I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers online since 2006. That’s when I buckled down on my lifetime struggle with my weight and ended up losing 164 pounds using their old Points system. This was even before their Points Plus program. I loved their plan and it was so easy to stick to. Their website was completely easy to use and had wonderful support on their many community message boards. The tracker was even easier to use.
Unfortunately, my doctor at the time was trying me on a variety of meds that made me start to gain some of the weight back and I lost some of my motivation. Then Weight Watchers switched to the Points Plus program and I didn’t lose quite as well. When I stuck to it, however, it worked – just much more slowly.
I can’t even say that I’ve been half-assing it the last five years or so. More like one-tenth-assing it. I gained back all but 25 pounds of the weight that I’d lost.
Thankfully, by doing things on my own and popping in to my WW account every once in a while, I’m back down 30 pounds of what I’d regained. Unfortunately, now Weight Watchers has decided to switch their plan and website.
I personally hate the changes. Their website is much harder to use and doesn’t have nearly the capabilities of the old site. You can’t even see your weight loss/gains in graph form any longer. It took me 20 minutes just to find the message boards. It took me even longer to find the help files. While it’s helpful to add products or foods to the database that WW themselves hadn’t added, their decision to make the foods people add available to other WWers has made the food database somewhat of a pain. There can now be three or more entries for one product, all with different points values.
As for the new plan itself, I applaud the idea behind them trying to move people in the direction of eating healthier, less-processed foods. However, the way they go about it makes it harder to follow and stick to. I was making much better choices on the old plan than I did before joining, but knowing that I could account for the occasional rough day or meal out made it seem so much less like a “diet” and more like something I could stick to. I could gradually transition into eating better foods at my own pace. Now, they’re making the decisions for us. Yes, I can still “treat” myself, but the points values of such items have gone up so much that it’s much harder to fit them into my lifestyle. I feel deprived. And honestly, when I feel like someone is telling me what to do, I rebel even harder. Let us go back to deciding for ourselves.
I can accept that watching your sugar intake is pretty important when you’re trying to eat healthier, however, again, their method is lacking in trying to shove us toward cutting these things out of our diets. Instead of encouraging the use of more natural sugars like honey, their plan pushes you towards sugar-free, fat-free products in order to not feel deprived. These things are filled with chemicals and are not the least bit healthy.
And so, sadly, it’s time for me to say goodbye to Weight Watchers. I cancelled my account today after almost ten years. If at some point in the future they decide to listen to all of the members who have complained and cancelled and adjust their plan, I will re-evaluate. They may one day win me back. In the meantime, I’ll be using My Fitness Pal or one of a couple of applications that use varying points plans that others have recommended to me. We’ll see how this goes. It may take me some time to figure out what works for me.
Have to say it will also be nice to be saving that additional $20 a month.
Anyone on the new plan and loving it? I know there are quite a few of you out there that do.
Anyone else decide to jump ship?