I'm starting to develop a bit of diet smugness when it comes to Weight Watchers. I've been at an unhealthy weight for most of my life, so I know how hard it is to lose weight. I also know that a lot of the time it's no fun, and you want it to go a lot faster than it ever does. I see the appeal of the fad diets and diet pills; I really do. But as we all know, the only true way to lose weight is through a proper diet and exercise. It's the ONLY way to keep weight off. Even if you do something really drastic to get the weight off, you won't keep it off without proper diet and exercise.
Today while out buying some staples for my weight loss efforts, I overheard a woman telling a friend that she was on NurtiSystem. She didn't look like she had very much weight to lose, maybe twenty pounds at most. The friend asked her how much it cost and she said $150 for three weeks of food and she could eat whatever she wanted on the weekend.
I couldn't help but mentally chuckle. How does that work? Are you really going to eat one of their food items for every meal of the day for three weeks? Really??? If you can, good for you, because you are a lot more disciplined than I am. But, I eat out sometimes and sometimes I want something really specific. I also like my food to taste good, but that's just me.
Now I do pay money to do what I might be able to do on my own. I pay $40 a month for WW because I use the online tools and it's the cheapest way. I get to go to as many meetings as I want, and you would have to go to the meetings to see how great they are. I didn't think I would like them, or that they would make a difference, but they really do. It's weekly accountability as well as support and ideas. Not to mention that I've made a great friend there who is now my running buddy and someone who has already learned so much that she helps me out a ton.
So, now I'm a WW snob, I admit it. I can eat real food every day. I learn how to manage portions, I learn what foods make me overeat. I learn why I over eat. I learn how to incorporate everything I enjoy into my life without overdoing it.
I didn't get fat hating food. I got fat loving food, and I have to learn how to manage my love of food forever, not lose a bunch of weight depriving myself only to gain it back plus more!