I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting in Tulsa last week and learned about the new program. And while I haven’t made any final decisions on ProPoints, my initial reaction is that they have overcomplicated Weight Watchers’ simplistic approach to weight-loss.
The new program gears members toward eating healthier foods, but that’s nothing new for Weight Watchers. When I joined Weight Watchers in April of 2009, I fell in love with the Momentum program, and it helped me lose over 100 pounds.
Obviously, I still have a lot to lose so I’m trying something new this week, but not ProPoints. Instead, I’ve been counting calories. It’s simple. I’ve watched people do it and have incredible success, and I know it will work for me too.
The problem I see with counting calories as opposed to following a plan like Weight Watchers is two-fold. First, counting calories is enough to make you lose weight, but it’s not necessarily conducive to healthy eating. Knowing how many calories are in a piece of fried chicken doesn’t mean I should eat fried chicken 4 times per week. In counting Weight Watchers POINTS, I have also followed their healthy guidelines so I eat 5 or more fruits and veggies per day, drink at least 8 glasses of water (though they suggest at least 6.) I also eat lean proteins, etc. Following their healthy guidelines makes it easy to consume the amount of food I need along with the proper nutrients.
Secondly, Weight Watchers offers accountability and support at weekly meetings which has been paramount so far, and I can’t imagine giving up the meetings even if I choose to continue counting calories as opposed to ProPoints. I need to weigh-in on the same scale every week, and it helps to know that someone else is watching the numbers with me. It leaves less room for error.
My biggest problem with the new plan is that no one could tell me when the number of points I have per day will decrease, and that frustrates me because I have enjoyed setting micro-goals and seeing the progression throughout my journey.
As I said, I haven’t made any final decisions about the new plan. I haven’t tried it yet though it’s not difficult to understand, and I’m quite sure that it will aid millions in weight-loss. I’m just not prepared to memorize new point values, buy a new food scale, a new Dining Out Companion, Complete Food Companion, etc. only to learn a new system two years from now.
The changes I have made along this journey are changes that I plan to implement for the rest of my life. And I’m quite sure that I wouldn’t have experienced as much success has I have without Weight Watchers. My life truly changed when I walked into that little room in New York last year so I will continue to pay for my monthly membership, and I’ll continue to weigh-in weekly. But I’m not sold on ProPoints, and I can honestly say that I’m not prepared to invest the time and money in the new plan without using the tools that Weight Watchers has already given me.
I’m going to count calories while exercising and following the healthy guidelines that Weight Watchers laid out for me from day one. I’ll eat filling foods and drink water just as I have since the beginning of my journey. Right now I’m eating 2,000 calories per day which should be more than enough to keep me satisfied while enabling me to lose. My BodyBugg shows that I burn about 3,450 to 3,600 calories per day.
I can’t say that I have it all figured out because I don’t, but I can say that I’m excited to be so acutely aware of everything that I eat again. It feels good to start fresh, and I have no interest in giving up. I’ll just keep working until I figure out what is right for me going forward.
Are you a Weight Watchers member? If so, what do you think of the new plan?