. Yes, you will lose weight. The current program is pretty simple, in that every food has a value. SmartPoints are calculated based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. You simply adhere to your allotted points. There are no forbidden foods.
And that phrase alone is for some the ah-ha! Weight Watchers explains that it takes the complex nutritional information of a food and gives it a single number—the SmartPoints value—so people can make smarter food choices while eating the stuff they like to eat. Well, some of it anyway. And, each week you get bonus points—which, when I did Weight Watchers in my last go-round, I banked and then pigged out on Friday nights. Just Ben, Jerry, and me. Anyway, the idea of points is smart, easy, and doable.
And I mean not just parking further away from the store entrance. Get your heart rate up and keep it up with fat-burning, good-for-your-heart exercise. I swim albeit not enough. You can walk, run, jog, row, climb, spin, bike, step, jump, skip, kick—you get the idea.
And do it at least 30 minutes every day—or at least most days of the week—as best as you can fit in your already ridiculously hectic life.
Actually, make it your time; take 30 minutes, put headphones on, and do it. And, it turns out, even during the most seemingly mundane of tasks, you earn FitPoints which you add to your total points for the day.
FitPoints is also a smart idea. Weight Watchers explains it this way:. FIT is about getting back in touch with your body. Weight Watchers has several dozen videos, workouts, demos, fitness plans, and challenges. And all of this can be managed on a handy, popular app. The Weight Watchers mobile app for smartphones and devices helps dieters to track weight loss progress, manage SmartPoints and FitPoints, shop for and plan meals, and offers social networking with other members.
Every step you take, every bite you eat, kept track of. The mobile app for Android has almost , reviews on Google Play with an overall rating of 4. Reviewers find it easy to use, convenient, and it helps dieters stay on track. Similarly, on iTunes, more than 2, real people reviewed the current iteration of the app and gave it a close to 5 stars.
Even the previous versions of the app—with 12, reviews—agreed it was effective, easy to use, and helped Weight Watchers dieters keep track. On the Weight Watchers app you can live chat with a coach and—for a lot of people who are focused on the fitness in the program and want a fuller health-tech experience—toggle to the Activity tab to your track activeness.
And if you have an Apple Watch, wireless scales, and an activity tracker—like Up by Jawbone or Apple Health, for example—you can connect them to your Weight Watchers account.
Along with Weight Watchers online, a virtual and brick-and-mortar support network yes, there are still meetings, absolutely! W hat does Weight Watchers cost?
A little secret from me: Once you have done Weight Watchers, you know how to do Weight Watchers—so as some say, you can do it without paying. Remember I said that accountability, motivation, community, and support are the secrets to Weight Watchers? In fact, Weight Watchers itself—even in this day and age where everything is online—recommends the plan you go with is the one with meetings: But, as of fall of , there are three plans:.
Just read the fine print. If you follow it. If you fall off the tracks, you just get back on. When I did my first round with Weight Watchers, I lost 4 pounds the first week and I have to tell you, I remember that day like it was yesterday.
I stuck with it for 11 more weeks and ended up dropping 23 pounds. But it can work for you. We chubbies will do anything, try anything , to lose weight! I can say that: Just the facts, and the facts are that Weight Watchers ticks most of the good boxes— most being the operative word there.
The study found that. Further, high usage of 3 access modes was associated with greater weight loss results. In other words, the meetings, the online support, the App, all make a big difference. British journal The Lancet published a study which followed several hundred people for a year; half on a diet recommended by their doctor and the other half on Weight Watchers.
The majority of the participants on Weight Watchers stuck to the diet and lost twice as much weight as the doctor-diet group. Finally, the American Diabetes Association has studied Weight Watchers and found that meeting attendance combined with an emphasis on healthy eating—including veggies, fruit and high-fiber, low trans-fat foods—makes it a good commercial diet choice with better, and healthier, results.
How about Weight Watchers reviews? A picture is worth a thousand words, and for me the before-and-after of performer Jennifer Hudson is all you need to see to know Weight Watchers works.
She lost 80 pounds. And though she ended her relationship with the company after about four years, she lost the equivalent weight of a healthy year-old and said in interviews that Weight Watchers changed her life.
What each of these has in common, too, is that all successfully lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, and in the case of most—if not all—have kept the weight off, in some cases for years.
But what about regular people? The most candid and compelling review I located was posted on SparkPeople. So my humble opinion on WW, I believe it works great if you stick with it. She said while on Weight Watchers she ate a lot of high-fiber foods, a lot of vegetables, lean meats and fish, light breads, fruit and drank a lot of water. I would like to lose 76 pounds. I know this woman. I am this woman. But trinkets, tools, and good old-fashioned customer service help the spell work. The allure, or Weight Watchers charms, are many.
I loved the gadgets and many I still have, including the old Points slide thingamajig. Back in the day, free recipe cards and cookbooks, coupons, and trinkets to help remind me that I was accountable; a key chain, pocket guide, measuring cup, and non-toxic plastic water bottle with Weight Watchers emblazoned on it—those little talismans made a difference.
She had no problem canceling and she said Weight Watchers customer service was great. Based on our research people frequently try to compare Weight Watchers to other brands. Often the brands and their products are different in many ways which makes it hard to compare apples-to-oranges. This is our attempt to compare below 5 and pick the winner. Please take this information with the grain of salt and do your own research.
If making dietary changes we recommend consulting with your medical doctor. Coaching and networking, weighing in and showing up, online or in person—like I did back in the day in a church basement with a couple of dozens other folks fingers-crossed on the scale, chatting together, sharing recipes, and listening to a motivational leader.
I understand the attraction to Weight Watchers. Been there, done that, and, I have been successful. And that's the point; the weight didn't stay off so I, like millions more, yo-yo diet. On the Trim Down Club website, club members like the women I met every Saturday morning at weigh-ins in the days of yore meet up with other club members; the supportive and active Trim Down Club community. Weigh yourself once a week at most, at the same time of day and pay attention to the long term trend, not the short term ups and downs Plan ahead when you eat out.
Research the menu online if possible and make selections ahead of time. Only order items which allow you to clearly see exactly what you're eating, like salad with no dressing. Also, eat a small, healthy snack shortly before going to the restaurant and then order lightly. I love the KP I exercise one hour 5 days a week. I too am a Weight Watcher alum.
Although I went over 20 years ago. I did lose weight then but regained it back. I took the bull by the horns and lost pounds in using my old WW stategies. I would love to win the scale, mine gets quite a workout and I could really use a new one. Karen in NE Indiana mawmaw2five gmail. My best tip is to get on a body fat scale daily. If I am making progress I see it and am encouraged. If not, I notice and get back on track. Alanna, thanks for the post and all the encouragement!
I know WWs says to weigh once a week, but it's more encouraging to me to weigh each day. After months of charting, I began to see patterns and that was enlightening. Slight gains that were just part of the pattern still caused me to be extra careful those days. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!
It's the easiest way for me to make myself keep an accurate log, and I have no excuse for not knowing how many points something is before I eat it. It's not for everyone, but it sure works for me. Alanna, these are such great tips! I have done Weight Watchers in the past. Thinking of doing it again, as I'd love to kiss 30 lbs goodbye this year!
Are family members eligible? I just made Laura's Carrot Soup - been meaning to try it since you first posted it - Yummo!!! I guess my best strategy is to go back to what I know works It's really hard to lie to yourself about how much you've eaten if it's written right there on the page.
And use vegetables to fill up on! This comment has been removed by the author. I have been down this road too many times before and I know to make it work, portion control is the key I found that if I had my meals on a sandwich plate, I always had enough and didn't feel the need to "finish everything on my plate" And I weigh myself every day Alaina, I am so glad that you are going back to the WW plan.
I have been below my goal weight for just over a year but this week I noticed that the Thanksgiving-Christmas eating has caught up. I plan to go back to writing everything down, avoiding alcohol for the next month, measuring everything and keeping the trigger foods out of the house!
I know that my husband and I will be back on track and you will, too. It's too difficult to try to do it alone while my husband pigs out. Luckily, he's ready to make some changes too! Thanks for this most informative article - have been on WW and lost 18 pounds so far and can only imagine the pounds I'd lose with an accurate scale ;-. I love your tips and thank you for sharing.
Like you, I am a WW veteran - seven years on program and four and a half at goal. Have my own scale but wish everyone luck on the contest. My best strategy for losing weight is really just to keep exercising. I lost 30 pounds about 10 years ago and have managed to keep it off.
I attribute it to exercise. I also try to keep a look out for healthy recipes and try out new veggies I find at the farmer's market. And Kitchen Parade of course helps me with that. I forgot my best tip It takes a certain amount of discipline to be successful, but you also have to allow yourself to be human.
When the stumble happens, forgive yourself, and even learn from it, then move on. Beating yourself only saps your energy and never helps you arrive at better options. I need the accountability! Plus it helps me monitor my calories and portions! Looking forward to reading your blog! Sara sarapannell at hotmail dot come. I've lost 36 pounds since the middle of September when I joined WW and attribute much of my success to the encouragement of my FB friends. Thanks for the tips, am staying at the W.
Also increasing exercise with the Wii. Has been too hard to concentrate on W. I think I need that scale. I think the best thing we can do is realize we didn't gain it overnight and we can't lose it that fast.
WW is a way of life not a quick fix and you need exercise to help build muscle. I'm still surprised by how way off my guesstimates are when it comes to that one little pretzel or that tiny scoop of ice cream.
Thanks for all the tips and Happy New Year! Oops, forgot to leave my email! It's dennimdtwo thousand two yahoo. I really appreciate the chance to enter this contest. I could really use a scale to help me lean more about portion sizes.
My best weight loss strategy is to incorporate meditation. I have found that if I can get spiritually centered then I am better able to stick with my goals for the day. I have also decided that "having" to lose weight makes it a chore, but "wanting" to lose weight makes it much easier.
Thanks - these are great ideas! And I love that you're giving away a scale! I've been on WW now for about 7 months, and it really works! I've lost 46 pounds and am now only one pound away from my "healthy range". Probably my best "tip" is when eating out - NEVER have the salad dressing that "comes with" - I carry fat free in my purse I don't trust that their idea of "lite" is the same as mine , or I ask for 4 or 5 lemon wedges that I squeeze over the salad.
If I HAVE to have theirs, because it just won't taste the same without, I have it on the side and dip my fork in the dressing before picking up food on it. At the end of the meal, it looks like there's no dressing gone, and I've had the taste. Julie abucksworth at gmail dot com. I forgot to add my name on the last post about meditation.
I usually shop on Sundays and cut veggies and cook meats for 3 - 4 days worth of meal. Very little beef, pork and chicken. Thanks for the chance to win the scale.
It's a great help in knowing exactly how much you are eating. Plan, plan, plan ahead Exercise 3 times a week 4. My favorite WW leader always said "If you bite it write it" simonen at comcast dot net. If those snackie things I love are here, I will definitely eat them. I love this website Since then I have lost 40 lbs and hopefully counting!
Thanks again and keep the great recipes coming! Oooh, I've been dying for a kitchen scale. Ok, my best strategy is a workout-to-treats ratio.
If I go for a run, I get cake. If I'm too tired or lazy or sick to go to the gym, I'm too tired or lazy or sick to get chips. It's a must and I have lost 12lbs and have 28 more to go This IS going to be your year Thanks for the shout out! I have lost 85 lbs to date with Weight Watchers and it is amazing how out of control portions can get!
My next step, is to get my husband on Weight Watchers! My mom forwarded it to me and I instantly book-marked it! We chat and chat and chat and before we know it we're done! And WW of course I'm down 23 lbs in 4 months! I have to say, though, that this post has meant more to me than any of the recipes although you have GREAT recipes. I'm not entering to win the scale because I already have one that's getting more and more use everyday I just wanted to say thanks: I've been WW since Oct.
I have more to go, but I love getting KP recipes in my in box. Thank you for that and the great links in this post for other on-line sites.
My best weight loss strategy so far has been I've stopped beating up on myself! And I'm eager to get back on the bandwagon and get moving! No guilt, no trauma. Sit down, eat slowly, don't read or watch TV even if you're alone and put your fork, spoon, sandwich etc. Good luck to all us! Planning to bookmark your blog. I was forwarded over here by Kirsten.
Loosing the weight this year will be a struggle as my DH does all of the cooking. I love your website and use many of your recipes. I too am constantly looking for the "magic combination" to lose weight. My best diet strategy is to make a pledge to make time for myself.
I need to remember that I won't be there for everyone else if I don't take time care of ME. To stay committed this time, I am enlisting the support of my co-worker. We are talking about our foods and walking at lunch time and doing yoga together after school. As the yogi says, "Honor yourself". Love your blog and your recipes - keep them coming and thanks. Thanks for the wonderful post. My best stradegy is to log everything I eat I have been following your blog through my email for some time.
I just love the recipes. I just signed up for your RSS feed. I lost 70 pounds 5 yrs. Here is my email address dpolk yahoo. Thanks for the post! I'm back on WW after taking a year or so off and watching 15 pounds creep back on. This was just the encouragement I needed to stay with it. I know by now that once I start, I can't stop. It's better for me to skip it all together. I need to go back to my diet strategy Thanks for the great info.
I look forward to becoming more acquainted with all you offer. I found that my best diet strategy is no second helpings. That way I get to eat whatever I have prepared for the rest of my family. If I get the urge for something I probably shouldn't have I will have a small taste then walk away. I lost 22lbs starting Oct. Having a scale would be very helpful as I'm not sure I always eat enough meat.
Thanks for the great contest and wonderful post. I've been considering rejoining Weight Watchers for a couple of months now. Much easier said than done, but something I try to practice regularly. I HOPE this is my best strategy!
I haven't lost my weight yet I think your site will be a great help! Carbs are my downfall and if I can keep them under 50 and fill up on fruits and veggies I feel much better. Thanks for the giveaway. I also track and found that I have to eat at least 2 pr 3 points of the 35 extra every day.. I have cut out beef and pork totally from my diet but mostly due to digestion issues and substitue ground turkey and I have also cut out sodas.
I do give myself a free day from time to time so my body doesn't think "I'm dieting". Its also great to be able to go to great websites and get grat new recipes. Once I made up my mind to change the the way my family eats then it became easy. Water is my best friend as it keeps you filled up when you think your thirsty. I also bought the measuring spoons from WW and use them daily. I will go ahead and measure out lunch for the next day before I set dinner on the table, that a way its less for my family to eat cause I also measure out my food and put it on the plate before I put the rest of dinner on table, then I don't have to worry bout.
I also went from using a large dinner plate to using the size plate the is bigger than the salad plate but small than the dinner plate. I limit my bread, pasta and forzen dinners even WW so that I don't get the heavy feeling and I no longer eat bread if I'm having some kind of starch.
I plan all of the meals even when we go on Vacation based from my WW cookbooks and even if it is a regular recipe I convert it to WW way. It is the most wonderful program I have ever used to lose the weight and I wonder why it took me so long to go.
I lost pounds on Weight Watchers. I have since become obsessed about healthy cooking and started a blog as well. Please do not include me in the give-away, I have a scale and wouldn't want to win and have someone who needs one lose out.
Wow, I decide to get back on WW for the new year and then I stumble onto this post! I get bored of foods easily so finding new recipes that are tasty and healthy really keeps me going. My best strategy for weight loss is to NOT eat the leftover food on my kids' plates. The points actually count ; and add up wayyyy too quickly! Yes, it means the food will be wasted, but at least it won't end up in my tummy and on the scale!
I'm just starting back on WW after a 2 year hiatus having twins, and finding this site has been invaluable! Thank you for all the recipes and inspiration! I'm trying to get back on track after a slow slide up in pounds the last couple months.
Exercise is key to maintaining, and I didn't do that consistently enough. My best strategy for getting to a healthy weight is attending weekly WW meetings and weighing in there. I've tried doing this on my own and it wasn't successful. For me, I need to attend the meetings stay for the message and have someone else record my weight.
I don't know why just logging it into the website doesn't work for me. Great post by the way! And I subscribed to Feedburner so that's 2 entries for me. Karen d8t8k at aol dot com. I have been reading your blog and getting your veggie ventures emails for awhile now, and Ilove them, and your attitude!
Your WW post was just perfectly needed for me, as I have just gotten back up on the WW horse after a little fall. I read the post 4 times and will probably print it and put in in my purse. Iloved reading everyones tips!!
I use several recipes, but always lots of veggies, fiber and low sodium. Sometimes with a little low fat meat.
Thanks for your blog! I am also a WW lifetime member. I have gone up after my daughter's wedding ushering in the holidays. No matter what, even if it means grabbing a portion of walnuts at the end of the day to get you there. Eat your exercise points, eat your extra points and eat your daily allowance - just really try to eat them in foods that contribute to your health and not junk food. I don't own a car and walk everywhere plus go to the gym everyday. I also brush my teeth after I'm finished eating so I'm not tempted to go back for more or eat between meals.
Oh and I subscribed via email! I eat half a sandwich, half a bagel, half an english muffin, instead of the whole thing. If I prepare a whole sandwich etc, I feel like I have to finish it, but after a half, I'm actually satisfied. This helps a lot around the holidays when there are so many sweets around!
We don't even tempt ourselves and keep healthy, filling snacks around- nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc. We also try to cook from scratch as much as possible.
My latest strategy which I unfortunately did not follow this past December is to keep tracking points on most days, even if I take a couple of single holiday DAYS off. My downfall last month was deciding not to track my points for several weeks at a time just because it seemed too hard to figure out points at the occasional staff party, church dinner, etc.
I just kind of gave up ahead of time, and paid for it in pounds. Now I have to re-lose what I already lost once. Time for a fresh start. My best strategy is regular exercise, pure and simple! When I run every day during the first half of my lunch, I'm less hungry for the entire afternoon, I crave fresh fruits and veggies all the time.
If I'm stressed over school and start craving sweets late at night, I'll run up and down the stairs or do a lap around the house or just do jumping jacks rather than mindlessly eating while half-heartedly studying.
I just signed up for your Kitchen Parade subscription. I have been enjoying the emailed recipes from Veggie Venture, and didn't know about the Kitchen Parade side of things. Looking forward to more great recipes! My best strategy for achieving a healthy weight is manyfold: With a small portion of meat and several healthy vegetable dishes, I feel like I'm eating a lot. Instead I keep track on a website called SparkPeople. It does make a difference. I don't love cardio work, but I do about 15 minutes three times a week, but what I've found I love is yoga.
If you get into a vigorous yoga class you'll be feeling fine. Thanks for the contest. I've lost 55 pounds by counting points so I know it works! This way I can still enjoy treats and special foods without doing too much damage. Cheryl phantomcg at AOL dot com. Thank you for a great site. It is very inspirational and has terrific recipes. I am a vegetarian and really appreciate a site like yours. Seriously though- It is a lifestyle.
And a good healthy one at that. I lost 40 pounds once on WW so I know it works. Perfect timing for me and this post. I'm going back to WW tomorrow. Wish me luck, I'll need it! I'm already an e-mail subscriber! I'm a facebook fan but I'm starting to feel more like a stalker ;. My best way to stay on a diet and to actually lose weight is to reduce portion size. It is so easy to take more food onto your plate than is an actual serving size. Measuring is one of the best ways to do that.
That is why a new scale would be so helpful. My best strategy for achieving a healthy weight is to take inspiration from my children! All 3 of my children ages 18,19 and 22 are lifeguards and are very into good health and exercise and they have all come to value the part that good nutrition plays in living a healthy life. My 19 year old also works retail and he says he is shocked and saddened to see people that come into his store so physically out of shape.
In fact he has given up any fast food and sodas! My children have inspired me to attend to these creeping pre-menopausal pounds! Thanks for the contest and for the wonderful website and with all this WW information and advice, I know I will be able to succeed in shedding this extra poundage! Writing things down is essential for me.
I lost about lbs. I maintained for awhile and now am 0 lbs. I am doing a weight loss contest with a bunch of friends and we even have a blog about it. Sad to say, I don't have much of a best strategy.
I am looking for help with weight loss, which is how I found your blog. I hope it is a source of inspiration and motivation. Reading through these comments has helped me start to look at things differently, which, I believe, will be a good start.
And I'd love the scale. I have a HUGE issue with portion control, and the scale would be a definite aide in getting that under control.
I was blessed with an amazing metabolism until I hit I have put on about that many pounds in a very few years. I love the Weight Watchers points system, and your recipes are wonderful. Who knew 1 point could be tasty!? I have discovered though, as have many others, that portion control is key.
Measuring serving sizes has been a real eye opener! One realizes very quickly that one entree at TGIF's or similar might feed a family of 4. I agree with all that you said Alanna. Two additional things that tend to help me: The main thing is to make sure I track what I eat. Yesterday I stopped by Borders Bookstore and picked up a small spiral bound Diary with each page dated for every day of the year - one date per page.
I am tracking my daily intake of foods, weight watcher points, fat, fiber, protein, and water in it. I made a pocket to keep my points slide in; it is small enough to slip into my purse so that I always have it with me. Here is where you can see a photo like the one I bought: