Stop The Weight Watchers Bashing Please!!!

I was quite distressed while reading the boards over on My Fitness Pal.  I was looking for the thread to get a Weight Watchers point column to show up in the menus and came across some really harsh Weight Watcher bashing:

I'll never go back to WW and I'm a free lifetime member.  I really didn't feel any support and all it did was teach me to eat processed "diet" food.

i've done ww twice before and with much success, but being that its based on points, you really don't learn anything from them. 

I can only echo what others have said re WW. I decided not to do it this time as it just doesn't work in the long term goal. I am definitely a firm believer now of eating how you will for the rest of your life, sadly counting weight watchers points forever is not the one. In reality that is exactly what you would have to do. 


These are some of the NICE examples.  The amazing ones are those that start with "I never did Weight Watchers but...."  Don't give an opinion of something you know nothing about.  

Let's look at the above quotes:

"I'll never go back to WW and I'm a free lifetime member.  I really didn't feel any support..."

This part I totally agree with, and I've said it before more than once.

"and all it did was teach me to eat processed "diet" food"

Really?  Were we on the same program?  I eat healthier now than I ever have as a matter of fact I much prefer not to eat the processed foods (tv dinners, etc..) as they are so bland compared to my own cooked healthier meals.  Weight Watchers didn't teach you to eat processed foods, you chose to eat processed rather than make your own.  That's your choice not a WW learning tool.

"I've done WW twice before with much success"

So the program works if you've been successful right?

"but being that its base on points, you really don't learn anything from them."

You were successful, but learned nothing?  Isn't this contradicting yourself?  What I really think they are saying here was that at My Fitness Pal they are seeing the calories, carbs, etc.. where when you're looking at a point you don't really know what it is.  In other words, it is more helpful to them to see where they need to make adjustments - whether it's sugar, sodium, carbs, etc..
I'll give them that - but some people don't need to see that; I didn't have to be a rocket scientist to know that eating a bag of chips daily was something I needed to eliminate - didn't need to see the nutritional information for that one!

"I can only echo what others have said re WW.  I decided not to do it this time as it just doesn't work in the long term goal."

Oh, yes it does...the program works - you didn't do it for a lifetime.

"I am definitely a firm believer now of eating how you will for the rest of your life, sadly counting weight watchers points forever is not the one.  In reality that is exactly what you would have to do."

So the food journal at My Fitness Pal to count calories is not a forever thing?  Whatever program you choose will have to be done FOREVER.  Yes, some choose calories, some choose carbs, some choose points.  And actually there are some very successful Weight Watchers bloggers out there that no longer count points but have maintained their losses - so depending on the person, point counting doesn't have to last forever.

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