I chose to join Weight Watchers for several reasons. First, I know it works. I joined Weight Watchers when I was in high school. I can't remember exactly how much weight I lost, I want to say somewhere around 40 pounds and I never met my goal, but it worked while I was doing it. I also have a close friend who joined three months before I did in January and her success proved to me that Weight Watchers still does work.
Plus, I knew I needed the accountability that Weight Watchers offers. I need people to weigh me each week and to be able to encourage me when I do poorly and celebrate with me when I do great. Also, since I had a friend going to meetings, I knew we could hold each other accountable and we have.
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I also wanted to do something that I felt was healthy. I knew deep down that I did not need surgery or medicine to lose weight, I just needed to be healthier. I have always known what I needed to eat and that I needed to exercise, I just never did it. I understand that everyone's circumstances are different, but I feel strongly (and I'm sure this may offend people, which I am not intending to do, I am only voicing my beliefs) that most people can lose weight without the help of surgery or medication.
Trust me, I had a lot of odds against me, but I knew surgery would never be an option for me. I am terrified of surgery and the only time I have had surgery (or even been admitted to the hospital) was to birth my child. I had enough complications from that procedure to know I don't ever want to have surgery again. In my mind weight loss surgery was an elective surgery for me. While I was morbidly obese at the age of 28, surgery was never an option in my mind. I have seen the success others have had from weight loss surgeries and it may be the best choice for others, but it was not the best choice for me.
I feel similarly regarding medications, either prescribed, over the counter or herbal. My experience with taking weight loss medications is that they only work as long as you are taking them. Once you stop taking the medications you will likely gain the weight back. Plus, I am not a fan of putting medication into my body that is not necessary, especially those with unwanted side effects. So, medication was never an option for me.
Ultimately, while my main goal in joining Weight Watchers is to lose weight, I really want to just be healthier. I want to eat healthier, exercise more, and live a better life. I was well on my way to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol if I continued with my past lifestyle. I knew I needed to do something that would teach me how to live healthier. After all, I don't use the term "diet," but I am working toward a "lifestyle change." I never want to gain the weight back or have to "change my lifestyle" again.
That is why Weight Watchers has been the best choice for me. I tried Slim Fast. I "dieted" on my own. I tried low carb diets. I even tried the cabbage diet which was HORRIBLE! None of those worked for me. While trying those diets I never learned how to eat what I wanted in moderation. I never learned how to curb my cravings. I never learned the importance of exercise. But I have learned those things in the past eight months with Weight Watchers. And I'm sure I will continue to learn even more in the next eight months.