January 2nd, 2010

weight watchers

New Years Resolution #1: Healthy Weight Loss in 2010

In 2009, I lost 30 pounds on the Atkins Diet, then gained 35 back. I have always been able to lose weight quickly on Atkins but I have never been able to keep it off.  This year, I am going to try Weight Watchers online.  

Weight Watchers says it is committed to providing a comprehensive approach to weight loss that is based on the latest scientific thinking. All too often in weight loss, a program or product is developed and then individual studies that support the program are provided to "justify" its existence.

I know two people who have lost weight and kept if off for years, following the weight watchers program. Both of them had weight problems most of their lives. One is my doctor, the other is a family member. Both achieved their ideal weight range and have maintained it for over 3 years.  Both had tried many other dieting programs including Atkins, The Zone and Nutri Systems. Both lost weight  and achieved their goal but quickly put the weight back on.

Weight Watchers claims their program provides healthy weight loss, which will:
  • Produce a rate of weight loss of up to two pounds per week (after the first 3 weeks, during which losses may be greater due to water loss).
  • Guide food choices that not only reduce calories, but meet current scientific recommendations for nutritional completeness and reduced disease risk.
  • Construct an activity plan that provides the full range of weight- and health-related benefits that exercise offers.
  • Be sustainable. Healthy weight loss is weight loss that lasts, so it is necessary to look beyond losing the excess weight and address keeping it off.
Weight Watchers is not a quick fix.  WW says that pacing weight loss and following a system that encourages food and activity choices that are livable and sustainable in the real world is key. Weight Watchers says their program is designed on the premise that weight management needs to fit into your life, not be your life. 

I signed up for 3 months online for $53.85. After 3 months the cost is $17.95 a month. Some people seem to be able to maintain the program on their own after 3 months. Some maintain the monthly membership for the online and smart phone calculator.  Forums and other information, recipes etc are available on the website.  There is also a ton of "weight watchers" information and point calculations available on free web pages like Dotti's Weight Loss Zone www.dwlz.com/ 

I am 6'0, 227 lbs . The program gives me 33 daily points, 35 extra weekly points and the opportunity to "earn" daily exercise points.  My first goal is a 5% weight loss,  which gets me down to 215 lbs. 

Bonzer Wolf Livejournal will keep you posted on my progress.  Week one begins tomorrow.