Whether you’re new to Weight Watchers, have been following the program off and on for years, or are a lifetime member, you can never have too much help when it comes to staying on track. These tips every Weight Watchers member should know come from veteran Weight Watchers members (and me!), and will help you on your journey towards weight loss success.
Weight Loss Success with Weight Watchers
I am currently maintaining a 100 pound weight loss and I lost the majority of that weight using Weight Watchers. I still attend Weight Watchers meetings today. I’m here to say success is possible.
Read more about my weight loss story here:
7 Tips Every Weight Watchers Member Should Know
1. Support is there.
There are many ways to join Weight Watchers, including online or by utilizing in-person meetings. Even without in-person meetings, you most definitely can be successful with Weight Watchers. Join a free Facebook group or use message boards to help you stay on track. Connecting with a buddy (or several) will greatly increase your chances of long-term success with the Weight Watchers program.
Here are a couple Facebook groups that have been helpful for me:
Christian Weight Loss, Healthy Eating, and Fitness (I run this group. It’s not just for WW but a super-supportive community!)
2. Track or Pre-Track your foods daily.
One of the best parts about Weight Watchers is that you don’t have to count calories, carbs, or anything else except points. Tracking is probably the number one key to your long-term weight loss success. Research from as far back as the 1960s shows this to be true across all weight loss programs.
You can either pre-track (track the day before or in the morning for the whole day) or you can track as you eat. You can also do a combination, like track your dinner and breakfast the day before (which is what I typically do), then you’ll know how many points you have to play with for lunch and snacks.
Just remember the important rule, “If you bite it, you write it.”
The free Weight Watchers Mobile app makes tracking easy because you can type in the name of the food or you can scan the bar code.
While sitting in bed at night, maybe you’re watching TV or vegging out in some other way. You can pre-track your foods for the next day. This is not to say that you can’t change the foods you eat, but it will give you an idea of what you’re going to eat and how many points you have.
Knowing I have a little wiggle room puts my mind at ease in case I have to stop by a fast food restaurant and grab a grilled chicken sandwich for lunch. Pre-tracking also increases your chance of long-term success with Weight Watchers because it teaches you to plan ahead instead of trying to cut way back on points to fix it later.
3. Weight Watchers Food Finds
“Food Finds” are what I call foods that are low in points but high in satisfaction.
Of course we have our zero points foods which are the core of what you should eat. But we all need treats now and again that won’t break the points bank.
Having low-points foods available is a HUGE deal in making sure you are successful with the Weight Watchers program. When you only have high calorie, high sugar foods available, you are likely to use most of your points at breakfast, setting you up for hunger and frustration the rest of the day.
Check out this post of Weight Watchers Food Finds.
This isn’t really a food find but I have to also mention the Instant Pot. This kitchen device has been a HUGE blessing to me in maintaining my weight and getting healthy food on the table. Read more here: How to Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot
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4. Zero Point foods are not calorie-free.
One of the biggest mistakes new members make on the Freestyle program is thinking that “zero points” equals “calorie free” or “free for all”.
This is not the case, unfortunately, and Zero Point foods can cause massive disappointment on weigh in day if you aren’t careful. I’m not saying you can’t eat any Zero Point foods, and I’m not even saying you can’t fill up on Zero Point foods. I’m just saying, be mindful of what you are eating (and drinking) because everything has calories and it can catch up to you quickly.
If I’m running low on points, I’ll make a Zero Point dinner with grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. That doesn’t mean I consumed zero calories, it just means I’m making sure I stay on track for my points. I don’t eat pounds of chicken, just a portion (or two if I’m really hungry), and I stay mindful of how my body is feeling.
To stay ahead of the curve, I like to eat low point breakfasts like this Weight Watchers Breakfast Casserole that is only 1 SmartPoint for ¼ of the casserole. When I’m looking for a splurge, I try this Weight Watchers Crustless Pumpkin Pie that is 3 Freestyle points for the whole pie. This means you can use more points later on in the day.
5. Water is your best friend.
I know that for some of you, hearing this is like hearing a horrible soundtrack on repeat. Every single diet you’ve ever tried has said to drink more water, hasn’t it? I know because I’ve tried them, too. The beauty of Weight Watchers is that it is not a diet.
However, that doesn’t mean you get to skip the water. Also, tea and coffee do not count as water… so don’t try to cheat. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, or find yourself dreading the fact that you have to drink it, consider zero calorie sweeteners like Crystal Light packets.
6. Weekly Points are not necessary.
While some folks eat their weekly points every single week, I like to say weeklies aren’t necessary.
Unless you’re working out a lot and feeling extra hungry, you probably won’t tap into your weeklies while making healthy food choices. I have friends on Weight Watchers that like to save their weeklies for a cheat meal on the weekend. If you can handle a cheat meal and get right back on track more power to you! Sometimes, though, I find a cheat meal turns into a cheat day (and then a cheat week), so be mindful.
Your weekly points are absolutely available to you as you need them, but try not using them or only using a portion and see how it affects your weight loss.
7. Success IS possible!
If you are like me, you have tried many times to lose weight. I know it gets incredibly frustrating at times, but I’m here to tell you that you can do this. I am a living, breathing example of the fact that the Weight Watchers program does work.
If you fall off the program or re-gain weight, don’t call yourself a failure. Each time you try, you learn something new about what does and does work for you.
I’m raising my glass (of water) to your Weight Watchers success. You can do this!
What’s your best tip for Weight Watchers members? Let me know in the comments!
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