I am on Weight Watchers.
I hate it.
Everyone knows I am on Weight Watchers and everyone knows I hate it.
Everyone also thinks that I should just shut my big mouth and quit whining about it, even though everyone is too nice to actually say that to me.
I need to explain WHY I hate Weight Watchers.
I hate WW because it is SO gimmicky. Points. Power Foods. Stickers, charms, ribbons. Lifetime memberships. GAG.
Also, they treat everyone the same. My cousin recently lost 20 lbs in 3 months with WW. His wife lost 40 lbs in 13 months using another system. Know why he lost so much so fast? Because he is a man & they metabolize fat differently.
I get that there are lots of men who need to lose weight and WW might be a place where they can lose it. But do you know how much it sucks to be next to a guy who dropped 20 lbs in 3 months when it took me 6 months to do it? The way WW works, they don't really distinguish between men & women. Men get lots of "oh wows" and women get "keep trying!".
In addition, there is a HUGE difference between someone like me -- who has been fat my whole life and has been over 100 lbs overweight -- and someone who gained 30 lbs after she hit 30. We both need to lose weight, but I have a different health history, a different emotional experience, a different everything. WW does not recognize those differences.
Can I tell you how much it annoys me to hear "What worked for me was keeping my fruit cut up in the fridge." I am happy to hear that the little fruit trick works for you. But I did not gain 100 lbs because my fucking fruit wasn't cut up.
WW is all about sitting thru stupid meetings to "learn" about how to eat (puhleeze) and then clapping for every lb lost as if it were an achievement.
Weight loss is not an achievement.
It is a metabolic result.
I bet if you polled every fat person you see, each of them would tell you they tried weight watchers at least once. So why are they still fat?
Because WW is not a long term solution. It only works as long as you work it. It is not sustainable. I've said it before, but I have a real problem with a health care system that treats obesity as a character or vanity issue.
Weight loss is not covered by insurance unless you get a major organ removed. The US health insurance industry has left treatment of a major health crisis to a group of for-profit companies that are in the business of selling frozen foods, calorie calculators, water bottles and other paraphernalia.
I have been to weight watchers off & on for 40 years. I went to my first WW meeting when I was 5. They made me eat liver, and my mom had to make a different ketchup that I was supposed to eat. It tasted terrible. My mom felt bad that I had to eat liver & no one else did, so she made everyone eat what I was supposed to eat.
Mom tried to disguise the disgusting organ meat, so she chopped it in little pieces and mixed it in with spaghetti. We all cried.
Then my dad yelled at her for forcing his kids to eat liver.
All because my mom was looking out for me, and trying to get me to do what WW said was right.
I love you mom.
I hate you Weight Watchers.
I was most successful on WW before I got married. I lost about 30 lbs and went from a size 16 to a size 12. (Of course, my wedding dress was a size 20 but that's another blog.)
We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. I gained 5lbs. When I got back to WW, the meeting leader made me feel as if I had slept with her husband.
I haven't had much success with WW since then -- partly because they moved to this "points" bullshit. I've joined and quit about 4 or 5 times since I got married. So why am I back?
Because I know that WW is as effective as anything else out there, and it's pretty affordable. I am cussing my way through it, but I am going to go thru it. Goddamit.
I hope to have success. I just won't give WW the satisfaction of thinking THEY had anything to do with it.
Because they didn't.