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LSUFanHouston
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Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
Doing the plan with my wife. Did it many years ago and had some success... and actually never gained any of it back. But, didn't lose enough.

We used to get a lot of Weight Watchers branded snacks, because it was easy and they tasted decently. Seems like most of the ones I remember liking aren't here anymore. I got some new ones and they all taste like crap.

What are some good "grab and go", eat at your desk type snacks? I'm not looking for the snacks that are on the WW website that require 20 min of prep time and 7 ingredients.

So far, I have:

Veggie straws
SmartPop popcorn
Fruit and veggies (oranges, grapes, apples, carrots, etc)

What are some other good things that I can store in my office for mid-afternoon snacking?


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Veggie straws
SmartPop popcorn


These are pretty bad for you.

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What are some other good things that I can store in my office for mid-afternoon snacking?



Just don't eat snacks. If you just, almonds or beef jerkey.


Youre going to get a lot of people in here screaming at you about how bad weight watchers is. It's a pretty bad way to go, but you seem dead set on it based on your various threads on it. I would urge you to reevaluate if you really want to lose weight and be healthy.


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Never done it but the wife and I have made a few of their recipes and they actually were quite incredible.


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Youre going to get a lot of people in here screaming at you about how bad weight watchers is. It's a pretty bad way to go,


I disagree it's a bad way to go if he likes it and can stick to it.

He will get a lot of heat here. I'm counting the posts until keto gets brought up.

Weight Watchers is really just limiting calories in, which is a generally solid approach. He will need to address overall metabolism slowing sooner or later, as is the case with most calorie restriction, but if he's just starting, he can probably make progress for a while before that hits.


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LSUFanHouston
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Youre going to get a lot of people in here screaming at you about how bad weight watchers is. It's a pretty bad way to go, but you seem dead set on it based on your various threads on it. I would urge you to reevaluate if you really want to lose weight and be healthy.



So, in 2006 I did this for about 6 months and lost 46 lbs in about 6 months (311 to 265). Over the last 12 years, I have been consistently in the 260 to 270 range, never above or below that range. When I weighed myself on Sunday, I was 264.7.

I've known people who have lost anywhere from 15 to over 100 lbs on the plan, and have kept it off for years.

I've also known people who have done it for a few weeks, and never success, as well as people who have lost weight on the plan and over time, gained most if not all of it back.

Why do you think it's a bad plan and isn't a good path to being healthy? It seems backed by decades of science and success, and isn't a "fad" like many things out there.

I'm not trying to be argumentative... I'm generally curious, because I've really never heard anyone act like it's this bad thing.


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Just don't eat snacks


I work in an office job. I'm used to snacking. I'm well aware that this is as much mental as anything else. to me it's like the smoker who quits smoking and needs something to do with their time/hands / oral fixation.


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It seems backed by decades of science and success, and isn't a "fad" like many things out there.


The fact that it's decades old is a good place to start. Think about the amount scientific evidence there's been in that time period, yet it's essentially the same diet. Like the above post said, I'm sure you will lose some weight if you are starting from a pretty low point (not negatively but you are pretty overweight and I assume don't exercise much) in the beggining, but weight watchers is more of a "diet" than "lifestyle" and will make you have some problems losing later. If you really want to change your weight and fitness forever there are a multitude of better and more conducive to longevity plans.


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I'm sure you will lose some weight if you are starting from a pretty low point (not negatively but you are pretty overweight and I assume don't exercise much)


I admit this.

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but weight watchers is more of a "diet" than "lifestyle" and will make you have some problems losing later.


That's interesting, because everything I have read and heard about the program is the complete opposite. It's not a diet at all, it's a way of looking at food and living and making healthy, long-term choices.

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If you really want to change your weight and fitness forever there are a multitude of better and more conducive to longevity plans.


Give me a few. I've read into keto and I have some reservations about the long-term health of people who have done this. No doubt it works for mid-term success.


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Give me a few. I've read into keto and I have some reservations about the long-term health of people who have done this. No doubt it works for mid-term success.


There's nothing wrong with simple macro counting and flexible eating which is essentially what weight watchers is. The cursory understanding of the points and, from my understanding, the continual lowering of them is going to be the point. You need to really understand what's going in your body more than this is "X" points and you don't just need to lower them until you stop losing wieght.

Avatar nutrition is the first thing that comes to my head as a better alternative to weight watchers. It's flexible eating so as long as you stay compliant with the macros you can have whatever you want. But instead of a honeybun being 10 points, it's x carbs, fats, and protein


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Weight Watches is all about calorie restriction. That’s how you lose weight. How is it a bad program?


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LSUFanHouston
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The cursory understanding of the points and, from my understanding, the continual lowering of them is going to be the point. You need to really understand what's going in your body more than this is "X" points and you don't just need to lower them until you stop losing wieght.


Reducing tracking to a single data point as opposed to three or more data points certainly is going to cause some over-simplification. I've done some research, and it seems the model they use has evolved. When I first did it, the three "point determinants" were calories, fat, and carbs. Now, it's calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, fiber, sugars, and protein. Certain things have a zero point value, like many veggies and boneless skinless plain white meat chicken and turkey. It's obvious to me that their system tries to gently push you towards certain foods.

Your allocated points drops as your weight drops. It's also based on gender and height.

I'd like to get into the 190-200 lb range. I'm under no illusions that only this one plan will take me there. Certainly, it's going to take more exercise to offset the metabolism drop. It may also take an eventual change to another plan. I may well plateau and need to mix it up.

And thanks for the suggestion of Avatar Nutrition - I will look into it
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Weight Watches is all about calorie restriction. That’s how you lose weight. How is it a bad program?


Like I said above, I think the point system is quite cursory, and to my knowledge that's all it is is calorie restriction. As has been discussed here many times you will keep lowering your metabolic rate this way, and to my knowledge weight watchers doesn't give any insight into that, much less plan for it.

I'm not saying it won't work, it will. My point is there are just products out there that use the same methodology that are superior.

Sorry if I wansnt more clear on that.
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Not weight watchers but I like the slimfast keto snacks and shakes


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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
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What are some other good things that I can store in my office for mid-afternoon snacking?


Beef jerky


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Tigers0891
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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
Broccoli and carrot are healthy foods. But don't snack.

Eat once a day , usually people do dinner because that's when social family time comes into play. Every time you eat you're raising insulin which stores that food and adapting your body to how many calories is the new standard. And weight watchers is just a caloric restriction. One meal at dinner and eat healthy and what you want. A nice serving of protein with some fat, an avocado, green salad. A big scoop of peanut butter. Then water only until the next night. After a week your hunger will go down. A few hours after eating you're insulin will drop and you go back to letting your body process the junk and fat.

Im not even going to advocate keto. But what sounds better ? A chicken breast with some weight watcher frozen side or a salad with low point dressing ... or a pound of shrimp cooked in a few tablespoons of oil with some wine and paprika, finished with more oil to serve ? Plus if you're deadest on calories, then eating one meal a day it's almost impossible to go past your allotment.
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What about some lower calorie protein type bars?I l like the think thin ones. They are my go to office afternoon snack.
Carrot sticks and hummus
Granola bars

Good luck with WW. Do what works for you and frick the keto, fasting haters who will tell you otherwise.


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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
It isn’t a bad plan at all if the dieter can stick to it and sees results. There are a ton of health benefits that accompany weight loss, so in that sense, you are correct that it’s a healthy approach. The problem with long term caloric restriction in a sedentary population is a reduction of your metabolic rate and therefore an adjustment to the negative of the calories out part of the equation. Also, the plan permits processed food, which along with eating less can lead to deficiencies in various micro nutrients along the way. Lastly, processed food is inherently more inflammatory than its whole food counterparts, with omega six oils, soybeans, preservatives, emulsifiers, food dyes and many other ingredients that can lead to an overactive immune system over time.

Now all that being said, it is infinitely better than perpetually eating the standard American diet and putting on weight annually which can open the door to insulin sensitivity, type II diabetes, increased risk of various cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. If it’s working and you like it, stick with it. You are bettering yourself and everyone on this board should be proud of you for it.


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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
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Do what works for you and frick the keto, fasting haters who will tell you otherwise.


This. If WW works for you, great! There is so much conflicting research about weight loss, that it’s impossible to say definitively what works for every single person. Yes, I know generally fewer calories equals weight loss. But the specifics about when to eat, what to eat, etc are different for each person. Any research can be skewed in one direction or the other, so don’t get caught up in that.

To answer OP’s question, I like almonds, starkist tuna packets, beef jerky, and dried fruit.
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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
It's not a bad plan but in my personal opinion it is very suited for those that are lazy and do not want to not have the desire to understand macros at all. Also I have personally not seen many make actual body transformations as it seems from the outside looking in it's something people do on and off, but like I said the above is just from looking in.


Now your comment about snacks and needing it concerns the shite out of me. And honestly, please don't take offense, if that is the attitude you have, you are more then likely not going to reach your goal.

Now you seem to have your mind made up on weight watchers and it can and will work if you actually give it your all. I will encourage you to keep your foods to all whole foods and highly encourage you to start lifting weights.

Since you are looking for simplicity I would suggest using the stronglifts program using the stronglifts app, it's 3 days a week. I would encourage you to start trying to get 10k steps in every day. Make it a goal and get it done.

Do those two things with the weight watchers and you will be successful if you stick to the weight watchers plan. Only thing I am going to say is make sure you are getting protein in every meal.


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re: Anyone on here doing weight watchers?
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What are some good "grab and go", eat at your desk type snacks?


Water.


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