I have accomplished a lot of goals in my lifetime. Losing weight and keeping it off is an area that I have really struggled with since my first child was born (yes that was 19 years ago, LOL). I can honestly say that I am a little bit of an expert at ways to fail on Weight Watchers. It really isn't the best thing to be an expert at, but maybe I can share some of my mistakes so you will succeed! I have lots of other Weight Watchers Recipes, Ideas and Motivation too…it isn't all bad, LOL.
10 Ways to Fail on Weight Watchers
Don't Attend Meetings
I know that some people will argue that doing only the online program works for them. There are probably a few people who can find success this way, but most people will do better by attending meetings. Something about having to weigh in with REAL LIVE people just motivates people to stay on plan more often.
Attending meetings has always been a challenge for me. The first several times I did Weight Watchers I lived in a tiny town and there wasn't a local meeting. I had to drive to get to a meeting. It was not convenient and I burned out of driving to the meetings. Now I live in a town that does have a local meeting. It is nice to be able to run across town for the meeting. The problem I have is that I am a HOME BODY. I don't like getting out in the evenings….so I have to force myself!
Don't Track Points
Anyone who has been successful with Weight Watchers will tell you that tracking is KEY to their weight loss. Tracking keeps people accountable. It helps to see exactly where you are at with points during the day. I usually start off really good and track every bite. Then I get lazy and cocky and think—hey I know what the SmartPoints are for most foods now so I stop tracking. Guess what…the scale always goes UP.
Using All the Activity Points
I like to get rewarded for exercising and activity points kind of seem like a reward to me. Feeling hungrier after exercise is also a problem for me so I want to use all of those points. The problem is that is has stalled or slowed down my weight loss when I use the activity points. My local leader has always encouraged us to forget about those extra points and just stick to our daily points in order to see the best success.
Not Counting Condiments
I have a little love affair going on with Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. I have been known to cook special dinners just so I can use Country Bob's, LOL. The issue is that the sauce isn't points free. It isn't a lot of points, but it adds up when I ignore it. The same is true for almost all condiments. If you don't count your condiments or you under count them it will show on the scale.
Staying active is really important for a healthy lifestyle. Weight Watchers is trying to promote a well-rounded healthy life. The plan encourages exercise. I try to stay active even if I am not actively dieting, but if I slack off I see poor results. My big issue comes when I get out of my habits. I can be doing a great job with my exercise and then I get sick for a week. BOOM…I am out of the habit and have to work hard to get back into it.
Eating Too Many Sweets
Overall I am not a huge sweet eater. I typically prefer salty crunchy foods. Nevertheless, I do have some weaknesses when it comes to sweets. For instance I could eat a whole batch of my Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes. I advise you to NOT do that. They aren't that high in points if you eat ONE or two. Self-control can be an issue for me and I know other people suffer in this area too. The more sweets I eat the more it seems to trigger me to want sweets all the time.
Not Having an Accountability Partner
It seems easier to succeed at almost any goal if you have an accountability partner. If I don't have someone I can talk to about my progress (or failure, LOL) then I am just on my own. It is hard to do it all on our own. We need encouragement, support and even a shoulder to cry on sometimes.
Not Planning Out Meals
Trying to stay on plan without meal planning is really hard for me. I can only assume this is an issue for everyone. The weeks that I don't have a meal plan in place and the ingredients on hand….I gain weight. We end up eating out too much or eating quick convenience foods that are high in SmartPoints. If I plan out some healthy meals like my Weight Watchers Chicken Enchilada Bake that I know my whole family loves I can stick to the plan! Not planning out meals is a big way I fail on Weight Watchers!
Getting in a Rut
I can't eat the same foods over and over again or I get bored and will binge on something unhealthy. Getting in a rut with what I am eating can really cost me. It helps me to have my lists of 1 SmartPoint Snack Ideas and 2 SmartPoints Snack Ideas on hand so that I have lots of food options. Boredom can sabotage the best intentions.
We have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Weight Watchers agrees that you should eat breakfast. The days that I skip breakfast lead to overeating at lunch and snack time. It seems to start my day off wrong. If I am organized and make up a simple breakfast casserole that I can eat on all week then I will keep on plan!
How Do You Fail on Weight Watchers?
Have you failed on Weight Watchers before? Do you relate to any of my 10 ways to fail on Weight Watchers? What problems have you had when trying to lose weight? The good news is that even if you “fail” on Weight Watchers…you (and I) can always start over. Each day is a fresh start and can be another chance to improve our health!! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter…I am posting a new Weight Watchers recipe every week and you can get some free motivational cards to keep you on track. You've got this!!
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