Comment posted Poll: Does Weight Watchers Really Work? by Melanie.
I’m not sure if I can help or not but here goes. First, I have lost over 75 lbs on WW in just under a year and am now on week 3 of the maintenance program. With my experience in the program, my first question to you would be to ask if you went to the meetings on your first try through the program? Especially to someone having problems getting over a specific plateau, the meetings can be an irreplacable asset. The reason for this is having your leader look at and analyze your points tracker with specific foods you’re eating. At least try to go to them long enough to get that help and get you over that hurdle.
It could be a number of things from what foods you’re eating, how you’re spreading out your bonus points, needing to recalculate your points, needing to add in or step up your exercise program, not eating all of your points, etc. The first two I’d suggest looking at is that you’re eating all of your points including bonus points, and that your bonus points aren’t being spread evenly over every day or all piled into a single day of the week. Those are the most common causes of plateaus I’ve heard over the months.
The other reason I suggest meetings for you is from your post it sounds like you’re having a really tough time getting over the 5lb marker and getting down on yourself about it. It sounds as though you could really benefit from the encouragement of others in the same room going through the same struggles to keep you going. I can say from experience, you’re starting at the toughest part of the journey, it takes most people longer to lose the last 10-20 lbs than any other range. If you keep going with it though and don’t give up, you will get there and it will be the best feeling.
Personally I don’t think there’s any plan out there that’s perfect for every single person. We all live very different lives and have our own pitfalls to deal with in this struggle. The people I’ve seen this work for were completely honest with themselves in where they had problems and constantly evaluating it and making it work for them. Some may find they end up ok without sweets etc and the core works for them, others find better substitutes, while others are better off eating the real deal but only once in a while. Personally, if I had tried to eliminate the favorite junk foods, I’d have failed miserably a long time ago, so I found a balance between substitutes and once in a while splurging for that treat with my bonus points. I also didn’t do it all at once, I started with figuring out how many points I was currently eating with my current foods. This lead me to which of these I’d be able to incorporate, and many small changes for others that allowed me to bring what I already enjoyed into a healthier light, getting used to measuring foods, then found a few more recipes from a WW cookbook, then I got my points down to target. Every week or so I’d evaluate my food and spend a little time looking for more alternatives to add etc. It’s a lot like quitting smoking, there are a rare few people that can quit cold turkey with no issues, but the majority of us need some way to taper off the addiction so we don’t go running back to it twice as hard and end up worse off than we were before.
I wish you the best in your journey, though I won’t say luck because luck has nothing to do with it, it’s all about what you really want and keeping working towards that.
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