Many years ago my Mum and Dad had a huge computer which sat in the corner of the dining room. I used to play Solitaire on this computer when I should have been doing my A-Level homework! This was so long ago that it wasn’t even a requirement of my courses to submit typed essays, in fact it was the norm for these to be handwritten.
Anyway, I digress …… as well as high-tech games such as Solitaire, Scrabble and Chess, we used to have a suite of CD-Roms (they were all the rage before the internet) one of which was produced by Weight Watchers and featured their first ever Points system “1-2-3 Success”.
My Mum and I used to love this CD-Rom, particularly as Weight Watchers had accidently programmed Spicy Nik Naks as 1 point, when in fact (we found out later) they should have been 4 points – Mum and I ate a lot of Spicy Nik Naks in the 90’s!
I continued to have a fond relationship with Weight Watchers, it was the first slimming club I joined in the noughties and I successfully lost the 21 pounds I needed to with them – I put it back on of course – but hey ho that wasn’t their fault.
However, as the years have gone on, and the plans have changed, I’ve not found Weight Watchers quite so enjoyable, or successful for me. So much so that back in July of this year I joined then almost instantly exercised my right to cancel, and receive a full refund, as the new plan was far too restrictive for this carb munching vegan (read about it here). Opting to join Slimming World again, even though my success with this plan is rather slow (totally my fault, I find it quite boring and so I go over my syns – often).
So, I was really rather chuffed to hear that Weight Watchers was changing again. It seems that they have taken onboard feedback of their members and ex-members who still hanker after the old plans and have brought some of them back, to a greater or lesser extent. Now when you sign up you are asked to fill in a food and lifestyle questionnaire, with questions such as:
- How often do you eat meat/fish/dairy?
- Do you like to have lots of choice when it comes to your food?
- Do you like to log all your food?
- and many more ….
Based on the answers to these questions you are allocated a plan, either Blue, Green or Purple. The blurb from the website explains the differences (below) but I like to think that Blue is the horrible low-carb diet that I had to ditch in July, Green is the Weight Watchers that I have had success with before, encouraging a healthy balance of carbs and proteins and with lots of Points for a few treats or food pimps and finally, Purple is the Slimming World equivalent.
I half expected to be allocated to Purple as I am (kinda) following Slimming World at the moment, however, I was given the Green plan to try. Weight Watchers ask you to follow the plan you are allocated for 2 weeks before swapping, so that is what I intend to do.
Alas, anything related to dieting has a “however” with me, so here it is ….. however, I will still be weighing in with my Slimming World group, because:
- I’ve just bought a 12-week countdown!
- I get to see my bestfriend every week if I do.
- I need the threat of the weekly weigh-in and at the moment I can’t be bothered to switch to a new (and potentially scary) meeting when my SW group are so nice.
- WW have some great offers on at the moment so it’s not really costing me much more to be a member of both,
I’ll just have to pretend I’m following Slimming World, which let’s face it is pretty much what I do now anyway!!
N.B. Weight Watchers like to be called WW now, not Weight Watchers – in fact you are given the option to join without an end goal of losing weight – imagine!
Blue guides you toward a list of foods that form the basis of healthy eating habits, with a moderate SmartPoints Budget that you can spend on other foods you love. You’ll build meals around 200+ ZeroPoint™ foods including fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, and track other foods that have SmartPoints values.
Green guides you toward a smaller list of foods that form the basis of healthy eating habits, with a sizeable SmartPoints Budget to spend on other foods you love. You’ll build meals and snacks around 100+ ZeroPoint™ foods including fruits and veggies, and track other foods that have SmartPoints values.
Purple guides you toward a long list of foods that form the basis of healthy eating habits, with a modest SmartPoints Budget that you can spend on other foods you love. You’ll build meals around 300+ ZeroPoint™ foods including fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains, and track other foods that have SmartPoints values.
Wish me luck!