View Full Version : Barb, tell me more about Weight Watchers

June 17th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Since I have never been to an WW group, tell me what I can expect? Do I just show up and bring money?
Will they welcome me at the door or what?
Is it like an AA meeting where you have to say, Hi..I am__________, and overweight?

June 18th, 2007, 01:48 AM
My name is not Barbi but since she has not answered yet I thought I would.
I am a girl, (private joke between the cat and me)
Are you really serious? I can tell you much about WW having tried and failed miserably a number of times. This is not their fault, well maybe it is because although they offer a vegetarian plan, a vegan plan, a low carb plan, a high protein plan, they do not have a wino plan, so yes it is absolutely their fault.
You do show up and yes you do have to bring money if you want to join.
Usually they don't greet you at the door.
They do have a sermon.
They do give away prizes, but not as good as on The View.
You do feel warm and fuzzy and motivated afterward.
You will lose weight if you don't follow the Wino Plan which they don't have anyway.

Let me know if you have anymore questions since we have been meaning to chat.

June 18th, 2007, 10:38 AM
Mona you are hilarious!!!

you don't have to announce your name and that you are overweight. LOL!!!!

you bring money (was $10 or $12 per session when I went last) and get weighed privately and your weight is registered on a little card. Then they give you a starter pack with materials to help you count your point. and they set a goal weight for you based on weight and height tables. Every week they register your weight again on the little card and as you lose you get little stars!

then you go into the meeting room where you hear tips for weight loss from the leader as well as people in the group.

I don't think i would call it a sermon though. I can't sit still in meetings and tended to skip them, but supposedly it is better for weight loss if you stay. The weigh in was a big motivator for me. granted, it's an expensive way to get weighed every week.

June 18th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Thanks Rottie, and Nancy
Okay Rottie, I got it now, you are a girl. It's just the name threw me off.
So WW is not a cult like AA?
What's this I hear about them ringing a bell when you weigh in?
No wino plan, oh that sucks!

June 18th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Hi Mona,

I went for a while, I can't remember any bells.

By the way Irish is after us so I've caved!!!


June 18th, 2007, 11:16 AM
Mona that was weird!!! Your avatar changed while I was writing my message!!

June 18th, 2007, 11:20 AM
That's because we are on the same wave lengths Kitty, sharing energy!
We don't want Irish getting mad at us, besides that lime helmet is heavy uncomfortable and smells inside.
Wow, sounds like a lot of you have tried WW's.
Does anyone "love" it "swear" by it?
It's gotta be really wonderful for me to go. I am not convinced yet.

June 18th, 2007, 11:28 AM
It's definately worth trying. They give you some really cool stuff when you join and I still use their points lists to this day.

All depends if you get on with the "group" element of it.

Good luck,


June 18th, 2007, 12:13 PM
It is a good plan. I may give it a go again now that I'm not drinking anymore. The alcohol uses up those points pretty fast. If you like lots of vegetables you can eat yourself silly. They have some great recipes.
If you have a good leader the meetings are really inspiring. You can go at different times/locations to find one you can relate to.
The overall cost per month is still much less than what I would spend on wine in one week.
There is also an online program for about $12 per month that is good.

Hope this helps, see I can be serious sometimes.


June 18th, 2007, 12:25 PM
Oh my gosh, on line, I love it.
I am so busy with my work and family, that I hardly have anytime.
I'll check it out.
I am curious to see what Barbi has to say about the on line program.
Thanks for that information.
I have never really heard anyone say WW sucks.
I went to a medical conferance last year, where they said, WW and the by pass surgery were the only two real effective ways to lose weight, and keep it off....scarey huh?

June 18th, 2007, 03:20 PM
I seem to remember reading that the Atkins diet was effective but some don't think it is very healthy.

June 18th, 2007, 03:25 PM

I have heard good things about the online program. But for me the biggest motivator was getting on those special weight watchers scales every week.

I was pretty shocked my first time when i weighed in at 5 pounds over my weight on the garden variety scale. a friend who was doing it with me said WW has special scales.
the accurate kind!!!


wear light clothing when you go.

the other thing you miss is the little cards with your weight registered every week and the little stars on the cards when you hit milestones in weight loss.

June 18th, 2007, 03:48 PM
When I went I wore the same thing every week so that it would be more accurate.

Nancy, the guidelines for Topamax say specifically that one should not follow a low carb high fat diet while taking it so those taking Topamax should steer clear of the Atkins diet unless they are really disciplined about their fat intake. I checked this out since the doc put me on a low carb diet. Just an FYI.


June 18th, 2007, 03:52 PM
I learned my lesson

That's very interesting about topa and low carb diets..

The atkins types don't seem to healthy to me. What's wrong with good carbs?

I decided to track points on my own this time. I had what I thought was a healthy salad.

Then I looked up calories online

Oh my God.

Avocado: not to far from 300
Kidney beans: cup 600!!!

can that be right?????

this is why i should bring my WW material with me everywhere.

June 18th, 2007, 04:06 PM
You must be looking at dry kidney beans. Cooked kidney beans are about 200 to 230 per cup. They swell up to 3-4 times their size when they are cooked.

It's not so much the low carb and the Topa its the combination of low carb with the high fat. (Atkins is known for this) I think it's because of the effect on the kidneys which the Topa can negatively effect as well.

I'm on the low carb because my blood glucose was to high, almost to the borderline diabetic stage thanks to years of abuse of my "temple". so I'm trying to discover which carbs are low on the glycemic index and stick to those. so I can't even drink non alcoholic beer or wine.

I'll be glad to discuss and brainstorm with you about this anytime you like because I know we both struggle with our weight.


June 18th, 2007, 05:21 PM
Hiya, Yes Weight Watchers Works - BUUUUUT you have to stick to the plan you choose ie counting points or the full choice (I can't remember the name of the 'full choice' one as I have always counted points). I have lost 3 stone and am feeling fabby. I think if you can bond with your leader then you will keep going, mine is so entertaining that I really look forward to my meetings. You get weighed in private and in UK you get a sticky silver seven to stick onto your card for every 7 pounds lost, you get a colourful stone for every stone lost, a keyring at 10% bodyweight lost and lots of encouragement and support. When you reach your goal weight you no longer have to pay to attend. In UK the weekly charge has recently gone up to ?5.50 per week. I have tried them all - Atkins, etc etc etc and found WW to be the only one that I have stuck with, probably because no food is banned, you can have what you want as long as you count it in to your weeks points allowance. Good luck. PS - our Leader rings a bell when ever someone reaches their GOAL weight but certainly not every time you get weighed - jeez I would run a mile - lol.



June 20th, 2007, 01:07 PM
Sorry - you've been calling and I have been absent. I am up to my eyeballs and am waiting for to start a presentation that looks to be a "no show" on the computer.

Mona, you walk in and say, "Hi, I'm new". Tell them you have never been a member before. They will have you fill out paperwork after you decide how to join. The current joining fee is $40, $13 a week thereafter. We have a special going on in AZ for $65 for the first five weeks. This waves the joining fee, making it $13 a week. I am not sure how much longer this is going on, but we always have some kind of a special going on.

You never have to say a word if you don't want to. The meeting should be a "discussion" format. We have a different topic every week. Each leader has a different "take" on it. If I have a group that doesn't feel like talking, I end up doing most of the talking - no problem. At the end of the meeting, the leader will explain how the program works.

PM me if you have a question. I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to get any lower than the "general discussion" category".

June 20th, 2007, 01:08 PM
Rot, LOL about the "wino plan". I keep telling them if we served alcohol that attendence would be much higher.

June 20th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Barb some folks just don't get it do they?

July 12th, 2007, 12:44 PM
Hi .... Lots of lovely kitties on this thread! ...... The Weight Watchers websites have message boards that are free. You can ask questions and get lots of information from them, ideas on how to cut back by changing to a more low-fat or fat-free menu (lots of fun fat-free stuff out there, like cheese... my fav!) .. plus you get a ton of support just by hanging out on the boards (much like here) .

I've been a member of the Canadian WW board for about two years now (lost 75 lbs - and this while drinking ... these last 50 are a little more stubborn... drinks have a lot of calories/points in them!)

Here is a link. Just click your part of the world, and from there click Community for the message boards, or whatever else you want to click! Lots of good info!

Welcome to WeightWatchers.com (http://www.weightwatchers.com/international.aspx)

Good luck to you!


betty boop
July 16th, 2007, 12:20 PM
A friend of mine bought me a book called the Red Wine Diet, Honestly xxx

August 13th, 2007, 11:46 PM
I decided to bump this thread back up to the top. Went back on Weight Watchers and lost 9pounds in four weeks, with moderation in drinking. I don't know, seems to be working for me again. must be something to sticking to the program.