Why I’m Quitting Weight Watchers
This has been my second time on Weight Watchers. I lost 10 pounds the first time, and I’m not even two weeks in yet, but I am down 2.6 pounds this week. Clearly Weight Watchers works for me as a weight loss tool. So why would I quit? I have numerous reasons that I’m going to share with you.
- My belly is getting bigger, and I’m not pregnant
This is very similar to my next problem, and the problem after that, because the way I’m eating on Weight Watchers is not being good to my stomach. It is visibly bloated. As my weight goes down, my belly grows! Not the look I was going for.
This leads right into my next problem…
- Major stomach problems
I was sent to the ER with the understanding that I might have to stay and get my appendix removed, but my appendix was fine. The severe pain was just really bad indigestion. Some digestive enzymes and magnesium has helped, but the one thing that I had really changed when the problem began, was starting Weight Watchers Freestyle.
- I’m either eating garbage, or I’m hungry
Now, this is partly on me. I mean, technically, the Freestyle program allows us to have all the fish, chicken breast, beans, and eggs we want for zero points. So, any processed crap I’m eating is my own choice. True. However, I want my future to include things like mayo, sour cream, and cheese. I don’t want to eat bland chicken breast.
As soon as you start substituting light and sugar free versions of foods, you start finding more ingredients like MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame. The hidden chemicals, used to offer texture and flavor to these imposters, can mess with hormones, which can really mess with your weight.
I read that Fat Free diets are linked to 20% less calcium absorption and weaker immune systems. I don’t want to just lose some weight (and then gain it right back), I want to take care of my body and make it healthier.
- It isn’t promoting healthy choices for me
You can certainly still have avocados. I get it, I get it— “You can have anything you want.” If you budget it in, nothing is off limits. I love this. It’s one of the biggest reasons I chose Weight Watchers.
Nobody told me that I had to budget junk instead of a nice, healthy avocado… but an avocado is 11 points. Do you know what’s not 11 points? A cup of Ice cream. If it’s Fat Free, you can have two full cups of it for the same amount as an avocado (and the ones I tried taste every bit as good as the regular version). Your choice is between ¼ of an avocado, 1/8 cup of nuts, or ½ cup of ice cream. It’s too tempting to leave the avocado off the breakfast sandwich to budget in the dessert, and I haven’t had nuts or coconut oil since starting Weight Watchers, they just aren’t worth the points. It’s also tempting to skip meals so that I can eat junk later.
Wait, what?! Fat free ice cream that tastes like regular?! You can eat it on a diet?! You’re signing up for Weight Watchers right now, and heading to the store for “supplies?” Hey, no judgment here. I haven’t been feeling great, though, since adding all these fat free foods to my diet, and healthy fats are important.
I’ve had a huge beef craving lately, and I feel like I’m backed up of chicken, eggs. And beans. I think my body likes to have red meats, in moderation, and I’m not getting all the nutrients I need with what I’m eating on WW. Yet with the reduction of daily points that comes with Freestyle, it is too costly to stray from those same zero point foods.
- Tracking is a time-consuming pain, and I don’t want to do this forever
You know how I said I lost 10 pounds the first time I was on WW? When I stopped tracking, I gained it right back. Faster than I’d lost it. Since starting WW for the first time, I’m only down 2.6 to be exact. That means that unless I stick to WW forever and ever and ever, all of this is for nothing anyway. That’s a torturous thought!
I spent about 20 minutes trying to find the Smart Points for fried tater tots the other night. Don’t judge me! I was going out with some friends, and the place we were going has these amazing tater-tot nachos with their own homemade chili, and I had saved all my weekly points for it! Hey, life must be worth living, right? I finally just decided that Jack in the Box hash browns were close enough, and then I wondered…how many minutes per day do I spend trying to track all this stuff? Enough to workout instead? Yes.
I read some studies about the long-term success of Weight Watchers that wasn’t very promising. In fact, it pretty much sold me on the fact that Weight Watchers is not the long-term solution that I want. I do not want to spend the rest of my life tracking smart points and paying the fee, and I also don’t want to gain everything back that I have lost. It works short term, with a lot of effort, but that’s not what I want.
- It costs money
If I want to track points (and I don’t), I will probably use the ITrackBites app. It is a cheap app, and it only cost a few more dollars to upgrade different parts of it, until it did the same thing as my WW app. In fact, I can still choose the previous Smart Points plan, or some of the other previous plans, which I can’t do with the Weight Watchers app, so it offers greater flexibility.
So, there you have it. The answer to the question that nobody really asked me, but I decided to tell you anyway! This happens just a couple weeks into starting this blog, which was intended to be for sharing lightened up recipes (something I had become very good at doing,) but that’s okay! I look forward to embracing real food instead, and doing some real research into what will actually be the healthiest choice for my body.
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