There’s a reason Weight Watchers has been around since the 1960s — It’s the best weight loss program out there!
Y’all, I did a thing. I started Weight Watchers. I KNOW!! I feel like I should be in an SNL video about moms wearing high-waisted stonewashed jeans with pleats. (Mom jeans are totally back in style, by the way. And I just can’t even.)
But seriously. Weight Watchers is legit. I lost 20 pounds using WW 9 years ago before I got married on a beach. I know it works. And I believe it’s the best weight loss program out there.
6 Reasons Weight Watchers is STILL the Best Weight Loss Program Out there
1. Easy to Track with No Math Involved
If one thing’s true about me, it’s that I like things to be easy. Maybe that’s lazy (maybe it’s smart 😉 ). But it’s true. I’ve tried tracking my diet and counting calories manually and using other apps. Mostly because it was free. But free isn’t always easy and isn’t always sustainable.
I believe tracking is super important to making lifestyle changes of any type. But if tracking is difficult, you probably won’t stick to it. (I know I won’t!) I love how easy the WW app makes it to track both diet and exercise.
2. Promotes a Balanced Diet
Weight Watchers uses a formula to assign points values to foods. This isn’t arbitrary. It takes into account calories, fat, saturated fat, total carbohydrates, sugar, fiber, and protein. So WW isn’t just about cutting calories, it’s about all-around healthy foods.
It’s true that the way you lose weight with WW is by creating a calorie deficit (eating fewer calories than you burn on a daily average). But WW isn’t about simply eating fewer calories. It’s about developing healthy eating habits that include a balanced diet.
3. Promotes Whole, Nutrient Dense Foods
One of the things I really love about Weight Watchers is that it promotes eating whole, nutrient dense foods. No program specific packaged process foods. (It’s a myth that you have to eat Weight Watchers foods to do this program!)
The newest version of WW is called WW Freestyle, and it includes a variety of zero points foods to encourage you to build your daily meals around a base of lean proteins, vegetables and fruits, and other healthy foods.
4. Doesn’t Eliminate any Foods
This is the number 1 thing I appreciate about Weight Watchers. I can literally eat ANYTHING I want. (I don’t like being told what I can and can’t do. Ha!) The key is finding the right balance of eating healthfully and treating yourself. That is what a healthy, balanced lifestyle is all about to me.
When it comes down to it, completely eliminating foods is the same thing as assigning morality. Some foods are ‘good’ and some are ‘bad’. I don’t buy it. No food is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. It’s just food. Some foods do work better than others to achieve certain goals, like increasing energy, building muscle, burning fat, etc.
But other foods can work better to achieve other goals – like celebrating a special occasion, for example. (I don’t know about you, but celebrating my birthday with a veggie cake doesn’t exactly sound like fun.) And WW allows you to do that without guilt. Because there’s nothing wrong with eating a piece of cake on your birthday.
5. Works with Special Diets
Because you can eat anything you want with WW, it’s perfect for people with special diets. Maybe you can’t eat grains or dairy for health reasons. That’s no problem. Maybe you’re a vegetarian or vegan. No issues there either. WW works with any special diet because you can eat the foods that work for you.
6. Promotes Building a Lifestyle of Healthy Habits
One thing that really sets Weight Watchers apart from other weight loss programs is that it is truly sustainable. It’s not a temporary program that leaves you on your own once you reach your goal weight. Using the program helps you build healthy habits that you can continue to practice even without using the WW app. So if WW were to go out of business, for example, you wouldn’t be SOL. You could continue the habits you formed and continue living your healthy lifestyle.
WW even offers a maintenance program if you still need some support once you’ve met your weight loss goal. It lets you continue to track points, but bases your daily points on maintaining your current weight. So if you don’t trust yourself to stick with the healthy lifestyle habits you’ve formed without tracking, this is an easy option to keep it up.
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You might still be thinking about the fact that I told you I used WW 9 years ago to lose 20 pounds. If it works so well, why did I gain the weight back? That’s a fair question.
The thing is, Weight Watchers isn’t a silver bullet. It’s a tool. Just like any other weight loss or lifestyle program, you can choose to game the system with Weight Watchers. You can eat your daily calories in zero-point foods so that you can use your daily points on cake. Or you can use the program as it’s intended to be used and get the most out of it.
I gained back the 20 pounds (and then some) because I allowed myself to make eating choices that didn’t promote staying at a healthy weight. And I stopped exercising. And I had three babies, so there were years of my life where my own health took the backseat. (I don’t condone that for new mothers, by the way.) That wasn’t WW fault. It was mine. Only YOU can hold yourself accountable to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Have you tried WW? What questions do you have about the program? Share below! 🙂