Author Topic: Did you all see in the news about Weight Watchers being the best way to lose?  (Read 6382 times)

Offline GinaG

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I couldn't believe my eyes!  They things they allow on Weight Watchers like pasta, potatoes, breads, and LEAN meats.  Don't they know yet that fat burns fat?

I was sickened by this diet once upon a time and actually gained weight!  This was back in the 70's!

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Where was this Gina- can you put a link in?

To be fair, if you're just looking to lose weight and nothing else, it's a program that HAS worked and gotten results for a lot of people. Best health option? We would say no here, but there is no arguing with their over all results.

I was sickened by this diet once upon a time and actually gained weight!  This was back in the 70's!

Well... they've changed the program probably every four years since then. So the program you followed in the 70's isn't going to be what you do now.

I did weight watchers for two years about 7 years ago. I lost about 25 pounds. I've done at least as good now and feel better in the process.


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I lost a bit of weight on WW a few years back, but it was really hard work! It's all about portion control, so you're constantly weighing and measuring stuff, and for me the food was not what I would naturally have preferred to eat. It was a lot of hassle and I never really felt satisfied. Then I got sick and it was all too hard and I gave up. I couldn't keep that up permanently.

By contrast, on paleo the weight fell off me without even trying. I am never hungry, I have lots of energy, I enjoy the food. I get to eat as much as I want of most of my favourite foods. I know I can easily and happily stick with this forever.

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.  .  . I know I can easily and happily stick with this forever.

WW the best way to lose when compared to what?  Perhaps the best in the weight loss industry. But paleo is a healthy lifestyle and not a weight loss plan. 

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I would have to agree that WW is not a lifestyle.  It is a pain in the rear!  I was on it for about 8 weeks to lose weight for a wedding, and lose weight I did.  After the fact, when I stopped all the measuring, counting, etc., all the weight came back.  It's not a sustainable thing.  It's great for a short term goal, but sadly, what most of those people on WW don't realize, is that they either need to stay on it forever, or gain the weight back...  PS I'm under 130 pounds on Paleo, which I haven't been for over 10 years.  I know this WOE isn't about weight loss, but damn it feels good as a perk :)


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I too had 'success' with WW in years past. By success I mean the weight came off gradually as long as I stuck to it. I was however, constantly hungry and preoccupied with food  ???

I used a lot of the ready meals and deserts rather than follow the recipes. They are full of crap, especially the deserts.

Great diet for losing weight. Bad for sustaining your ideal weight, maintaining good health, feeling energetic etc. You'll be thin but feel like death and be obsessed with food  :-X

Also Gina, not sure how prevalent paleo lifestyle is from your part of the world, here in the UK however it's not widely known, neither any of the concepts. Everyone still considers grains 'good' and fat 'bad'  :'( I bought a health magazine the other day that had printed the sentence - 'A plate of steak is akin to a plate of cholesterol'  :( and that was in a health magazine. I think it will be a long time here at least before fat is widely understood.

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Yeah it's all healthywholegrains and arterycloggingsaturatedfat in Australia. I have to take my DD to a dietitian next month - looking forward to a few heated debates there.    :P

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Sad :(  The U.S. isn't exactly on to the Paleo either...  I think the world, as a general whole, has been so brain washed by so called nutritionists, that they are scared to death of the fat.  I had a steak last night, and I think my husband just about barfed when I ate a big, juicy piece of fat.  It was delicious and satisfying.  I told him to close his mouth and get over it!

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Sadly, I am learning to keep my mouth shut due to all the negative reactions (except among the medical people I know) about Paleo.  People actually think that we are not healthy people at all, that we're on a "fad" diet.  And quite frankly I'm tired of trying to explain Paleo foods to people I know.  They look at me like I'm crazy, so I give up talking to them about it, and just enjoy our secret lifestyle by myself, with my husband, and of course with you guys here!

The article was on MSNBC news in their health section.  I can't remember, probably the same date I posted.  I also did weight watcher's back in the 70's and dropped about 20 pounds which I needed to drop, but like you guys, once you stop it comes back.  I also hated taking those huge pills that they were handing out in the form of vitamins, etc., and the stopping on the way to work each morning to weigh in.   I still have all of my old books from that time, and Doug has his from before he met me even....... 

They didn't have the meals already made up then, so I have the recipe books too.
 

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Sadly, I am learning to keep my mouth shut due to all the negative reactions (except among the medical people I know) about Paleo.

I've found that it helps if you don't call it Paleo right off the bat.  Paleo/Primal is starting to gain popularity, but I think that a lot of the popular press it's gotten makes it sound like either a fad diet or some sort of weird cult.  Of course, those are both ridiculous.

I usually say I eat a lower-carb diet that focuses on meat and fresh produce if I think it's someone who would freak over the Paleo label (usually someone asking me why I'm not eating the bun on a burger or am skipping the pizza).  If they want more information, I'm happy to elaborate.

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Re: Did you all see in the news about Weight Watchers being the best way to lose?
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2011, 08:48:29 AM »
It's funny I went to a popular sub shop while Doug was in the hospital recently, and ordered my sandwich.  When I was asked what kind of bread I asked them for no bread please.....the young man gave me a funny look, but complied.....and when I turned down the cheese, and all the other things we cannot have, he really looked perplexed!  But then he really freaked out when I asked him to cut my "sandwich" in half!  It was sooooooo funny to me, but he did comply and never asked any questions.  He even gave me extra meats and veggies to make up for the lack of bread. 

No, I intend to spread the word about "Paleo" and not be ashamed of my wonderful lifestyle.  I think it has added another 10 to 15 years to my life and I'm going to enjoy every bit of those years!  Pass the steak please!

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Re: Did you all see in the news about Weight Watchers being the best way to lose?
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2011, 09:25:11 AM »
No, I intend to spread the word about "Paleo" and not be ashamed of my wonderful lifestyle.  I think it has added another 10 to 15 years to my life and I'm going to enjoy every bit of those years!  Pass the steak please!

I'm not at all ashamed of eating paleo, and if someone is asking me for advice on diet, I'm more than willing to give it and tell them where to look for more info.  I've just had better luck in people respecting and understanding why I eat the way I do when I explain what paleo is (lots of meat and produce, no grains, legumes, dairy) rather than starting out with "I eat a caveman diet."

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Re: Did you all see in the news about Weight Watchers being the best way to lose?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2011, 01:39:23 PM »
I'm not a paleo evangelist.  If someone asks how I can wear the same size Levi's I wore my senior year in high school I will tell them. But, I don't start blabbing to my fat friends about it unless they show an interest in improving their health.

Recently I met a family with an 8 year old girl who is being treated with a PPI for GERD. So apparently standard medical advice is working as far as they are concerned. They are probably being treated by an overweight doctor.
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