Here are some questions and answers about the Weight Watchers plan and my experience. You can learn a little bit more about me and what it’s like to be on Weight Watchers. Hope you find this helpful! Have a question I haven’t answered? Get in touch.
How long have you been a Weight Watchers member?
Since July 2014. I have been a WW member several times before. This is the longest I have ever stuck with it.
How much have you lost?
24 pounds on Weight Watchers and 28 total (I started dieting about a week before joining) as of January 2015.
Do you think that paying for the WW online tools/app is worth it or can I use an app like My Fitness Pal?
It’s definitely worth the price if you USE it. I have paid for plenty of apps/programs/tools in the past but got nothing out of them since I put little to no effort into them.
My Fitness Pal is a calorie counter. Weight Watchers doesn’t count calories, but rather Points Plus which is a unique calculation using a food’s fat, carbs, fiber, and protein. So, while both tools are great for tracking what you eat, they’re not tracking the same thing. I think WW does a better job incentivizing users to make healthy choices. If I’m just using a calorie counter, I may be more inclined to eat 1,500 calories worth of jelly beans one day since it’s “worth” the same amount as 1,500 calories of vegetables.
With Points Plus you can have two foods with the exact same amount of calories but one may be less Points Plus because it has more nutritional value than the other food. Also, fruits and veggies have zero points on WW since they are low calories/high nutritional density. They’re treated like freebies to encourage you to eat more of them and really, who is going to overeat apples? If you use a calorie counter, you will be tracking the calories from fruits/veg and miss out on the reward of a zero point food.
That being said, I have used My Fitness Pal before and liked it. But I also never stuck with it long term to see real, lasting results. I blame myself for that, not the app. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t spring for WW, I would recommend using it.
How often do you go to meetings?
Most people go to meetings once a week (myself included). But if you get the monthly pass for meetings (rather than paying week to week), you can go to an unlimited number of meetings.
In a lot of ways, WW meetings are like any other support group (like AA). If you’re having a particularly rough week and need extra support, you can go to as many meetings as you want. Keep in mind the topic will be the same at every meeting until the next week starts. I’d imagine even when discussing the same topic, the discussion is a bit different in each meeting since a lot of it involves members sharing tips and anecdotes.
When’s the best time to go to meetings?
I’m a big fan of morning meetings since you weigh less in the morning.
But the best time to go is whenever works best with your schedule/lifestyle and you will be able to commit to week after week. For example, if you travel a lot, weekend meetings aren’t a good idea. And if you often get stuck working late, evening meetings aren’t for you. If you know you’re not going to wake up an hour earlier for a meeting, then don’t go to morning meetings.
I am terrified of going to a meeting, can’t I just do it by myself?
In my experience, the meetings are a huge part of my success. I’m someone who needs as many layers of accountability as possible (hence this blog).
The meetings aren’t scary at all once you get over the fear and show up to the first one.
Do you use the points tracker to track all your foods?
I wish I could say I track 100% of what I eat. The perfect WW member does. I’m not perfect, though! In general I’m not an organized person but I think a more organized person would LOVE tracking and be better than me at it.
I’m good about tracking what I eat during the week. I’m not so good about tracking on weekends, when I’m eating out, or when I’m eating lots of small bites of stuff (like appetizers). Tracking really does help since it makes you aware of what you’re eating. Plus, when you have a loss or gain, it’s helpful to look back at your tracker to see what you were eating that week.
What do you typically eat every day?
I eat a variety of things on the weekend, but right now my weekday eating looks something like this:
8 oz green juice and one of the following: fried egg on toast or an english muffin, sliced hard boiled egg on toast spread with avocado, non-fat greek yogurt topped with fruit and ¼ cup granola
Spinach or mixed greens topped with a veggie burger (love Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Burgers) and guacamole (2 pp for the individual GoodFoods guac cups), or the same thing in a light Flatout wrap, or leftovers from dinner
My go-to is a simple combo of meat/veggie/grain, other favorites are stir fry over rice and turkey chili (both are great for leftovers).
I have a handy formula for meal planning and prepping if you want to keep things simple.
My fave low point snacks are listed below
What are some of your best WW recipes?
Unfortunately the majority of the recipes on here are from a time when I wasn’t on Weight Watchers. I do have quite a few lighter recipes though. Sorry I don’t have points on all of these, so you will need to run them through a recipe calculator (note to self: update these!):
- Loaded Bell Pepper Nachos
- Mock Fried Rice (add chicken or shrimp for a heartier meal)
- Eggplant and Goat Cheese Lasagna
- Simple Asian Glazed Salmon
- Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
- Detox Soup
- Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
- Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa
You can also browse the veggies category on here for side dish ideas.
What are some of your favorite 0-3 point snacks?
- CHEESE! Portion controlled cheese, that is. Trader Joe’s Brie Bites (2 pp), Babybel light swiss (1 pp), Light string cheese (most brands are 1pp)
- Fruit (0 pp — I like to snack on crunchy fruit like grapes or apples)
- Hummus (1 pp for 2 tbsp) and baby carrots
- Trader Joe’s Fig & Olive crisps (2 pp for 11 crackers)
- Low point popcorn — Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt flavor is my fave (2 pp for 2 cups)
- Hard boiled eggs (2 pp for one)
I like making little snack plates by pairing up a few of the things above (ex. sliced apple, Babybel cheese, hummus and carrots is a big plate of snacks for just 2 pp).
What are some of your favorite blogs/Instagram accounts to follow for motivation and inspiration?
The WW community on Instagram is great. I get so many ideas for meals/snacks from all the WW accounts I follow there. Plus I love seeing others’ success. I wrote a post about my favorite accounts that you can find here.
I’m working on a post about my favorite blogs for motivation/inspiration. Coming soon!
What advice do you have for someone starting Weight Watchers?
- Make the time to plan out your week of food and go grocery shopping at the start of every week. Prep as much as you can in advance, too.
- If you have trouble with portion control, divide snacks into single portion-sizes in plastic baggies, or buy pre-portioned items.
- Label your food. My friend Bri puts a Post It on all of her food with the points per portion. I love that idea! Just put a Post It on everything as you’re putting away your groceries.
- Keep some staples hand on that you can throw together to make a quick meal in a hurry. I make sure my freezer is stocked with a few frozen meals and frozen leftovers for those nights I just can’t be bothered to cook.
- When going out to eat, look at the menu beforehand and decide on what you’ll order. This keeps you from making an impulse decision once you’re there and gives you time to figure out points.
- Try going to meetings for a month and see if it helps. WW is a totally different experience for me now that I go to the meetings and don’t just depend on the online tools/app.
- It gets a lot easier to estimate points once you’ve been on WW for a while. But until then, look everything up!