I'm curious about what experience, if any, anyone's had with organized weight-loss systems and diet plans.
I've been a Weight Watchers meetings member for almost four years. I hit my goal weight within four months - I was single back then, and frankly it was a lot easier to stick to plan then! - and have been a Lifetime member for 3-1/2 years. "Lifetime" means two things: you recognize that this involves lifestyle changes that you have to incorporate into every day
, and if you stay within 2 pounds of your goal weight (you have to attend a meeting and weigh in at least once a month) you don't pay for meetings.
I like free meetings, but I haven't gotten as many of them this year. I'm blaming my husband (I got married for the second time last October).
Overall, WW works for me, but the maintaining is actually the tougher part. The way the Points plan works is that it gives you a framework - basically a daily "budget" that you can "spend" any way you choose, which as an accountant has always made total sense to me - but leaves you a lot of choice, so you have to learn to manage it, and some people need more structure, like a list of allowed foods. Tracking that Points usage is essential, though, as I've learned the hard way.
But if you don't want the weight back, you've got to be willing to work at this nearly all the time - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change
. I'm 4'8" tall, so I'm not built to carry a lot of extra weight - and believe me, I did when I was around 140 lbs! - and it doesn't take much for pounds to add up. Also, I'm a few years over 40 and that's another challenge.
So, has anyone tried WW or another weight-loss program, and what was that like for you? If you haven't, is it something you'd think about, or why wouldn't you?