Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Does Weight Watchers Commercial send Wrong Message!

The latest Weight Watcher commercial outright lies suggests "The more choices and variety you have in your food, the more likely you will stay successful with your weight loss."

It does not say research proves
It does not say studies show
It does not say four out of five doctors agree. . . . .

I think their statement could be the wrong for many people. Too many choices often led me to excess food. (or in the case of the recent buffet experience, excited the allergy of the mind of body through my taste buds), Granted, I want to think I have all the choices in the world but until I was willing to accept my own limitations it meant danger. I would have been plump and prime for that ad. Oooh, choices. Gimme.

I did WW years ago, in the mid 80's. It worked. They didn't have their own products being pushed on you at every turn in those days. Then I stopped going, gained weight and went back a few years later. in the late 80's. They had cakes and dinners and drinks and I bought them and I did not stop at one. I ate more than a serving oft heir German chocolate cake. Then I felt terrible and figured what the hell and ate real cake as soon as I could get some.

I haven't attended a WW meeting in over 20 years. I am only going by what I remember and what I read from people reporting their experiences. I wish it were not run for profit. I think that makes a difference. WW does help people. I think it is rare that they can help people who need to loose over 100 pounds lose the weight and keep it off, but it is not unheard of. Of course, they want you to buy their products. But I think if you go with the plan and their meetings but stay out of their aisle in the market and just concentrate on real foods, I believe you have a better chance of keeping the pounds off. 
It helps if you are not concentrating on how to fit a dessert product into every meal plan.



DiZneDiVa said...

I agree that I have overeaten desserts disguised as "Healthy Foods" but when I have regular desserts as a treat once in a while, a few bites is plenty. So I agree... Too Many Options = binge city. I stick to the basics, and steer clear of the designer Diet Desserts.

Karen said...

Interesting add. I don't think I've seen the ad. I'm a 2 time WW flunky. And I still go to meetings occasionally. I lost 60, then gained 20, then back to goal, then gained 60.

The third time around, I lost using Take Shape for Life ( Medifast). Now I still go to WW meetings, but I don't count points. I go because there are a lot of people who are on maitnence/lifetime. And it's free. And the topics are more on behavior modification. And I can weigh in on a public scale in a group setting. There is very little pushing to buy the food .Plus, it's right next to Trader Joes. ( LOL)

I flunked WW because I followed along and ate the products, frozen meals, and skinny cow ice creams. Yes, it was in my points, and yes it triggered me to overeat. I blindly followed along, until it didn't work anymore. Variety to me now means that asparagus is out of season and zucchini is in season.

I agree, the more variety or moderation stategies the worse I do loss and maintenance wise.. And I do think WW helps people estimate and look at how much they are consuming. Both good and bad points.

I now see entire families there. Mom, Dad, and two teenage kids. Moms and daughters, etc. for those who need to see the calorie/ point cost of a dinner at apple bees or chilies, this may be helpful. Not so helpful if the whole family is consuming lots of salty microwave meals.

As always, great topics. Karen P

Norma said...

I know I posted a link to an article a few months ago that was about how fewer choices and less variety; i.e., eating the same basic rotation of foods day after day, was a huge marker for both weight loss and maintenance. The more variety you give your taste buds, the more cravings are sparked and satiety onset delayed. It also said that the plainer, more simply prepared foods were key (surprise; don't put melted cheese on everything!). I think WW is a crock; 90% of the people who do it learn to skip dinner so they can have two desserts and I could stand in my front yard and point to 10 houses within a stone's throw in which the woman of the house has joined WW "again" three or four times in the six years that I've lived here. Every January (and then it fades away by March) and then later in the spring (to lose weight for summer), and quits by July 4th. The whole "eating foods you love" is what got you overweight, not what's going to get you to a lower weight and keep you there.

Caron said...

I know that I can't have a lot of variety in my food without stirring up trouble for myself. After ten years, I still attend meetings and enjoy them very much.

I figured it up once and I spent around $400 while I was losing weight with Weight Watchers. That included meetings and a few items I bought at the meetings like some measuring spoons and a cookbook. I consider that a small price when I can have free meetings and etools from now on as long as I don't go more than two pounds over goal. :)

Sarah said...

I thought it was the case that variety made you want to eat more - because if you eat the same thing you get bored more quickly, and you dont want to try everything.

RedPanda said...

I know I posted a link to an article a few months ago that was about how fewer choices and less variety; i.e., eating the same basic rotation of foods day after day, was a huge marker for both weight loss and maintenance.

I didn't read that article, but I'm not surprised that this idea has broad support. Anectodally, it seems that many of us in the "maintain-o-sphere" rotate through a fairly set menu.

Once you adjust to this way of eating, it's also a lot easier to track calories/macronutrients.

Vickie said...

Very good post and comments.

I think there are a lot of topics where things are different for people who have picked up a total of twenty extra pounds vs those who have over 100 extra pounds. I was at the 80 pound mark myself, but had the habits that would have gotten me to very high weights. I just happened to catch it.

I only know of a very, few people who have lost and maintained following WW AS WRITTEN.

They are guaranteed customers for life.

Laina said...

I agree with you - more choice leads to more gain, not more loss. And I'm pretty sure I saw a study on that somewhere, too.

Joan said...

The mechanics of the WW are sound. Someone who has weight to lose and no knowledge of what nutritional balance is will do well by following their system. But for most of us, food plays a far greater role in our lives than just being fuel. Over the years WW has started to examine the psychological issues related to weight gain, but those of us with more than a few pounds to lose still have to look elswhere for help with those issues. And it is very hard to take WW seriously when they are selling all this chemical crap next to their cookbooks. That being said, I love their Core program.

Unknown said...

Hi Jane! Yes, the greater the variety, the more I eat. I do best when I stick to very basic foods.

:-) Marion

Vickie said...

is your birthday 10/25 or 10/16?

I just realized I have notes to myself on both these dates.

I went back and looked at your posts from last year and realized why I am confused - party notes on one date and your plans for yourself on another (maybe they had your birthday early).

Anonymous said...

Interesting...when I saw the commercial I was thnking about a variety of real foods - not just the same old chicken breast and salad EVERY day- that might prevent the boredom or the "I can't eat any good stuff' that would make you give up the weight loss journey.

Anonymous said...

I agree about having a variety of foods---when I buy a lot of new foods at the grocery store, I want to sample them all. Even if they're healthy foods, that adds up. I have never been able to eat desserts and lose weight, low-calorie or not, because those sweet foods stimulate my appetite.

That said, I have been losing weight with WW (50 pounds so far) and I don't feel like I'm being pushed to buy their products at all. Maybe it's because I am doing the online plan and don't go to meetings. Mainly I am using the tools to control my total food intake while at the same time trying to avoid eating too many carbs, especially the refined carbs and sweets.

I was able to lose 60 pounds with WW years ago and keep it off for more than ten years without even needing to keep a food diary. I only gained the weight back because I became hypothyroid and remained undiagnosed for three years. I think the program works fine, as long as you don't go into it with the mentality that it's a temporary change that you will be "finished" with in a year or two.


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