I have many family members and friends who have tried Weight Watchers, but I never had until the gals at Fitspiration for Moms (including me) were given the chance to give the new Weight Watchers 360 program a try. While Weight Watchers is 50 years old, the program is really coming into the new online age with some great tools. In person meetings are still available, but as an online gal myself, I chose to try the online tools.
I have used a few other tools for tracking foods. They typically focus on calorie intake. The Weight Watchers point system was new to me. I found it a very interesting way to track my food and activity. After tracking my foods and activity for 3 weeks, I am happy to report that I lost 4 pounds and never felt deprived or overly hungry at any point in my day. When I tracked only calories, I found that I was often hungry and felt deprived. I am still exploring why there is this difference for me here. I’ll report more next month.
The 360 theory is supported by research regarding Hedonic hunger. Hedonic hunger refers to eating for pleasure rather than to satisfy a biological need. This results in food intake that can override the body’s homeostatic systems for controlling eating and lead to overconsumption of calories. The Weight Watchers 360 program has participants examine what areas in their lives can be leading to Hedonic or “mindless” eating. There are tools to review how your spaces and routines interact with your eating habits. I am enjoying this look into the habits that may contribute to my own mindless eating.
I started off in a normal weight range, so I did not technically “have” to lose weight, but I wanted to get rid of that last 7-10 pounds that have been making my clothes a bit too tight since the holidays. I’m sure may women can relate to this struggle. Those last 5-10 pounds tend to stick to our hips and booties, especially after age 40.
I like that the online tools provide a way to easily look up the foods you are eating. I also liked adding in my activities to get points back into my “bank” for future use. I found this much easier than trying to track how many calories I burned in my workouts.
In addition to the online tools, Weight Watchers has some good apps for your smart phone or tablet. I actually found the search functionality even better on my phone than on the website. Having the phone app really helped me keep on track on the go. I found myself entering points at gymnastics or soccer games if I had forgotten another time in my day.
So, I am pleased to announce that my first month with Weight Watchers has gone quite well. I have struggled a bit the past week with my tracking. I need to figure out if there is a way to make the system remind me. I am aiming to try a meeting next month too. Stay tuned for my report next month.
Want to try Weight Watchers? The only tools are only $5 a month. Even if you don’t want to join just yet, WeightWatchers.com has a great site with ideas for exercise, recipes, and much more.