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Date: 5/4/11 2:31 PM

I'm a possibly returning member of WW and have gained a few back. I've been rogue for a bit.
Could you share your thoughts of the new program?
Also, some thoughts of regaining apparently lost motivation would help too.
In the past, I was extremely rigid about my diet, following it to the letter for years. Life events happened, my brother died tragically and now my shift in thinking is "life is too short". This change in thinking has hampered my adherance to a new program.
Any help for getting back on track, recommendations?
Thanks in advance,
Helen

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Date: 5/4/11 3:14 PM

Have you used the point system? The new system is very similar but now allows fruit at 0 points and adjusted some of the point values. Also, most people get 29 points/day and 49 for the week. Focus is fiber and portion control. I am thinking of following it also.

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Date: 5/4/11 3:52 PM

I lost lots of weight about 12 years ago when they first introduced points. I don't like the new system which I tried in January and February of this year. It's more of a low carb as opposed to the older way which was more or less calorie counting.

Anyway, I've just moved on to counting calories..though must admit not doing that well at it.I need to be able to have can of coke or a cookie once in a while. You still can on the new WW system...but the points value for anything with carbs is super high and then you feel bad eating it...or at least I did. YMMV.

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Date: 5/4/11 3:54 PM

I like the new program very much, and I think a lot of members have had good success with it. Really, if you can have veggies or fruit for free, that opens up a lot of ways to snack more healthfully. The old program didn't skew the consequences of an individual decisions, so if you could have a cookie for the same number of points as two bananas, a lot of people would pick the cookie.

The points now are based on fat, fiber, carbs and protein, not calories (at all), so it pushes you towards better choices, I think

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Date: 5/4/11 4:38 PM

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I like the new program very much, and I think a lot of members have had good success with it. Really, if you can have veggies or fruit for free, that opens up a lot of ways to snack more healthfully. The old program didn't skew the consequences of an individual decisions, so if you could have a cookie for the same number of points as two bananas, a lot of people would pick the cookie.



The points now are based on fat, fiber, carbs and protein, not calories (at all), so it pushes you towards better choices, I think

That's really interesting. I had a lot of success with WW about 5 years ago (and have since regained everything). I HATED having to look up point totals for everything that I ate, but I did well with the point system until my daily allowance dropped to the equivalent of 1200 calories, and then I was hungry all the time and started cheating.

I know myself, and I know that if I could get fruits/veggies as freebies, it would definitely push me towards better choices.

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Date: 5/4/11 4:54 PM

kkkk - I think you are right about it possibly forcing you to make better choices..but I must say that by the time I had lost most of my weight and was on maintenance I was making GREAT choices in food. Cookies and cokes were extremely few and far between.

At the beginning...since I liked my cookies and coke I did include these things and yes I probably would forgo fruit or veggies at first. However, this is what absolutely kept me sticking with it. I guarantee that if I started WW and would have had to give up cookies and coke totally I wouldn't have continued and would NOT have lost the 37 lbs that I did. And I did have fewer cookies...instead of eating the whole box...I would count the points for 2 cookies and eat those. For me it was a total process which at the beginning included lots of junk that was not good for me.by the time I was at my goal I would go to restaurants and make awesome choices and eat grilled chicken and house salad.

Alas, I got pregnant and my excellent habits did not continue. I've never been back to that highest weight ever (except at the very end of pregnancy with my son). And right now am only 7lbs less than that weight I was at when I started WW and lost the 37 lbs. So basically I need to figure out how to lose 30 lbs. Not sure how or why it was so much easier 12 years ago...but I guess being older, having children and not working have some things to do with it.

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Date: 5/4/11 7:56 PM

MichelleP...

The thing that really turned me off on the new program is that it's more difficult to calculate points. For the old system I was able to figure out the points formula and then got so I could calculate the points in my head and was sometimes off by 1...but would get REALLY close.

With the current one, you need 4 different number to calculate your points. Protein, fat, carbohydrate and fiber I believe. You HAVE to either buy their calculator...which is ok (it's cheap) or download an app for your phone...which also isn't so bad...but it's not nearly as easy to find those 4 variables. The old one just needed calories, fat and fiber. And since there's no easy way to figure out the formula you're out of luck being able to calculate it in your head.

At any rate, I tired REALLY fast of trying to find and punch in those numbers to my calculator.

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Date: 5/5/11 1:42 AM

My husband is on it, and he loves doing points. He's lost 33 pounds so far and has about 20 to go. I lost 35 pounds on WW many years back before points, so it looks like alot of work to me. Did you know if you pay online, it's less expensive than paying at the meetings?

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Date: 5/5/11 4:13 AM

I think the new system is fantastic. It's much more suited to real life than the old points system was.

I joined on January 1st and by February 22nd I had lost more than 20 pounds (nearly half what I wanted to lose in total), while still maintaining a social life and having alcohol, pizza, and snacks. Then we had a major earthquake and I stopped going. I have put on some weight since February (we call it "quake weight") mainly due to drinking too much as a way of managing stress. I am going to go back on WW in mid-June when I get home from a three week vacation.

If anyone is thinking of trying the new system, I say go for it. It really does work.

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Date: 5/5/11 3:01 PM

lareine, were you attending meetings or doing the online program?

I started off online and then started attending meetings when I hit a plateau back when I did the program 5 years ago. I was disappointed with the meetings because I didn't feel like they helped all that much given the cost difference. (To be fair, I visited a few different meetings and didn't feel like I "fit in" at any of them.)

If I return, I'm leaning towards going back to the online program, but if anyone has any hints/tips for finding a meeting that's a good fit for someone who works a M-F 9-6 job, I'd love to try the meetings again for extra support.
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